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USBA kicks off 2017 with a BANG!


POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA

October 8th, 2016

Story By: Geraldine Thibodeau

Edited by: Daniel Busch

POV POOL USBA Gabriels 2017 Tour Event



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3 Cushion Billiards competition set for Casino Del Sol 

Casino Del Sol Resort
5655 West Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85787
January 16th-21st, 2017

casino-del-sol-transIn January of 2017, The United States Billiard Association (USBA) will hold a prestigious 3-cushion, double-header event at Tucson, Arizona’s premier resort and casino/venue, Casino Del Sol. The 6-day event from January 16th-21st will consist of two competitions, each open to 40 players: a ‘B’ level and an (All level) ‘Open’ tournament. Entries for both events are currently being reserved via email at mazinshooni@yahoo.com or by phone with USBA President, Mazin Shooni at: (248) 910-4466.

In the ‘B’-level event, the entrants will compete amongst themselves without having to matchup against some of the country’s top level pros such as, Pedro Piedrabuena, Hugo Patino and others who will attend the ‘Open’. If they would like to play in both events, ‘B’-level (and under) players will have the chance to enter the ‘Open’ event at a reduced rate, whereas players playing the ‘Open’ only event will pay full price. Added monies are scheduled and in the process of being determined for both events.

Inspired by The Crystal Kelly Cup event!


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To Mazin and others board members at the USBA, the upcoming Casino Del Sol event draws inspiration from the ‘Crystal Kelly Cup’, a well funded and prestigious tournament which, held its last event at Promenade des Anglais in Nice in 2011.  The Crystal Kelly Cup has always been regarded as a prestigious yet elegant and intimate setting; its venues, its players, its equipment regarded at the highest standard in billiard competition in modern history and attended by the best of our time, such as Dick Jaspers, Thorbjorn Blomdahl, Sir Raymond Ceulemans, Frederic Caudron and other elite players. The Casino Del Sol and its sponsors have spared no expense to bring the same standard of quality  to the upcoming Gabriel’s event in January.

The USBA Thanks its Sponsors!

It is not without the help of its sponsors that the United States Billiard Association is able to provide its members with events such as these. With continued success The USBA strives to add more events to its roster. so that players can experience billiard competition at its highest level and quality in the Nation. Their most gracious. ‘headline’ sponsor, Gabriel’s Billiards has made it possible to provide this event with 5 x ‘Imperator V’ heated billiard tables, graced with factory delivered, Simonis ‘300’ tournament cloth from Simonis and also using premium, Aramith tournament billiard balls. USBA also thanks the Casino Del Sol for showing great interest and making direct investments of space and accommodations for cue-sports events such as this. The USBA could also not be able to provide prize funds and additional tournament services without direct financial and product support from, Tiger Products and the Cheqio Brand. And finally, the USBA also shows its gratitude for the support of Paul Frankel and Professor Q Ball’s, National and 3-Cushion News for promotional, editorial and logistical contributions.

Broadcast Coverage and Live Streaming 2016 POVPOOL LOGO

As a service to the billiard community and to further promote 3-cushion competition, the USBA has also contracted live-streaming and broadcast services of Point Of View Pool Media (www.POVPOOL.com) where, they will provide free, live-coverage from the Casino Del Sol to the masses on POV Pool’s YouTube Channel and also be providing a ‘Real Time Feed Page’ on www.POVPOOL.com for audiences to track results and updates.iv-organics-banner-temp



POV Pool is sponsored by: Tiger Products, Kamui Tips, FanDuel and IV Organic

USBA “B” Level Tournament: January 16th – 18th, 2017

  • The “B” event is open to all players with an average of less than .700
  • Entry $160 – 40 players
  • Dress Code: Black Slacks, vests, bow tie and white shirt
  • 8 groups of 5 players – 80 matches
  • Total of 16 Rounds on 5 tables (This will take 2 days, 8 rounds per day)
  • Finals will be Single Elimination
  • 16 Players – 5 rounds total

USBA Open Tournament: January 19th – 21st

  • Entry $260* – 40 players
  • Dress Code: Black Slacks, vests, bow tie and white shirt
  • 8 groups of 5 players – 80 matches
  • Total 20 rounds on 5 tables (This will take 2 days, 10 rounds per day)
  • Finals will be Single Elimination
  • 16 players – 5 rounds total

*Special Note: “B” Players can play in both tournaments for $160 each tournament

Other Notes: 

Players in the tournament are required to stay at Casino Del Sol Resort
All registered players will receive a Free Buffet and Discounted Room Price of $99 for a double room
Please use offer code: USBATCT to receive the group rate
Casino Del Sol Reservations 1-855-SOL-PLAY (765-7829)

If you would like more information regarding this event or other USBA events, contact:
Mazin Shooni at 248.910.4466 or email him at mazinshooni@yahoo.com

This is event is sponsored by:
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For up-to-the-minute coverage during the event and all your 3-cushion news, go to 


Top Players of ‘Artistic Pool’ Demand Changes and Threaten to Boycott!

October 1st, 2015

Point Of View Pool Media – Los Angeles

Article by: Geraldine Thibodeau and Daniel Busch

NOTE: Since posting this article, a follow up interview with world renowned artistic billiard player, Abram Diaz was conducted by Mark Cantrill of American Billiard Radio and is available to everyone at the following link: www.americanbilliardradio.com 

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In almost any arena, when one stands alone in this day and age, creating any sort of change or impact can be a tough nut to crack. In the recent weeks, a small amount of artistic pool players have decided to take a stand against the World Pool Association’s, Artistic Pool Division (WPA-APD).  On September 9th, 2015 a somewhat brash demand letter went out to Mark Dimick, President of the WPA-APD, and all the other board members (Jim Sommer, Javier Gomez, Arkadiy Loshakov, Dan Hosier, Tim Chin, Jamie Moody, Buddy Eick, Stefano Pelinga, Jeremiah Owens, Curtis Robertson) stating that there were issues that a majority of the top players in the world (13 total) would like to see change for the better of the sport.  These terms came with a two-week deadline for response, or else a boycott on future events would take place.

Seeking change for the betterment of artistic pool, as a sport, was what Nick Nikolaidis and his ‘Player’s Board’ were seeking.  In the midst of the recent World Championships that took place in Atlanta, Georgia, many issues within the industry were magnified and several players decided it was time to change the status-quo.  Instead of having a continual gripe session, Nikolaidis, helped to fascilitate an impromptu meeting.  Among his constituents, were top ranked, Andy Segal, world champion Gabi Visoiu, viral sensation, Florian Kohler, Dave Nangle, Abram Diaz, Steve Markle, Gordon Hedges, Adam Nickels, Jim Glanville, Jamey Gray and Sebastian Giumelli.  In this initial meeting, they decided it would be an open discussion of all issues, and these issues would be taken to a vote and would be presented to the WPA-APD.  

It seems that with the manifestation of such a notice of demands, the communication gap between the artistic players and it’s governing body has existed for quite some time. The players have felt that there were problems with the format of events, money allocation, and WPA-APD board elections, among other issues.  In this recent letter to the WPA-APD, the ‘Player’s Board’, as they call themselves, itemized this letter into seven categories, with included subcategories.  The first category is “Player Quality.”  Because there was a live-stream of the World Championship, the player quality was on spotlight when it came to how artistic pool was portrayed.  This being the case there were five players that scored under 100 points out of a possible 320 points.  There were two players that scored 20 points or less.  As a professional world championship, the playing field is expected to be of a high caliber, especially those playing on the stream table.  This essentially effects how the tournament is set up with regards to which players are in which flights, which is also addressed within the letter.  Upon interviewing Nick Nikolaidis, Abram Diaz and Gabi Visoiu, they all discussed that they wanted Artistic Pool to be represented in the best fashion with the highest ranked and skilled players showcased, especially on a broadcast.  Not for themselves, but for the presentation for the world to see.

Click on here to download and read the letter to the WPA-APD:  Dear WPA

The second category brought up within the letter to the WPA-APD is a topic most often brought up in pool and billiard tournaments: the pay-outs and purse.  The first issue brought up was paying out the entire field, which essentially means the tournament is simply reimbursing all players for part of the entry fee.  In a recent interview with current World Champion, Gabi Visoiu, he stated, “it is simply a lowered entry fee.”  Unless it is an invitational event, it is quite unheard of to pay out the entire field.  Visoiu also has a unique perspective as an international player, wiring his entry is an additional cost, as well as cashing a check from the Bank of Oklahoma in Transylvania, Romania becomes a bit of a challenge.  For Sebastian Giumelli, cashing a check in Argentina is even more of a problem.  Although, the demand for traveler’s checks for international winners was in the letter, upon realizing that there was a problem for Visoiu this year, the WPA-APD did tell Visoiu they would switch to an international bank for future events.  Among other points was how much to pay or not pay the tournament director and referees.

Tournament format, the shot program itself, and the awards ceremony are addressed in categories three, four and five.  It has been three years that the World Championships and other tournaments have not been played with a play-off format.  For the players and perhaps even the presentation of broadcast, it would be beneficial to reinstate the play-off format for the top qualifying players in the tournament going into the final day.  In regards to the shot program, the Player’s Board is seeking that they get to at least review the shot program to identify any mistakes that may be apart of it.  Finally, the awards ceremony is discussed in the letter, as these players have shown disapproval in the time and manner in which it is conducted.  This once again, addresses the issue of the best representation of the artistic pool in the mainstream media.

The sixth category within the letter from the Player’s Board, discusses ranking and the ranking system. This is a smaller category, but can be the most impactful to the other categories because the rankings will effect those that play in world or national tournaments in the future.  The ranking system that is proposed, states the players would like to have a minimum number of events for a player to be ranked.  Also the Player’s board is asking that only overall finishes be counted towards ranking points and not highest individual discipline finishers.  

The final category addressed is the general changes that the Player’s Board would like to see with the WPA-APD.  These changes include financial records to be opened up for players to see, Tom Rossman no longer being an influential part of the process, no religious material at events, board elections opened up to players and finally, the player’s voice to be heard, instead of silence through the code of conduct.  

What began as thirteen players who wanted change, has now become an eighteen player coalition, with a small board to represent everyone.  Nick Nikolaidis was elected as intern President by his fellow rebels, with Andy Segal nominated as intern Vice President of the ‘Player’s Union’.  Like any union dispute, when demands are not met or even compromised there is a strike.  These rebelling players are now on strike, from a simple response memo from the WPA-APD as, “Thank you for your feedback… Attached, please find the latest entry form for our next event”.  In an interview with Player’s Board Member, Abram Diaz, he stated that, “although fearful of possibly not having another opportunity to capture a world title,” he would still boycott the next event. The next event being the Master’s Artistic Pool Championship being held in December at Jamaica Joe’s in Oklahoma.  What then becomes of the WPA-APD if a majority of the top ranked players in the world decide not to play in future events?  Nick Nikolaidis stated that if need be they would notify the World Pool Association and start their own division.  

Although, the Player’s Board sent a demand letter, Abram Diaz commented that they were “ready and willing to negotiate all terms.”  This being said, the WPA-APD might be under the impression that the Player’s Board was all or nothing.  Stefano Pelinga, current board member of the WPA-APD, was contacted for an interview, but in his most professional manner, declined to make a statement, as he thought he was not the appropriate person to speak on behalf of the WPA-APD board, but that Mark Dimick, the president and spokesman, should if they decide to.  Unfortunately, we at Point Of View Pool Media were unable to reach Mark Dimick for a statement prior to publishing this article.  In defense of the WPA-APD, they are a volunteered, unpaid board members ranging from different parts of the country, so gathering together to discuss all these topics in their spare time might be a bit difficult.  

Hopefully, for all of those involved, the sport of artistic billiards still has a bright future. It seems that with or without the WPA-APD some of these top players are willing to risk it all for the advancement of competition and its presentation in the mainstream media. We know that, without some of its founding members and veteran players the advancement artistic pool might be non-existent in our minds today. However, it seems that there is a new generation of talent knocking loudly at the door wanting their voices to be heard. 




USBA International Open – Real Time Feed

Friday-Sunday – June 19th-21st, 2015

Million Dollar Billiards – North Hollywood, CA


The ‘Real-Time’ results and news for this event!

Players list so far:


Exhibition match – streamed live! 

  • Raymond Ceulemans vs Torbjörn Blomdahl
  • 7:30pm / PST
  • Race to 40-Points
  • Stream Link: www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

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Results: Blomdahl wins it! Score 40-19 points in 2o innings.  Watch it on YouTube on July 1st, 2015. 

Stay tuned for the players meeting final, player count, tournament format and the draw!




The Draw and Round Robin!

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Round Robin Matches Start at 10:00 am / PST – 2015 POV Pool Media

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Javier Teran examines the competition – 2015 POV Pool Media

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Tournament Director – Ricky Carranco, pulls the draw – 2015 POV Pool Media


Players Meeting – 48 Players total – 2015 POV Pool Media

Daniel Busch - taking a load off! - 2015 POV Pool Media

Daniel Busch – taking a load off! – 2015 POV Pool Media

Friday – June 19th, Day 1

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Matches on feature table (Matches to 25 points)

Streamed Match Results so far…

  • 10:00 am / PST – Ray Raskin (8) vs Arturo Magana (25) – Innings: 18
  • 11:00 am / PST – Ceulemans (25) vs Mendoza (4) – Innings: 7
  • 11:30 am / PST – Palafox (25) vs G. Najm (17) – Innings: 19
  • 12:00 pm / PST – Piedrabuena (17) vs Palafox (25) – Innings (19)
  • 1:00 pm / PST – M. Torres (25) vs Carlos Alvarado (18) – Innings 18
  • 2:00 pm / PST – G. Najm (17) vs G. Sosa (25) – 20 Innings
  • 3:00 pm / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs N. Cho (3) – Innings 8
  • 5:00 pm / PST – Ricky Carranco (25) vs A. Valadez (22) – Innings 24
  • 5:00 pm / PST – J. Teran (23) vs Vicky Pineda (25) Innings 20
  • 6:00 pm /PST – M. Kim (25) vs C. Choi (11) – Innings 15
  • 8:00 pm / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs C. Choi (11) – Innings 13
  • 8:00 pm / PST – L. Avila (25) vs R. Carranco (10) – Innings 12
  • 9:00 pm / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs H. Nguyen (13) – Innings 19
  • 9:30 am / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs B. Khalifa (21) – Innings 12
  • 10:30 am / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs M. Kim (9) – innings 11
  • 11:30 am / PST – P.Piedrabuena (25) vs G. Najm (6) – Innings 7
  • 12:30 pm / PST – R. Ceulemans (25) vs A. Magana (16)
  • 1:30 pm / PST – R. Ceulemans (25) vs R. Munoz (21)

Semi Final Results (streamed matches only):

  •  T. Blomdal (30) vs M. Torres (21) – Innings 18
  •  L. Avila (30) vs Salinas (8) – Innings 22
  •  P. Piedrabuena (30) vs R. Munoz (8) Innings 11

The Semi Final Rounds – Saturday

  • 7:30 pm / PST – R. Ceulemans vs R. Munoz

Sunday Semi Final Rounds

  • 10:00 am / PST – T. Blomdahl vs R. Carranco
  • 11:00 am / PST – F. Palafox vs S. Diaz
  • 1:00 pm / PST – R. Ceulemans vs P/ Piedrabuena

Sunday Schedule continued…

Quarter Finals will start at 4:00 pm / PST 

We are currently on a dinner break at 3:00 pm / PST 

Please see current results provided below by CompuSport

All Semi-Finalists - 2015 POV Pool Media

All Semi-Finalists – 2015 POV Pool Media

Daniel Busch with Tournament Director, Ricky Carranco

Daniel Busch with Tournament Director, Ricky Carranco

Ricky Carranco playing Guillermo Sosa - 2015 POV Pool Media

Ricky Carranco playing Guillermo Sosa – 2015 POV Pool Media

Ricky Carranco - 2015 POV Pool Media

Ricky Carranco – 2015 POV Pool Media

Luis Miguel Avila looks on... 2015 POV Pool Media

Luis Miguel Avila looks on… 2015 POV Pool Media

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Daniel Busch with Angel and Sir Raymond Ceulemans – 2015 POV Pool Media

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1st Place: $4,000

2nd Place: $3,000

3rd Place: $2,250

4th Place: $1,750

5th Place: $1,500

6th Place: $1,300

7th Place:  $1,100

8th Place: $800

9th – 12th Place: $375

High Run in the Semi Finals or Finals: $100

Best Game in the Semi Finals or Finals: $150

Best General AVG. in Semi Finals and Finals: $250


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Thank you to Compusport for providing the online bracket…If you’re running a tournament, check out CompuSport for a comprehensive bracket system that you, your players and spectators can follow!

Final Bracket: 

Sunday Semi-Final Results: 

Sunday Results

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Saturday Semi-Finals results: 

Saturday Semi results

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Semi-Finals Rankings: 




Saturday Schedule and match results: 

Saturday Results

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Friday Schedule and match results: 

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3-Cushion Champions to Descend on Southern California!

June 17th – 21st, 2015

Los Angeles, CA

by: Daniel Busch

*Full Schedule Below*

Will there be a ‘Real Time Feed Page’? – YES

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Before we start this off, I’d first like to thank Ricky Carranco, Hector Ocampo, Gilbert Najm and Carlos Elias for their tireless efforts to make these historical events possible on our beautiful west coast of the United States. Also a special thanks to POV Pool’s sponsors, Tiger Products, Kamui Tips and Kamui Brand for supporting our efforts to provide coverage – let us also not forget the Simonis Cloth, Verhoeven Billiard TablesUnited States Billiards Association, UMCB (Union Mexicana Campeones de Billar) and also Paul Frankel and Professor Q Ball’s National Pool and 3 Cushion News.

A Busy Week for the World’s Greatest Players!

This June, as the final stages of planning are underway for the prestigious, 2015 Verhoeven Open event at The Carom Cafe in New York this coming July, the 3-cushion community will be treated to some of this year’s most anticipated exposure with the arrival of Torbjörn Blomdahl and Sir Raymond Ceulemans to the western coast of the United States and Mexico for an action packed itinerary of events at several billiard venues.


The Homage to Ray Ceulemans in Mexico!


On June 8th-12th, the UMCB (Union Mexicana Campeones de Billar) held a tournament in Mexico City that was hosted at The Hotel Ejecutivo. With a filled room of spectators, there were a handful of US and Pan-American champions present, including Guillermo Sosa, Jose Luis Avila and Pedro Piedrabuena. In addition to scores of photo ops, autographing sessions, matches and awards presentations, everyone present was also treated to a presentation by Gabriel Miguel Fernandez, who sang a rendition of “Que Seas Feliz” by Consuelito Velázquez as an honorary serenade to the guest of honor.


A Special Exhibition – Raymond and Torbjörn in Los Angeles!

Wednesday, June 17th @ 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm – West L.A. 

*Looking for the the last ticket? Call Ricky Carranco at 323-490-8075

When we say special, we mean it! Tickets for this private exhibition are $100 each and there are just 3 or 4 seats left at this intimate setting for only 23 spectators. 5 lucky spectators of this event will win a chance to play their own personal match against Torbjorn Blomdahl to 25 points.  Raymond Ceulemans is scheduled to arrive by 7:30 pm for an exhibition match and Grand Finale with Torbjörn Blomdahl, racing to 40 points.


Did you know that Torbjörn Blomdahl is the #1 world ranked player? 

A Full Day of Clinics and Seminars! 

Thursday, June 18th @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Two Locations

Having to choose between the worlds best and the all-time worlds greatest could be a challenge for some, but for other 3C fans out there who want to work on their game, you’ve definitely got the best of both worlds coming to you.

At two locations, each player is splitting off to hold separate clinic days at separate venues! the ‘Blomdahl’ school will be scheduled at a private location in West Los Angeles for 2 hour sessions in groups of 4 and the ‘Ceulemans’ school will be scheduled in North Hollywood at Hector Ocampo’s – Million Dollar Billiards for 2 sessions only.

Which Clinic Would You Choose?

Torbjörn Blomdahl or Raymond Ceulemans

Or how about both clinics?

For Blomdahl call Ricky Carranco at 323-490-8075

For Ceulemans call Hector Ocampo at 323-304-3156





The USBA International Open Tournament! 

Friday – Sunday – June 19th-21st @ Million Dollar Billiards

And finally, to round things off with a huge bang and beginning this Friday, June 19th at Hector Ocampo’s, Million Dollar Billiards venue in North Hollywood, CA; there will be a USBA, open 3-cushion event with over 55 players registered and featuring U.S., Pan-American, Latin-American and European champions converging to compete for a prize purse that is over $18,000.11209734_10153464918554673_8332343541828482700_n


Watch Last Year’s Final Match from Million Dollar Billiards!


Spectators to this event are welcome to attend with the appropriate cover charge. The honorable, Hector Ocampo has spared no expense to provide ample seating and bleacher sections, providing for easy viewing of all tables in progress. POV Pool will provide live-streaming services to the international community wishing to view matches and track progress over this 3-day event. Streaming or not, I personally recommend that if you are local to the area NOT to miss out on attending this event in person. Million Dollar Billiards always makes sure that your experience there will be remembered as one of your best.

For more information tickets, entries or to attend

  • Hector Ocampo and Million Dollar Billiards at: 323-304-3156
  • Tournament entries still being taken: Call Ricky Carranco at 323-490-8075
  • Live Stream questions? povpool@gmail.com




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