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The One Pocket Challenge with Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes: May 21-23 at Hard Times Billiards!

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May 11th, 2016

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Hard Times Billiards will be ‘The Home of Efren’! 

Well, for one weekend in May at least…

Coming to us from the Philippines on May 21st and staying for just 3 days only, pool fanatics in Southern California will  have the honor of receiving an earlier than expected visit from the BCA ‘Hall Of Famer’ and arguably the best ‘all around’ pool player that ever lived, Efren Bata Reyes.  Efren’s schedule over the next two months is virtually packed with high-end, One-Pocket events each being showcased at different parts of the country. This coming Saturday… “Efren is stopping at Hard Times Billiards for just 3 days and then, on his way to Louisiana for the ‘Professional’ One-Pocket event on May 25th at Buffalo Billiards.”, states Efren’s ‘west coast’ manager, Brook Thomason. “Efren is ONLY playing 1-pocket at this time, as he wants to be wholly prepared.”  The upcoming Louisiana event, which has a $2,000 entry fee and consists of 16 players, boasts a first place prize of $16,000. Immediately following this on June 2nd, he stops in Edison, New Jersey to play the Accu-Stats, ‘Make it Happen’ event which, features 5 of the toughest One-Pocket players on the planet, playing a round-robin style tournament. Efren also has an even bigger match approaching in July against Scott “The Freezer” Frost in Arizona.

Challenge Efren Reyes!

Giving most players a handicap of 10/7 and playing 1-Pocket, right now is your chance to book your very own ‘challenge’ match with Efren Reyes! Point Of View Pool Media will be on premises to provide live coverage of everything that unfolds during his stay at Hard Times. In January of this year, POV Pool provided coverage of Efren’s previous challenge matches with John Lassek, George Teyachea, Fach Garcia and several others.

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As we book names we will update this page.

Contact us for a challenge with Efren Reyes / Time slots listed below:

EMAIL • daniel@povpool  / PHONE • 310-923-6639 

SATURDAY, MAY 21st

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd

  • 12:00pm – Efren VS ???
  • 4:00pm -Efren VS Bradley Fleming (Dallas, TX)
  • 8:00pm – Efren VS ???

MONDY, MAY 23rd

  • 12:00pm – Efren VS ???
  • 4:00pm – Efren VS ???
  • 8:00pm – Efren VS ???

The requirements of ‘Efren’s Challenge’ is to play him a minimum of 3 sets of One-Pocket at a minimum of a $100 wager per set (Race to 3). Wagering higher and playing for longer will also be considered and since his upcoming event in Louisiana will be races to 5,  I would personally love to see someone step up and play Efren a race to 5 for $500 or $1,000 minimum. All matches are uploaded to YouTube for on-demand viewing; a chance for some of you one-pocket players to get a good match in with expert commentary and visual feedback of your technical prowess.

Disclaimer: Due to the nature of the game of One-Pocket, all challenge TIMES are booked as tentative. Each challenger reserves the right to challenge a 4th set only. This means that the next challenger in line may start later than originally scheduled. A ‘split table time’ policy is enforced. Table times are the responsibility of each player. 

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Efren Reyes vs Mike Stilkey – Action Match at The Golden Cue!

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Friday – October 16th, 2015

The Golden Cue Billiards, South El Monte, CA

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Another One Pocket Match on POVPool with Efren Reyes! 

LIVE ON POVPOOL – Friday – 8 PM / PST 

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Efren Reyes is still in Southern California and looking to play and Point Of View Pool is going to cover the action for another last minute, 1-pocket match at Ken Hoshide’s, Golden Cue Billiards, located in South El Monte, California.

Please join us live on our Ustream Channel and if you are in the area, don’t miss the chance to see Efren in action with one of our local heroes, Mike Stilkey!

For those of you wondering… Mike is no slouch!

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  • Efren Reyes vs Mike Stilkey
  • One-Pocket
  • Race to 3 / Minimum 3 races for $100 each
  • Efren spotting 10/7
  • 8:00 PM / PST

For those of you wondering… Mike is no slouch!

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POVPOOL- Gets Hotter Than a ‘SoCal Winter’ in 2015!

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October 12th – 2015 

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Tuesday – October 13th @ 3:00 PM / PST

One Pocket Match with Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes Races to 3 for $100 against POVPOOL’s, Daniel Busch. Played on table 6 at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California – Spectators welcome. Free entry! 

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Efren “Bata” Reyes battles POVPOOL playing 1-pocket.  The 70+ title champion takes on Daniel Busch, the zero title champion (unless you consider the numerous weekly wins at The Golden Cue).  You hear Daniel commentate time and time again and now is your time to take to the commentary in the chatroom 3pm PST on Tuesday, October 13th with ‘Box’ Patterson, Wayne Pullen and Ken Hoshide providing audio commentary.  Although, Daniel is practicing and gearing up for the match, I’m pretty sure Efren is enjoying a chess match somewhere, wondering who the next victim will be.  Efren will be spotting Daniel 10-7, so tune in tomorrow and root for our very own, Mr. Busch, in the match of his lifetime, as he challenges Efren to the game of 1-pocket.   Watch it On YouTube!

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The Foothill BCA’s – 9 and 10 Ball – Season Playoffs and Finals – Live from The Golden Cue Billiards in South El Monte, California

Tournament Starts at 10:30 AM / PST 

FBCA_logoOwned and operated by Corey Harper and Scott Doucette, The Foothill BCA League offers 8, 9 and 10 ball format competition and has quickly grown to over 100 members since it launched last January. Join POV Pool for live action coverage of the Head’s Up Division playoffs and finals matches, playing 9 Ball and 10 Ball on The Golden Cue’s, 9 foot ‘Gold Crowns’. Guest commentators will be handpicked by the Foothill BCA’s official representatives and covered using the 3 camera angles. Spectators to the Golden Cue are always welcome to attend and sweat the matches in person. For more information on The Foothill BCA League, please visit www.FoothillBCA.com or come on in and ask their players. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *10:30 AM / PST*


 

POVPOOL OCTOBER 1PocketSaturday – October 31st @ 12:00 PM / PST

Hard Times Billiards – $100 Added Monthly One-Pocket Tournament – Live From Hard Times, Bellflower

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Tournament Director/s: Chad Beleber, Dave Hemmah and Tony Torres – You simply wouldn’t be a diehard pool fan if you miss the action from Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California – and the next best thing to being there in person is to catch it on POVPOOL. This Halloween – Daniel, Box and Geraldine return to ‘The Home of Champions’ to bring coverage of this $200 added monthly 1-pocket tournament. Well known to be the toughest monthly tournament/s on the west coast of the U.S.; at Hard Times Billiards, one never knows who will appear to take the stage and pocket the dough. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *12:00 PM / PST*


 

POVPOOL NOVEMBER 9BallSunday – November 1st @ 12:00 PM / PST

Hard Times Billiards – $500 Added Monthly 9-Ball Tournament – Live From Hard Times, Bellflower

Practice at 12:30 PM – Tournament starts at 1:30 PM / PST
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Tournament Director/s: Chad Beleber, Dave Hemmah and Tony Torres – Well, we might as well stick around to stream part 2. Catch the action on POVPOOL with the usual suspects and always a few surprises at the tables for live-streamed coverage of this month’s $600 added 9-Ball  tournament! Commentators Daniel Busch, Box, Geraldine and surely a few more guests expected. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *12:00 PM / PST*


 

FLORIAN on POVPOOLSunday – November 29th @ 5:00 PM / PST

The Golden Cue Billiards – Florian Kohler and Special Guests (Abram Diaz & Marty Carey) Artistic Billiards and Trickshot Exhibition – Live from The Golden Cue Billiards in South El Monte, California

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Performing in person with special guests, The San Gabriel Valley APA league and The Golden Cue will be hosting an appearance by the biggest viral pool sensation in history, Florian ‘Venom’ Kohler. Open to all spectators and visitors who wish to attend – Florian’s performance will be opened by world ranked artistic pro players, Marty ‘The Farmer’ Carey and Abram ‘Too Tall’ Diaz. Other ‘Florian’ merchandise and autographs will be available for those at the venue, so if you’re local and a fan of Venom Trickshots, this event should not be missed in person. The Golden Cue Billiards has beer on tap, free parking, A/C, plenty of pool tables and fun for all! This is a 2  1/2 hour event ONLY. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *12:00 PM / PST*


 

BIG-AL-LA-MODE-2015Saturday – December 5th @ 11:00 AM / PST

The Golden Cue Billiards – The 15th Annual, $1,500 Added ‘Big AL’ La Mode 9 Ball Tournament – Live from The Golden Cue Billiards in South El Monte, California  

Tournament starts at 12:00 PM / PST Golden Cue Logo

This is it folks! After over 20 years of dedicated service to the pool community – tournament promoter, Ron Wishnack is retiring from the pool world and holding the final event of his career in cuesports. Something tells me we’ll be seeing Ron again, but we thought it would be nice to give him a send off in style on POVPOOL. This single elimination 9-Ball tournament, open to 64 players and played on The Golden Cue’s, Gold Crown 9 footers is the perfect venue to see him off. Come check out the action or get a seat in the bleachers and sweat some matches if you’re in the area. The Big Al La Mode is in its 15th year and going out with a bang this December. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *11:00 AM / PST*


 

2016 Charity Wish EventSaturday – December 19th / @ 11:00 AM / PST

The Golden Cue Billiards – The 2nd Annual ‘Holiday Wish’ Charity Doubles 9-Ball Tournament – Live from The Golden Cue Billiards in South El Monte, California

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For the second year now, POVPOOL, Golden Cue Billiards and the San Gabriel Valley APA will be hosting the “Holiday Wish” Charity Event, benefitting the city of South El Monte’s “Christmas Wish Toy Giveaway.”  This scotch doubles APA format 9-ball bar-box tournament, will also feature a raffle, food and toy drive.  So, if you’re in the Southern California area, come down, bring a toy and join in the festivities! Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *11:00 AM / PST*

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Break-Time Billiards Hosting Mezz West State Tour Season Finale!

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Article: Daniel Busch

Jan 24th/25th, 2015
BreakTime Billiards – Modesto, CA

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Last Chance to Qualify for the Mezz West State Tour! 

This is it, Folks!

The Mezz West State Tour has staged the final destination of its inaugural season for 231+ registered competitors, who are attracting broad attention and writing the new history for cue-sports in America. Modesto, California, found in the heart of California’s northern Central Valley will probably see its largest billiards event in 10 years. Hosted by BreakTime Billiards at 304 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95354,  this 10-ball competition will be the final, ‘Top Gun’ qualifier played on 11, fully tuned 9 foot Diamond ‘pro-cut’ pool tables at 4-1/4″ pockets. The sports bar vibe at the 10,000 square foot venue comes with additional Diamond bar tables, huge 6 x 8 foot screens and, 11 taps of beer and some tasty bar food.

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When asked about the Mezz West State Tour, BreakTime Billiards owner, Joe Gonzalez stated, “I’m thrilled to be hosting this event for Oscar and Desiree and to be a part of this great tour. Apart from the major tournaments in the country, the Mezz West State Tour has the potential to be very successful for the sport and I look forward to hosting more events in the following season as well.”

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The Last Stand for ‘Top Gun’ Hopefuls 

Everything depends on performance and attendance for those who currently threaten the current ‘Top 32’ names on the rankings list!

The Mezz West State Tour rankings will determine ‘who’ gets to play the Top Gun event in March of this year. With a prize fund that has grown to approximately, $7,000 thus far and open to 32 players, a ‘stand-by list’ will also be generated with the final rankings announcement, so that if any top 32 players cannot attend Top Gun, players in the next ranking position will qualify.

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Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 2.36.17 PMIn fact, we already know that Efren Reyes, ranked #28 is unable to qualify because he did not play enough events and Danny Gohkul, ranked #31 still needs one more event to qualify. This is good news and possibly bad for players like Melissa Herndon #33 and Anthony Ortega #34 who, in waiting for the final rankings announcement, would surely slip back in rankings after Modesto if they do not attend or play poorly. Likewise, we can think of almost 25 players who have full potential to steal a ranking position from the deep such as, Mark Whitehead #35, Art Garcia #36, Deo Alpajora #56, Chris Robinson #61 and many others. With such talent on the tour and a chance to win big, this stop becomes an absolute must for tour members.

This final stop should produce some great matches. Be ready to see everything from desperation, despair and glorious excitement as pool players stage their final assaults to earn a ‘Top Gun’ spot!

If the TOP GUN were today, who would qualify? 

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Raffles and Top Prizes! 

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 4.05.34 PMThe Mezz West State Tour has had a regular tradition of raffling Mezz Cues and Cases at almost every stop on the tour in addition to a cash prize to the top finishing female/s. Along the way, MZWST also picked up the interest of Allen Hopkins, who has graciously sanctioned the #1 ranked player on MZWST to receive a free entry to the 2015 Allen Hopkins ‘Professional 10 Ball Event’ held annually at the Super Billiards Expo.

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Live Stream on POV Pool!

Please be sure to join us for live coverage of the this tour stop, brought to you by Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, Zan Tips, Turtle Rack, Marty Carey’s Jump Q, Virtual Pool 4, Kurzweils Country Meats.

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Mezz West State Tour – Stop #11
  • Saturday/Sunday – January 24th/25th
  • 11:00 am PST / Registration
  • 12:00 pm PST / Tournament Begins
  • 10 Ball / TRUE Double Elimination
  • Pro race to 9, Semi Pro race to 8, Amateur race to 7
  • $65 Entry / Open to all / Entries in Cash / DAY OF EVENT.
  • $2,000 Added
  • Alternate Break / No 10 Ball Break / 3 Foul Rule / Jump Cues Allowed
  • Diamond Tables / 4-1/4″ Pockets
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  • BreakTime Billiards
  • 304 McHenry Avenue
  • Modesto, CA 95354
  • (209) 846-9656
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MZWST #10 – Another Victory for “Edgie” Geronimo!

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Cover photo: Chris Santana
Story By: Desiree Rivera

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A Packed House at OnCue Billiards! 

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The Mezz West State Tour was held in gorgeous La Mesa, California at its premier room, On Cue Billiards. The Nooris family welcomed 88 players including none other than “The Magician” himself, Mr. Efren Reyes. It was quite a treat for both, players and spectators to watch and interact with the legend himself during the two day event.

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The top half of the bracket was packed with talent as it contained not only Rodrigo Geronimo, Ramin Bakhtiari, Vilmos Foldes, Johnny Kang, James Cabal, Dan Wallace, Dave Gorham, Rodney Wynn and Victor Castro but also Efren Reyes. Foldes and Reyes met up in the final 16 of the winner side in a TV table face off. Foldes fought hard, but was out matched by Reyes with a score of 9-4. Reyes’ bracket got no easier, as Rodrigo Geronimo was waiting for him following his 9-3 victory over James Cabal. This Filipino match up went back and forth to the bitter end with Rodrigo pulling away a 9-7 victory and sending the Magician to the losers side. This win secured Geronimo’s spot in the final 4 of the winners side where he would defeat Victor Castro, who had tough wins over Mark Whitehead, Ray Pajarillo and Dave Gorham. Geronimo would go on to defeat Castro 9-6 to find himself waiting to battle it out for the hot seat.

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Beau Runningen – Copyright © 2015 Ashi Fachler

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Efren Reyes – Copyright © 2015 Ashi Fachler

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Attila Bezdan and Oscar Dominguez – Photo: Copyright © 2015 – POV Pool

 

The bottom half of the bracket was no cake walk either as Oscar Dominguez, Attila Bezdan, Kenichi Uchigaki, Ruben Bautista, Sal Butera, Beau Runningen and Melissa Hernadon made up just a few of the great players that filled up this portion of the chart. Second round of the winners side found Beau Runningen taking on Toyko player, Kenichi Uchigaki. Beau made a heart filled effort but fell short, sending Uchigaki further into the winners brackets and himself to the losers side. Uchigaki proceeded to find wins over Branch Talley, Larry Bohn and Sal Butera all of which allowed him to face off against Oscar Dominguez in the final 4 winners. Dominguez made his way there with wins over Melissa Herndon, Amir Shoshan and Attila Bezdan. This was hard fought battle between the two international friends, but ended with Kenichi Uchigaki taking down Dominguez 9-6. This win ensured Uchigaki to face off with Geronimo for the hot seat. The match up one sided early on with Geronimo taking the win 9-5, putting him in the hot seat.

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Live Stream on POV Pool! Daniel Busch and Geraldine Thibodeau – © 2015 POV POOL MEDIA

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Meanwhile, the action continued on the losers’ side where team Hungary faced off. Vilmos Foldes defeated his best friend and road partner 9-4 knocking Attila out of the competition. Vilmos would then go on to beat Sal Butera in a hill-hill, nail bitter which came down to a safety battle on the 8 ball in the final game. However the hill-hill matches were not over for Foldes just yet, as Victor Castro played his heart out but fell short to Foldes in the following round. On the top side of the losers bracket, Oscar Dominguez found himself fighting back against Efren Reyes, who at one point led the match 8-2. Dominguez came with great out after great out, eventually tying the match at 8-8. In the case game, Reyes was up to break. Reyes broke in two balls and skillfully made an incredible out on Dominguez, forcing Oscar to settle for 5th/6th.

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Kenichi Uchigaki – © 2015 ASHI FACHLER

The 3rd/4th match found Foldes and Reyes once again. Foldes found his revenge on Reyes winning 9-6 and sending him to the losers side final against Uchigaki. Uchigaki, who was feeling ill and very jet lagged opted to allow Foldes to move onto the finals by forfeit. The finals between Vilmos Foldes and Rodrigo Geronimo was a match to be seen. In true double elimination format Foldes would have to defeat Geronimo twice to claim victory. Foldes easily handles Rodrigo winning the first set 9-3. The second set was much more of a grind with many break and runs, kicking and safety play. Rodrigo eventually grinded down Foldes and took his victory in a close 9-7 win. This win would make Rodrigo a three time tour stop winner this season. Also, a congrats to Melissa Herndon for being the top female finisher and receiving a $100 bonus.

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The MWST would like to thank their sponsors for their continuous support of bringing pool back to the west coast. In addition, a very special thank you to Daniel Busch, Geraldine Thibodeau and POV POOL for their hard work providing the live streaming. Mezz Cues, West State Billiards Supply, ZAN Tips, Kurzweils Country Meats, AZbilliards.com, NYCGrind.com, POVPool.com, Marty Carey Jump Q, Virtual Pool 4, The Turtle Rack, and Fast&Loose designs.

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Commentating on POV Pool – Daniel Busch, Rolando Vicente and Ray Reyes!

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MZWST – Stop #11 at Breaktime Billiards! 

Be sure to join POV Pool and Mezz West State Tour at BreakTime Billiards on January 24th, 25th for the final open event on the tour. It’s the last chance for players to obtain a ranking in the TOP 32 for the upcoming TOP GUN event being held on March 7th/8th at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA! 

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