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POV Pool Celebrating 5 Years of Coverage

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September 30th, 2016

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA

By: Daniel Busch

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Celebrating 5 Years of live-streamed action and event coverage

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Daniel and Geraldine of POV Pool

Chris Swart’s, California Billiards in Fremont are currently taking entries for “POV Pool’s 5th Anniversary Pool Tournament”, taking place on December 9th-11th, 2016. The 3-day event will consist of a mini 9-ball tournament on Friday evening, and followed by a $2,000 added one-pocket tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Entries for both tournaments can be taken in person, by mail or credit card by calling 510-668-1670.

December 5th 2016, POV Pool Media will officially reach a milestone of 5 years in operation since its broadcast of ‘The Big Deal’, 9 Ball Tournament at The House Of Billiards in Sherman Oaks. The 2 day event ended with an exciting final match between, Wayne Pullen and Jerry Lin (Watch it here). Inspired directly by videos and events produced by entities like ‘Accu-Stats’, ‘The Action Report’ and ‘Inside Pool’ the, ‘POV Pool’ brand name was launched to compete with the ongoing demand for live coverage of pool players and events happening on the west coast of the United States. Since that time, ‘POV’ has provided coverage at almost 200 separate events and produced almost 2000 matches which, are archived on YouTube.

Join us for a celebration of memories

Live streamed coverage will take place during all 3 days of the event. We are also working to provide fans, supporters and players with some special giveaways during the event. Some additional programming is expected to include special memories and moments. POV Pool would like to thank our sponsors of this event and also our long list of supporters over the years (too long to list here).

POV Pool is currently sponsored by:

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9-Ball Mini-Tournament: December 9th 

  • 5th-flyer$300 Guaranteed Added!
  • $25 Entry Fee
  • Open to 48 players
  • 9-Foot tables
  • Single Elimination
  • Race to 7
  • No Green Fees!

1-Pocket Tournament: December 10th – 11th

  • $2,000 Guaranteed Added!
  • $65 Entry Fee
  • Open to 64 Players
  • Double Elmination
  • Race to 3 on both sides
  • No Green Fees!

POV Pool has so far produced:

  • 181 live streams

  • 136 press announcements

  • 274 blog posts

  • 4,109 Facebook subscribers

  • 20,051 YouTube subscribers

  • 9,035,208 views

  • 150,000 + annual website visits

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The 47th Annual – Terry Stonier 9-Ball Tournament!

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March 12th, 2016

The Jointed Cue Billiards – Sacramento, CA

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Thanks to: Drawman623 (AZ Billiard Forum)

Thanks to: Drawman623 (AZ Billiard Forum)

On March 13th, 2016 The Jointed Cue Billiards in Sacramento, California will hold its 47th Annual Terry Stonier 9-Ball Tournament. As a teen, Terry started playing 3-cushion billiards at his neighbors house with a dream to one day own his own establishment. Then in 1968 Terry opened up The Jointed Cue Billiards. With 19 tables; it also became the talk of the town for its famous cheeseburgers which still holds true this very day. Terry was a visionary who held many exhibitions, supported scores of big players and kept the pool scene going strong in Northern California for many years. He hosted events with players like Lou Butera, Luther Lassiter, Cicero Murphy, Richie Florence and many others. Later on in life, Terry went on to making cues for awhile, some of which can still be found on the collectors market. His Jointed Cue Billiards is probably the oldest surviving pool-halls in California and is still locally known as your ‘classic player’s, pool-hall’, boasting a separate ‘action room’ with four, 9 foot Gold Crown tables and surrounded by an old-fashioned, raised seating area.

Terry Stonier Cue - Photo from Kdraper on AZ Billiard Forums

Terry Stonier Cue –
Photo from Kdraper on AZ Billiard Forums

POV Pool are proud to announce that this year’s ‘Stonier’ will be live streamed for free on our Ustream Channel for all to watch. We are TAOM TIPS PNGparticularly excited to visit this venue and to have the opportunity to talk to some of those who had known Terry for many years. Wed like to thank the new owner, Mike Murphy for bringing us in this year and we are going to do our best to give the viewers the greatest show that 4 cameras can deliver. It is also not without the help of Robert Aldana, Jr. and Angel Olivarez, that we are able to bring you this live stream. Mike Murphy may have thought our services were inaccessible, but thanks to Robert and Angel, they have proven that it never hurts to ask. It turns out that POV had actually contacted The Jointed Cue almost 3 years ago to provide this live stream, but at the time, Terry’s son David had really no internet of the sort. We had no idea that Jointed Cue had changed hands since. Our sincerest ‘Thank You’ goes to Robert and Angel for fanning the flames.

Entries are still being taken: Call Mike Murphy at – (916) 456-3243

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Stay tuned to this page for ‘REAL TIME UPDATES’ on the event. Each time you visit this page, we hope you might find a new picture or an updated result. This tournament has been known to bring in at least 100 players annually. I have a short player’s list from Angel so, far and we will continue to update this page as more news develops.

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Streaming Live on: www.POVPOOL.com  or at www.Ustream.tv/Channel/POVPOOL

  • Friday – 6:00 PM / PST / TEST DAY and Mini Tournament
  • Saturday – 12:00 PM / PST – Day 1 / First Rounds
  • Sunday – 12:00 PM / PST – Day 2 / Final Rounds

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Found on AZ Billiards from Drawman623 Left to Right: Terry Stonier, Bill Staten, Minnesota Fats and Jim Rempe

Found on AZ Billiards from Drawman623
Left to Right: Terry Stonier, Bill Staten, Minnesota Fats and Jim Rempe

The 47th Annual Terry Stonier Player List – 2016

Entries still being taken – Call – Mike or Joe Murphy at – (916) 456-3243

***Transcription from 3rd party. – Please email any name corrections to daniel@povpool.com – Thank You!

  1. Tony Chohan

  2. Amar Kang

  3. Jason Williams

  4. Vilmos Foldes

  5. Geo Pagulayun

  6. Lance Wilson

  7. Ronnie Rodas

  8. Deo Totoy Alpajora

  9. Rudy Estoque

  10. John Avalos

  11. Mike Mitchell

  12. Shawn Roy

  13. Frank Giordiano

  14. Ed Aames

  15. Jeff Gregory

  16. Bryan Hart

  17. Tommy Imura

  18. Skip Nikakis

  19. Dan Russo

  20. Nick Cano

  21. Tyler Tallant

  22. Chic Melson

  23. Tim Larson

  24. Rodney Wynn

  25. Tinsley Johnson

  26. Phillip Prentice

  27. Bob Halloran

  28. Allan Atkinson

  29. Avinash Pandea

  30. Robert Aldana

  31. Jaynard Orque

  32. Ramesh (Danny) Gohkul

 

 

 

 

 

Play One Pocket with Efren Reyes in January!

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January 18th-20th, 2016

Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA

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  • So, you wanna play Efren Reyes, eh?
  • Email: daniel@povpool.com
  • Leave us your contact info and the date you’d like to play
  • See the schedule below for more details  

Action with Efren at Hard Times Billiards!

Save the dates and book your session with Efren Reyes if you dare. Efren will be at Hard Times from January 18th-20th, 2016! You can email me directly or call 310-923-6639 with your immediate inquiries.

With the 18th Annual Derby City Classic on the horizon this month, Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes will be stopping through Southern California for 3 days to prepare for the upcoming tournaments at Indiana’s, Horseshoe Casino. While at Hard Times ‘The Magician’ is open for action from almost anybody who wants a game and POV Pool has been asked to take appointments and book anyone in the area on those dates for action. We have a confirmation that Efren is willing to give up 10-7 for a minimum of 3 sets per match to most players. If you are interested in matching up with Efren Reyes, you must be willing to play a minimum of 3 sets of race to 3 (One-Pocket) for a minimum of $100 per set.

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Playing the greatest that ever lived!

Mike Stilkey playing Efren Reyes in October 2015.

Mike Stilkey playing Efren Reyes in October 2015.

Efren Reyes vs Daniel Busch in October 2015

Efren Reyes vs Daniel Busch in October 2015

This is a rare opportunity for YOU to learn from the best! In the recent past, POV Pool featured two matches between Efren and Myself and another local player, Mike Stilkey playing one-pocket for just $100 per set. A very small price to pay for the best pool lesson of your life. I can honestly say that playing 3 sets with Efren, getting 10-7 taught me a lot about my game which has improved since.

TiGER CLASSIC – The ‘Classic Cue’ for the Classic One-Pocket Player! 

Live Streamed on POV Pool! 

Thanks to POV Pool’s sponsors and to Eddie Arreguin of Hard Times Billiards, we will be there to provide live coverage of all Efren matches which will later be available for viewing on POV Pool’s YouTube Channel. Not only will you have the chance to play the best; your match will also receive professional video coverage with helpful commentary from multiple camera angles. In addition, if you have your own business or entity that you wish to promote during your match, we are happy to do so on a pre-arranged basis, free of charge. Just our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to you for giving us the chance to cover your performance.

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Live Stream Schedule:

  • January 18th – Monday / 12:00pm – 1:00am
  • January 19th – Tuesday /  12:00pm – 1:00am
  • January 20th – Wednesday /  12:00pm – 1:00am

Live Stream  Link: www.povpool.com

Live Stream Link with Chatroom: www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

POV Pool Thanks our Sponsors!

Please take the time to thank and support our sponsors by sending them a ‘Thank You’ put their equipment on your shopping list!

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“So, you wanna play Efren?”

One Pocket Only – Must be willing to play a minimum of $100 per set / Minimum 3 sets / Efren will give you 10-7

***BIGGER ACTION WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED!*** 

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

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

Monday, January 18th 

1:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

6:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

10:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

Tuesday, January 19th 

2:00pm / PST – John Lassek vs Efren Reyes / Race to 3 / One Pocket

7:00pm / PST – George Teyechea vs Efren Reyes / Race to 3 / One Pocket

10:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

Wednesday, January 20th 

1:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

7:00pm / PST – 10 Ball / EVEN / Efren Reyes vs Jamal Oussi

10:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

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Bellflower, California’s – ‘Hard Times Billiards’ is often a layover point for international travelers and professional pool players alike.

 

 

The State of Pool: Rules and Disciplines ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

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December, 2015 

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The State of Pool: Rules and Disciplines ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

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The biggest upset in pool right now that confuses the public and players are the rules. America, Europe, and Asia all play rules different to one another. All successful sports play with one set of rules that are easy to understand.

For example, America usually plays with the One on the spot, rack your own. Fouls are OK; if you move a ball with anything but your cue you can replace the ball where it was and continue to shoot. I don’t agree with this (if you make a foul it’s ok to keep shooting.)

  • 10-Ball has different rules for several events. Some are call shot and some are not. Sometimes it’s call safe too.
  • In Europe, 9-Ball is played with the Nine on the spot, and the three point rule is enforced. 10-ball, call shot, WPA rules. Asia can’t make their mind up. Sometimes the one ball is on the spot, sometimes the nine ball is on the spot.
  • 10-Ball is usually call shot, but in the Philippines they don’t like call shot for money games — which, again, does not make sense to me.
  • Push shots are sometimes allowed, sometimes not… again, madness. It’s a foul.
  • 8-Ball has different rules worldwide

What we’re doing with all these rules is confusing the public and the players, and making the sport disorganized.

  • 10-Ball was designed to be call shot — for tournaments, to take the slop out of the game — but everyone keeps trying to change the rules. We should stick to 10-Ball being call shot only, and in addition I would suggest that it should be break outside the box.
  • 9-Ball should be nine on the spot, using a magic rack, and break inside the box.
  • 8-Ball should be open table after the break, not using stripes to play onto solids for the first shot or vice versa.
  • Jump cues should not be allowed.
  • 9-Ball should be nine on the spot, magic rack, break in the box.

Every major event we play at a pro level has different rules, which is why a player meeting is always needed at the tournament before it even starts. Sometimes these player meetings can go on for hours.

In the China Open, we put the one ball on the spot, and the ball is wired to the corner pocket. This is the same with the World 9-Ball. The U.S. Open has the nine ball on the spot with the break box. I think these are the best rules, and what the majority of the players want. Matchroom also plays with the nine ball on the spot.

It’s amazing to me that all these major events play different rules.

In major golf events, they set the course up to be a test for the top players — not to make it as easy as possible. With pool, it seems like we make the game as easy as possible.

Maybe it’s because the organizers don’t understand the game, or they want it over as quick as possible. Obviously a match will end quickly when there is a guaranteed ball on the break, since there will be less safety play.

I think the majority of players want the nine ball on the spot with breaking in the box and call shot. The game has moved on now, and the standard worldwide is so high — so the game must be more difficult. In the past, nobody knew anything about the break, and balls were racked and broke, unlike the rack mechanics we have today. Now, we have different equipment and conditions.

If we all played one set of rules worldwide, people would understand the game better since it would be easier to follow. Players will understand how to practice for each event coming up. Then players’ meetings would not be needed — this saving a lot of time for both the players and organizers.

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For pool to be taken seriously as a sport going forward, it’s very important to unify the set of rules worldwide. I can’t think of any other sport where different rules are played each event.

Not only should the rules be standardized, but the pockets should be the same for all professional events. They should be four to four and quarter. Too many of the events use pocket sizes that are too big at a professional level. The same set of rules should be applied not only to professional levels, but amateur levels too.

It’s a simple fix.

My hopes for the sport I love are that these changes will take place, and the pool industry gets unified for the good of the sport and for the next generation.

It’s important to give the young players wishing to be professional in the future a chance to make a real living.


 

darren appleton bio picDarren “Dynamite” Appleton, from Pontefract West Yorkshire England, was into sports from a young age. A 15 years old his cousin was a professional English 8-ball pool player, and that’s how Darren got started. He joined a pool league with his brother, and never looked back. He went to national level very quickly, and turned professional at 19. He was number one in the world for six years in English 8-ball won over 200 tournaments—including over 30 major titles. In 2008 he started playing the tournament circuit full time. He won the world 10-ball that year, and the doors started opening up. He’s won world four world championships in four different disciplines; “I’m the only guy in history to win the 10, 8, and 9 and 8-ball world championships.” He is a five time Mosconi Cup champion, two time Challenge of Champions winner, two time US Open champion, plus many more. He now lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Angie.

 

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The 2015 – ‘TOP GUN’ Finale for Mezz West State Tour!

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By: Daniel Busch 

March 7, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

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  1. a person who is the best or one of the best in a particular field; the top-ranked person in a group.

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The Mezz West State Tour Finale! 

On March 7th and 8th a small handful of the best of The Mezz West State Tour ‘cueists’ will face off this weekend for a double-elimination, 10-ball showdown at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA to determine the ‘Top Gun’ of its field in this inaugural season of 231 players. Reserved for only 32 players who have fought long and hard in the past 10 months, traveled to various venues along the west coast of the United States – Season 1 of The Mezz West State Tour has, by far been one of the most challenging and promising billiard tours seen in the United States in over a decade. March 7th and 8th will be remembered in pool history as another baby-step in the right direction.

32 Players Preparing for Action!

The top-ranked 32 players of the Mezz West State Tour currently consist of 10 professional players, 8 semi-pros and 14 amateurs who have all held up to each other with equal strength, brought us fast paced play and memorable moments. The 1 and 2 game handicap to respective skill levels has rendered a few chilling outcomes and very few landslides. The fact remains that, if you’re playing this event, you’ve done something great to get here. Ladies and Gentlemen, ‘Place Your Bets’!

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1. Vilmos Foldes 900
2. Beau Runningen 840
3. Oscar Dominguez 775
4. Rodrigo Geronimo 625
5. Ernesto Dominguez 585
6. Attila Bezdan 520
7. Johnny Kang 505
8. Amar Kang 430
9. Jaynard Orque 390
10. Kevin May 350
11. Santos Sambajon 320
12. Jaden Brock 290
13. Ruben Bautista 280
14. Phil Prentice 275
15. Ramin Bakhtiari 270
16. Dave Hemmah 265
17. Rodney Wynn 260
18. Paul Silva 240
19. Bob Jocz 235
20. Tommy Lipps 225
21. Ramon Mistica 225
22. Frank Robutz 220
23. Tang Hoa 220
24. Reid Stensrud 215
25. Fach Garcia 215
26. Melissa Herndon 205
27. Justin Logan 195
28. Jason Ferroni 190
29. Tim Daniel 190
30. Mark Whitehead 175
31. Anthony Ortega 175
32. Jason Williams 175

Live and Broadcast Coverage

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Hard Times Billiards is charging a very small gate to watch the event and parking is always free. Streaming live and free on POV Pool’s Ustream Channel, all weekend long, including some open action on Friday, March 6th. POV Pool will also be providing a supplemental, Top Gun – Real Time Feed page for those looking for bracket and player information, pics, selfies, highlights and more.

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This weekend’s event at “The Home Of Champions” opened by Chuck Markulis in 1988 is sure to carry the legacy of the great players who have come before them. The Mezz West State Tour brings talent to Hard Times Billiards with a different slant than usual. The players at this event will all have earned their place at the table, after a long haul of 11 events and all, very hungry to win.

A Little History – A Lot Of Thanks! 

Tour founders, Oscar Dominguez and Desiree Rivera, whose announcement of the Mezz West State Tour immediately attracted local promoters, venues and product sponsors from conception to launch; they were able to officially sign 9 host venues whilst partners such as Fast n Loose, POV Pool and GoPlayPool went to work on other tasks in the background: Website, Live Streaming and Social Promotion. In a way, this was a convergence of events that could almost be likened to someone who wins 9-ball tournament: It took a whole lot of skill, a little bit of luck and just the right timing.

Mezz Cues and West State Billiards, ZAN Tips and Turtle Rack are to be applauded for providing resources to the events, which made the tour possible. With many thanks, each official tour stop brought with it $2,000 added money and the hosting venues received cues, cases and merchandise to attract local talent to play and register. Thanks also to Marty Carey (Marty Carey Jump Cue) and Steve Chaplin of Virtual Pool 4 who were able to come to the table, not only to compete in many of the stops, but also to provide additional funding for the live streaming of the events on POV Pool and On The Rail TV.

Streaming All Weekend including Friday March 6th! 

Live Stream Link: http://www.povpool.com

Stream with Chat: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

A Few Moments on The Mezz West State Tour! 

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