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Shane VanBoening Double Dips The Rum-Runner!

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March 26th, 2013
The Rum Runner Lounge
1801 E. Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 736-6366 

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A big congratulations to Shane VanBoening and Jeremy Jones, who took 1st and 2nd place, respectively this weekend, earning the top two prizes of $6,000 and $3,000 at the “Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament”!

The Rum Runner Lounge in Las Vegas – home of ‘The Andy Mercer Memorial 9 Ball Tournament’, celebrated its 23rd annual, 3-day event to a packed house of players and spectators, gunning for yet another weekend of the toughest ‘bar-box’, 9 ball performances of our time.

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A 64-player field, studded with an almost equal ratio of professional giants and hopeful killers in their wake, Mosconi Cup veteran and 2003, U.S. Open Champion, Jeremy Jones from Baytown, Texas took the high road to the Hot-Seat of the event, facing off with Shane VanBoening on the final day, only to get ‘double-dipped’ in two races to 6, ending in scores of 6-3 and 6-0. Shane’s electrifying display of cue ball control and one lucky shot on the 7-ball kept Jeremy in his chair for most of the finals. Jeremy’s visits to the table were somewhat undeserved, having only a few opportunities to kick, play safe or push away.

Donnie and Johnny Meet The Giants!

3rd place winner, Donnie Branson looked very promising on day three and facing off with with both winners. First, knocking Shane to the one-loss side (6-2), only to follow up with his first loss to Jeremy Jones (6-4). Donnie’s next match ended with Shane serving a rather bitter pill of 6 games in a row (6-0), reducing Donnie to the 3rd place position.

5th/6th place winner, Johnny Kang’s draw was tough form the ‘get-go’, immediately defeating jim Blakeman (6-2) and Sal Butera (6-5) on Day 1, followed by Frank ‘The Barber’ Almanza (6-5) on Day 2. On day 3, Johnny suffered his first loss to Donnie Branson (6-2), only to forge ahead two more wins to Ramin Bahktiari (6-5), Oscar Dominguez (6-3) and finally losing to Ronnie Alcano (6-5)

 

Watch Out For The Volcano!

4th place winner, Ronnie ‘Volcano’ Alcano had some well deserved wins against King-Kong’ (6-5) and the ‘Giant Killer’, Ray Skenandore (6-5) and then to Johnny Kang on the one-loss (6-5). Ronnie was untouched until day three, took his first loss against Jeremy Jones (6-4) and finally his second loss to a rather determined Shane (6-3) who had nothing on his mind but to defend his 2-time consecutive championship title.

 

Max Runs 6 Straight Racks After King-King Refuses The Push!

7th/8th place winner Max Eberle, astounded the crowd with 6 straight racks, run from the break against Bernardo ‘King-Kong’ Chavez, who refused a push-out by Max on the first rack. King-Kong sat Screen shot 2013-03-26 at 8.26.35 PMin his chair, writhing and hopeful for a shot, getting up only to rack the balls each time Max closed out. This match was streamed live, commentated by Daniel Busch and Lenny Marshall and can be viewed on demand at POV Pool’s YouTube Channel.

 

Max’s historic performance on POV Pool was a well deserved one, after losing in the first round of play on day one to Donnie Branson (6-5), then beating Brian Miller (6-2), King Kong (6-0), Ismael ‘Morro’ Paez (6-0), Thomas Butler (6-0), Fach Garcia (6-1), Mitch Ellerman (6-2) and then losing to Ernesto Dominguez (6-4).

 

Congrats To Team Mexico!

Happy Birthday Oscar Dominguez, who turns 28 today! Oscar earned his 7th/8th place position just underneath his father’s finish at 5th/6th place. Oscar’s wins included a streamed match with Brett Lee (6-3). He then beat Ramin Bahktiari  (6-1), Fach Garcia (6-1), lost to Shane (6-2), eliminated Sal Butera from the one-loss (6-3), and finally getting ousted by Johnny Kang (6-3).

 

Also hit early to the one-loss was Ernesto Dominguez, who notched his belt a number of tough matches against Southwest Cues’, Al Lawrence (6-4), Frank Almanza (6-5), POV Pool’s night-time commentator, Joshua Edgar (6-2), Max Eberle (6-5) until finally losing to Shane in a hill/hill match.

 

Live Streamed Matches

Sponsored by Kamui Tips, The Orange County APA, John English and The Public House 1739, there were almost 40 recorded matches which were streamed live by Daniel Busch of www.povpool.com, which will begin posting to YouTube sometime next week. POV Pool would like to thank it’s commentators for some excellent coverage of this event: Justin Acker, James Murphy, Stacy Allsup, Jeremy Jones, Mitch Ellerman, Lenny Marshall, Robert Leblanc, Frank Almanza, Jimmy ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ Mataya, Joshua Edgar’s, ‘POV Pool, After Dark’ show, Don McClelland, John English and many, many other players and spectators who joined in, to say hello on the stream and pay tribute to the late, Andy Mercer, who may very well be smiling upon us.

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Special Thanks!

Thanks also to Geno Hill, Gordy Hill, Jim Blakeman, Mike Ganz, the Rum Runner Staff and many other new friends and strangers who made this event possible. Additional promotional support and thanks go to Max Eberle’s Pro Academy, Ramin Bahktiari and MaryAnn Starkey of GoPlayPool, Amy Encinias and Nichole of Vegas Billiards Buzz Forums, AZ Billiards, Alvin Nelson, JR Calvert of Inside Pool Magazine.

 

 

Results and Payouts

 

1st                        $6,000            Shane VanBoening
 
2nd                      $3,000            Jeremy Jones
Losing 6-3, 6-0 to Shane VanBoening
 
3rd                       $1,700            Donnie Branson
Losing 6-0 to Shane VanBoening
 
4th                         $1,000           Ronnie Alcano
Losing 6-3 to Shane VanBoening
 
5th/6th            $700                   Johnny Kang
Losing 6-5 to Ronnie Alcano
                                                          Ernesto Dominguez
Losing 6-5 to Shane VanBoening
 
7th/8th            $500                  Oscar Dominguez
Losing 6-3 to Johnny Kang
                                                          Max Eberle
Losing 6-4 Ernesto Dominguez
 
9th/12th             $350                Ramin Bahktiari
Losing 6-5 to Johnny Kang
                                                          Sal Butera
Losing 6-3 to Oscar Dominguez
                                                           Mitch Ellerman
Losing 6-2 to Max Eberle
                                                            Edgar Jackson
Losing 6-2 to Ernesto Dominguez
 
13th/16th            $250                 Ray Skenandore
Losing 6-3 to Ramin Bahktiari
                                                             Walter Glass
Losing 6-5 to Sal Butera 
                                                              Fach Garcia
Losing 6-1 to Max Eberle
                                                              Tres Kane
Losing 6-4 to Ernesto Dominguez

Hard Times Billiards Hosting: “The End Of The World: Tournament Of The Mayans!”

For Official Release: 

December 21st, 2012

Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA 

 It’ll be a long and busy month this December for Bellflower’s Hard Times Billiards in SoCal, which is scheduled to host at least 4 tournaments by outside promotors. The most curious of all though will occur on Friday, December 21st, 2012; a date of infamy which the ancient Mayan civilization, self-proclaimed prophets and conspiracy theorists alike say will mark the ‘end of days’ for all! 

 In association with Kamui Billiard Products, Point Of View Pool (POV Pool), Viking Cues, Andrew Park Cues, The Orange County APA, Max Eberle’s ‘Pro Pool Academy’ & Virtual Pool 4Hard Times Billiards will hold the first (and last), “End Of The World: 10-Ball Tournament Of The Mayans!” 

This $1,000 added, one-day, double elimination tournament is open to only 32 players and is currently taking registrations until the field is full. The entry fee for this event will be $100 which means that with a full field of 32, this event will pay out $4,000 through 8th place. And, since ‘the end is near’, sponsors of the event have agreed to part with over 50 prizes and giveaways throughout the event, ranging from cues, shafts, Kamui chalk & tips, Cue Cases, DVD’s and much more. 

          

 John Bertone states, “I phoned Daniel Busch of POV Pool just a few days ago and said, ‘Hey, isn’t it supposed to be the end of the world next month on December 21st?’. Within minutes, Daniel and I were on the same page, working out the details, pitching for sponsors and surveying players to see if this should happen. As it turns out, it seems that the ‘end of the world’ is a pretty easy sell. After all, if you’re a pool player, not even the end of times is going to stop you from doing what you love to do the most, which is to play pool and go out in a blaze of glory!”  

 Daniel states, “We are expecting to see great pool, by the most talented players from all over! Considering the prize fund and the entry fee, we are only expecting the best of the best to take part, but we are sure that there will be a few surprise entries from players far and wide. After all, it’s supposed to be the LAST chance to get some table time with some of pool’s greatest idols! As soon as we receive our first 16 entries, we will begin to announce them. I would like to thank the owner of Hard Times – Eddie Arreguin, Tournament Director – Marie Lim and House Pro – Dave Hemmah for providing their help and services to make this event take place.” 

 To register for this event, please call: Daniel Busch @ 310-923-6639

 Live streaming will take place via Pay-Per-View by POV Pool for $9.95 and will run for the duration of the entire event starting at 12PM PST. To purchase PPV tickets for this event, please visit, http://www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool 

 

Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower Presents! 

 “The End Of The World:

10-Ball Tournament Of The Mayans!” 

December 21st, 2012 @ 12PM PST

Tournament Director, Marie Lim

$1,000 Added Guaranteed

$100 Entry Fee

Open to 32 Players

10-Ball / BCA Rules / Magic Rack

Double Elimination

Race to 8/8

Payout to top 8 players

$4,000 Prize fund (Based on a full field of 32 players)

POV Pool

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