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Efren Reyes Set for Action in Vegas!

January 16th, 2014

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, California

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POV Pool’s ‘Action Saturday’ Gets Wild! 

January 11th, 2014 seemed like just another Saturday morning for me at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California. Sure, a few changes were taking place… I had decided that it was time to install an overhead camera mount to the ceiling for an additional point of view of our ‘action’ tables there. My decision to make some new changes to the format of POV Pool’s show was taking shape, streaming a new ‘Open Action’  show instead of  covering tournament action only. But to me, it was a pretty normal day consisting of me basically, doing a lot of work to try out something slightly different on my show.

So, I’m up on the top rung of a 6 foot ladder with a Makita Drill, installing the camera mount and my back pocket starts ringing. Good Lord! The timing of some people. It’s 10:30 in the morning and Hard Times is not even open yet. As I fumble around with Makita in one hand, ladder shaking underneath my feet  on top of table 1 and left hand reaching for my iphone 5, the front door of Hard Times starts banging! I pick up the phone.

Zach from Vegas: “WHERE YOU AT? YOU HUNGRY? LET US IN!”

Me: “Hold on a minute, Zach. I’m on a ladder with a screwgun!”

After a minute or so, I’m done! Bracket installed for POV’s overhead camera. Now I’m at sea level again so that I can open the front door, where Vegas Zach and Bobby Emmons are waiting anxiously outside.

Bobby: “ACTION!”

Me: What’s up, Bobby? Zach!” 

Zach: “Yo, we are hungry where can we eat around here? When we get back Bobby needs a game!” 

45 minutes later, it’s normal operations again and POV is streaming bright and early in the morning with A now, well fed, Bobby Emmons barking at strangers, Hard Times regulars and asking me to get him a game. At one point he even asked me what I want to do. I like Bobby. Bobby likes ACTION! Bobby = Action!

Bobby: “I’ll play ANYBODY, ANY GAME, for ANY AMOUNT!” 

Bobby Got Action! 

Emmons3Another 45 minutes later: Efren Reyes. Best all around pool player of our time. Most respected, most humble, most dangerous man to ever brandish a ‘Judd’ cue, enters the room just to hang out and get some ‘pitstop’ practice whilst on his way to New York for his highly publicized “Last Showdown” match with Earl Strickland. With Efren, is Francisco Bustamante, Tony Torres and owner of Stix Billiards – Alex Laoingo.

“This is a ridiculous coincidence!”, I think to myself. I’m already happy to see Bobby. I know today’s show will be something special when Bobby is around. He’s a natural talent, both on the table and on camera. I’m sure we can make a game with Him and Santos, or Louis Ulrich, possibly Damien Alishon or Sal Butera could come down. Ross Fregoso’s name was tossed around a few times too. But Bobby is neither humbled, afraid or even quiet when Efren walks in. Instead, Bobby is glazed over with $$ signs in his eyes, immediately thinking of and negotiating a game with “BATA”, which immediately, Bobby does.

Bobby Got Heart & Game! 

Emmon4The short version of this tale is that Bobby had a rough ride on this day. He played 3 sets of One-Pocket with Efren Reyes. He got a ball spot of 10-7/9-6 from Efren in the first set for $500. A full, 9/6 spot in the second set for $2,500, and also a 9/6 spot during the final set of race to 7 games for $6,000.

Bobby lost all 3 sets…

He was mortified, he was disappointed, he was flabbergasted… And then… He immediately  requested a re- match, to take place in a few days at Pool Sharks in Las Vegas. It took about 11 minutes total to discuss before the next game was set for January 21st at Pool Sharks. This initial event was streamed live on my Ustream Channel for almost 7 hours. Myself, along with Spanky and our old school Hard Times regular who goes simply by the name, ‘Box’ commentated the matches.

All in all, Bobby did show some fantastic moves and exhibited moments of greatness that a novice player merely dreams of having yet, in the end, the outcome of this match may have come down to Bobby’s  inability to really focus on the nuances of the game of One-Pocket to the extent that a master like Efren is.

Efren3“The bottom line is, the ‘kid’ is just being ‘out-classed’ right now.”, said BOX from the commentary booth just toward the end of the night. 

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What of the Re-Match? 

As far as we know, this match is ON! POV Pool will drive to Las Vegas and stream it as a matinee price, PPV. If it runs over 8 hours we will charge for an additional 8 hours. This should pay for the bandwidth and my travel expenses. There is very little time to promote this event so I don’t expect huge numbers. Maybe, with your help, the word of mouth will spread, but I’m not going to count on it.

– Re-Match

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– Bobby Emmons vs Efren Reyes

– Jan 21, 2014  /Time = ??? / @ Pool Sharks, Las Vegas

– Game = One-Pocket / Race to ??? / 9-6 Spot

– 20 JellyBeans!

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‘POV 2’ Tickets on sale – January 19th, 2014

Tickets are available! 

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On January 19th, 2014, audiences everywhere will be able to purchase pay per view tickets of POV Pool’s live stream broadcast of the 2-Day, ‘Double-Header’ action match entitled ‘POV2’. This production will feature commentary by Jay Helfert, Beau Runningen, Ian Brock and possibly myself after the 1st day’s match. All players will be interviewed shortly before and winner’s after each match. We will be using 3 cameras and possibly a fourth camera. POV Pool would also like to thank Kamui Tips for providing the cube of Kamui Chalk to all VIP’s – Please see below for pricing and enjoy the show:

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Match 1 – February 17th @ 5:00PM PST 

– Daniel Busch vs Lee Brett

 – Race to 30 / 9-Ball

 – Formal Attire! 

Match 2 – February 18th @ 5:00 PM PST

– Carlo Biado vs Dennis Hatch

– Race to 25 / 10-Ball

– Semi-Formal 

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Match 1 & 2 – Both Days! 

– Busch vs Brett

– Biado vs Hatch

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Match 1 & 2 – Both Days! Plus a Cube of Kamui Chalk!

– Busch vs Brett

– Biado vs Hatch

 
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Pool’s new rising star from the Philippines, Carlo Biado, will be traveling to the United States next week for several months and has very quickly been scheduled to headline in an action packed, 2-day double-header billiards match against The Mosconi Cup, ‘Team USA’ player, Dennis Hatch on February 18th, 2014 at 5:00 pm PST (February 19th, 9:00 am UTC). The event will be a an exclusive, live broadcast available all over the world on Point Of View Pool’s, Internet live-streaming website at www.povpool.com via ‘Pay Per View’.

Playing the best of 49 games of 10-Ball, or a ‘race to 25’ games, against Dennis Hatch, Carlo may have his hands full against this veteran player, who has been known to compete at Hard Times Billiards as far back as 20 years and who was recently streamed online by POV Pool, beating Francisco Bustamante during the Hard Times 10-Ball event in July 2013. Meanwhile, we are sure that Biado will have no worries taking on “The Hatchetman!”, who played at the same event and placed 1st out of 104 players, besting the world renowned, Alex Pagulayan, 11 games to 1 in the finals.

Carlo’s match, will be the headliner of 2 matches, the first of which is an ‘undercard’ match between POV Pool’s owner, Daniel Busch and world renowned, British pool/snooker coach and billiards instruction author, Lee Brett (“The Secret Art Of Pool”).

POV Pool’s owner, Daniel Busch states, “(Carlo) Biado is truly an amazing talent and a great gift to the pool community! This will be the 2nd installment of an ‘Action Match’ series, produced by POV Pool. I am honored to showcase some of the world’s greatest talents coming out of the Philippines and from all over the world! POV Pool is working very hard to create the best possible production and high quality entertainment by broadcasting with multiple, hi-definition cameras and featuring one of pool’s star commentators, Jay Helfert.”

Additional Matches and details provided below… 

Day – 1  / Lee Brett vs Daniel Busch!

Famed pool coach and former ‘Bonus Ball’ referee, Lee Brett has agreed to compete against Daniel Busch of POV Pool in a 9-Ball battle for a ‘winner take all’ purse of $2,000. It’ll be a fast and loose race of the best of 59 games and will start at 5:oo pm Pacific Standard Time / 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Commentators Jay Helfert and Beau Runningen will commentate the match and a referee has yet to be named for the event. Matches of this proportion in the U.S. are traditionally a casual affair but Point Of View Pool is mandating that players bring a touch of class to this event by competing in formal attire. It will be reminiscent of the old school of billiards and today’s snooker competitions. Yes folks, vests and bow-ties will be required. Additional cameras and support staff are also being used to capture the drama for viewers.

Day – 2  / Dennis Hatch vs Carlo Biado! 

Dennis Hatch, making a strong comeback in the pool-world as of late, he has competed in a handful of top independent events, such as the Crooks & Castles sponsored ‘Hard Times 10-Ball’ Tournament and recently played with Team USA in the 25th Annual Mosconi Cup Event in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Tuesday, February 18th, also at 5:00 pm PST, Dennis will be matching up with none other than the newest pool sensation from the Philippines, Carlo Biado in a grueling race to 25 games, playing 10-Ball – a ‘call pocket’ format ‘rotation’ game, which Carlo took the prize of 1st place in the aforementioned Crooks & Castles event.

Pay Per View Details & Kamui Tips Offer! 

Tickets will be available soon for purchase online at www.povpool.com and can also be viewed on the same website. Please stay tuned for more info or also join the ‘Point Of View Pool‘ Fan Page or ‘POV Pool‘ group page on Facebook for a ‘real-time’ announcement as to when tickets will go on sale. Thanks to POV Pool’s longtime sponsor Kamui Tips, a special ‘KAMUI VIP PASS’ will also be made available for purchase at a special price, which will include the full 2-day pass, plus a free cube Kamui Chalk!

Details here: 

$15 – February 17th @ 5:00 PM PST 
Daniel Busch vs Lee Brett / Race to 30 / 9-Ball / Formal
$15 – February 18th @ 5:00 PM PST
Dennis Hatch vs Carlo Biado / Race to 25 / 10-Ball / Semi-Formal
$25 – Two Day Pass 
February 17th & 18th / Both Days
$50 Kamui VIP PASS
Both Days plus 1 Cube Kamui Chalk 

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