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Golden Cue Billiards Sets the Stage for New World Billiards!

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Saturday – December 5th, 2015

The Golden Cue – South El Monte, CA 

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Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – A ‘Swan Song’ for New World Billiards
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This Saturday, December 5th will be a special engagement for The Golden Cue Billiards club in South El Monte, California. A very special, 15th annual memorial tournament for ‘Big Al’, much loved and respected by SoCal pool players is always special of course, but not the only thing special about it. This event also sets the stage for the ‘final bow’ from New World Billiards… Yes, the 15th Annual, $1,500 added, ‘Big AL’ La Mode 9-Ball event will be New World Billiards’ final tournament before closing their books for good. This year’s annual shin-dig has a full field of 64 players, who’s names will ring a bell to anyone with over a decade of history in our community. The event will be streamed live on POV Pool, but to any locals out there who know these players personally you should jump in the car and get to Golden Cue Billiards. It just might be the last time we see these names in the same room all at once. The NWB handicapped format drew a very special tribe of passionate players which I’m not sure will cultivate again any time soon. Names like Tony/Phil/Carmine Sardo, Ed Sellers, Derek Kim, Wayne Pullen, Jerry Lin, Erwin Macapagal, Larry Bohn, Jenny Lee and more… These are some of the original players dating back to the defunct, USPPA organization, born in the late 90’s. If you’re looking for a story or two from these guys about pool in its heyday, you just might find it here on this day.

A short trip down memory lane: SOME OLD POSTERS WITH NWB

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For those who didn’t know, ‘New World Billiards’ was the last remaining independent organization on the west coast of the United States to bring us handicapped 9-ball tournaments on 9-foot tables, playing for cash or added monies, without having to be part of a league. Accepting any players and rating them according to skill level; players could pick and choose any event/s they wanted to compete in without worry about being cut or eliminated from the rankings roster. The only requirement for membership was an annual $25 fee to be entered into the database and whatever their tournament fee was per event. Tony Annigoni’s, USPPA format was basically the starting point from which ‘NWB’ launched. Originally owned by Ron Wishnack and Ken Elton, their mission was to pick up where the USPPA left off but made a few tweaks to their handicapping, so as not to conflict with Tony’s original invention. Although NWB’s organization was solid and quickly migrated 99% of  Southern California’s USPPA players, it never did gain the traction that USPPA gained in the early 2000’s.

Fun Fact: One of POV Pool’s 1st streams was in December of 2011 for New World Billiards’, It was the 1st Annual BIG DEAL event. Wayne Pullen beat Jerry Lin in the finals! 

Some Sordid History in Brief…

New World Billiards was formed in 2010 in response to the demise of the USPPA that was owned and operated by pool promoter, Tony Annigoni. NWB held many low cost, weekly tournaments at up to 6 venues in Southern California and quickly obtained over 150 members within its first month of forming. They also threw several annual tournaments which paid deep, guaranteed added monies with very little entry for its members who qualified to enter. These were the good guys… Ron Wishnack and Ken Elton committed and honest, they were loyal to the USPPA until problems began brewing. In 2010, a controversy surrounding the USPPA’s infamous 99 player ‘Reno’ event in, left its top 12 players without any payouts and an elusive promoter, almost impossible to contact or get a straight answer from for many months. The reaction from many players to Tony and the organization which, had a National reach and almost 1,600 registrations was to leave and therefore USPPA quickly lost 75% of its base. To date, the winner’s of the aforementioned tournament in Reno have not yet received full payment; even despite the 1st place winner, Jeff Gregory’s judgement of $5,000 against Tony Annagoni, to pay up.

On a slightly broader scale, the USPPA’s demise had a profound effect on the billiard community. It served as a catalyst to form New World Billiards in SoCal and Bob Beaulieu’s – World PPA with almost 1,600 players in NorCal; the handicapped, APA, TAP leagues and even Mark Griffin’s USAPL league also took root to adopt many of the estranged casual players and serious players seeking a new home to work on their games.

We hope you enjoy this final event from New World Billiards. Good luck to all players and Keep Loving Pool! Thank you to Ron Wishnack and Ken Elton and best of luck in your future endeavors!

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PLAYER LIST:

Elias Valles
Rich Hodge
Randy Miller
Jeffrey Pu
Larry Bohn
Dave Hemmah
Marielle Lim
Bob Jocz
Phi Le
Jerry Lin
Barbara Lee
Sairith Mey
Derek Kim
Ed Sellers
Roger Goto
Carmine Sardo
David Carroll
Ron Meadows
Aaron Estrada
Ron Reisler
Mel Legunzad
Paul Santos
Mark Whitehead
Trevor Benbrook
Phil Sardo
Jeff Ham
John Nekali
Larry Pan
Ra Hanna
Erwin Macapagal
Ralf Stier
Mike Stilkey
Terry Reagan
Mike Adelson
MJ Partin
Jenny Lee
Jonah Vise
Eric Friar
Luis Lopez
Kevin Nakamura
Gil Leon
Keith O'Donnell
Bob Young
Jon Balan
CD Johnson
Wayne Pullen
Trinh Lu
DANIEL BUSCH
Rich Daniel
Ray Van
Geraldine Thibodeau
Rhino
Johnny Ngo
Brian Cady
Mike Piy
Jeremiah Johnson
John Halter
Mauricio Marroquin
April Shirakawa
Reid Fleming
Candie Rosenberger
Ken Hoshide
Gigi Callejas
JP
Al Garcia
Hiroko Makiyama

POV Pool Reaches ‘One Year’ Today – December, 2012 Event Playlist!

Happy Birthday, POV Pool!

On December 4th, 2011 I launched Point Of View Pool with a vision to deliver to fans of the game as many ‘points of view ‘of the billiards community. Not just with video streams and events, but also with press, articles and social media networks. I am proud to report that during this year of infancy, POV Pool on YouTube has already reached 1,322 subscribers and over 350,000 views. I have personally written and published over 25 press releases, which include exclusive interviews and articles on industry developments. I have had the honor of streaming over 30 tournaments at venues all over California, like Hard Times Billiards Bellflower, The California Billiard Club, Sherman Oaks – House Of Billiards, Good Times Billiards, Plush Pocket, The Broken Rack, On-Cue Billiards, Butera’s Billiards, Stix Billiards, The Embassy Club and The PitStop Pub!

I’d like to thank all of the billiard hall owners who have worked with me, all of the commentators who’s list grows longer with every stream; to all of the viewers of the live streams and to the visitors of my site, who’s demand for billiard related content give me a reason to roll out of bed every morning. Let me not also forget the sponsors, the moderators and promotors of streams who have done their very best to keep POV Pool on the map and in demand.

The list of those who have offered me a helping hand and a constructive comment or two is way too long to mention and I cannot forget the players, who’s performances are always a joy to witness. Sitting in the booth and being spectator has taught me more about the game that I would have ever bargained for. It has been an honor to play a small role in your tournament lives, watching the gloves come off, no matter who you are playing or how much you get on with your opponents off the table.

This ‘sport’ or ‘game’, or whichever you choose to call it is nothing less than astonishing to me on all fronts. Never, have I seen people work so hard for so little reward and yet, still show a passion and love for pool without ever questioning whether they are going to quit for good. It is within that spirit that, when times are hard (and they usually are), that I, too shall continue on this journey with Point Of View Pool.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Sincerely, Daniel Busch / Owner – POV Pool Media

POV Pool’s December, 2012 Playlist!

Aside from that, this month of December is the busiest yet for POV Pool, so I’ve decided to publish a quick playlist of the events for the rest of this month. Here they are as follows:

Saturday, December 8th @ 8:30 PM PST 

Florian ‘Venom’ Kohler – Trickshot Exhibition

Join POV Pool for live streamed coverage of this 2 hour event, sponsored by Riverside TAP and held at The Pit Stop Pub in Manifee, CA. For more information, please read this press release or visit www.riversidetap.net

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Sunday, December 9th @ 12:00 PM PST

Joe Martin Presents / $1,000 Added Ladies 9-Ball Tournament

The very next morning, I will be at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, covering Day 2 of a $1,000 Added, Joe Martin – Ladies 9-Ball Tournament / “The Final 8 Players!”

 

Saturday & Sunday, December 15th & 16th

The USBA, $7,500 Added Open 3-Cushion Event

Streamed once again from Hard Times Billiards, join POV Pool on Ustream for Day 2 & 3 of this very prestigious event, also featuring clips of a very rare, ‘3-Cushion Clinic’ with the,  5 time, current National 3-Cushion Champion, Pedro Piedrabuena, produced by POV Pool Media. For more information, please read the following Press Release. 

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 @ 12:00 PM / PST

“The End Of The World: 10-Ball Tournament Of The Mayans!”

What a way to go! This $1,000 Added Event which is open to 32 players will feature some of the toughest action on the POV has ever streamed. Marking the last event of the year but hopefully not the last event for humanity, POV Pool and sponsors will be giving away over 50 prizes ranging from cues, cases, Kamui products, T-Shirts, APA Memberships and much, much more! This will be a 1 day event and will be available to view for $9.95 on POV Pool’s, UStream Channel.

Tournament Of The Mayans – Trailer

Joe Martin Promotions Adds $1,000 For One Pocket!

Stix One Pocket

For all of those ‘Chess-Minded’ pool enthusiasts, Stix Billiards in Rancho Cucamonga, CA; in conjunction with long time billiards supporter Joe Morgan will proudly present a $1000 Added, Single Elimination, One-Pocket Tournament on Saturday, 16th of June, 2012.

Home of the Wine Tailor Winery and the award winning Antonino’s Italian RestaurantStix Billiards is nestled in this rare historic gem of a city, providing a nice diversion from the daily grind of Los Angeles and its surrounding crowds. Stix Billiards hosts 20, 9ft Gold Crown III’s & IV’s and one new 9ft Diamond which was just shipped from Las Vegas. They also boast a slew of 10 fresh beers on tap, a full kitchen with a lip smacking menu and a wide selection of billiard supplies from pool cues to tip tools, chalk holders, gloves, cue holders and cue cases.

The event will also be streamed live by Yours Truly, POV Pool and we have invited several of it’s most fluent of One-Pocketeers to join in the Commentary Booth. Last year’s event hosted 28 players but the Alex and Joe at Stix are reaching out with high hopes to see this year’s roster expand.

Entries are still being taken until the day of the event and all inquiries should be directed to Alex at Stix.

Stix Billiards

7985 Vineyard Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

: 1-909-989-5020

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$1000 Added One-Pocket

$40 Entry Fee

Saturday, June 16th – 2012

Start Time: 12pm

Single Elimination

Race to 3

 

 

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