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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

POVPOOL- Gets Hotter Than a ‘SoCal Winter’ in 2015!

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October 12th – 2015 

Los Angeles, California

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Tuesday – October 13th @ 3:00 PM / PST

One Pocket Match with Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes Races to 3 for $100 against POVPOOL’s, Daniel Busch. Played on table 6 at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California – Spectators welcome. Free entry! 

Warmup at 2pm / PST – Match begins at 3:00 PM / PSTHard Times Billiards Bellflower

Efren “Bata” Reyes battles POVPOOL playing 1-pocket.  The 70+ title champion takes on Daniel Busch, the zero title champion (unless you consider the numerous weekly wins at The Golden Cue).  You hear Daniel commentate time and time again and now is your time to take to the commentary in the chatroom 3pm PST on Tuesday, October 13th with ‘Box’ Patterson, Wayne Pullen and Ken Hoshide providing audio commentary.  Although, Daniel is practicing and gearing up for the match, I’m pretty sure Efren is enjoying a chess match somewhere, wondering who the next victim will be.  Efren will be spotting Daniel 10-7, so tune in tomorrow and root for our very own, Mr. Busch, in the match of his lifetime, as he challenges Efren to the game of 1-pocket.   Watch it On YouTube!

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FootHill BCASaturday – October 24th @ 10:30 AM / PST

The Foothill BCA’s – 9 and 10 Ball – Season Playoffs and Finals – Live from The Golden Cue Billiards in South El Monte, California

Tournament Starts at 10:30 AM / PST 

FBCA_logoOwned and operated by Corey Harper and Scott Doucette, The Foothill BCA League offers 8, 9 and 10 ball format competition and has quickly grown to over 100 members since it launched last January. Join POV Pool for live action coverage of the Head’s Up Division playoffs and finals matches, playing 9 Ball and 10 Ball on The Golden Cue’s, 9 foot ‘Gold Crowns’. Guest commentators will be handpicked by the Foothill BCA’s official representatives and covered using the 3 camera angles. Spectators to the Golden Cue are always welcome to attend and sweat the matches in person. For more information on The Foothill BCA League, please visit www.FoothillBCA.com or come on in and ask their players. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *10:30 AM / PST*


 

POVPOOL OCTOBER 1PocketSaturday – October 31st @ 12:00 PM / PST

Hard Times Billiards – $100 Added Monthly One-Pocket Tournament – Live From Hard Times, Bellflower

Practice at 12:30 PM – Tournament starts at 1:30 PM / PSTHard Times Billiards Bellflower

Tournament Director/s: Chad Beleber, Dave Hemmah and Tony Torres – You simply wouldn’t be a diehard pool fan if you miss the action from Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California – and the next best thing to being there in person is to catch it on POVPOOL. This Halloween – Daniel, Box and Geraldine return to ‘The Home of Champions’ to bring coverage of this $200 added monthly 1-pocket tournament. Well known to be the toughest monthly tournament/s on the west coast of the U.S.; at Hard Times Billiards, one never knows who will appear to take the stage and pocket the dough. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *12:00 PM / PST*


 

POVPOOL NOVEMBER 9BallSunday – November 1st @ 12:00 PM / PST

Hard Times Billiards – $500 Added Monthly 9-Ball Tournament – Live From Hard Times, Bellflower

Practice at 12:30 PM – Tournament starts at 1:30 PM / PST
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Tournament Director/s: Chad Beleber, Dave Hemmah and Tony Torres – Well, we might as well stick around to stream part 2. Catch the action on POVPOOL with the usual suspects and always a few surprises at the tables for live-streamed coverage of this month’s $600 added 9-Ball  tournament! Commentators Daniel Busch, Box, Geraldine and surely a few more guests expected. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *12:00 PM / PST*


 

FLORIAN on POVPOOLSunday – November 29th @ 5:00 PM / PST

The Golden Cue Billiards – Florian Kohler and Special Guests (Abram Diaz & Marty Carey) Artistic Billiards and Trickshot Exhibition – Live from The Golden Cue Billiards in South El Monte, California

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Performing in person with special guests, The San Gabriel Valley APA league and The Golden Cue will be hosting an appearance by the biggest viral pool sensation in history, Florian ‘Venom’ Kohler. Open to all spectators and visitors who wish to attend – Florian’s performance will be opened by world ranked artistic pro players, Marty ‘The Farmer’ Carey and Abram ‘Too Tall’ Diaz. Other ‘Florian’ merchandise and autographs will be available for those at the venue, so if you’re local and a fan of Venom Trickshots, this event should not be missed in person. The Golden Cue Billiards has beer on tap, free parking, A/C, plenty of pool tables and fun for all! This is a 2  1/2 hour event ONLY. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *12:00 PM / PST*


 

BIG-AL-LA-MODE-2015Saturday – December 5th @ 11:00 AM / PST

The Golden Cue Billiards – The 15th Annual, $1,500 Added ‘Big AL’ La Mode 9 Ball Tournament – Live from The Golden Cue Billiards in South El Monte, California  

Tournament starts at 12:00 PM / PST Golden Cue Logo

This is it folks! After over 20 years of dedicated service to the pool community – tournament promoter, Ron Wishnack is retiring from the pool world and holding the final event of his career in cuesports. Something tells me we’ll be seeing Ron again, but we thought it would be nice to give him a send off in style on POVPOOL. This single elimination 9-Ball tournament, open to 64 players and played on The Golden Cue’s, Gold Crown 9 footers is the perfect venue to see him off. Come check out the action or get a seat in the bleachers and sweat some matches if you’re in the area. The Big Al La Mode is in its 15th year and going out with a bang this December. Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *11:00 AM / PST*


 

2016 Charity Wish EventSaturday – December 19th / @ 11:00 AM / PST

The Golden Cue Billiards – The 2nd Annual ‘Holiday Wish’ Charity Doubles 9-Ball Tournament – Live from The Golden Cue Billiards in South El Monte, California

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For the second year now, POVPOOL, Golden Cue Billiards and the San Gabriel Valley APA will be hosting the “Holiday Wish” Charity Event, benefitting the city of South El Monte’s “Christmas Wish Toy Giveaway.”  This scotch doubles APA format 9-ball bar-box tournament, will also feature a raffle, food and toy drive.  So, if you’re in the Southern California area, come down, bring a toy and join in the festivities! Stream Link: www.POVPOOL.com *11:00 AM / PST*

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