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MZWST – #6 – Santos ‘Dances’ to the Finals from the One-Loss!

Santos Sambajon: © 2014 Ashi Fachler

by: Oscar Dominguez w/ special edit by *POV Pool

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

On Cue Billiards – La Mesa, CA

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On Cue Hosts Largest Field To Date! 

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Stop #6 on the Mezz West State Tour headed south to the San Diego area of La Mesa, CA to On Cue Billiards. 96 players from all over California, Nevada, Arizona, and several international players were all in attendance for a chance to grasp their hands on piece of the $6,800 prize fund. Leading the top half of the bracket was Phoenix, Arizona native Tim Daniel. Tim had strong wins over Art Garcia, Kevin May, Ramin Bakhtiari, Victor Ignacio, and Chris Fangre all the way to the hot seat match. While on the lower half, Santos Sambajon Jr. slowly but surely snuck his way through players Mike Meeker, Al Garcia, Fach Garcia, Ernesto Dominguez, Tang Hoa, and Amir Shoshan setting up the hot seat match between Daniels and Sambajon. This match would prove to be a lob-sided one as Santos’ experience and shotmaking took the hot seat with a resounding 9-2 scoreline.

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After an early defeat, Hungarian native Vilmos Foldes stormed through the losers bracket with 6 wins on the losers side. Tim Daniels finally stopped the former Junior World Champion in his tracks to settle for third place setting up a rematch in the true double elimination finals between Daniel and Sambajon.

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***Check out this great clip with Efren Reyes!*** 

*Special Edit and video clip from POV Pool! 

*The biggest upset of the weekend happened between Vilmos Foldes and Tim Daniel, during this 3rd place match. Foldes, considered one of the favorites to win this tournament found himself struggling to keep up with the Tim Daniel who’s luck came just in time in this race to 9 match. This was a heart stopping moment for many in the room and left everyone speechless. A tough break for Vilmos, who took 3rd in this event. Take a look now at this clip, brought to you by POV Pool, commentators, Daniel Busch and Clyde Nooris:

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Santos Sambajon: © 2014 – Ashi Fachler

The Finals: Santos Sambajon vs Tim Daniel! 

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Tim Daniel: © 2014 – Ashi Fachler

The packed house at On Cue was treated to a nail biting finals as Daniels managed to control the first set with uncharacteristic errors on behalf of the diminutive Filipino by a 9-4 score. Santos and Daniels battled toe to toe in the final and concluding second set with Daniels having a very routine out with only 3 balls left on the table. Upon pocketing the 7, Daniels left himself a slightly awkward angle which would prove costly as Daniels failed to manage the carom on the 9 correctly by scratching, only leaving the gift of shooting the 9 ball with ball in hand for Santos. The devastated Daniels consoled himself with runner up prize money of $1000 while Santos took home the title and $1500 first prize.

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A very special thanks to all of our sponsors; Mezz Cues, West State Billiard Supply, ZAN tips, Turtle Rack, POVPool, NYCGrind, AZBilliards, Kurzweil’s Country Meats, Marty Carey Jump Cue, Virtual Pool 4, and Fast & Loose Designs.

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POV Pool Thanks… 

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Point of View Pool would like to thank: Oscar Dominguez, Desiree Rivera, Ashi Fachler, Alison Fischer, NYC GrindAZ BilliardsGeraldine ThibodeauMezz Cues and West State Billiards.

Resources and information:

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West State Billiards: http://www.weststatebilliards.com

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Final Results:

1st Santos Sambajon – $1500
2nd Tim Daniels – $1000
3rd Vilmos Foldes – $700
4th Amir Shoshan – $500
5-6th Ernesto Dominguez and Chris Fangre – $300
7-8th Babken Melkonyan and Dave Hemmah – $210
9-12th Omar Vachani, Oscar Dominguez, Victor Ignacio, Tang Hoa – $170
13-16th Ray Robles, Dave Gorham, Attila Bezdan, Kevin May – $125
17-24th Rodney Wynn, Bob Jocz, Ramin Bahktiari, Jaden Brock, Ray Rey, Jay Helfert. Scott White, Clint P. – $100
 

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CSI’s – “Swanee 17”, To Feature All-Star Cast!

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February 23rd & 24th, 2013 @ 10:00 AM / PST

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It’s called ‘The Home Of Champions’ for a reason folks! This years’ annual ‘Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament’ at Hard Times Billiards, sponsored by Mark Griffin of Cue Sports International will schedule the most stunning array of top professional players in it’s 17 year history. A handful of Britons, top American players and a virtual army of Filipino Pros are signed up for this, once again, filled field of 192 players. And lest we forget the large mob of ‘shortstops’ signed on, who on any given day, could give these guys a run for their money.

The A-List Pros to beat this year will consist of the following:

Ronnie Alcano, Darren Appleton, Francisco Bustamante, Sal Butera, Manny Chau, Oscar Dominguez, Ernesto Dominguez, Max Eberle, Corey Harper, Dave Hemmah, Warren Kiamco, Stevie Moore, John Morra, Rodney Morris, Dennis Orcollo, Alex Pagulayan, Jose Parica, Santos Sambajon Jr., Jayson Shaw, Louis Ulrich and Shane VanBoening!

Who Is Favored? 

For the past week or so, Dennis Orcollo, Ronnie Alcano and Alex Pagulayan have been seen at Hard Times getting into action, playing the ghost, challenging hard-hitters with huge spots, just to keep in form and be ready for this event. Shane VanBoening has been playing alot also in Vegas, where he has just defeated Mike Dechaine in the TAR 31 Challenge Match, running 3 & 4 packs like a walk in the park! Francisco Bustamante & Scotland’s Jayson Shaw are hot off the grill from a recent, Accu-Stats Challenge, where neither player had more than a 2 game lead in a race to 21 but finally ending in a loss for Shaw! Max Eberle is also hitting well after defeating Dennis Orcollo in the finals at the Derby Classic, 14.1 Challenge. In addition, don’t forget Manny Chau, Corey Harper and Rodney Morris, who have all felt comfortable enough at Hard Times to chalk up some wins against players like Efren Reyes, Sal Butera and Louis Ulrich (Respectively). 

One thing’s for sure…Our consecutive, 2 time winner of the ‘Swanee’, Alex Pagulayan has his hands quite full this time as the pro’s keep flocking from near and far.  

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For the second consecutive year the Jay Swanson Memorial Tournament, aptly known to pool players as ‘The Swanee’ will be streamed for free and live online, on Point Of View Pool’s Ustream Channel. Sponsored by several of POV Pool’s faithful supporters like Cue Sports International, Kamui Tips, Virtual Pool 4, GoPlayPool, Pro Pool Academy & Cue 2 U and thanks to new the newfound support of OB Cues, this stream is made possible for free. In addition, this much needed support for the pool streaming community will also enable POV Pool the time and resources to post all Swanee matches to YouTube at a much higher quality of 720p HD.PRO POOL ACADEMY LOGO WITH WEB ADDRESS PNGDownload Virtual Pool 4Cue2UPoster

Owner/Operator of POV Pool, Daniel Busch states, “I’m very grateful to all of the sponsors of this event for providing me with enough support to make this a worthy cause. The memory of this great pool player, Jay Swanson deserves it and this event could arguably be the biggest and most important memorial tournament for pool in the United States. It’s an honor to play a part in bringing the action to screens all over the world. Without the support of my sponsors and some of my private donors, this live stream would not be possible. Thanks as well, to Hard Times Billiards staff and owner Eddie Arreguin, who provides an awesome venue for pool and for players.”

POV Pool will also be present with helping hands, Mike Piyosambun, Barbara Lee, Christopher Fitzgerald, John Bertone, Frank Almanza and a handful of prepared commentators and co-hosts. 

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And, for those of you who follow the numbers and want some data to hedge your bets with, Donn Espinoza will provide realtime Pool-Trax statistics and player analysis, which will be available for each streamed match, viewable in realtime on the Pool-Trax’s website at www.pool-trax.net or you can visit the Jay Swanson event page directly at the following link: http://www.pool-trax.net/Events/EventDetails.aspx?Sid=172

The Rules Of Engagement!

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Please review the following details of the Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament or click on the flyer.

The 17th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament!

$4,000 Added / 192 Players / Confirmed List CLICK HERE!

  • Double Elimination / Race to 7 & 6
  • Final 8 Players / Race to 7 one loss side
  • Final Match / Race to 11 – True Double Elimination
  • Magic Rack / Rack your own
  • 3-Foul Rule in effect
  • Doors Open at 9AM PST
  • Play begins at 10AM PST

 

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TONIGHT: POV Pool Streaming “The Pool Gods Play!”

Oct 9th, 2012 –  Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA 

Streaming live tonight on POV Pool!

As the pressure mounts for players getting ready to play at the Chuck Markulis event in Sacramento later this week, POV Pool and Truman Wolfolk have arranged to bring you last minute production! Shane Van Boening, Efren Reyes, Ronnie Alcano and Santos Sambajon Jr. have all agreed to play a mini tournament with added money on our live stream for one night only. The stream will begin at 5PM PST with a 3 hour long ‘Pre-Game, Warmup” followed by the tournament scheduled for 8PM PST. 

Additional details on this event will unfold in ‘REAL TIME’ during the ‘Pre-Game, Warmup”, but we are sure to see some outstanding pool played by these 4 giants in an action arena like Hard Times Billiards! 

 Spectators can go to Hard Times and watch the event for free at the venue. There will be a Pay Per View portion of the POV Pool stream later in the evening as the action heats up. 

Please join POV Pool & Truman Wolfolk on the live stream this evening. 

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Richard Grenier Reigns As Stix Billiards’ 2012, One-Pocket Champion!

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Early Morning: June  17th, 2012

Richard Grenier AKA “One-Pocket Rich” manages to defend his One-Pocket title as a 2-time Champion of the Joe Martin Sponsored, One-Pocket Event which was held at Stix Billiards in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

“Man I had to play champions all the way through this thing!”, exclaims Rich who started off his day beating Victorville’s John Schmidt, the legend – Jose Parica, tough Hard Times player – Larry (Motto), Wayne Pullen and then finally onto the final match to play Oscar Dominguez who had just finished an astounding 4 and a half hour match with Santos Sambajon.

“My toughest match was with Larry who had me 2-1 and after I caught up with him I had a chance to close it out when he scratched and all I needed was two balls but then I scratched.”

Luckily for Rich, Larry didn’t close out either and after a final 25 minute battle, Rich was able to eliminate Larry and move on to Wayne Pullen who also plays regularly out of Santa Monica’s House Of Billiards establishment.

A big thanks goes out to Alex and all the staff of Stix Billiards for holding the event which hosted 35 players and a plethora of railbirds. Thanks also to long-time supporter and sponsor of the event, Joe Martin who added the $1,000 to the prize fund which attracted players from SoCal’s best pool halls which include, Gary’s Victor Billiards, Stix in Ventura, Butera’s Billiards, Santa Monica House Of Billiards, Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, and even Danny K’s in Orange, CA.

POV Pool managed to stream 6 matches will are being posted to YouTube. POV Pool would also like to thank, Frank Almanza, Jerry Matchin, Wayne Pullen, Melissa Herndon, Eddie Assisten, Marie Lim and Eddie Cohen for taking the time out to join us in the booth for their fine commentary on these matches.

POV Pool will return to Stix Billiards on July 14th & 15th, 2012 for live streaming of the So Cal Ladies, 9 Ball Tour Stop #3 which is owned and organized by Melissa Herndon and Sponsored by Tiger Billiard Products.

POV Pool is proudly sponsored by Kamui Tips, who will also be holding the Kamui “Pay Or Play Pool” Event in Tunica, Mississippi later this month which will be held on 10ft Diamond Tables and streamed, live by Inside Pool. Be sure to check out www.payorplaypool.com  for more details.

Here is the Final Match between Oscar & Rich!

Orcollo Chalks Up “1st” At The 3rd Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Open

 

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Photo and Story by: Barbara Lee

The “Home of Champions” is what Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA is all about . They more than lived up to their name this last weekend during the $5000 added Open 10 Ball Open!  Gracing the tables at this event were none other than the likes of Shane Van Boening, Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Rodney “The Rocket” Morris, Raj Hundal, Oscar Dominguez, Dennis Orcollo, Louis Ulrich, Kenichi Uchigaki, Ernesto Dominguez, Scott Frost, Max Eberle, Santos Sambajon, John Morra, Rafael Martinez, Manny Chau and many more, representing some of the top ranking players in the world.

A packed house was

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