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The West Coast Swing: Stop #1 – The 4th Annual Cole Dickson 10-Ball!

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May 10th, 2016

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Delbert Wong and Family Billiards hosting another ‘Cole Dickson’! 

Summer is on the horizon and it’s time to take your foot off the breaks and put the pedal to the metal! This year’s ‘West Coast Swing’ of pool kicks off in San Francisco with it’s first stop of six stops total. On July 2nd and 3rd, Delbert Wong’s Family Billiards is hosting the 4th annual Cole Dickson Open 10-Ball tournament. Since Cole’s passing in June of 2013, Delbert swiftly launched the event to remember one of America’s most entertaining money players of our time. This year’s ‘Dickson’ will be $2,500 added guaranteed; the two day event on Geary Blvd will be played on Family Billiards’ well kept, Gold Crown 9 foot tables that are scheduled to be freshly cloth-ed and tuned by Ernesto Dominguez. Of the six total events on the ‘West Coast Swing’, the Cole Dickson event offers the lowest entry fee of only $75 with no additional late fees. Also, in conjunction with CueSports International and the 2016 CSI U.S. Open events toward the end of July, the first place winner of this year’s Cole Dickson will receive a free entry into their pick of the U.S. Open 8 or 10 ball events; an entry worth $350.

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The toughest in the West and the World! 

Charging to San Francisco and sniffing around for action are a host of pro-pool players for this year’s Cole Dickson. We are waiting until June 1st to provide readers with a preliminary list of ‘who’s who’ at the 4th Cole, but one thing’s for sure, last year’s winner, Rodney ‘The Rocket’ Morris has given a positive ‘nod’ along with the likes of Raj ‘The Hitman’ Hundal, Tony Chohan, and last minute travel plans are being made for Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante to attend. (Django is here for big action in Las Vegas on July 19th, but more on that from us soon). Another name floating in the ether is Canada’s top all around player Alex Pagulayan, who’s has been heard to say with a sense of urgency, “I need dates and times! Somebody tell me when this all starts!” Yes, it’s entirely possible that, due to the prestige of the events following this one, The 4th Cole Dickson and the rest of the ‘Swing’ may fill faster than any other before it.

– Congratulations are in order to Alex Pagulayun for just winning the ‘Don Coates Memorial One-Pocket Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina and the recent, “2016 Canadian 9-ball Championships’. Alex is on fire this year! Let’s not forget that he is also this year’s Derby City ‘All Around’ Champion! READ MORE HERE

Cole Dickson Tournament Format:

  • The 4th Annual Cole Dickson 10 Ball Tournament
  • $2,500 Added Guaranteed
  • Entry Fee $75
  • Open to 128 Players
  • 10 Ball / Call Pocket
  • Slop a ball = Opponent’s Option
  • Winner Breaks
  • 3 Foul Rule in Effect
  • Jump Cues Allowed
  • Simonis Cloth
  • Aramith Balls / IPT Edition
  • Live Streamed on www.POVPOOL.com with a “Real Time Feed Page” during the event

Past winner’s include: • 2015 – Vilmos Foldes • 2014 Rodney Morris • 2013 Amar Kang

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Family Billiards – San Francisco

In the Bay Area, the name ‘Family Billiards’ is ubiquitous with pool. The name has been around San Francisco since 1967 and has stood strong as a personal favorite to thousands of pool players from all over the world. Delbert Wong took over ‘Family’ in the early 80’s and moved it to its present location on Geary Blvd. has been known by many as one of those room-owners that gives back to the players. His very close friend, Cole Dickson passed just 4 years ago and was taken too soon from us. Cole Dickson was known to many as one of the best money players around.

Legendary story: Cole once proposed $1,000 per game against the 9-ball ghost and broke the house!

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What is the ‘West Coast Swing of Pool’? 

The ‘West Coast Swing’ is a ‘back to back’ annual series of high paying, ‘open’ pool tournaments, held at several venues on the West Coast of the United States within close proximity and time frame. Usually held during summertime, the ‘Swing’ events are designed to attract the world’s top-tier pool players who seek to associate with high profile events, grow their professional careers and promote their sponsors and/or affiliates. Each tournament is independent of one another, so there is no registration and no obligation to play multiple stops. However, the ‘Swing’ events are well coordinated in terms of location and chronology so that they are always synchronous, giving players the opportunity to play all events if they desire.

2016 • July 2nd – 30th • One month of solid action!

This year’s West Coast Swing will start in San Francisco, California on July 2nd for ‘Stop #1’ (The Cole Dickson 10-Ball). Players will gradually work their way south for two weeks through Fremont, California for ‘Stops 2 and 3 (The West Coast Challenge); then to Bellflower, California for ‘Stop 4’ (The Hard Times 10-Ball) and finally, players will ‘swing’ north east to Las Vegas, Nevada for stops 5 and 6 (CSI U.S. Open 8-ball and 10-ball) held at The Rio All Suites Hotel/Resort Casino.

Entry Form/s for all events can be found here: 

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A ‘Ban’ of Brothers!

Artistic Players Suspended

October 22nd – 2015

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by Geraldine Thibodeau and Daniel Busch

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Note: Since publishing this article on this day, top world ranked WPA-APD player Andy Segal did an on-air interview with Mark Cantrill of American Billiard Radio. Listen to this interview now – Episode: “Higher On The Wire” @ 104:30 minutes!ABR Logo

From ‘Top’ to ‘Not’!

It looks like the players have received their answer to the letter that was sent to the World Pool Association – Artistic Pool Division. Since POV Pool’s original article on this subject was published, there have been some developments in the Artistic Pool community. The Player’s Board sent a letter to the owner of Jamaica Joe’s (venue for the upcoming Master’s Artistic Pool Championship) stating that several players would not be playing in upcoming events until certain issues dealing with the players and the WPA-APD were resolved. In this letter was also an apology for any inconvenience it may cause the event and an additional reminder not to use their names as part of the promotion for it.

After the WPA-APD was informed of this letter and spoke to the owner of Jamaica Joe’s, the WPA-APD President, Mark Dimick sent an email (on behalf of the APD Board) issuing a 3-year suspension from competing in future APD events to the following players: Nick Nikolaidis, Andy Segal, Gabi Visoiu, Abram Diaz and Dave Nagle. The email also states that after 3 years have elapsed, the APD board will be required to hold a vote for player reinstatement. Before this suspension is official, players are apparently eligible to appeal this decision with an appeal board. The five suspended players are part of a Player’s Board, and was responsible for the issuance of the letter to the Jamaica Joe’s, venue owner. Although the WPA-APD knew that the Player’s Board would boycott future events, the APD stated that, “Had nothing further happened, we probably could have eventually reached a common-ground without serious disruption.” However we at POV Pool would like to know then, why communication was not made between the WPA-APD board and the Player’s Board?

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It is said that all the players were contacted regarding these communications, and all but eight players are still seeking the change that they first asked in the letter to the WPA-APD. We have yet to speak to these players who have backed out of the “Player’s Union,” but we suspect that because the WPA-APD stated they are willing to come to a “common ground,” these players would back out of the “Player’s Union.” Without hearing from each player, we can only speculate, though.

In a similar case in 2013, Rodney Morris had voiced publicly some dislikes he had for Cue Sports International (CSI) and its owner, Mark Griffin. Morris was then indefinitely banned from any future CSI events. After a public and personal apology, Rodney Morris was at the 2015 US-Open hosted by CSI…so, we have to ask that, because of an apology letter to Jamaica Joe’s informing them of their intentions not to compete at the event, is a 3 year suspension appropriate for these players?

Listen to the related interview with Abram Diaz on American Billiard Radio – “The View From The Top” @ 58:07

The Rocket vs Geronimo – Rematch – April 7th!

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Tuesday, April 7th – 2015

Epic Billiards – Carson, California

 

April 12th – Match Update!

– Congratulations to Edgie Geronimo for winning this match, 15-25. It was a tough day for Rodney, who learned late in the match that his cue-tip was becoming spongy and after changing shafts it was just too little, too late. The playing conditions shifted continuously during the evening, with the front door of the establishment being opened and closed throughout the match, and heavy rain outside bringing moisture inside.

Drinking and celebrations commenced very quickly after the match, with Joven and Edgie’s ‘Despedida’ (farewell party).

Another great night of action on POV Pool! We are hoping to schedule yet another rematch between Rodney and Edgie Geronimo at the Golden Cue in July, when Edgie returns to Los Angeles!

Check out what’s coming next! 

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AKA – Edgie Geronimo and Joven Bustamante’s “Despedida”

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Rematch scheduled between Rodney Morris and Edgie Geronimo!

Stream starts at 6:00pm / PST on POV Pool! 

Last week’s epic 10-ball battle at Hard Times Billiards was one of POV Pool’s best yet. Now we’ve just heard that tensions are mounting, yet again between Rodney “The Rocket” Morris and the soft-spoken gunslinger from Bulacan, Philippines, Edgie Geronimo.

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Hard Times vs Epic Billiards – Very Different Rooms

The 10-ball action match, which took place at Hard Times Billiards on April 2nd ended in a victory for Rodney Morris of 19 games to 12 and was played on much different conditions than the ones being proposed for Tuesday’s rematch. The Gold Crown II’s at Epic Billiards are not as tight and Kamui_logoBlack-webthe tables play a lot slower. Epic’s square footage is only enough to host 6 full-sized tables as opposed to Hard Times, which has 26 tables, tighter pockets and a somewhat more humid atmosphere than Epic. Also, Epic Billiard’s clientele are almost 60% Filipino; there will be HUGE local support for Edgie and this could raise concerns as to whether or not ‘The Rocket’ can take the heat during a long race to 25 with all the excitement going on.

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And what of Joven Bustamante?

Well, guys? We don’t really know what’s going to happen with Joven Bustamante. He defeated Vilmos Foldes in a race to 18 games on Thursday, but alas, Vilmos will not be present at Epic Billiards to answer back this time. There is talk of bringing in some backup to play Joven – A few names, like Chris Robinson, Sal Butera and Beau Runningen have been thrown around, but POV’s main focus will be on the headliner match. Spectators are welcome and there is no cover charge to watch. The live stream will be free for all and should start at 6pm / PST.

Please join us for live coverage! Andy Cloth

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Monsters are Invading Bellflower on Thursday!

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Thursday – April 2nd, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

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FREE AND LIVE – 10-Ball Double Header Action On POV Pool! 

On April 2nd, POV Pool in association with Epic Billiards, PiUS Promotions and Hard Time Billiards will be in Bellflower this Thursday to provide free live coverage of two scheduled matches between 2 of the pool-world’s rising Filipino stars facing off against possibly 2 of the toughest opponents the west coast can bring to them.

Match #1 – Joven Bustamante vs Vilmos Földes / 2pm PST  

What we have here is a good ol’ fashioned rematch, folks! Joven Bustamante (no relation) has been kicking ass and taking names in WPA events as far back as 2007. A very young looking 36 years old with enough firepower in his left-pinky to beat me with the 7 ball, Joven has been racking up wins in the U.S. since he touched down from the Philippines in February of this year; cashing in the Derby City 9 Ball, Jay Swanson Memorial, Chuck Markulis Memorial, CSI US Bar-Table Championships and recently taking 2nd place in the 25th Annual Andy Mercer 9 Ball Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo Courtesy of Inside Pool Magazine

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Photo Courtesy: 2015 Carlos Coll Photography

Photo Courtesy: 2015 Carlos Coll Photography

 

Joven will face off against Vilmos Földes of Budapest, Hungary! Vilmos eats 9 Balls for breakfast and sleeps with with a loaded, Predator soft case under his pillow at night. He has been terrorizing the West Coast pool scene as of late, earning himself a #1 ranking on the Mezz West State Tour’s 11 stops in its 1st season. He has been invited by Allen Hopkins to compete in the upcoming Pro 10 Ball Event at this year’s Super Billiards Expo!

Word on the street is…Vilmos and Joven got into action 2 weeks ago at Pool Sharks Las Vegas in ‘The Pit’. In a nail-biting, Hill/Hill match, Vilmos walked away a winner and sent the ‘Corporation’ away to scrape for spare change at the bottom of their car seats for gas-money home. Now, fully reloaded and ready to strike back, Joven and hopes to regain his ‘Epic’ status as “The most dangerous pretty boy in the West!”

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  • Thursday, April 2nd – 2pm PST
  • Diamond Table – 4.25″ Pockets / 9 footer
  • 10-Ball
  • Races to 9
  • Winner Breaks
  • Rack Your Own
  • Call Pocket
  • Coin flips until wallets are empty!

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Match # 2 – Edgie Geronimo vs Rodney Morris / 6pm PST

What can we say about Edgie Geronimo? Friggin’ ridiculous? Future world champion? 37 year old pool phenom from Bulacan?  Recently sponsored and fully outfitted by Tiger Products, this February, 2015 – This Thursday, Edgie Geronimo will also be enjoying his latest promotion in the U.S. as ‘The guy the world thinks can beat, ‘Rocket’ Rodney Morris in an even game of 10-Ball!”. Edgie has reigned supreme amongst his peers this year, giving scores of pool players muscle cramps and cottonmouth with nothing less than a distant gaze. At the end of most days Edgie skips merrily along in life, pockets filled with everyone else’s money. And always, when asked about it later, Edgie insists he ‘just got lucky’ with about as much sincerity as Vanilla Ice watching your house while you’re on vacation.

Rodney  Edgie

Welcome Edgie Geromino to the world of professional pool! You have arrived and graduated to a new level of excellence where your luck could possibly run dry. If you can survive the thrusters of this Rocket that you are about to ride, then you will have truly convinced me that you really are something to be feared in the pool world! Rodney Morris has also just come off his 6th consecutive 10-Ball win at The Wyoming Open and with it, the recent arrival of his precious, baby boy name Zayden Rocket!. This Rocket is going to bring some turbulence your way, Edgie. I hope you have your spacesuit handy and your helmet on!

  • Thursday, April 2nd – 2pm PST
  • Gold Crown TIGHT Table – 3 7/8″ Pockets / 9 footer
  • 10-Ball
  • Races to 15
  • Winner Breaks
  • Rack Your Own
  • Call Pocket
  • Coin flips until wallets are empty!

 Free Live Stream on POV Pool! 

Thursday, April 2nd at 2PM PST – TIL IT’S OVER! 

 

 

POV Pool To Visit The Rum Runner! LIVE STREAM???

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The Andy Mercer Memorial Tournament in Las Vegas!

March 22nd-24th, 2013.

It has been said by many that this venue is too small to accomodate a stream team. 

Every year 64 of the best players from across the United States play at the annual Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball tournament at the Rum Runner Las Vegas on Tropicana. The tournament is held in March and is usually the weekend after the Doc Hill Memorial.

The tournament is hosted by owner Geno Hill and every year the board seems to fill faster and faster. Touring pros like Shane Van Boening and Darren Appleton are often viewed as just another match as they compete against some of the best “Bar Box” players in the United States.

This year’s field will be one of the toughest yet, including one of pools hottest rising stars, Jayson Shaw, CTE/Pro One’s Stevie Moore, Rodney ‘The Rocket’ Morris and many many more. 

Here’s the scoop! 
POV Pool has been invited to investigate the venue for the possibility of streaming this event, live and free! It has been agreed by many that this venue is way too small and crowded, but one things for sure, POV Pool will be there to see if it’s possible to pull it off!

This stream, if it happens will be LIVE & FREE! It will probably only be the final day, so please SAVE THE DATE!

March 22nd-24th, 2013

The Rum Runner!

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Previous Winners include: 

1991 – Dave Nottingham
1992 – Joe Alvarez
1993 – Danny Medina
1994 – Jim Blakeman
1995 – Warren Kiamko
1996 – Roger Griffis
1997 – Roger Griffis
1998 – Jose Parica
1999 – Ismael Paez
2000 – Danny Medina
2001 – Jeff Heath
2002 – Jeff Heath
2003 – Nicholas Kruger
2004 – Jim Blakeman
2005 – Jim Blakeman
2006 – Ismael Paez
2007 – Ismael Paez
2008 – Brian Parks
2009 – Shane Van Boening
2010 – Ernesto Dominguez
2011 – Shane Van Boening

2012 – Shane VanBoening

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