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MZWST – #6 – Santos ‘Dances’ to the Finals from the One-Loss!

Santos Sambajon: © 2014 Ashi Fachler

by: Oscar Dominguez w/ special edit by *POV Pool

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

On Cue Billiards – La Mesa, CA

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On Cue Hosts Largest Field To Date! 

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Oscar Dominguez and Desiree Rivera: © 2014 – Ashi Fachler

Stop #6 on the Mezz West State Tour headed south to the San Diego area of La Mesa, CA to On Cue Billiards. 96 players from all over California, Nevada, Arizona, and several international players were all in attendance for a chance to grasp their hands on piece of the $6,800 prize fund. Leading the top half of the bracket was Phoenix, Arizona native Tim Daniel. Tim had strong wins over Art Garcia, Kevin May, Ramin Bakhtiari, Victor Ignacio, and Chris Fangre all the way to the hot seat match. While on the lower half, Santos Sambajon Jr. slowly but surely snuck his way through players Mike Meeker, Al Garcia, Fach Garcia, Ernesto Dominguez, Tang Hoa, and Amir Shoshan setting up the hot seat match between Daniels and Sambajon. This match would prove to be a lob-sided one as Santos’ experience and shotmaking took the hot seat with a resounding 9-2 scoreline.

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After an early defeat, Hungarian native Vilmos Foldes stormed through the losers bracket with 6 wins on the losers side. Tim Daniels finally stopped the former Junior World Champion in his tracks to settle for third place setting up a rematch in the true double elimination finals between Daniel and Sambajon.

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*Special Edit and video clip from POV Pool! 

*The biggest upset of the weekend happened between Vilmos Foldes and Tim Daniel, during this 3rd place match. Foldes, considered one of the favorites to win this tournament found himself struggling to keep up with the Tim Daniel who’s luck came just in time in this race to 9 match. This was a heart stopping moment for many in the room and left everyone speechless. A tough break for Vilmos, who took 3rd in this event. Take a look now at this clip, brought to you by POV Pool, commentators, Daniel Busch and Clyde Nooris:

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Santos Sambajon: © 2014 – Ashi Fachler

The Finals: Santos Sambajon vs Tim Daniel! 

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Tim Daniel: © 2014 – Ashi Fachler

The packed house at On Cue was treated to a nail biting finals as Daniels managed to control the first set with uncharacteristic errors on behalf of the diminutive Filipino by a 9-4 score. Santos and Daniels battled toe to toe in the final and concluding second set with Daniels having a very routine out with only 3 balls left on the table. Upon pocketing the 7, Daniels left himself a slightly awkward angle which would prove costly as Daniels failed to manage the carom on the 9 correctly by scratching, only leaving the gift of shooting the 9 ball with ball in hand for Santos. The devastated Daniels consoled himself with runner up prize money of $1000 while Santos took home the title and $1500 first prize.

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A very special thanks to all of our sponsors; Mezz Cues, West State Billiard Supply, ZAN tips, Turtle Rack, POVPool, NYCGrind, AZBilliards, Kurzweil’s Country Meats, Marty Carey Jump Cue, Virtual Pool 4, and Fast & Loose Designs.

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POV Pool Thanks… 

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Point of View Pool would like to thank: Oscar Dominguez, Desiree Rivera, Ashi Fachler, Alison Fischer, NYC GrindAZ BilliardsGeraldine ThibodeauMezz Cues and West State Billiards.

Resources and information:

Mezz West State Tour: www.MezzWestStateTour.com

MZWST on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MezzWestStateTour

Mezz Cues: http://miki-mezz.com

West State Billiards: http://www.weststatebilliards.com

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Final Results:

1st Santos Sambajon – $1500
2nd Tim Daniels – $1000
3rd Vilmos Foldes – $700
4th Amir Shoshan – $500
5-6th Ernesto Dominguez and Chris Fangre – $300
7-8th Babken Melkonyan and Dave Hemmah – $210
9-12th Omar Vachani, Oscar Dominguez, Victor Ignacio, Tang Hoa – $170
13-16th Ray Robles, Dave Gorham, Attila Bezdan, Kevin May – $125
17-24th Rodney Wynn, Bob Jocz, Ramin Bahktiari, Jaden Brock, Ray Rey, Jay Helfert. Scott White, Clint P. – $100
 

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Mezz West State Tour #2 – Jaynard Orque Double Dips Ernesto Dominguez!

Jaynard Orque - Winner of Stop #2  - Photo by: Bob Beaulieau

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Hard Times Billiards – Sacramento, CA 

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The Mezz West State Tour Stop #2

A Field of 68 Players

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The Mezz West State Tour kicked off its second stop of the season at Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento, CA. The beautiful room of 31 pool tables offered a premium setting for players along with bleacher seating for spectators. A big ‘thank you’ goes out to Mike and Karen Markulis and their entire staff for supporting our sport and having one of the premier rooms in the country. After a successful first stop in Los Angeles, the energy and excitement of the tour went north garnering a very strong field of 68 players who played on the very tight equipment Hard Times Sacramento had to offer. The top half of the field was littered with strong players such as returning winner of stop number one, Rodrigo Geronimo of the Philippines. San Francisco bay area resident, Jaynard Orque had a very impressive showing of smooth play with wins over Nick Callado, Oscar Dominguez, Jeff Gregory, John Henderson, before he stumbled to Ernesto Dominguez in the semis. The 59 year old Ernesto had a 1985 flashback winning matches with excellent safety play and decision making. Ernesto won the hot seat over the always dangerous Los Angeles player, Ramin Bakhtiari.

The Finals!

Winners (Left to Right) Jaynard Orque and Ernesto Dominguez

Winners (Left to Right) Jaynard Orque and Ernesto Dominguez

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In the true double elimination format, Jaynard easily ran away with the first set and defeated Ernesto hill-hill in a tense battle in set number two. The Filipino young gun demonstrated a solid game on extremely challenging equipment and earned $1400 for his efforts. Ernesto settled for $1000.

Other Finishers & Special Thanks

The top female prize was split between two strong female players from California, MaryAnn Starkey and Barbara Lee. Oscar and Desiree of the Mezz West State Tour would like to thank all our sponsors: Mezz Cues, West State Billiard Supply, ZAN tips, Turtle Rack, Fast&Loose designs, and our media sponsors; AZBilliards, NYCGrind, and POV Pool. Also, a very special thank you to Chris Kurzweils of Kurzweils Country Meats who donated snacks and jerky to the players and spectators of Hard Times Billiards. Next stop on the tour schedule is Diamond Billiards in Fresno, CA. For more information please the contact us tab at mezzweststatetour.com or visit our Mezz West State Tour Facebook page. We thank you for your support and look forward to bringing pool back to the West Coast!

Be sure to check the Mezz West State Tour on Facebook for TOUR RANKINGS for the final TOP GUN event in March, 2015! 

Jaynard Orgue, Ramin Bakhtiari, MaryAnn Starkey,  Time Larson, Oscar Dominguez, Kevin May, Amar, Kang, John Henderson, Jeff Gregory, Chris Fangre, Phillip Prentice, Josh Gomes, Geo Pagulayan, Tyler Van Wulven

Not listed in order: Jaynard Orgue, Ramin Bakhtiari, MaryAnn Starkey, Time Larson, Oscar Dominguez, Kevin May, Amar, Kang, John Henderson, Jeff Gregory, Chris Fangre, Phillip Prentice, Josh Gomes, Geo Pagulayan, Tyler Van Wulven

Results:

1st- Jaynard Orque: $1,400
2nd- Ernesto Dominguez: $1,000
3rd- Ramin Bakhtiari: $650
4th- Oscar Dominguez: $420
5th/6th- Amar Kang/ Tyler VanWulven: $255 each
7th/8th- Kevin May/ John Henderson: $180 each
9th-12th- Jeff Gregory, Chris Fangre, Phil Prentence, Josh Gomes: $140 each
13th-16th- Chong Vang, George Pagulayan, Tim Larsen, Francis Ritarita: $100 each
TOP FEMALE: MaryAnn Starkey/ Barbara Lee: $50 each
 
POV Pool Thanks…

Point of View Pool would also like to thank: Bob BeaulieauHard Times Billiards, Karen Markulis, Oscar Dominguez, Desiree Rivera, Ra HannaAlison Fischer, NYC GrindAZ BilliardsGeraldine ThibodeauMezz Cues and West State Billiards.

Resources and information:

Mezz West State Tour: www.MezzWestStateTour.com

MZWST on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MezzWestStateTour

Mezz Cues: http://miki-mezz.com

West State Billiards: http://www.weststatebilliards.com

Hard Times Billiards: http://hardtimesbilliards.com/pool

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ec2577e4ce7d45700645f36cffe22bac-1 Tour Rankings after 2 Stops! 

The top 16 players after the season will be eligible for the ‘TOP GUN’ event in March 2015

Current Point Rankings:

1. Ernesto Dominguez 190
2. Rodrigo Geronimo 175
3. Ramon Mistica 140
4. Jaynard Orque 140
5. Ramin Bakhtiari 120
6. Oscar Dominguez 115
7. Johnny Kang 100
8. Art Garcia 85
9. Kevin May 85
10. Fach Garcia 80
11. Tang Hoa 80
12. Beau Runningen 75
13. Chris Fangre 75
14. Steve Chaplan 75
15. Chris Wedekin 70
16. Amar Kang 70
17. Tyler Van Wulven 70
18. Frank Robutz 65
19. Jaden Brock 60
20. Lorry Deleon 60
21. Santos Sambjon 60
22. Rondey Wynn 55
23. Morro Paez 50
24. Josh Gomes 50
25. Jeff Gregory 50
26. Phil Prentice 50
27. John Fergeson 45
28. Mark Whitehead 45
29. Arturo Rivera 40
30. Chris Robinson 40
31. Jenny Lee 40
32. Paul Silva 40
33. Reid Flemining 40
34. George Pagulayan 40
35. Barbara Lee 35
36. Brian Law 35
37. Manual Herrera 35
38. Sy Nakashima 35
39. Wayne Larson 35
40. Dave Hemmah 35
41. Reid Strensrud 35
42. Loren Mah 35
43. Attila Csorba 30
44. Ben Black 30
45. Jason Gilbert 30
46. Jerry Stuckart 30
47. Ken Johnson 30
48. Nick Spano 30
49. Randy Hatten 30
50. Stanton Oda 30
51. Tim Daniel 30
52. Tommy Lipps 30
53. Chris Atkins 30
54. Deo Alpojara 30
55. Butch Barbra 25
56. Chad Barber 25
57. Dave Gorham 25
58. Howard Kennedy 25
59. Jay Pee 25
60. Jerry Lin 25
61. Jim Burt 25
62. Larry Bohn 25
63. Melinda Huang 25
64. Ruben Bautista 25
65. Steve Mansfield 25
66. Tina Hess 25
67. Eric Harada 25
68. Yoli Hakanado 25
69. Damian Rebman 25
70. Dave Espinoza 25
71. Daniel Aguiar 25
72. Rex Chan 25
73. Dan Rousso 25
74. David Gomez 25
75. Wei Ni 25
76. John Barroni 25
77. Eric Scott 25
78. Frank Giordano 25
79. Frank Almanza 20
80. Hiroko Makiyama 20
81. Kevin Collins 20
82. Mike Meeker 20
83. Paul Ewing 20
84. Ray Rey 20
85. Rich Hodge 20
86. Tony Rodiguez 20
87. Zeke Morrison 20
88. Nick Callado 20
89. Kenny Koo 20
90. Junne Padua 20
91. Jason Hardcastle 20
92. Jason Ferroni 20
93. Sajal Ghamire 20
94. Billy Pence 20
95. Mark Tiu 20
96. Rudy Estoque 20
97. MaryAnn Starkey 15
98. Andrew Park 10
99. Anthony Ortega 10
100. Bob Lachey 10
101. Carlos Mendoza 10
102. David Martineau 10
103. Eddie Cohen 10
104. Greg Harada 10
105. Jason Batin 10
106. Jason Katon 10
107. Joe Delio 10
108. Joey Chin 10
109. Juan Ortega 10
110. Justin Logan 10
111. Ken Gouso 10
112. Luke Mahan 10
113. Mike Laos 10
114. Paul Santos 10
115. Robert Laurie 10
116. Ron Riesler 10
117. Rudy Torres 10
118. Vicki Wade 10
119. Yvonne Asher 10
120. Carl Wilson 10
121. Ed Ramos 10
122. Tom Smith 10

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