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

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

 

 

 

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

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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Does Efren Reyes Ever Miscue?

Please enjoy this video clip of Efren Reyes!

Playing One-Pocket with Richard Grenier this year, one of POV Pool’s commentators, BOX made an observation about Efren’s chalking fundamentals and pre-shot rituals. He exclaims that he’s NEVER seen Efren miscue.

Well, it turns out that Box is not right about everything… It turns out that Efren did miscue in competitive play, during his match with Earl Strickland in ‘The Color Of Money” competition in 1997. I will have to say, however that once in 17 years ain’t bad!

Efren Miscues in this video at 58:55 minutes.

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Efren Reyes – Has he ever miscued?

Oscar and Amar Take a Late-Night Split At Palacade – MZWST #5

November 9th, 2014

Billiard Palacade – San Francisco, CA

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The Mezz West State Tour traveled to San Francisco, CA to the Billiard Palacade owned and operated by the enormously generous and kind, Frankie Murcia Jr. and family. A great field of 73 players came from all over California, Nevada, and even from Europe. The 5th stop of the tour was 10 ball to be played on the 13 beautiful AMF antique tables which Billiard Palacade had re-felted specifically for this event.

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The top half of the bracket was dominated by World Cup of Pool team India member, Amar Kang. The Sacramento, California ace has had excellent results on the tour and for years on the west coast with elite players. Some of his victories included a strong win over Filipino champion, Rodrigo Geronimo, Deo Alpojara, Johnny Kang, and Oscar Dominguez for the hotseat. As previously mentioned, Oscar Dominguez came up short to Kang in the hotseat but not before disposing of several strong local talent and Romanian expat, only known as Babken on the bottom half of the bracket.

On the losers side, several upsets took place including the fairly early departure of tour points leader, Rodrigo Geronimo by Hungarian young gun, Attila Bezdan after defeating his best friend and road partner Vilmos Foldes. In addition, former junior national champion, Beau Runningen, fought valiantly on the losers side after a loss to Deo Alpojara. Beau went on to defeat the always tough Justin Logan, Johnny Kang, and Babken until he ran into Dominguez who stopped Beau, from going to the finals.

FINAL 8 Players – (Johnny Kang not Pictured)

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The finals between Amar and Oscar would be a true double elimination where Oscar needed to win twice for the victory while Amar needed to only win once. After a strong start by Kang to lead 7-2, Dominguez forged a comeback to win 9-7 and force a second and deciding set. The duo agreed to call it a night as it was 3 am and it would be safer for all parties driving home that night.

Also, the Mezz West State Tour would like to congratulate Emilyn Collado on her Top Female finish!

The Mezz West State Tour would like to thank their sponsors: Mezz Cues, West State Billiard Supply, Kurzweil’s Country Meats, AZBilliards, NYCGrind, Fast&Loose Designs, ZAN tips, POVPool, and Turtle Rack. Also, a very special thank you to Francisco Murcia and his entire family for their warm hospitality and generosity to promote the sport we all love.

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Payouts:

1st/2nd Oscar Dominguez, Amar Kang : $1,010 each
3rd Beau Runnigen: $570
4th Babken Melkonyan: $400
5th / 6th: Attila Bezdan, Johnny Kang: $300 each
7th / 8th: Justin Logan, Rodrigo Geronimo: $200 each
9th– 12th : Paul Silva, Jaynard Orque, Deo Alpajora, Eric Scott: $140 each
13th– 16th : Yoli Handoko , Vilmos Foldes, Ed Ramos, JohnMark Hernandez: $100 each
17th– 24th : E. Dominguez, D. Gomez, F. Robutz, J. Williams, Jay Mulinbyan, Feras Qaddoura, Saul Aguilar: $75 each
 
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Streaming Live Next Week: Mezz West State Tour Stop #6 from On Cue Billiards in La Mesa, CA!

Next stop is at On Cue Billiards in La Mesa, CA. We hope to see you there and be sure to tune in to www.povpool.com to watch all the action live and free!

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Rodrigo Takes Stop #4 – Mezz West State Tour!

Written by: Oscar Dominguez
Photos by – POV Pool

September 30th, 2014

Plush Pocket Billiards – Northridge, CA

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The Mezz West State Tour Event #4

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The Mezz West State Tour completed stop #4 in beautiful Northridge, CA at Plush Pocket Billiards the weekend of September 27th and 28th with another excellent field of 91 players for our 9 ball event. Our gracious host, Steve Yi, opened his 20 pool table pool room and their staff worked tirelessly to accommodate the many players and fans in attendance.

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Efren Reyes at Mezz West State Tour #4 playing Vilmos Foldes on POV Pool

The Mezz West State Tour has garnered a strong following and had several special guests in attendance. The legendary Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante came a few days early to the Los Angeles area before their departure to the Poplar Bluff, MO one pocket event and decided to give all the locals a treat with their amazing skills. In addition to the obvious world champions in attendance, several other world class players were in the field such as; Vilmos Foldes, Santos Sambajon, Ernesto and Oscar Dominguez, Ramon Mistica, John “Mr. 400” Schmidt along with WPBA pros Stacy Novak, Jenny Lee, and Melissa Herndon. The 91 player field was whittled down to 24 on Sunday morning and the crowd in attendance was in for a treat as high class 9 ball was demonstrated at a world class level. In a marquee match, Rodrigo Geronimo played a tough battle with Efren Reyes where a few uncharacteristic misses by Efren made the difference in the match. This led to Rodrigo playing Bustamante for the hotseat and Rodrigo kept his hot streak on the Mezz West State tour alive by once again being the man to beat on the tour.

Meanwhile on the one loss side, strong semi pro player Johnny Kang had another brilliant performance playing high caliber pool with his ultra aggressive style. It took both Efren and Bustamante to finally bring him down with a solid 4th place finish leaving the top 3 players all Filipino of Bustamante, Reyes, and Geronimo. Due to time constraints of catching an early morning flight to Missouri, the top three players played a shortened race leaving Reyes in 3rd, Bustamante in 2nd, and Rodrigo Geronimo again to win a Mezz West State Tour Stop. These classy professionals showed why they are some of the greatest players to ever live by playing at a level above the field. It was a pleasure seeing pool played at its finest and the fans were treated to a great show. Additionally, the Top Female $100 bonus was won by Melissa Herndon as she makes a comeback to the pool world and we could not be happier to have a champion person and player back in the mix with the guys.

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Francisco Bustamante and Ramon Mistica at Plush Pocket in Northridge, CA

The MWST would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support; Mezz Cues, West State Billiard Supply, POV Pool, AZBilliards, NYCGrind, Kurzweil’s Country Meats, Fast&Loose Designs, Turtle Rack, and ZAN tips. Our next stop is November 8/9 at Billiard Palacade in San Francisco, CA. Please be sure to visit our website www.mezzweststatetour.com for any questions and the rest of our schedule.

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Payouts:
1st- Rodrigo Geronimo: $1,550
2nd- Francisco Bustamante: $1,000
3rd- Efren Reyes: $700
4th- Johnny Kang: $450
5th/6th- Vilmos Foldes, Santos Sambajon: $300 each
7th/8th- Beau Runningen, Dave Hemmah: $225 each
9th-12th- Jason Ferroni, Oscar Dominguez, Ernesto Dominguez, James Cavallo :$155 each
13th-16th- Fach Garcia, Bob Jocz, Chris Wedekind, Mike Lin: $110 each
17th-24th- Dave Martineau, Jerry Lin, Rodney Wynn, Ramon Mistica, Jim Burt, Attila Bezdan, Nick Spano, John Schmidt: $80 each
Top Female- Melissa Herndon: $100

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