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Attila Bezdan Becomes 2015’s, “TOP GUN” Player!

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By: Oscar Dominguez

March 8th, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA 

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Mezz West State Tour: TOP GUN!

top gunAfter 11 events on the Mezz West State Tour, a total of 32 invited players came to Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA to compete in the year end event for its 12th and final event of Season 1. The invited players were chosen based off a points system based off the Camel Pro Tour rankings. The top players accumulated points based off their performances to play in a special year end event of $2000 added prize money plus the membership dues collected throughout the season which totaled to 5750 off of 231 total members. In addition, as a bonus, the top 16 ranked players did not pay an entry fee while the 17-32nd ranked players paid a standard $65 entry fee.

 

Rail ActionThe top half of the board was led by co founder of the MWST, Oscar Dominguez with wins over the Filipino veteran, Ramon Mistica 9-4, followed by wins over Johnny Kang 9-4, Dave Hemmah 9-5, and Ernesto Dominguez 9-0, to lead up to the hot seat match. The bottom half of the bracket was dominated by Hungarian sharpshooter, Attila Bezdan, with wins over Phil Prentice 9-3, Ramin Bahktiari 9-3, Melissa Herndon 9-4, and road companion Vilmos Foldes 9-4. The hot seat match was one sided as Attila came out firing balls in from all angles putting pressure on Dominguez. After a few failed safeties, Attila ran away with the match with a 9-5 score.

table timeMeanwhile on the losers side, Rodrigo Geronimo who lost his first match to Tang Hoa 8-4, had grinded through seven matches against Kevin May 9-3, Beau Runningen 9-7, Chris Fangre 9-3, Melissa Herndon 9-5, Tang Hoa 9-4, Ernesto Domiguez 9-4 and Ruben Bautista 9-7 to reach the 3rd place match against Oscar Dominguez. Rodrigo looked hungry to reach the finals and took a quick 5-1 lead over Dominguez. It wasnt until Geronimo missed a crucial 2 ball in the side pocket to widen the lead to 6-1 that Dominguez had a chance to take control of the table. Winning that game and then the next 3, Dominguez was able to tie it up 5. The following 6 games were each nail biters, with each player playing inspirational kick, jump and safety shots. Dominguez fell behind once again 7-5, but in his true fashion, showed a lot of heart to come back and win the match 9-7 sending him back to the finals to seek revenge on Bezdan.

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Attila Bezdan in the Finals! Copyright 2015 – POV Pool Media

The finals was one to be seen. Bezdan played flawless, only missing two balls the entire set. He pocketed every ball on the table as if they had eyes and controlled the cue ball at a top notch level. His break was also in top gear, leaving Dominguez helpless. Attila Bezdan went on to easily win the set 8-2. His victory was well deserved, as he was the best player on this day. All of us on the Mezz West State Tour will surely miss him next season and would like to congratulate him on his very great accomplishment.

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We would like to again thank all of the players and sponsors who make all of this possible: Mezz Cues, West State Billiards Supply, ZAN tips, Kurzweils Country Meats, AZbilliards.com, NYCGrind.com, POVPool.com, Marty Carey Jump Q, ontherailtv.comTurtle Racks, and fast&loose designs.

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Payouts:

  • 1st- Attila Bezdan : $1600
  • 2nd- Oscar Dominguez: $1250
  • 3rd- Rodrigo Geronimo: $800
  • 4th- Ruben Bautista: $500
  • 5th/6th- Vilmos Foldes/ Ernesto Dominguez: $325 each
  • 7th/8th- Tan Hoa/ Jason Williams: $250 each
  • 9th-12th- Ramin Bahktiari/ Dave Hemmah/ Melissa Herndon/ Fach Garcia: $175 each
  • 13th-16th Ramon Mistica/ Bob Jocz/ Chris Fangre/ Johnny Kang: $125 each
  • 27th-24th- Paul Silva/ Rodney Wynn/ Santos Sambajon/ Jaden Brock/ Mark Whitehead/ Beau Runningen/ Phil Prentice/Jaynard Orque: $100 each
  • 25th-32nd- Justin Logan/ Tony Ortega/ Reid Stenstrud/ Tommy Lipps/ Larry Bohn/ Kevin May/ Tim Daniel/ Frank Robutz: $75 each

 

 

 

MZWST #10 – Another Victory for “Edgie” Geronimo!

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Story By: Desiree Rivera

Mezz West State Tour Stop #10

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A Packed House at OnCue Billiards! 

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The Mezz West State Tour was held in gorgeous La Mesa, California at its premier room, On Cue Billiards. The Nooris family welcomed 88 players including none other than “The Magician” himself, Mr. Efren Reyes. It was quite a treat for both, players and spectators to watch and interact with the legend himself during the two day event.

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Dan Wallace – Photo: Copyright © 2015 – Ashi Fachler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The top half of the bracket was packed with talent as it contained not only Rodrigo Geronimo, Ramin Bakhtiari, Vilmos Foldes, Johnny Kang, James Cabal, Dan Wallace, Dave Gorham, Rodney Wynn and Victor Castro but also Efren Reyes. Foldes and Reyes met up in the final 16 of the winner side in a TV table face off. Foldes fought hard, but was out matched by Reyes with a score of 9-4. Reyes’ bracket got no easier, as Rodrigo Geronimo was waiting for him following his 9-3 victory over James Cabal. This Filipino match up went back and forth to the bitter end with Rodrigo pulling away a 9-7 victory and sending the Magician to the losers side. This win secured Geronimo’s spot in the final 4 of the winners side where he would defeat Victor Castro, who had tough wins over Mark Whitehead, Ray Pajarillo and Dave Gorham. Geronimo would go on to defeat Castro 9-6 to find himself waiting to battle it out for the hot seat.

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Beau Runningen – Copyright © 2015 Ashi Fachler

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Efren Reyes – Copyright © 2015 Ashi Fachler

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Vilmos Foldes – Copyright © 2015 Ashi Fachler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attila Bezdan and Oscar Dominguez – Photo: Copyright © 2015 – POV Pool

 

The bottom half of the bracket was no cake walk either as Oscar Dominguez, Attila Bezdan, Kenichi Uchigaki, Ruben Bautista, Sal Butera, Beau Runningen and Melissa Hernadon made up just a few of the great players that filled up this portion of the chart. Second round of the winners side found Beau Runningen taking on Toyko player, Kenichi Uchigaki. Beau made a heart filled effort but fell short, sending Uchigaki further into the winners brackets and himself to the losers side. Uchigaki proceeded to find wins over Branch Talley, Larry Bohn and Sal Butera all of which allowed him to face off against Oscar Dominguez in the final 4 winners. Dominguez made his way there with wins over Melissa Herndon, Amir Shoshan and Attila Bezdan. This was hard fought battle between the two international friends, but ended with Kenichi Uchigaki taking down Dominguez 9-6. This win ensured Uchigaki to face off with Geronimo for the hot seat. The match up one sided early on with Geronimo taking the win 9-5, putting him in the hot seat.

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Live Stream on POV Pool! Daniel Busch and Geraldine Thibodeau – © 2015 POV POOL MEDIA

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Meanwhile, the action continued on the losers’ side where team Hungary faced off. Vilmos Foldes defeated his best friend and road partner 9-4 knocking Attila out of the competition. Vilmos would then go on to beat Sal Butera in a hill-hill, nail bitter which came down to a safety battle on the 8 ball in the final game. However the hill-hill matches were not over for Foldes just yet, as Victor Castro played his heart out but fell short to Foldes in the following round. On the top side of the losers bracket, Oscar Dominguez found himself fighting back against Efren Reyes, who at one point led the match 8-2. Dominguez came with great out after great out, eventually tying the match at 8-8. In the case game, Reyes was up to break. Reyes broke in two balls and skillfully made an incredible out on Dominguez, forcing Oscar to settle for 5th/6th.

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Kenichi Uchigaki - © 2015 ASHI FACHLER

Kenichi Uchigaki – © 2015 ASHI FACHLER

The 3rd/4th match found Foldes and Reyes once again. Foldes found his revenge on Reyes winning 9-6 and sending him to the losers side final against Uchigaki. Uchigaki, who was feeling ill and very jet lagged opted to allow Foldes to move onto the finals by forfeit. The finals between Vilmos Foldes and Rodrigo Geronimo was a match to be seen. In true double elimination format Foldes would have to defeat Geronimo twice to claim victory. Foldes easily handles Rodrigo winning the first set 9-3. The second set was much more of a grind with many break and runs, kicking and safety play. Rodrigo eventually grinded down Foldes and took his victory in a close 9-7 win. This win would make Rodrigo a three time tour stop winner this season. Also, a congrats to Melissa Herndon for being the top female finisher and receiving a $100 bonus.

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The MWST would like to thank their sponsors for their continuous support of bringing pool back to the west coast. In addition, a very special thank you to Daniel Busch, Geraldine Thibodeau and POV POOL for their hard work providing the live streaming. Mezz Cues, West State Billiards Supply, ZAN Tips, Kurzweils Country Meats, AZbilliards.com, NYCGrind.com, POVPool.com, Marty Carey Jump Q, Virtual Pool 4, The Turtle Rack, and Fast&Loose designs.

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Commentating on POV Pool – Daniel Busch, Rolando Vicente and Ray Reyes!

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MZWST – Stop #11 at Breaktime Billiards! 

Be sure to join POV Pool and Mezz West State Tour at BreakTime Billiards on January 24th, 25th for the final open event on the tour. It’s the last chance for players to obtain a ranking in the TOP 32 for the upcoming TOP GUN event being held on March 7th/8th at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA! 

Mezz West State Tour #7 – Live from Family Billiards!

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Saturday-Sunday, December 13th-14th, 2014
Family Billiards – San Francisco, CA
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Family Billiards Hosting Stop #7! 

Once again, Oscar Dominguez and Desiree Rivera’s ‘Mezz West State Tour’ will be making a stop at Delbert Wong’s ‘Family Billiards‘ venue in San Francisco, California – chalking up the 7th in a total of 11 stops in its debut season on the west coast of the United States. Playing 9 ball on Delbert’s collection of 18 Brunswick, Gold Crown pool tables, we are sure to catch some great moments in pool history as over 200 members of the tour compete heavily to qualify for the tour’s ‘Top Gun 32’ event which, will be played out at Hard Times Billiards in Southern California on March 7th-8th, 2015.

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Live Streaming on POV Pool! 

This weekend’s event will be live streamed on POV Pool for all to enjoy. Be sure to log in early as we expect to get an early start with a hopeful field of at least 80 players, new and returning. This will not be the first visit that POV Pool has made to Delbert’s room, streaming two Cole Dickson Memorial tournaments, we are sure to have all the best camera angles and commentary booked for your enjoyment.

Stream Times – Saturday and Sunday – December 13th-14th @ 10:30 AM / PST 

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Raffles, Shirts and more…

Mezz West State Tour has t-shirts, merchandise like Zan Tips and other sponsored items available for sale and a Mezz Cue Raffle will also take place. Through snow, sleet, hail or even a few puddle jumps, we highly recommend you attend this event and check out the pool tour that is changing the game for pool in America! MEZZ TSHIRT

Sponsors and Special Thanks!

None of these tour stops or live streams would be possible without the help of our sponsors! POV Pool would like to thank, Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, Virtual Pool 4, Marty Carey’s Jump Q, Zan Tips, Turtle Rack, Fast & Loose Designs, Automated Entertainmentand all of the venues within the tour itself. Local sponsors and pool supporters are encouraged to contact us at povpool@gmail.com to discuss any local advertising within the radius of each venue.

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In advance, because we know that there are many who will step up to assist with the promotions and operations of these events, we would like to thank, Geraldine Thibodeau, Mike Meeker, AZ Billiards, NYC Grind, Paul Frankel at Professor Q Ball, GoPlayPool,Upstate AL and The Live Stream News Group, Bert Kinister, ALL of the MOD’s for POV Pool on USTREAM, Don Akerlow of On The Break News, The Pool Scene and for every member of our audience that ‘likes’ and ‘shares’!

 

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

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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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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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***Check out this great clip with Efren Reyes!*** 

*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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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

Map of all streams! 

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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
 

Next MZWST Stop! 

FAMILY STOP

Live Stream Weekend on POV Pool: MZWST Stop #6

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November 15th-16th, 2015

On Cue Billiards – La Mesa, CA

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Find the Action at On Cue Billiards!

The Mezz West State Tour’s show will travel a south this weekend to La Mesa, CA for Stop #6 at Clyde Nooris’s, On Cue Billiards! Played on the beautifully maintained, Gold Crown III’s, POV Pool will be there to cover the action for live broadcast on www.povpool.com Pool fans and followers are welcome to attend the venue at no charge. On Cue Billiards has plenty of parking, which also shares the same parking lot as Dave Whitsell’s, Quality Billiards Pro Shop. The house is sure to be packed!

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Sponsored by:
Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, Turtle Rack, Zan Tips, Virtual Pool 4, Marty Carey’s Jump Cue, Fast n Loose Designs, POV Pool and Kurzweil’s Country Meats

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Opening on Friday night with an Artistic Exhibition!

Beginning at 8:00 PM on Friday, November 14th and free for spectators to enjoy, On Cue Billiards is hosting a special ‘Artistic Pool and Trick-shot Exhibition’ by two talented and innovative competitors on the artistic pool scene, Marty Carey (World Ranked #20) and Abram Diaz (World Ranked #4).

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Mezz West State Tour Stop #6

9 – Ball / Double Elim / $65 Entry

Doors Open at 10:00 AM / PST

Entries taken until The day of the event

On Cue Billiards

8308 Parkway Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 463-8759

Entries so far…MEZZ ONCUE

1. Arturo Rivera
2. Attila Bezdan
3. Barbara Lee
4. Beau Runnigen
5. Brian Elwell
6. Brooke Thomason
7. Chris Robinson
8. Ernesto Dominguez
9. Fach Garcia
10. Frank Robutz
11. Hiroko Makiyama
12. Jaden Brock
13. Jason Ferroni
14. Jason Gilbert
15. Jenny Lee
16. John Ferguson
17. John Schmit
18. Johnny Kang
19. Josh Winkleman
20. Juice Rock!
21. Justin Logan
22. Kevin May
23. Lila Woodland
24. Louis Ulrich
25. Melissa Hernadon
26. Mike Adame
27. Mike Meeker
28. Oscar Dominguez
29. Phil Prentice
30. Ray Pajarillo
31. Rodrigo Geronimo
32. Rudy Yee
33. Steve Mansfield
34. Victor Ignacio
35. Vilmos Foldes

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