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

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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Efren On The Move To Hard Times, Sunday!

February 2nd, 2014

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

Efren Expected This Afternoon! 

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A close source to Efren Reyes has confirmed today that he is expected to arrive at LAX Airport this morning and will be making his rounds at Hard Times Billiards, sometime early in the afternoon. As luck would have it, POV Pool was already scheduled to live stream the 1st Sunday 9-Ball tournament, which means that we will most certainly get a glimpse of Efren and possibly more, since this particular tournament is always known for such high caliber attendance and competition. If nothing else, maybe some great ‘charity’ action or a practice session for Efren, but may I remind readers that when he was here 3 weeks ago, we were treated to over 7 hours of some of the best pool this room has seen since July 2013’s, Hard Times 10-Ball Tournament.

Anything’s possible when ‘Bata’ is in town, which means that POV Pool’s eyes are on ‘you know who’! Live streaming starts at 12PM PST on this website. If you work on Sunday, call the boss and make an excuse. Leave the laundry in the hamper and let the dishes wait! What’s that event with the brown oval ball? Oh, the Super Bowl?

Efren’s in town!

Live streaming will be free until 2:30 pm PST and will convert to a Pay-Per-View stream thereafter.  Purchase your PPV Tickets now at http://www.povpool.com/action/ for only $8.

Free Live Stream Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

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‘POV 2’ Tickets on sale – January 19th, 2014

Tickets are available! 

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On January 19th, 2014, audiences everywhere will be able to purchase pay per view tickets of POV Pool’s live stream broadcast of the 2-Day, ‘Double-Header’ action match entitled ‘POV2’. This production will feature commentary by Jay Helfert, Beau Runningen, Ian Brock and possibly myself after the 1st day’s match. All players will be interviewed shortly before and winner’s after each match. We will be using 3 cameras and possibly a fourth camera. POV Pool would also like to thank Kamui Tips for providing the cube of Kamui Chalk to all VIP’s – Please see below for pricing and enjoy the show:

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Match 1 – February 17th @ 5:00PM PST 

– Daniel Busch vs Lee Brett

 – Race to 30 / 9-Ball

 – Formal Attire! 

Match 2 – February 18th @ 5:00 PM PST

– Carlo Biado vs Dennis Hatch

– Race to 25 / 10-Ball

– Semi-Formal 

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– Busch vs Brett

– Biado vs Hatch

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Match 1 & 2 – Both Days! Plus a Cube of Kamui Chalk!

– Busch vs Brett

– Biado vs Hatch

 
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Pool’s new rising star from the Philippines, Carlo Biado, will be traveling to the United States next week for several months and has very quickly been scheduled to headline in an action packed, 2-day double-header billiards match against The Mosconi Cup, ‘Team USA’ player, Dennis Hatch on February 18th, 2014 at 5:00 pm PST (February 19th, 9:00 am UTC). The event will be a an exclusive, live broadcast available all over the world on Point Of View Pool’s, Internet live-streaming website at www.povpool.com via ‘Pay Per View’.

Playing the best of 49 games of 10-Ball, or a ‘race to 25’ games, against Dennis Hatch, Carlo may have his hands full against this veteran player, who has been known to compete at Hard Times Billiards as far back as 20 years and who was recently streamed online by POV Pool, beating Francisco Bustamante during the Hard Times 10-Ball event in July 2013. Meanwhile, we are sure that Biado will have no worries taking on “The Hatchetman!”, who played at the same event and placed 1st out of 104 players, besting the world renowned, Alex Pagulayan, 11 games to 1 in the finals.

Carlo’s match, will be the headliner of 2 matches, the first of which is an ‘undercard’ match between POV Pool’s owner, Daniel Busch and world renowned, British pool/snooker coach and billiards instruction author, Lee Brett (“The Secret Art Of Pool”).

POV Pool’s owner, Daniel Busch states, “(Carlo) Biado is truly an amazing talent and a great gift to the pool community! This will be the 2nd installment of an ‘Action Match’ series, produced by POV Pool. I am honored to showcase some of the world’s greatest talents coming out of the Philippines and from all over the world! POV Pool is working very hard to create the best possible production and high quality entertainment by broadcasting with multiple, hi-definition cameras and featuring one of pool’s star commentators, Jay Helfert.”

Additional Matches and details provided below… 

Day – 1  / Lee Brett vs Daniel Busch!

Famed pool coach and former ‘Bonus Ball’ referee, Lee Brett has agreed to compete against Daniel Busch of POV Pool in a 9-Ball battle for a ‘winner take all’ purse of $2,000. It’ll be a fast and loose race of the best of 59 games and will start at 5:oo pm Pacific Standard Time / 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Commentators Jay Helfert and Beau Runningen will commentate the match and a referee has yet to be named for the event. Matches of this proportion in the U.S. are traditionally a casual affair but Point Of View Pool is mandating that players bring a touch of class to this event by competing in formal attire. It will be reminiscent of the old school of billiards and today’s snooker competitions. Yes folks, vests and bow-ties will be required. Additional cameras and support staff are also being used to capture the drama for viewers.

Day – 2  / Dennis Hatch vs Carlo Biado! 

Dennis Hatch, making a strong comeback in the pool-world as of late, he has competed in a handful of top independent events, such as the Crooks & Castles sponsored ‘Hard Times 10-Ball’ Tournament and recently played with Team USA in the 25th Annual Mosconi Cup Event in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Tuesday, February 18th, also at 5:00 pm PST, Dennis will be matching up with none other than the newest pool sensation from the Philippines, Carlo Biado in a grueling race to 25 games, playing 10-Ball – a ‘call pocket’ format ‘rotation’ game, which Carlo took the prize of 1st place in the aforementioned Crooks & Castles event.

Pay Per View Details & Kamui Tips Offer! 

Tickets will be available soon for purchase online at www.povpool.com and can also be viewed on the same website. Please stay tuned for more info or also join the ‘Point Of View Pool‘ Fan Page or ‘POV Pool‘ group page on Facebook for a ‘real-time’ announcement as to when tickets will go on sale. Thanks to POV Pool’s longtime sponsor Kamui Tips, a special ‘KAMUI VIP PASS’ will also be made available for purchase at a special price, which will include the full 2-day pass, plus a free cube Kamui Chalk!

Details here: 

$15 – February 17th @ 5:00 PM PST 
Daniel Busch vs Lee Brett / Race to 30 / 9-Ball / Formal
$15 – February 18th @ 5:00 PM PST
Dennis Hatch vs Carlo Biado / Race to 25 / 10-Ball / Semi-Formal
$25 – Two Day Pass 
February 17th & 18th / Both Days
$50 Kamui VIP PASS
Both Days plus 1 Cube Kamui Chalk 

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POV Action Series – ‘2’ – Announced!

February 17th & 18th, 2014

Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA 

POV2 Announced! 

POV Pool is thrilled to announce an action packed ‘Double Header’ match, which will stream live from Hard Times Billiards on February 17th & 18th, 2014.

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Day – 1  / Lee Brett vs Daniel Busch!

Famed pool coach and former ‘Bonus Ball’ referee, Lee Brett has agreed to compete against Daniel Busch of POV Pool in a 9-Ball battle for a ‘winner take all’ purse of $2,000. It’ll be a fast and loose race of the best of 59 games and will start at 5:oo pm Pacific Standard Time / 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Commentators Jay Helfert and Beau Runningen will commentate the match and a referee has yet to be named for the event. Matches of this proportion in the U.S. are traditionally a casual affair but Point Of View Pool is mandating that players bring a touch of class to this event by competing in formal attire. It will be reminiscent of the old school of billiards and today’s snooker competitions. Yes folks, vests and bow-ties will be required. Additional cameras and support staff are also being used to capture the drama for viewers.

Day – 2  / Dennis Hatch vs Carlo Biado! 

Dennis Hatch, making a strong comeback in the pool-world as of late, he has competed in a handful of top independent events, such as the Crooks & Castles sponsored ‘Hard Times 10-Ball’ Tournament and recently played with Team USA in the 25th Annual Mosconi Cup Event in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Tuesday, February 18th, also at 5:00 pm PST, Dennis will be matching up with none other than the newest pool sensation from the Philippines, Carlo Biado in a grueling race to 25 games, playing 10-Ball – a ‘call pocket’ format ‘rotation’ game, which Carlo took the prize of 1st place in the aforementioned Crooks & Castles event.

Pay Per View Details & Kamui Tips Offer! 

Tickets will be available soon for purchase online at www.povpool.com and can also be viewed on the same website. Please stay tuned for more info or also join the ‘Point Of View Pool‘ Fan Page or ‘POV Pool‘ group page on Facebook for a ‘real-time’ announcement as to when tickets will go on sale. Thanks to POV Pool’s longtime sponsor Kamui Tips, a special ‘KAMUI VIP PASS’ will also be made available for purchase at a special price, which will include the full 2-day pass, plus a free cube Kamui Chalk!

Please see details here: 

$15 – February 17th – Daniel Busch vs Lee Brett / Race to 30 / 9-Ball / Formal
 
$15 – February 18th – Dennis Hatch vs Carlo Biado / Race to 25 / 10-Ball / Semi-Formal
 
$25 – February 17th & 18th / Both Days
 
Kamui VIP $50 – Both Days plus 1 Cube Kamui Chalk 

 

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90-Day Live Stream Schedule on POV Pool!

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Before we begin, POV Pool expresses deep love and sympathy for all victims of ‘Typhoon Haiyan’ in the Philippines! If you would like to help the relief efforts of this disaster, please click here! 

 

November 11th, 2013 

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LIve Stream Dates So Far On POV! 

Dates and times are subject to change (Times reflect Pacific Standard Time): 

December 7th, 2013 @ 11am – Riverside TAP  Pitstop Pub / CONFIRMED

December 8th, 2013 @ 12pm – Manila Billiards, WorldPPA  Shootout! / CONFIRMED

January 5th, 2014 @ 12pm – Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball / CONFIRMED

February 2nd, 2014 @ 12pm – Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball / CONFIRMED

February 15th & 16th, 2014 @ 10am – Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball / CONFIRMED

Events & Details

December 7th  – TAP League – Season Ending – Scotch Doubles 10-Ball Tournament!  

11:00 AM PST – 8:00PM PST / The Pitstop Pub 

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Florian Kohler coaches partner, Iana Henson!

And introducing POV Pool’s first LIVE STREAM on YouTube! 

Join POV Pool on YouTube – as we visit Menifee, CA to cover TAP League’s, Ian Brock and his feisty crew of heartfelt pool players from the Inland Empire! Played on Pitstop Pub’s, 5 beautiful Barbox Diamond Tables, it should be a riotous afternoon which should lead us into the evening hours (As long as we don’t get scooted out for another Disco Party! ;-). More more details and information on how you can join the Riverside TAP or The TAP League, please visit their pages.

December 8th, 2013 – WorldPPA  9-Ball Shootout! “The Final 16 Players!” 

 12:00 PM / PST @ Manila Billiards

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Visiting, Dante Encarnation’s, Manila Billiards for the first time will  be a blast, as we cover the final day of their inaugural ‘World PPA 9-Ball Shootout Tournament’ and Christmas Party! There are still spots open for this event folks, which will be adjusted using Bob Bob Beaulieu’s, WorldPPA Format ~ Races to 8!

This is a 2-day event so be sure and sign up now!

POV Pool will be there to cover the best of this 2 day event, arriving on the final day to cover the ‘Final 16 Players’! Please join us at 12:00 PM PST!

Manila Billiards, event T-Shirts will also be available for sale!

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January 5th, 2014 – Hard Times 1st Sunday (Of The Year!) 9-Ball

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Back at Hard Times for the 1st Sunday of The Year! This will make it the 3rd time that POV Pool has covered the 1st Sunday of the year and we are working hard to create some additional promotions to make this particular tournament a great, kick-off event for 2014!

POV Pool has covered some of the most exciting matches on ‘The Devil Table!” at Hard Times Billiards. Be sure to catch the action, LIVE on POV Pool as we don it again!

 

February 2nd, 2014 – Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball

12:00 PM @ Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA

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Why stop now! With so much action in Southern California it’s hard to stop streaming! Hard Times’ 1st Sunday 9-Ball Tournament is one of the toughest pool workouts for any player looking to enter the pro circuit or even just to improve their skills!

Join us for yet another free live stream on POV Pool!

February 15th & 16th, 2014 – The 18th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament! 

10:00 AM @ Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA

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Entries will go fast for this one!!!

Here we are again, folks! Not just at Hard Times, but at Southern California’s most prestigious memorial event for the late, great Jay Swanson, who played and beat them all with his swan-like smooth stroke. We’ve seen some historical matches take place during this event! Alex Pagulayan his sustained injuries here, Dennis Orcullo has run a six-pack in the finals and we’ve captured some of pool’s finest moments to date.

Brought to you by Mark Griffin of Cue-Sports International, this will once again be a packed house of 192 players hoping to take down this event.

Sponsorship opportunities are most welcome on POV Pool’s live streamed coverage of this 2-Day event which will be delivered to viewers absolutely free! Please contact POV Pool for details and sponsorship packages.

If you would like to work with Point Of View Pool to bring action from your venue, promote your organization or event, please feel free to contact POV Pool through our contact page. POV Pool is working hard to continue promoting the great game of cue-sports and other related activities & organizations. POV Pool is a publicly funded organization which would not be possible without your help. Please support these live streams by donating to POV Pool via PayPal. Any donation of $30 or more will receive a Kamui Tip Voucher, redeemable at any ‘Certified Kamui Tip Installer’. 

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