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The West Coast Swing: Stop #1 – The 4th Annual Cole Dickson 10-Ball!

May 10th, 2016

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Delbert Wong and Family Billiards hosting another ‘Cole Dickson’! 

Summer is on the horizon and it’s time to take your foot off the breaks and put the pedal to the metal! This year’s ‘West Coast Swing’ of pool kicks off in San Francisco with it’s first stop of six stops total. On July 2nd and 3rd, Delbert Wong’s Family Billiards is hosting the 4th annual Cole Dickson Open 10-Ball tournament. Since Cole’s passing in June of 2013, Delbert swiftly launched the event to remember one of America’s most entertaining money players of our time. This year’s ‘Dickson’ will be $2,500 added guaranteed; the two day event on Geary Blvd will be played on Family Billiards’ well kept, Gold Crown 9 foot tables that are scheduled to be freshly cloth-ed and tuned by Ernesto Dominguez. Of the six total events on the ‘West Coast Swing’, the Cole Dickson event offers the lowest entry fee of only $75 with no additional late fees. Also, in conjunction with CueSports International and the 2016 CSI U.S. Open events toward the end of July, the first place winner of this year’s Cole Dickson will receive a free entry into their pick of the U.S. Open 8 or 10 ball events; an entry worth $350.

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The toughest in the West and the World! 

Charging to San Francisco and sniffing around for action are a host of pro-pool players for this year’s Cole Dickson. We are waiting until June 1st to provide readers with a preliminary list of ‘who’s who’ at the 4th Cole, but one thing’s for sure, last year’s winner, Rodney ‘The Rocket’ Morris has given a positive ‘nod’ along with the likes of Raj ‘The Hitman’ Hundal, Tony Chohan, and last minute travel plans are being made for Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante to attend. (Django is here for big action in Las Vegas on July 19th, but more on that from us soon). Another name floating in the ether is Canada’s top all around player Alex Pagulayan, who’s has been heard to say with a sense of urgency, “I need dates and times! Somebody tell me when this all starts!” Yes, it’s entirely possible that, due to the prestige of the events following this one, The 4th Cole Dickson and the rest of the ‘Swing’ may fill faster than any other before it.

– Congratulations are in order to Alex Pagulayun for just winning the ‘Don Coates Memorial One-Pocket Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina and the recent, “2016 Canadian 9-ball Championships’. Alex is on fire this year! Let’s not forget that he is also this year’s Derby City ‘All Around’ Champion! READ MORE HERE

Cole Dickson Tournament Format:

  • The 4th Annual Cole Dickson 10 Ball Tournament
  • $2,500 Added Guaranteed
  • Entry Fee $75
  • Open to 128 Players
  • 10 Ball / Call Pocket
  • Slop a ball = Opponent’s Option
  • Winner Breaks
  • 3 Foul Rule in Effect
  • Jump Cues Allowed
  • Simonis Cloth
  • Aramith Balls / IPT Edition
  • Live Streamed on www.POVPOOL.com with a “Real Time Feed Page” during the event

Past winner’s include: • 2015 – Vilmos Foldes • 2014 Rodney Morris • 2013 Amar Kang

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Family Billiards – San Francisco

In the Bay Area, the name ‘Family Billiards’ is ubiquitous with pool. The name has been around San Francisco since 1967 and has stood strong as a personal favorite to thousands of pool players from all over the world. Delbert Wong took over ‘Family’ in the early 80’s and moved it to its present location on Geary Blvd. has been known by many as one of those room-owners that gives back to the players. His very close friend, Cole Dickson passed just 4 years ago and was taken too soon from us. Cole Dickson was known to many as one of the best money players around.

Legendary story: Cole once proposed $1,000 per game against the 9-ball ghost and broke the house!

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What is the ‘West Coast Swing of Pool’? 

The ‘West Coast Swing’ is a ‘back to back’ annual series of high paying, ‘open’ pool tournaments, held at several venues on the West Coast of the United States within close proximity and time frame. Usually held during summertime, the ‘Swing’ events are designed to attract the world’s top-tier pool players who seek to associate with high profile events, grow their professional careers and promote their sponsors and/or affiliates. Each tournament is independent of one another, so there is no registration and no obligation to play multiple stops. However, the ‘Swing’ events are well coordinated in terms of location and chronology so that they are always synchronous, giving players the opportunity to play all events if they desire.

2016 • July 2nd – 30th • One month of solid action!

This year’s West Coast Swing will start in San Francisco, California on July 2nd for ‘Stop #1’ (The Cole Dickson 10-Ball). Players will gradually work their way south for two weeks through Fremont, California for ‘Stops 2 and 3 (The West Coast Challenge); then to Bellflower, California for ‘Stop 4’ (The Hard Times 10-Ball) and finally, players will ‘swing’ north east to Las Vegas, Nevada for stops 5 and 6 (CSI U.S. Open 8-ball and 10-ball) held at The Rio All Suites Hotel/Resort Casino.

Entry Form/s for all events can be found here: 

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Mezz West State Tour – Rev’ving Up For Fresno!

September 13th, 2014

Diamond Billiards – Fresno, California

Written and edited by: Daniel Busch – Point of View Pool Media

 

Inquiries: Daniel Busch – povpool@gmail.com, Desiree Rivera – mezzweststatetour@yahoo.com 

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The Mezz West State Tour – Forges on!

After just 2 scheduled events of 12 in its first season, The Mezz West State Tour has quickly accumulated 122 members, with an official tour ranking and a desire to earn a spot in the season ending’s, ‘Top Gun” Finale Event of just 16 players in March of 2015. As the Tour prepares for its next stop this weekend at Diamond Billiards in Fresno, California it looks as though the membership should grow to see more new players, sparking not just local interest in winning a piece of the $2,000 added money and a place on the rankings list, the Tour’s third event has also signed on a handful of other popular names in pool like, Gerardo Jamito, Melissa Herndon, Brian Parks, Atila Bezdan and also the young Hungarian Pro, Vilmos Foldes, who has expressed a desire to live on the west coast permanently.

Getting Stronger!

This time, playing 9 Ball instead of 10-Ball, statistically so far, the field for the upcoming Diamond Billiards event is already a little stronger than tour stop #2 at Hard Times – Sacramento, with 5 professional players in the field and more expected. Sacramento’s Hard Times Billiards, which only took in 4 professional players last month saw the rise of Jaynard Orque, who defeated some of its strongest players to take 1st place and now holds a ranking of #4 on the tour. It’s a simple fact, that The Mezz West State Tour, which provides a ranking position to its members and slight handicap to pro players seeking competition is quickly inspiring pool players to bring their best game to fight for a place at the top of the rankings list.

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Jaynard Orque – Winner of Stop #2 – Photo by: Bob Beaulieau

During a brief phone conversation with me on Monday of this week, Tang Hoa, who holds position #11 on the ranking list said, “I want to continue playing this season to make it to the Top 16 and qualify for the ‘Top Gun’ event. I think I have a strong chance to make it in, but just to make sure, I’m going to Fresno this weekend. See you there, Buddy!”

Stop #3 – The Venue is Diamond Billiards! 

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 12.11.18 PMDiamond Billiards was opened in the mid 1990’s by an industrious man named Dan Dadian who, at one point owned 5 locations in Central California and Reno, Nevada. Passing away in 2012, Dan is survived by his wife, Sheri Dadian and who now owns and operates Diamond Billiards located at 6460 Blackstone Avenue; the venue has been at the 6,000 square foot location for over 10 years. It’s also the home of the annual ‘Rocky Antennucci 9 Ball Tournament’ which takes place every Super Bowl weekend and will also host its 3rd Annual, ‘Dan Dadian Memorial Tournament’ in November of 2014. Serving food and beer, Diamond Billiards is a weekly host to APA Leagues, Michael Reddick and Chris Swart’s – California Cue Sports events and an ‘in-house’ league, playing on 6 x 7′ bar sized tables, and 12 x 9′ Rebco Tables and the new addition of one 9′ Diamond Table. Another noteworthy factoid about Diamond Billiards, which pool players always ask about is that the house tables there have recently been *’Dominguez’ed’ and that means that the upcoming Mezz/West State stop will be held to high standards of excellence and playing conditions.

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* Dominguez’ed : To have pool tables maintained by Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez – Arguably, the most sought after pool table mechanics in the Pacific Standard Time Zone.

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Dan Dadian, a.k.a. – “Diamond Dan” founded Diamond Billiards and had the belief that everyone should have access to quality entertainment. Diamond Billiards is Fresno’s top destination, bringing people of all ages and skill levels together under one roof.

Diamond Billiards Fresno
6460 N Blackstone Ave
Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559-435-1130
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Website: www.diamondbilliardsfresno.com

Special Cue Raffle Being Held! 

A big thanks also to Mezz Cues for this! Diamond Billiards will be raffling a limited edition Mezz Cue with a WD700 Shaft to all players and spectators in attendance of the event.

Still Taking Entries!

Every Stop: $2,000 Added Guaranteed!

Entry Fee: $65

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As with every stop on The Mezz West State Tour, tournament signups are being taken right up to the day of the event and although advertised to a limited field, is open to as many who wish to participate. This being said, it is still strongly advised to have your name/s added to the list as early as possible to give the Tournament Directors an idea of what to expect on the first day and give them an opportunity to change the start time/s or tournament format, if needed. To sign up, join The Mezz West State Tour’s Facebook Group and send a message to be added to the list. Payment is always accepted and processed on the day of the event.

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Free Live Stream on POV Pool! 

Mezz West State Tour fans, followers; pool players and audiences everywhere can watch this event which will broadcast, live on www.povpool.com with commentary, scores, special guest appearances and sponsor announcements. The POV Pool brand was officially launched in December, 2011 and can be found on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, SoundCloud, Instagram, Ustream, Vimeo, and on popular billiard forums.

Live Stream Details: 

– Saturday, September 13th @ 10:00 am / PST – ??? on www.povpool.com

– Sunday, September 14th @ 11:00 am / PST – ??? on www.povpool.com

Live Stream with interactive chatroom: www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

Sponsors: 

The Mezz West State Tour is proudly sponsored by: Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, The Turtle Rack, Zan Tips, Virtual Pool 4, Marty Carey’s Jump Q, Fast & Loose Designs, POV Pool and GoPlayPool. Special Thanks also goes out to NYC Grind, AZ Billiards, Professor Q Ball’s National Pool and Billiards News, The Pool Scene, On The Break News and Automated Entertainment.

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$5,000 Added – Hard Times 10-Ball, Gears Up For Action!

July 11th – 13th, 2014

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

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The ‘Home Of Champions’ Gears Up for Action!

On July 11th-13th and for the 5th year in a row, Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower will be hosting its annual ‘Hard Times 10-Ball Open’ tournament.. With $5,000 added money and POV Pool’s live streaming preparations underway, it’ll be another unforgettable event. Won by Carlo Biado last year, he bested Alex Pagulayan in a landslide final battle, 11 games to 1. Hard Times 10 Ball always attracts an assorted field of the best from all over the world and we can only guess who will be this year’s champion to rise to the top. Past top finishers of this event have been, Dennis Orcullo, Shane VanBoening, Ralf Souquet, Wang Can, Rodney Morris, Manny Chau, Max Eberle, Scott Frost and many others.

Confirmed So Far…

The internationally known pool promoter, author and tournament director, Jay Helfert has confirmed with POV Pool that Warren Kiamco and Dennis Orcullo are confirmed for this years event. Also, widely known to be an agent and manager for two other players whilst on the West Coast, we have a confirmation from Brook Thomason that Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes will also be competing. Reigning CSI, US Open 10-Ball Champion, Rodney Morris states that he will compete this year, just before flying to Japan for The Japan Open in Tokyo. And, there has been some discussion that Shane VanBoening may also make an appearance which, if this is the case, means it’s a matter of time before the rest will follow. No word yet as to whether we will be seeing any number of these 4 players: Ko Pin Yi, Ko Pin Chung, Chang Jun Ling and Cheng Yu Hsuan who are travelling from Taiwan to play in Las Vegas this year for the CSI, U.S. Open events. As they develop, more player and promotional updates can be found on The Hard Times 10-Ball’s, Facebook Event Page.

 West State Billiards named as Main Sponsor!

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This year’s main sponsor or the event will be none other than Southern California’s West State Billiards, located in Fullerton, CA – Operating since 1946, West State Billiards will be providing brand new 860 Simonis Brand cloth for 20 tables, soon to be installed by the Dominguez Family (Ernesto and Oscar). Tournament direction will be led by professional pool player and longtime house-pro at Hard Times, Dave Hemmah. With the new equipment and strong tournament leadership the entrants of this year’s event can expect nothing but the best quality and service at this annual event.

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 Live Streaming and Video Coverage on POV Pool!

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The 3 day event will be live-streamed for free and viewable at www.POVpool.com. Special guest commentators are expected and a few promotional surprises from sponsors are being arranged out for POV Pool supporters and viewers. POV Pool is sponsored by Kamui_logoBlackKamui TipsNew OB Logo 2013 for black background jpegOB CuesAutomated Logo DARKAutomated Entertainment and Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 12.29.33 PMRunOut Apps. Additional promotional and editorial thanks also to, GoPlayPool, AZ Billiards, NYC Grind, Live Stream NewsInside Pool, Dave Hemmah, Marielle Lim, Mike Piyasambun, Hard Times Staff, Ashi Fachler, Geraldine Thibodeau.   

Information and Resources

Event Details

The 5th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Tournament
$125 Entry – $150 After July 3rd, 2014
$5,000 Added
Open to 96 Players
Double Elimination Race to 9
10-Ball / Call Pocket
3-Fouls / Jumps Allowed / Measle Ball / Magic Rack (Optional)
Entry Form

For More Info

Hard Times 10-Ball’s Facebook ‘Event’ page

Hard Times Billiards Group Page

Live Stream Broadcast PagePOV Pool / Ustream

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Players Confirmed (As of June 15th)

Dennis Orcullo
Warren Kiamco
Efren Reyes
Francisco Bustamante
Dennis Hatch
Oscar Dominguez
Ernesto Dominguez
Ramon Mistica

Contact

Daniel Busch –

Hard Times Billiards

17450 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
562-867-7733

CSI’s – “Swanee 17”, To Feature All-Star Cast!

Swanee Press

February 23rd & 24th, 2013 @ 10:00 AM / PST

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It’s called ‘The Home Of Champions’ for a reason folks! This years’ annual ‘Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament’ at Hard Times Billiards, sponsored by Mark Griffin of Cue Sports International will schedule the most stunning array of top professional players in it’s 17 year history. A handful of Britons, top American players and a virtual army of Filipino Pros are signed up for this, once again, filled field of 192 players. And lest we forget the large mob of ‘shortstops’ signed on, who on any given day, could give these guys a run for their money.

The A-List Pros to beat this year will consist of the following:

Ronnie Alcano, Darren Appleton, Francisco Bustamante, Sal Butera, Manny Chau, Oscar Dominguez, Ernesto Dominguez, Max Eberle, Corey Harper, Dave Hemmah, Warren Kiamco, Stevie Moore, John Morra, Rodney Morris, Dennis Orcollo, Alex Pagulayan, Jose Parica, Santos Sambajon Jr., Jayson Shaw, Louis Ulrich and Shane VanBoening!

Who Is Favored? 

For the past week or so, Dennis Orcollo, Ronnie Alcano and Alex Pagulayan have been seen at Hard Times getting into action, playing the ghost, challenging hard-hitters with huge spots, just to keep in form and be ready for this event. Shane VanBoening has been playing alot also in Vegas, where he has just defeated Mike Dechaine in the TAR 31 Challenge Match, running 3 & 4 packs like a walk in the park! Francisco Bustamante & Scotland’s Jayson Shaw are hot off the grill from a recent, Accu-Stats Challenge, where neither player had more than a 2 game lead in a race to 21 but finally ending in a loss for Shaw! Max Eberle is also hitting well after defeating Dennis Orcollo in the finals at the Derby Classic, 14.1 Challenge. In addition, don’t forget Manny Chau, Corey Harper and Rodney Morris, who have all felt comfortable enough at Hard Times to chalk up some wins against players like Efren Reyes, Sal Butera and Louis Ulrich (Respectively). 

One thing’s for sure…Our consecutive, 2 time winner of the ‘Swanee’, Alex Pagulayan has his hands quite full this time as the pro’s keep flocking from near and far.  

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For the second consecutive year the Jay Swanson Memorial Tournament, aptly known to pool players as ‘The Swanee’ will be streamed for free and live online, on Point Of View Pool’s Ustream Channel. Sponsored by several of POV Pool’s faithful supporters like Cue Sports International, Kamui Tips, Virtual Pool 4, GoPlayPool, Pro Pool Academy & Cue 2 U and thanks to new the newfound support of OB Cues, this stream is made possible for free. In addition, this much needed support for the pool streaming community will also enable POV Pool the time and resources to post all Swanee matches to YouTube at a much higher quality of 720p HD.PRO POOL ACADEMY LOGO WITH WEB ADDRESS PNGDownload Virtual Pool 4Cue2UPoster

Owner/Operator of POV Pool, Daniel Busch states, “I’m very grateful to all of the sponsors of this event for providing me with enough support to make this a worthy cause. The memory of this great pool player, Jay Swanson deserves it and this event could arguably be the biggest and most important memorial tournament for pool in the United States. It’s an honor to play a part in bringing the action to screens all over the world. Without the support of my sponsors and some of my private donors, this live stream would not be possible. Thanks as well, to Hard Times Billiards staff and owner Eddie Arreguin, who provides an awesome venue for pool and for players.”

POV Pool will also be present with helping hands, Mike Piyosambun, Barbara Lee, Christopher Fitzgerald, John Bertone, Frank Almanza and a handful of prepared commentators and co-hosts. 

POV Pool on the Pool Trax website! Realtime Stats and Performance Ratings! 

And, for those of you who follow the numbers and want some data to hedge your bets with, Donn Espinoza will provide realtime Pool-Trax statistics and player analysis, which will be available for each streamed match, viewable in realtime on the Pool-Trax’s website at www.pool-trax.net or you can visit the Jay Swanson event page directly at the following link: http://www.pool-trax.net/Events/EventDetails.aspx?Sid=172

The Rules Of Engagement!

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Please review the following details of the Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament or click on the flyer.

The 17th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament!

$4,000 Added / 192 Players / Confirmed List CLICK HERE!

  • Double Elimination / Race to 7 & 6
  • Final 8 Players / Race to 7 one loss side
  • Final Match / Race to 11 – True Double Elimination
  • Magic Rack / Rack your own
  • 3-Foul Rule in effect
  • Doors Open at 9AM PST
  • Play begins at 10AM PST

 

Live Stream Link/s: www.povpool.com or ustream.tv/channel/povpool

 

 

 

 

Kamui, Simonis & “Team Mexico” Pitch In For Team Rubicon

John Bertone of Kamui Tips, Ivan Lee of Simonis Cloth with Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez (AKA “Team Mexico) donated their time, supply, and service for a great non-profit organization called Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon headquartered in Los Angeles was founded by Jake Wood and William McNulty. TR unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations.

John Bertone Owner, Kamui Tips.com, reconnected with Cal Verdin 3 years ago prior to Cal’s retirement from the Army. Both Cal and John went to the same high school together Class of ‘90. John has been a true supporter of our military forces and has been seeking ways that he can help by involving the billiard industry.

“ I have been seeking some productive ways to giving back to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom and for what our country stands for. Team Rubicon is a great organization to get behind because they are giving our men and women veterans an opportunity to continue using their skills towards a positive and productive cause.” stated John Bertone of http://www.KamuiTips.com

Ivan Lee, President/CEO, Iwan Simonis Incorporated was contacted by John Bertone about the Team Rubicon Brunswick pool table laying in pieces without felt. John and Ivan share a common feeling about our service men and women and decided together to split the costs of getting the TR pool table up and running.

“Simonis is proud to help Team Rubicon because they are so active in helping people in need. Utilizing veteran’s skills to respond quickly and efficiently to crisis situations around the world is commendable.” stated Ivan Lee of http://www.IwanSimonis.com

Cal Verdin, a 20 year Army Veteran, a fan of pool, volunteers his time at Team Rubicon in Los Angeles. His specialties in the field during his 20 years in the Army are now a part of assisting people who are in need.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank John Bertone and Ivan Lee for helping Team Rubicon get the felt for our Brunswick pool table that was donated to us and special thanks to the “engineers” (Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez) who reassembled it! The volunteers of TR have a predisposition for selfless service with the skills we possess and the training that has been provided to us. Not only do we feel compelled to work hard but also a strong desire to relax and play hard as well. The newly renovated pool table you have provided us at the Team Rubicon headquarters allows us to unwind and bond! So again, thank you my friend and I look forward to you swinging by anytime for a game or two. Let us here at HQ show you the skills that us veterans have on a pool table!”, stated Cal Verdin of Team Rubicon.

If you want more info or want to get involved and/or support Team Rubicon please visit http://www.TeamRubiconUSA.org
If you have any questions or wish to contact, please email john@KamuiTips.com

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