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The 25th Annual – Andy Mercer Memorial Tournament

March 19-22, 2015

The Rum Runner Lounge – Las Vegas, NV

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Since 1991 the Rum Runner Lounge in Las Vegas, Nevada has honored pool player and enthusiast, Andy Mercer, with an annual 9-ball bar box tournament.  For the past 25 years, this event has drawn the best pool players from across the country, and this year March 20th – 22nd is no different.  With 10 professional players entered this year and a full field, we wonder will Shane VanBoening win for the 5th year in a row?  Or will previous title holder Ismael Paez take it, or will newcomer Rodrigo “Edgie” Geronimo rob the field?   Other professional players include, the great Mike Massey, Ernesto and Oscar Dominguez, Max Eberle, Scott Frost and Jason Klatt.

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This year’s event will be available to the masses to watch FREE on POV Pool!  Three days of pros battling it out on bar boxes.  The free stream is brought to you by the Rum Runner Lounge, Pool Sharks in Las Vegas, Kamui Tips, Tiger Products and ReaniMac. POV Pool also owes a huge ‘special thanks’ to Jeff Gray and Ryan Deberg who pulled a lot of strings to make this broadcast happen.

Thank You to – Andy Mercer Tournament Staff:

  • Geno Hill
  • Gordi Hill
  • Jim Brakeman
  • Mike Ganz

 This year the Andy Mercer Tournament is brought to you by:

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Players Entered – Field is FULL!

1 Aarens Debby 33 Harvey Lee
2 Allsup Stacy 34 Harvey Shane
3 Alvarenga Santos 35 Jackson Edgar
4 Auzenne Joey 36 Juarez Paul
5 Avita Oscar 37 Kane Tres
6 Bakhtiari Ramin 38 Kang Johnny
7 Balan Jonathan 39 Klatt Jason
8 Barba Butch 40 Kutcher John
9 Barber Chad 41 Lalo John
10 Boggs Fred 42 Lane Sean
11 Boone Brent 43 Lipps Tommy
12 Butera Sal 44 Long Larry
13 Butler Tom 45 Lorcher Derek
14 Cannella Joe 46 Massey Mike
15 Carmona Jim 47 McClelland Don
16 Cooper Johnny 48 Miller Brian
17 Corpuz Joey 49 Osborn Jason
18 Csorba Attila 50 Paez Ismael
19 Dattilo Dave 51 Parks Brian
20 Deberg Ryan 52 Quinones Gina
21 Decker Jerry 53 Reynolds Ozzy
22 Dominguez Earnesto 54 Rice Dick
23 Dominguez Oscar 55 Roberts Adam
24  Eberle Max 56 Schilder Jeff
25 Estes Mark 57 Skenandore Ray
26 Frost Scott 58 Speakman Todd
27 Garcia Fach 59 Stuckart Jerry
28 Geronimo Rodrigo 60 Sutherland Ben
29 Gilbert Grant 61 Tatum Phil
30 Glass Walter 62 Valles Elias
31 Gray Jeff 63 Van Boening Shane
32 Harling Dancer 64 Weschsler Lyn

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Efren Reyes Set for Action in Vegas!

January 16th, 2014

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, California

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POV Pool’s ‘Action Saturday’ Gets Wild! 

January 11th, 2014 seemed like just another Saturday morning for me at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California. Sure, a few changes were taking place… I had decided that it was time to install an overhead camera mount to the ceiling for an additional point of view of our ‘action’ tables there. My decision to make some new changes to the format of POV Pool’s show was taking shape, streaming a new ‘Open Action’  show instead of  covering tournament action only. But to me, it was a pretty normal day consisting of me basically, doing a lot of work to try out something slightly different on my show.

So, I’m up on the top rung of a 6 foot ladder with a Makita Drill, installing the camera mount and my back pocket starts ringing. Good Lord! The timing of some people. It’s 10:30 in the morning and Hard Times is not even open yet. As I fumble around with Makita in one hand, ladder shaking underneath my feet  on top of table 1 and left hand reaching for my iphone 5, the front door of Hard Times starts banging! I pick up the phone.

Zach from Vegas: “WHERE YOU AT? YOU HUNGRY? LET US IN!”

Me: “Hold on a minute, Zach. I’m on a ladder with a screwgun!”

After a minute or so, I’m done! Bracket installed for POV’s overhead camera. Now I’m at sea level again so that I can open the front door, where Vegas Zach and Bobby Emmons are waiting anxiously outside.

Bobby: “ACTION!”

Me: What’s up, Bobby? Zach!” 

Zach: “Yo, we are hungry where can we eat around here? When we get back Bobby needs a game!” 

45 minutes later, it’s normal operations again and POV is streaming bright and early in the morning with A now, well fed, Bobby Emmons barking at strangers, Hard Times regulars and asking me to get him a game. At one point he even asked me what I want to do. I like Bobby. Bobby likes ACTION! Bobby = Action!

Bobby: “I’ll play ANYBODY, ANY GAME, for ANY AMOUNT!” 

Bobby Got Action! 

Emmons3Another 45 minutes later: Efren Reyes. Best all around pool player of our time. Most respected, most humble, most dangerous man to ever brandish a ‘Judd’ cue, enters the room just to hang out and get some ‘pitstop’ practice whilst on his way to New York for his highly publicized “Last Showdown” match with Earl Strickland. With Efren, is Francisco Bustamante, Tony Torres and owner of Stix Billiards – Alex Laoingo.

“This is a ridiculous coincidence!”, I think to myself. I’m already happy to see Bobby. I know today’s show will be something special when Bobby is around. He’s a natural talent, both on the table and on camera. I’m sure we can make a game with Him and Santos, or Louis Ulrich, possibly Damien Alishon or Sal Butera could come down. Ross Fregoso’s name was tossed around a few times too. But Bobby is neither humbled, afraid or even quiet when Efren walks in. Instead, Bobby is glazed over with $$ signs in his eyes, immediately thinking of and negotiating a game with “BATA”, which immediately, Bobby does.

Bobby Got Heart & Game! 

Emmon4The short version of this tale is that Bobby had a rough ride on this day. He played 3 sets of One-Pocket with Efren Reyes. He got a ball spot of 10-7/9-6 from Efren in the first set for $500. A full, 9/6 spot in the second set for $2,500, and also a 9/6 spot during the final set of race to 7 games for $6,000.

Bobby lost all 3 sets…

He was mortified, he was disappointed, he was flabbergasted… And then… He immediately  requested a re- match, to take place in a few days at Pool Sharks in Las Vegas. It took about 11 minutes total to discuss before the next game was set for January 21st at Pool Sharks. This initial event was streamed live on my Ustream Channel for almost 7 hours. Myself, along with Spanky and our old school Hard Times regular who goes simply by the name, ‘Box’ commentated the matches.

All in all, Bobby did show some fantastic moves and exhibited moments of greatness that a novice player merely dreams of having yet, in the end, the outcome of this match may have come down to Bobby’s  inability to really focus on the nuances of the game of One-Pocket to the extent that a master like Efren is.

Efren3“The bottom line is, the ‘kid’ is just being ‘out-classed’ right now.”, said BOX from the commentary booth just toward the end of the night. 

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What of the Re-Match? 

As far as we know, this match is ON! POV Pool will drive to Las Vegas and stream it as a matinee price, PPV. If it runs over 8 hours we will charge for an additional 8 hours. This should pay for the bandwidth and my travel expenses. There is very little time to promote this event so I don’t expect huge numbers. Maybe, with your help, the word of mouth will spread, but I’m not going to count on it.

– Re-Match

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– Bobby Emmons vs Efren Reyes

– Jan 21, 2014  /Time = ??? / @ Pool Sharks, Las Vegas

– Game = One-Pocket / Race to ??? / 9-6 Spot

– 20 JellyBeans!

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The 2013 – West Coast Swing and POV Pool Update!

May 9th, 2013
West Coast, United States! 
 

Breaking news:

Another event will be unofficially added to the West Coast Swing this year on June 29th, held at Family Billiards in San Francisco. This event is to honor the recent passing of Cole Dickson. For more information on this $4,000 Added event, please visit the Cole Dickson Memorial Tournament event page on Facebook. 

Cole Dickson Memorial Tournament

June 29th-30th, 2013 (Saturday-Sunday)
$50.00 Entry
Double Elimination
Race to 9 on the win side
Race to 7 on the loss side
$4000.00 Added (Minimum)
Registration 11am-1pm
Practice 12pm-1pm
Matches begin at 1pm
 

The 2013 West Coast Swing Report!

Predictions of an extremely hot summer this year will welcome yet another swing of players ‘galore’ on the west coast of the United States. Normally occurring in springtime,  this 4th annual ‘West Coast Swing’ has now been moved to the summertime in order to work around the ‘BCA National Championships’ schedule which takes place in late July at the newly contracted Rio All Suites Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. That being said, the ‘swing’ will still accomodate a trifecta of major events shared by the states of California and Nevada and will boast a prize fund of at least $80,000 between them. 

Different Players Anticipated

This years’ attendance at these events should be something to note due to the newly formed World Professional Billiard League or WPBL, (The Home Of Bonus Ball). With 12 teams of pro players from all over the world and with the ‘swing’ right in the middle of the ‘Bonus Ball’ broadcast schedule, it seems we should see a lively yet mixed attendance of top players scheduling these events between their ‘on’ and ‘off” time of Bonus Ball appearances. For instance, for an event in early July, Bonus Ball teams’ Chicago Rockets (Mika Immonen, Rodney Morris, Raj Hundal, Karl Boyes) should be available to play The West Coast Challenge event in Mountain View, but Bonus Ball would prevent them from appearing at Hard Times Billiards on the following week. At the Hard Times 10-Ball event, we might see a new swing of players from Bonus Ball teams, ‘Atlanta Scorpions’ (Johnny Archer, Dennis Hatch, Shannon Daulton) or the ‘Houston Hustlers’ (Jeremy Jones, Justin Hall and Chip Compton). As a likely result of this rather interesting schedule of events, a ‘winning sweep’ of The West Coast Swing by a small handful of players should not be anticipated. With 12 teams of bonus ball players (40 players in all) in Las Vegas during the swing, you can be assured that 40 top pros are already deciding how to best spend their off-time at Bonus Ball to keep their games in top shape. It is highly recommended that players and readers read and contribute to pertinent forums in order to follow the players and tournament schedules. 

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 West Coast Swing – Overview

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Stop #1 – The West Coast Challenge!
$4,000 Added One-Pocket / July 3rd-5th
$10,000 Added 10-Ball / July 5th-7th
The California Billiard Club 
881 E. Camino Real 
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 965-3100
 
Stop #2 – Hard Times 10-Ball Open!
$10,000 Added / July 12th-14th
Hard Times Billiards (South)
17450 Bellflower Blvd. 
Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 876-7733
 
 
Stop #3  – CSI’s, Open Events
$60,000 Added / July 17th-27th
The Rio All Suites Hotel/Casino
3700 W. Flamingo Ave. 
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(866) 746-7671
 
 
 
 

The West Coast Challenge

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$4,000 Added One-Pocket. July 3rd-5th. 

$10,000 Added 10-Ball. July 5th-7th.

*Shane VanBoening is confirmed for this tournament!

Not to be confused with the West Coast Swing itself, this years’ high ranking action action will commence on July 3rd in Mountain View, California for The 2013 West Coast Challenge held at The California Billiard Club and brought to you by the newly founded  ‘California Cue-Sports‘ organization (Owners, Chris Swart and Michael Reddick). Additional sponsors of the event include, Play The Game Clothing and John Henderson’s Cue Sports Journal. The prize fund matches last years’, with the inclusion of two self-sanctioned spots to compete in the third leg of the swing at CSI’s Open One-Pocket and Open 10-Ball events. It’s truly awesome to have California Billiard Club owner, Chris Swart’s support of the billiard community by providing this fantastic, 5 day event which will also be streamed live on www.POVPool.com

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The 4th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Open 

10B2013$10,000 Added 10-Ball. July 12th-14th POV Pool returns once again to Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA to bring you live coverage of the 4th annual ‘Hard Times 10-Ball Open’. Another huge bonus to the event follows the announcement of sponsorship by apparel company Crooks & Castles, who have agreed to contribute an additional $5,000 to the prize fund bringing in a total of $10,000 added. This fund should attract enough players to fill the bracket open to 96 players. The event will last for 3 days, be live-streamed on www.POVPool.com with special guest appearances by some notable personalities. For more information on this event or for entries and other questions, please visit the Hard Times Ten Ball Facebook Event Page

 
 
 

CueSports International’s 2013 U.S. Open Events!

$10,000 Added One-Pocket. July 17th-20th

$25,000 Added 10-Ball. July 19th-23rd

$25,000 Added 8-Ball. July 23rd-27th

 And finally, rounding off this year’s West Coast Swing will be the CSI Open events which occur for the first time at The Rio All Suites Hotel/Casino. After a long run of 19 years at the Riviera Hotel/Casino the 37th BCA National Championships and CSI Open events have officially moved to the new venue, which has never officially hosted a pool related event of this magnitude since the casino was built in 1979. All BCA participants who enter events this year will enjoy free entry into the CSI Open events being held there and can also enjoy watching the streamed matches in rooms booked at the Rio All Suites. Sponsored by Diamond Tables, Simonis Cloth and Predator Cues, this years CSI Open events will consist of 8-Ball, One-Pocket and 10-Ball. With additional sponsorship by The American Cue-Maker’s Association we shall enjoy some of the world’s best players in the first 8-Ball tournament of its kind for these CSI, U.S. Open events. CSIOpens    

For more information on the CSI Open events, please visit the Cue Sports International website at: http://www.playcsipool.com/ 

Live Streams Watch!

As POV Pool begins to set roots in Las Vegas there is a schedule of streams forming which are very good pitstops for players and fans to get additional news and updates as to what is happening in the pool world, as it’s happening. 

POV Pool thanks, past supporters of its live streams and is looking forward to covering the action wherever it may transpire. 

Please feel free to save these dates for more updates on The West Coast Swing and for great matches, as they happen. 

May 26th (Hard Times Sunday, Bellflower) Regular Sunday, 9-Ball
June 12th (Pool Sharks, Las Vegas) / TEST STREAM 
June 22nd – 23rd (Pool Sharks, Las Vegas) / POTS & PANS OPEN
July 3rd – 7th (California Billiard Club, Mountain View) WEST COAST CHALLENGE
July 12th – 14th (Hard Times, Bellflower) HARD TIMES 10-BALL
August 2nd – 4th (Eagles Lodge, Helena Montana) EARL/SHANE  THE DECIDER

 

 

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