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POV Pool Stream and Raffle @ Hard Times’ 1st Sunday, October 7th!

Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower / October 7th, 2012

1st Sunday Tournament, Live Stream and POV ‘raffle’ to be held! 

Be sure to tune in and check out action once again for So Cal’s best monthly 9-Ball tournament from Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower run by Tournament Director Marie Lim.

Chuck Markulis Warmup! 

 Many of So Cal’s top professional players are expected to attend this 1st Sunday event which will also serve as an excellent warmup for the upcoming, ‘Chuck Markulis Memorial Tournament’ taking place just a few days later at Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento. Bellflower’s table #1, also known as ‘The Devil Table’ has seen some phenomenal action by POV Pool this year, featuring matches with top ranking players such as Oscar Dominguez, Scott Frost, Francisco Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo, Shane Van Boening and Raj Hundal just to name a few.

Nick Spano and Johnny Kang split 1st & 2nd

Let us not forget also, the Hard Times ‘hard hitters’ who, on any given day could give the pros a run for their money, especially on ‘The Devil Table’! Last month’s 1st Sunday event, left the pros hanging out to dry to up and comers like, Johnny Kang, Beau Runningen, Nick Spano, Steve Chaplin, Zeke Morrisson, Fach Garcia and believe it or not, ‘your’s truly’ – Daniel Busch. Johnny Kang has most certainly become a force to be reckoned with at the 1st Sunday events, taking 1st place for the month of August and splitting 1st & 2nd place with Nick Spano for last month’s September event.

Be that as it may, this upcoming October’s live streamed event should be a doozy with the expected turnout of hopefuls preparing for the Sacramento event, beginning October 11th, starting with $1,000 Added One-Pocket and leap-frogging into the 9-Ball portion of the event on October 13th.

POV Pool Raffle!

For those attending the event at Hard Times Billiards, POV Pool will be raffling prizes which will include, an ‘El Diablo’ Break Jump Cue ($250 Value), Max Eberle’s ‘Powerful Pool’ DVD Set ($99 Value), Virtual Pool 4 T-Shirts ($25 Value) and a Kamui Tip Voucher ($25 Value).

‘El Diablo’ – Break/Jump

 

Live Stream!

As always, for those who can’t see the action in the flesh, be sure to tune in to POV Pool’s homepage or on Ustream’s POV Pool Channel for live coverage of this event. Thanks for watching! 

Hard Times, Sacramento Gears Up For Markulis Event!

The 5th Annual Chuck Markulis Memorial Jamboree!

October 11th – 15th, 2012 @ Hard Times Billiards, Sacramento

One of the most anticipated memorial tournaments in California rapidly approaches, with this year’s event boasting a whopping $6,000 added prize fund. The 5 day event consists of a 3 day, One-Pocket Tournament open to a field of 32 players and overlapped by a 3 day, 9-Ball tournament open to 192 players. This will be the 5th annual event since Chuck’s passing, which is expected to draw the likes of BCA, Hall Of Famers, Jose Parica and Francisco Bustamante, Rodney Morris, Amar Kang, Oscar & Ernesto Dominguez, Raj “The Hitman” Hundal, Dave Hemmah and not to mention, many ‘dark horse’ contenders from all over the U.S. Last year’s champions include Jose Parica in One-Pocket and Rodney Morris winning the 9-ball portion of the event. In 2010, audiences to the live streamed event were treated to a magnificent showdown between the two Philippine  giants, Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes. 

The event is always open to all professional and amateur players and the staff at Hard Times Billiards has requested some of the industry’s most trusted servants to assist with the operations, such as the professional referee services and direction of Ken Shuman and Janet Okamoto. Hard Times, Sacramento Manager, Tony Torres with Brian La Flamme are also working with Hard Times, Bellflower in order to insure that registrations can be submitted at both locations with the additional help of Sam Kim and Marie Lim. Registration forms can also be downloaded below and mailed in. 

Honoring the late, Chuck Markulis who passed away in 2008 at the age of 71, he was responsible for bringing some of the biggest billiard action to California after opening a chain of 4 pool halls in California named Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, San Diego, La Habra and in Sacramento. With the help of his friend and associate Jay Helfert, they designed and built Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA which drew players from all over the world to play in some of the most memorable tournaments of its time. The success of this venue quickly prompted Chuck to open the other locations, of which the Sacramento and Bellflower locations remain to this day. 

Live Streamed Coverage!

The event will, once again be streamed live and for free by Andy Chen, who has worked tirelessly over the years to bring some of the best coverage of tournament action and other billiards related media to viewers all over the world. The live stream will, as always feature live commentary by Andy and other special guests which can be accessed at the following link: 

http://www.ustream.tv/user/AndyofLA

POV Pool Thanks Tony Torres!

Point Of View Pool would especially like to thank Tony Torres who has gone to great lengths to insure the success of this event. Tony has worked hard every year, not only as an ambassador to many of the players and staff involved, but also to coordinate additional promotions, live streamed coverage and the day to day operations of Hard Times Billiards. Chuck would be proud of you!

—–Additional Resources—–

Hard Times Billiards Sacramento Website

Hard Times Billiards Bellflower Website

Original 2012 Flyer 

—–Chuck Markulis Official Registration Form—–

Click to download: 5thannual

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