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The 25th Annual – Andy Mercer Memorial Tournament

March 19-22, 2015

The Rum Runner Lounge – Las Vegas, NV

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Since 1991 the Rum Runner Lounge in Las Vegas, Nevada has honored pool player and enthusiast, Andy Mercer, with an annual 9-ball bar box tournament.  For the past 25 years, this event has drawn the best pool players from across the country, and this year March 20th – 22nd is no different.  With 10 professional players entered this year and a full field, we wonder will Shane VanBoening win for the 5th year in a row?  Or will previous title holder Ismael Paez take it, or will newcomer Rodrigo “Edgie” Geronimo rob the field?   Other professional players include, the great Mike Massey, Ernesto and Oscar Dominguez, Max Eberle, Scott Frost and Jason Klatt.

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This year’s event will be available to the masses to watch FREE on POV Pool!  Three days of pros battling it out on bar boxes.  The free stream is brought to you by the Rum Runner Lounge, Pool Sharks in Las Vegas, Kamui Tips, Tiger Products and ReaniMac. POV Pool also owes a huge ‘special thanks’ to Jeff Gray and Ryan Deberg who pulled a lot of strings to make this broadcast happen.

Thank You to – Andy Mercer Tournament Staff:

  • Geno Hill
  • Gordi Hill
  • Jim Brakeman
  • Mike Ganz

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Players Entered – Field is FULL!

1 Aarens Debby 33 Harvey Lee
2 Allsup Stacy 34 Harvey Shane
3 Alvarenga Santos 35 Jackson Edgar
4 Auzenne Joey 36 Juarez Paul
5 Avita Oscar 37 Kane Tres
6 Bakhtiari Ramin 38 Kang Johnny
7 Balan Jonathan 39 Klatt Jason
8 Barba Butch 40 Kutcher John
9 Barber Chad 41 Lalo John
10 Boggs Fred 42 Lane Sean
11 Boone Brent 43 Lipps Tommy
12 Butera Sal 44 Long Larry
13 Butler Tom 45 Lorcher Derek
14 Cannella Joe 46 Massey Mike
15 Carmona Jim 47 McClelland Don
16 Cooper Johnny 48 Miller Brian
17 Corpuz Joey 49 Osborn Jason
18 Csorba Attila 50 Paez Ismael
19 Dattilo Dave 51 Parks Brian
20 Deberg Ryan 52 Quinones Gina
21 Decker Jerry 53 Reynolds Ozzy
22 Dominguez Earnesto 54 Rice Dick
23 Dominguez Oscar 55 Roberts Adam
24  Eberle Max 56 Schilder Jeff
25 Estes Mark 57 Skenandore Ray
26 Frost Scott 58 Speakman Todd
27 Garcia Fach 59 Stuckart Jerry
28 Geronimo Rodrigo 60 Sutherland Ben
29 Gilbert Grant 61 Tatum Phil
30 Glass Walter 62 Valles Elias
31 Gray Jeff 63 Van Boening Shane
32 Harling Dancer 64 Weschsler Lyn

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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

Preparations underway for of this weekend’s, ‘Andy Mercer’ 9-Ball!

March 22nd, 23rd & 24th

Las Vegas, Nevada

The Rum Runner Lounge
1801 E. Tropicana Ave.
Paradise, NV 89119
702-736-6366
 
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 Streamed on: ustream.tv/channel/povpool.com
 

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Always a packed house! Always a cast of characters! 

One of the most prestigious independent events for any professional player to chalk up, is the ‘Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament’. Aptly named, “The Rum Runner”, which takes in the southeast corner of Las Vegas at the Rum Runner Lounge on Tropicana Ave, this 64 player field is an event which consistently hosts a tapestry of the best pool players in recorded history. Past winner’s include, the late Danny Medina (’93 & 2000), Jose Parica (’98), Warren Kiamko, Jim Blakeman (’94, ’04 & ’05), Ismael ‘Morro’ Paez (’99, ’06 & ’07), Joe Alvarez (’94), Ernesto Dominguez (’10) and some of the younger greats of our time like Shane VanBoening (’09, ’11 & ’12) and Brian Parks (’08).  

 

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 Since 1991, Andy Mercer’s memory has been celebrated by what seems to be an ‘inner circle’ of top players who visit year after year.  “The Rum Runner has been attended by almost half of its field since it began 23 years ago.”, says 3 time Rum Runner winner, Jim Blakeman. “It has become a reunion of players and friends… A truly special event.” 

Free Live Stream! 

This year, the venue’s owner Geno Hill has given permission to allow the event to be live-streamed by Daniel Busch and Point Of View Pool, which will be made available for the public to view for free on www.povpool.com. It will be a 3 day stream, which could possibly run 24 hours a day from POV Pool’s Ustream Channel and includes a ‘chat’ function for viewers to interact with commentators. 

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Sponsored by Kamui Tips and The Orange County American Pool Player’s Association, the live stream will provide coverage of all matches on Table #1 of the Rum Runner’s four tournament tables and start everyday at 12pm.

Real-time player statistics and performance analysis will also be provided by Pool-Trax and it’s owner, Donn Espinoza.  

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We Miss You, Andy Mercer!

Andy Mercer was a longtime pool player and enthusiast, who emerged in the public eye in the early 70’s after forming the ‘South Nevada 9-Ball Tavern’s Association’, which then came under control by Jim Blakeman and wife Lorraine, shortly after Andy’s passing from a heart attack at the age of 59. His longtime friend and Rum Runner owner, Geno Hill, started the Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament in 1991.

This Year’s Official Field 

  1. Debra Aarens
  2. Ron Allen
  3. Darren Appleton
  4. Ken ‘Sarge’ Aylesworth
  5. Ramin Bakhtiari
  6. Butch Barba
  7. Jeff Bartola
  8. Jim Blakeman
  9. Freddy Boggs
  10. Roger Bordley
  11. Don Branson
  12. Lee Brett
  13. Ace Brown
  14. Sal Butera
  15. Thomas Butler
  16. Jim Carmona
  17. Bernardo ‘King Kong’ Chavez
  18. Joey Chin
  19. James Ray Davis, Jr. 
  20. Ernesto Dominguez
  21. Oscar Dominguez
  22. Max Eberle
  23. Josh Edgars
  24. Mitch Ellerman
  25. Mark Estes
  26. Tyler Fleishman
  27. Jose Garcia
  28. Walter Glass
  29. Dave Gomez 
  30. Greg Harada
  31. James Harling
  32. Jay Hlavacheck
  33. Brad Huffman
  34. Dave Hughes
  35. Ernie Jacinto
  36. Edgar Jackson
  37. Curtis Johnson
  38. Tres Kane
  39. Johnny Kang
  40. Randy Kulkla
  41. John Kutcher
  42. John Lalo
  43. Sean Lane
  44. Al Lawrence
  45. Don McClelland
  46. Brian Miller
  47. Stevie Moore
  48. Rodney Morris
  49. Terry Osborne
  50. Ismael ‘Morro’ Paez
  51. Brian Parks
  52. Alex Pernas
  53. Rocky Phipps
  54. Dick Rice
  55. Troy Ridder
  56. Adam Roberts
  57. Jayson Shaw
  58. Ray Skenandore
  59. Phil Tatum
  60. Chris Thomas
  61. Josh Ulrich
  62. Shane VanBoening
  63. Carl Wilson

Previous Winner’s 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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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

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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

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.  

Free Live Stream & Sponsor Support! 

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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. 

POV Pool on the Pool Trax website! Realtime Stats and Performance Ratings! 

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

 

Live Stream Link/s: www.povpool.com or ustream.tv/channel/povpool

 

 

 

 

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