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2017’s Year-End events on POV Pool

October 20th, 2017

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA 

By: Daniel Busch

Daniel & Geraldine of POV Pool Media

So, you’ve made all the stripes on the table and you’re left with the 8…

Well, POV Pool will be left with an ‘8’ at the end of 2017. But, before we get there, we’ve got patterns to play, a cue-ball to control and even more balls to sink. So, here’s our list of events streaming live on POV Pool as we get closer to hill for the end of this year. Save the dates, tell a friend and ‘Keep Loving Pool’!

On these events we’d like to give a ‘Special Thanks’ to, OB Cues, Jerry Oliver Custom Cues, Bryant Billiards, Red Tree Jewelry, Outsville Inc., John and Karen Barton of JB Cases, Tiger Products, IV Organics, The Texas ACS League, Janet Ybarra, Chris Swart, Heriberto Arreguin, Tom Wirth, Ray and Janette Cruz, Mark Cantrill, Dave Hemmah, Shirell Ivey, Joey Chin, Frank Almanza, Al Moreno and Tony Torres; and to all of you who play and participate (too many to name).

October 26th-29th • The Texas ACS 8 Ball State Championships!

On October 26nd-29th, POV Pool is off to The Lone Star State; working with the Texas American Cue Sports Alliance to provide live streamed coverage from Belton, of the Texas ACS, 8 Ball State Championships, consisting of a series of back to back competitions. Covering the men’s singles, women’s singles, mixed teams, women’s teams and scotch doubles competitions, we invite you to join us live for the action with a rotation of guest commentators, live bracket updates and other ACS related news and announcements. Added money and live streaming services are made possible in part by OB Cues, Jerry Olivier Custom Cues, Bryant Billiards, Frideres Billiard Supply and Red Tree Jewelry.

 

November 3rd-5th • The NAPT Women’s Pro, ‘Desert Challenge!’

Join us on POV POOL’s YouTube Channel, Streaming LIVE from Griff’s in Las Vegas Nevada!

Check out the NAPT on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PlayNAPT/

The North American Pool Tour (NAPT) is excited to announce that the Desert Challenge will be held at Griff’s in Las Vegas, November 2-5, 2017. Guaranteed $5000 is added to the prize fund, bringing the total purse to $21,000, with a full field of 64 players.

Griff’s is a classy non-smoking 8,000-square-foot pool and billiard hall with a full restaurant and bar located at 3650 South Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. Owner Mark Griffin’s desire is to provide Las Vegas with a billiards room that gives pool the respect it deserves. A tasteful, sleek, modern and clean venue that’s as nice as any nightclub in Vegas. Griff’s offers great food, cool drinks, league play opportunities, and an inviting, upscale, non-smoking atmosphere featuring (9) 9-foot Diamond pool tables; (12) 7-foot Diamond pool tables; a 9-foot Chinese 8-Ball table; and an antique 12-foot Brunswick snooker/golf table. Raised bench seating surrounds the billiards area, offering comfortable seating for guests and providing the ability to watch sporting events on the 25 flat screen televisions from anywhere in the room. Call 702-222-1011 to find out more.

This Women’s Division I (pro) tournament attracts some of the most talented women players from all over North America. The format is double elimination, limited to 64 players.

Professionally ranked players receive personal invitations. Division II (semi-pro/regional) players earn invitations by entering Division II Regional Tour qualifier tournaments.

There are ten, Division II Regional Tours throughout North America. These regional tours are considered ‘feeders’ for the NAPT Division I events and provides an opportunity for woman players to reach their highest levels of competition. The NAPT is currently finalizing other 2017 tour stops throughout North America. For up to date tournament and membership information, and to find regional tour territories and tour director contact information, visit www.playnapt.com.

In our effort to continue to provide quality opportunities to promote our sport, as well as provide national exposure for your business, NAPT is actively considering 2017 sponsorship bids for individual tour stops as well as annual tour title sponsorships. With many options available, we can accommodate every budget. We welcome representation from all industries. Please contact, Adrianne Beach () or Kelly Nickl () to discuss detailed

 

November 4th-5th • Hard Times Billiards 1st Weekend!

This November, our return home to Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower will be a little different. Yes, of course the Hard Times ‘1st weekend tournaments; One-Pocket Saturday and 9-Ball Sunday, will be streaming live on our YouTube Channel and, to sweeten the pot this month, POV Pool will hold a small raffle of various accessories from Tiger Products and Outsville Inc., bringing some Accu Racks and Great White Chalk! We will also be giving away Scott Frost and Mika Immonen DVD’s and a couple of posters from the 2016 West Coast Swing events and a very special gift from Tom Wirth; his book entitled “One Pocket: A Game of Controlled Aggression”. A percentage of the proceeds from this raffle will be added to this month’s prize fund so, don’t be a turkey this November and rack-em up!

December 1st-3rd • POV Pool’s 6th Anniversary!

California Billiards in Fremont, is currently taking entries and will host POV Pool’s 6th anniversary tournaments featuring, some of the best of California’s talent-pool and, a few surprise entrants from other parts of the world. The 3-day event will kick off with a $300 added single elimination early evening ‘9 Ball’ tournament and, followed by a 2-day, $2,000 added one-pocket tournament. No green fees and all monies paid out, you can download your entry form below or enter by phone with your credit card at: 510-668-1670. Celebrate 6 years of broadcast history with Point Of View Pool Media by tuning into POV Pool’s YouTube Channel for this very special, free stream. We will also be raffling a very special ‘Bobby Hunter Cue with 2 custom, Tiger shafts’, a couple of JB Cases from John Barton and some Great White Chalk, compliments of Outsville, Inc.

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December 16th • The 1st Annual $1,000 Added – “Tiger 8-BRAWL!” 

Taking Entries! Heads-up, ‘8 Ballers’; Sharky’s Billiards in Lancaster, California is celebrating its first year of new ownership by pool enthusiast, Ray Cruz and he would like to invite everyone to play a new, annual tournament brought to you by, Tiger Products. The Sharky’s venue comes complete with hot food, bottled and tap’d beverages with, 18 Gold Crown 1’s and 2’s. Tiger Products is gifting a ‘Traveler Series Cue’ and other accessories while, Outsville is bringing in Accu-Racks and Great White Chalk to the table, giving everyone at the venue a chance to win some cool gear. Open to 64 players, this will be a handicapped format, event with all the rules and criteria available at their

“Tiger 8 Brawl” – Facebook Event Page.

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

May 11th, 2016

POV Pool Headquarters, Los Angeles CA

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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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One-Pocket ONLY – Book it Now – First Come, First Served!

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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Play One Pocket with Efren Reyes in January!

January 18th-20th, 2016

Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA

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  • So, you wanna play Efren Reyes, eh?
  • Email: daniel@povpool.com
  • Leave us your contact info and the date you’d like to play
  • See the schedule below for more details  

Action with Efren at Hard Times Billiards!

Save the dates and book your session with Efren Reyes if you dare. Efren will be at Hard Times from January 18th-20th, 2016! You can email me directly or call 310-923-6639 with your immediate inquiries.

With the 18th Annual Derby City Classic on the horizon this month, Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes will be stopping through Southern California for 3 days to prepare for the upcoming tournaments at Indiana’s, Horseshoe Casino. While at Hard Times ‘The Magician’ is open for action from almost anybody who wants a game and POV Pool has been asked to take appointments and book anyone in the area on those dates for action. We have a confirmation that Efren is willing to give up 10-7 for a minimum of 3 sets per match to most players. If you are interested in matching up with Efren Reyes, you must be willing to play a minimum of 3 sets of race to 3 (One-Pocket) for a minimum of $100 per set.

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Playing the greatest that ever lived!

Mike Stilkey playing Efren Reyes in October 2015.

Mike Stilkey playing Efren Reyes in October 2015.

Efren Reyes vs Daniel Busch in October 2015

Efren Reyes vs Daniel Busch in October 2015

This is a rare opportunity for YOU to learn from the best! In the recent past, POV Pool featured two matches between Efren and Myself and another local player, Mike Stilkey playing one-pocket for just $100 per set. A very small price to pay for the best pool lesson of your life. I can honestly say that playing 3 sets with Efren, getting 10-7 taught me a lot about my game which has improved since.

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Live Streamed on POV Pool! 

Thanks to POV Pool’s sponsors and to Eddie Arreguin of Hard Times Billiards, we will be there to provide live coverage of all Efren matches which will later be available for viewing on POV Pool’s YouTube Channel. Not only will you have the chance to play the best; your match will also receive professional video coverage with helpful commentary from multiple camera angles. In addition, if you have your own business or entity that you wish to promote during your match, we are happy to do so on a pre-arranged basis, free of charge. Just our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to you for giving us the chance to cover your performance.

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Live Stream Schedule:

  • January 18th – Monday / 12:00pm – 1:00am
  • January 19th – Tuesday /  12:00pm – 1:00am
  • January 20th – Wednesday /  12:00pm – 1:00am

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“So, you wanna play Efren?”

One Pocket Only – Must be willing to play a minimum of $100 per set / Minimum 3 sets / Efren will give you 10-7

***BIGGER ACTION WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED!*** 

Contact: daniel@povpool.com or call 310-923-6639

Live Stream Schedule (Matches will be updated as they come in): 

Monday, January 18th 

1:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

6:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

10:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

Tuesday, January 19th 

2:00pm / PST – John Lassek vs Efren Reyes / Race to 3 / One Pocket

7:00pm / PST – George Teyechea vs Efren Reyes / Race to 3 / One Pocket

10:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

Wednesday, January 20th 

1:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

7:00pm / PST – 10 Ball / EVEN / Efren Reyes vs Jamal Oussi

10:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

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Bellflower, California’s – ‘Hard Times Billiards’ is often a layover point for international travelers and professional pool players alike.

 

 

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

October 12th – 2015 

Los Angeles, California

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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! 

Warmup at 2pm / PST – Match begins at 3:00 PM / PSTHard Times Billiards Bellflower

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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FootHill BCASaturday – October 24th @ 10:30 AM / PST

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

Practice at 12:30 PM – Tournament starts at 1:30 PM / PSTHard Times Billiards Bellflower

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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A-lot of ‘Something’ for Hard Times in June!

June 6th/7th, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

Thrills and Chills at ‘The Home Of Champions’

The rumors are all true! It really has been cooler at Hard Times Billiards and just in time for the Southern California heat!  POV Pool is back at Hard Times to provide live coverage of their monthly 1-Pocket and 9-Ball events:

June 6th and 7th!

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Live Stream All Weekend on www.povpool.com

The 1st Saturday 1-Pocket Tournament at Hard Times has been attracting the thirsty ‘1-Pocketeers’ and the field has been reaching the 40’s in recent months.  This June should be no different with the added $200 based on a full field of 32 players and $25 entry fee.  Our featured commentary with Box will provide the viewers with his valuable knowledge of a game that has been gaining much traction in the past year or so.

Tiger’s Classic Cues for the classic 1-pocket player

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As always, the Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-ball monthly tournament draws in some of the toughest competitors of pool that may be traveling through Los Angeles.  That being said, you never know who may show up for this tournament.  With $600 added to a full field of 64 at $30 entry fee.

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SGV APA: Blurring the line of separation between Big table and Bar Box Pool!

……….This weekend, POV Pool will  officially announce the details of the 2015 Hard Times 10-Ball Tournament! Don’t miss the live coverage!

The Tennessee Tarzan Takes on the Open Air!

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On Saturday morning, POV Pool’s Geraldine Thibodeau will be visiting GTS fundraiser “Play Pool in the Park” featuring the Tennessee Tarzan, Michael Massey!  Steve Lillis and Mr. Massey are raising money for outreach to the Philippines, and are holding the first Open Air tournament!  Pool tables will be set up in the Ronald Reagan Park, in Anaheim Hills, under individual sponsor canopies for four tournaments held over the course of Saturday and Sunday.  Tournament times are 10:00am and 2:00pm both Saturday and Sunday (That means 4 tournaments!).  Prizes from McDermott, Kamui, Playing Safe and Diriginal.  An exciting trick shot exhibition will be held with Mike Massey and Steve Lillis prior to each tournament, so you have four opportunities to watch two great artistic pool players!

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