What factors contribute to why a pool hall would want to hold a memorial tournament after a player passes away? Why after three years, does Delbert Wong, the owner of Family Billiards in San Francisco, still honor the memory of Cole Dickson? The stories of Cole Dickson are many, but all good. From a young age, Dickson traveled the country playing against the best…and winning! He was known as a stand-up individual who played with heart. He wasn’t afraid to put his money where his mouth was. He was a rare commodity in the pool world. Unfortunately, his pool playing days ended short. For these reasons, Delbert Wong, and the Dickson daughters, Christine and Susan honor his memory with an annual memorial tournament.
Delbert has graciously, for the past three years added money to bring people together to play the sport Dickson loved. This year, Delbert is contributing $2,500 added to the total purse of the tournament. This open 9-ball tournament brings the top players, not only in Northern California, but the country, as well. In years past, champions like Ramon Mistica, Rodney Morris, Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez and Santos Sambajon have come to play in this class-act event.
This year entry fees are $85 if paid before June 24th and $100 if paid on the day of the event, June 27th. There is a $10 green fee that helps to pay for table time and the tournament director. Although the tournament is slated at race to 8 on the winners’ side and race to 6 on the one-loss side, the tournament director will use his/her discretion whether to shorten or extend the race prior to the tournament beginning, depending upon the amount of players.
So, cross the Golden Gate, Bay, Dumbarton or San Mateo bridges and show up early on Saturday because practice begins at 10:30…get a nice hour and half warm-up prior to the tournament beginning at noon.
If you’re out of the area, expect the exceptional coverage LIVE & FREE by POV POOL! Also, this year POV Pool will be providing a live digital bracket (brought to you by CompuSport), tournament photos, updates pay-outs and much more on our Real Time News Feed!
Get on BART and Get to Family Billiards!
Advanced Entry Fee (Register by 6/24) $85
Register on 06/27 Entry Fee $100
$10 Green Fee
Race to 8 on the Winners’ side/ 6 on Losers’ side
Race will be determined based on amount of entries on day of tournament
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.
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.
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!
Diamond 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.
* 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.
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.
A big thanks also to Mezz Cues for this! Diamond Billiards will be raffling a limited edition Mezz Cue with a WD700Shaft to all players and spectators in attendance of the event.
Still Taking Entries!
Every Stop: $2,000 Added Guaranteed!
Entry Fee: $65
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.
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.
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!
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.
The 5th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Tournament
$125 Entry – $150 After July 3rd, 2014
Open to 96 Players
Double Elimination Race to 9
10-Ball / Call Pocket
3-Fouls / Jumps Allowed / Measle Ball / Magic Rack (Optional)
January 5th, 2014 @ 12pm – Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball / CONFIRMED
February 2nd, 2014 @ 12pm – Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball / CONFIRMED
February 15th & 16th, 2014 @ 10am – Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball / CONFIRMED
Events & Details
December 7th – TAP League – Season Ending – Scotch Doubles 10-Ball Tournament!
11:00 AM PST – 8:00PM PST / The Pitstop Pub
Florian Kohler coaches partner, Iana Henson!
And introducing POV Pool’s first LIVE STREAM on YouTube!
Join POV Pool on YouTube – as we visit Menifee, CA to cover TAP League’s, Ian Brock and his feisty crew of heartfelt pool players from the Inland Empire! Played on Pitstop Pub’s, 5 beautiful Barbox Diamond Tables, it should be a riotous afternoon which should lead us into the evening hours (As long as we don’t get scooted out for another Disco Party! ;-). More more details and information on how you can join the Riverside TAP or The TAP League, please visit their pages.
December 8th, 2013 – WorldPPA 9-Ball Shootout! “The Final 16 Players!”
12:00 PM / PST @ Manila Billiards
Visiting, Dante Encarnation’s, Manila Billiards for the first time will be a blast, as we cover the final day of their inaugural ‘World PPA 9-Ball Shootout Tournament’ and Christmas Party! There are still spots open for this event folks, which will be adjusted using Bob Bob Beaulieu’s, WorldPPA Format ~ Races to 8!
This is a 2-day event so be sure and sign up now!
POV Pool will be there to cover the best of this 2 day event, arriving on the final day to cover the ‘Final 16 Players’! Please join us at 12:00 PM PST!
Manila Billiards, event T-Shirts will also be available for sale!
January 5th, 2014 – Hard Times 1st Sunday (Of The Year!) 9-Ball
Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA
Back at Hard Times for the 1st Sunday of The Year! This will make it the 3rd time that POV Pool has covered the 1st Sunday of the year and we are working hard to create some additional promotions to make this particular tournament a great, kick-off event for 2014!
POV Pool has covered some of the most exciting matches on ‘The Devil Table!” at Hard Times Billiards. Be sure to catch the action, LIVE on POV Pool as we don it again!
February 2nd, 2014 – Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball
12:00 PM @ Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA
Why stop now! With so much action in Southern California it’s hard to stop streaming! Hard Times’ 1st Sunday 9-Ball Tournament is one of the toughest pool workouts for any player looking to enter the pro circuit or even just to improve their skills!
Join us for yet another free live stream on POV Pool!
February 15th & 16th, 2014 – The 18th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament!
10:00 AM @ Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA
Entries will go fast for this one!!!
Here we are again, folks! Not just at Hard Times, but at Southern California’s most prestigious memorial event for the late, great Jay Swanson, who played and beat them all with his swan-like smooth stroke. We’ve seen some historical matches take place during this event! Alex Pagulayan his sustained injuries here, Dennis Orcullo has run a six-pack in the finals and we’ve captured some of pool’s finest moments to date.
Brought to you by Mark Griffin of Cue-Sports International, this will once again be a packed house of 192 players hoping to take down this event.
Sponsorship opportunities are most welcome on POV Pool’s live streamed coverage of this 2-Day event which will be delivered to viewers absolutely free! Please contact POV Pool for details and sponsorship packages.
If you would like to work with Point Of View Pool to bring action from your venue, promote your organization or event, please feel free to contact POV Pool through our contact page. POV Pool is working hard to continue promoting the great game of cue-sports and other related activities & organizations. POV Pool is a publicly funded organization which would not be possible without your help. Please support these live streams by donating to POV Pool via PayPal. Any donation of $30 or more will receive a Kamui Tip Voucher, redeemable at any ‘Certified Kamui Tip Installer’.
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)
Race to 9 on the win side
Race to 7 on the loss side
$4000.00 Added (Minimum)
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.
Stop #1 – The West Coast Challenge!$4,000 Added One-Pocket / July 3rd-5th$10,000 Added 10-Ball / July 5th-7thThe California Billiard Club 881 E. Camino Real Mountain View, CA 94040(650) 965-3100Stop #2 – Hard Times 10-Ball Open!$10,000 Added / July 12th-14thHard Times Billiards (South)17450 Bellflower Blvd. Bellflower, CA 90706(562) 876-7733Stop #3 – CSI’s, Open Events$60,000 Added / July 17th-27thThe Rio All Suites Hotel/Casino3700 W. Flamingo Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89103(866) 746-7671
The West Coast Challenge
$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.
The 4th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Open
$10,000 Added 10-Ball.July 12th-14thPOV 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 theHard 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.
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-BallJune 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