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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! 

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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. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *3:00 PM / PST*

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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 – $200 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 – $600 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  

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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

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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!


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.

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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!


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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The Stage Set for 2015’s – ‘Chuck Markulis’ Tournament!

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February 11th-14th, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Sacramento, CA 

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Hard Times – Sac! Getting Ready To Rock! 

The 7th Annual Chuck Markulis Memorial One-Pocket and 9 Ball Jamboree is now underway and will be free live-streamed for all audiences at their Hard Times Tournaments Ustream Channel!

Wednesday thru Friday is One-Pocket!

The event commences with a 3-day, $2,000 Added One-Pocket Tournament, attracting professional players, semis and amateurs alike. Just this morning on CBS Sacramento’s Channel 40 aired a live interview with none other than the U.S. ranking professional player, Shane Van Boening, to kick the event off and make a ‘last call’ for entrants, who’s $75 tournament fee will be taken until 1 hour prior to the start of the competition.

Spectators Welcome!

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  • 5536 Garfield Ave.
  • Sacramento, CA 95841
  • 916-331-1483

Friday thru Sunday is 9-Ball! 

Toward the end of the One-Pocket portion of the event, on Friday at 1pm the $5,000 added 9-Ball tournament will begin to overlap, as losers of the one-pocket and new entrants will rush to Hard Times Billiards to compete. The entry fee for the 9-Ball is also going to be $75.

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Free Live-Streaming Right Now!

Warmups are already underway, with early players trickling in and getting loosening up. The live stream can be accessed all throughout the event and will be free. Please enjoy this great event! POV Pool will do what it can to provide an update from the field, very soon! Stay Tuned for bracket and entrants list! 

Be Sure to check POV’s ‘Real Time Feed’ Page!

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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Great Runs in Pool #5 – Dennis Orcollo

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Orcollo vs Ruben Bautista – Final Match at Hard Times ’10’ Ball

The biggest money player in the world, Dennis Orcollo shows us how he gets out of trouble. Great breakouts and well timed shots here, in this match with Ruben Bautista in the finals of the 2014 Hard Times 10 Ball Open event.

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Commentators: Jay Helfert and Max Eberle

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

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

Day 1 - Monday only - $15

Match 1 – February 17th @ 5:00PM PST 

– Daniel Busch vs Lee Brett

 – Race to 30 / 9-Ball

 – Formal Attire! 

Match 2 – February 18th @ 5:00 PM PST

– Carlo Biado vs Dennis Hatch

– Race to 25 / 10-Ball

– Semi-Formal 

Two Day - $25

Match 1 & 2 – Both Days! 

– Busch vs Brett

– Biado vs Hatch

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

– Busch vs Brett

– Biado vs Hatch


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

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

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

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

Additional Matches and details provided below… 

Day – 1  / Lee Brett vs Daniel Busch!

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

Day – 2  / Dennis Hatch vs Carlo Biado! 

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

Pay Per View Details & Kamui Tips Offer! 

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

Details here: 

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

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