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Efren and Bustamante – Return To Hard Times on February 1st and 2nd!

February 1st and 2nd, 2016

Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA

Hard Times Billiards Bellflower

  • So, you wanna play Efren Reyes or Francisco Bustamante?
  • Email: daniel@povpool.com
  • Leave us your contact info and the date you’d like to play
  • See the schedule below for more details  
Photo By: Duke Loren / Instagram @doooker

Photo By: Duke Loren / Instagram @doooker

Book Your Match Now – February 1st and 2nd ONLY 

Just when you thought it was getting quiet at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, the heat will turn up again with the return of Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante for just 2 days. And, once again, POVPOOL has been given the honor of booking any advance matches with amateurs and pros alike! With very little lead time on this event, we are sure the phone will be ringing off the hook – there will be very limited slots available for action going only to those who book it first. Minimum wagers will be set by appointment only. All games considered!

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“So, you wanna play Efren?”

All Games Considered – Wager determined by phone only! 

Contact: daniel@povpool.com or call 310-923-6639

Live Stream Schedule (Matches will be updated as they come in): 

Monday, February 1st

1:00pm / PST – MARCO MITRE VS EFREN REYES / 8 Ball / Race to 9 / EVEN

3:oopm / PST – COLIN ANGLE VS EFREN REYES / 8 Ball / Race to 9 / EVEN

8:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

Tuesday, February 2nd 

1:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

4:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

8:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

Hard Times Billiards


Down to the Quarter-Finals at the World Championships

 February 20th, 2015
WPA World 10 Ball Championships – General Santos, Philippines 

Story By: Markus Noé




The hopes for a 2015 Canadian World 10 Ball Champion has come to an end. Alex Pagulayan was the last man standing and unfortunately he was unable to make it through the final round of 32 where he lost to a top player from China, Liu Haitao 11-10.  The other two Canadians to make it through the group stages Jason Klatt and John Morra were both eliminated in the final 64 bracket.

As many of you know this is the first World 10 Ball Championship in some time due to lack of funding. The minimum prize pool to host a World Championship is $250,000. World renowned boxer and local Filipino hero Manny Pacquiao has graciously stepped up and basically donated $300,000 to the prize pool with no hope of making that money back. Of course, which is so often the case in the pool world, there as been more complaints then gratitude.

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Before we get into whats wrong with this World Championship lets get a little perspective first. Manny Pacquiao is one of the richest Filipinos in the history of the country, he holds public office and loves pool and plays at about a semi-pro level. Being that pool is the number one sport in his country and that he has a stable of the worlds best players in his backyard who are struggling financially, he decided to host this Championship himself to help promote his hometown and to give these great local players a chance on the world stage which otherwise they would have been unable to afford.

Now for the players who traveled there seemingly blind to what the conditions might be, this is a third world country with very little infrastructure and one of the warmest countries on earth. So it leaves me scratching my head a bit when I see all the social media posts complaining about the humidity and the poor table conditions. Its not like there is a “Diamond Table” manufacturer nearby, and in reality Pacquiao has only just started hosting pool tournaments since last August. I would imagine like any new event, it has its growing pains and if given the opportunity it will only get better.

With the humidity the local players who mostly play outside, yes OUTSIDE – the playing conditions heavily favour  them and it is up to the foreigners to adapt and overcome. I just wish the players would not so quickly go to social media to condemn this effort, especially in these times when the game is struggling so much.

Below are the full results from the final 32 bracket and the final 16 bracket. There are 3 Filipino players in the final 8. Tomorrow will be the conclusion of the 2015 World Championships, come back to CSN for a full report.

POV Pool – Streaming LIVE on Feb 21!

Results Final 32, Last Session

  • David Alcaide(ESP) 11 – 8 Chang Jung Lin(TPE)
  • Mieszko Fortunski(POL) 11 – 9 Raymund Faraon(PHI)
  • Johann Chua(PHI) 11 – 7 Wang Can(CHN)
  • Lee Vann Corteza(PHI) 11 – 8 Fu Chei Wei(TPE)
  • Radoslaw Babica(POL) 11 – 6 Karl Boyes(GBR)
  • Carlo Biado(PHI) 11 -1 Romeo Silvano(PHI)
  • Ricky Yang(IND) 11 – 4 Petri Makkonen(FIN)
  • Liu Haitao(CHN) 11 – 10 Alex Pagulayan(PHI)

Full Results Final 16

  • Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 11-5 Irsa Nasution(INA)
  • Yang Ching Shun(TPE) 11 – 8 Marcus Chamat(SWE)
  • Warren Kiamco(PHI) 11-9 Cheng Yu Hsuan(TPE)
  • Ko Ping Chung(TPE) 11 – 10 Ruslan Chinakhov(RUS)
  • David Alcaide(ESP) 11-7 Mieszko Fortunski(POL)
  • Johann Chua(PHI) 11-10 Lee Vann Corteza(PHI)
  • Carlo Biado(PHI) 11 – 7 Radoslaw Babica(POL) 4-3
  • Liu Haitao(CHN) 11-6 Ricky Yang(IND)

Quarterfinal Matches
Feb. 21, 10:30AM(GMT+8)

  • Ko Pin Yi(TPE) Yang vs. Ching Shun(TPE)
  • Warren Kiamco(PHI) vs. Ko Ping Chung(TPE)
  • David Alcaide(ESP) vs. Johann Chua(PHI)
  • Carlo Biado(PHI) vs. Liu Haitao(CHN)
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Bracket – Courtesy of Alison Fischer at NYC Grind.


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.


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. 


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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