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USBA kicks off 2017 with a BANG!


POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA

October 8th, 2016

Story By: Geraldine Thibodeau

Edited by: Daniel Busch

POV POOL USBA Gabriels 2017 Tour Event



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3 Cushion Billiards competition set for Casino Del Sol 

Casino Del Sol Resort
5655 West Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85787
January 16th-21st, 2017

casino-del-sol-transIn January of 2017, The United States Billiard Association (USBA) will hold a prestigious 3-cushion, double-header event at Tucson, Arizona’s premier resort and casino/venue, Casino Del Sol. The 6-day event from January 16th-21st will consist of two competitions, each open to 40 players: a ‘B’ level and an (All level) ‘Open’ tournament. Entries for both events are currently being reserved via email at mazinshooni@yahoo.com or by phone with USBA President, Mazin Shooni at: (248) 910-4466.

In the ‘B’-level event, the entrants will compete amongst themselves without having to matchup against some of the country’s top level pros such as, Pedro Piedrabuena, Hugo Patino and others who will attend the ‘Open’. If they would like to play in both events, ‘B’-level (and under) players will have the chance to enter the ‘Open’ event at a reduced rate, whereas players playing the ‘Open’ only event will pay full price. Added monies are scheduled and in the process of being determined for both events.

Inspired by The Crystal Kelly Cup event!


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To Mazin and others board members at the USBA, the upcoming Casino Del Sol event draws inspiration from the ‘Crystal Kelly Cup’, a well funded and prestigious tournament which, held its last event at Promenade des Anglais in Nice in 2011.  The Crystal Kelly Cup has always been regarded as a prestigious yet elegant and intimate setting; its venues, its players, its equipment regarded at the highest standard in billiard competition in modern history and attended by the best of our time, such as Dick Jaspers, Thorbjorn Blomdahl, Sir Raymond Ceulemans, Frederic Caudron and other elite players. The Casino Del Sol and its sponsors have spared no expense to bring the same standard of quality  to the upcoming Gabriel’s event in January.

The USBA Thanks its Sponsors!

It is not without the help of its sponsors that the United States Billiard Association is able to provide its members with events such as these. With continued success The USBA strives to add more events to its roster. so that players can experience billiard competition at its highest level and quality in the Nation. Their most gracious. ‘headline’ sponsor, Gabriel’s Billiards has made it possible to provide this event with 5 x ‘Imperator V’ heated billiard tables, graced with factory delivered, Simonis ‘300’ tournament cloth from Simonis and also using premium, Aramith tournament billiard balls. USBA also thanks the Casino Del Sol for showing great interest and making direct investments of space and accommodations for cue-sports events such as this. The USBA could also not be able to provide prize funds and additional tournament services without direct financial and product support from, Tiger Products and the Cheqio Brand. And finally, the USBA also shows its gratitude for the support of Paul Frankel and Professor Q Ball’s, National and 3-Cushion News for promotional, editorial and logistical contributions.

Broadcast Coverage and Live Streaming 2016 POVPOOL LOGO

As a service to the billiard community and to further promote 3-cushion competition, the USBA has also contracted live-streaming and broadcast services of Point Of View Pool Media (www.POVPOOL.com) where, they will provide free, live-coverage from the Casino Del Sol to the masses on POV Pool’s YouTube Channel and also be providing a ‘Real Time Feed Page’ on www.POVPOOL.com for audiences to track results and updates.iv-organics-banner-temp



POV Pool is sponsored by: Tiger Products, Kamui Tips, FanDuel and IV Organic

USBA “B” Level Tournament: January 16th – 18th, 2017

  • The “B” event is open to all players with an average of less than .700
  • Entry $160 – 40 players
  • Dress Code: Black Slacks, vests, bow tie and white shirt
  • 8 groups of 5 players – 80 matches
  • Total of 16 Rounds on 5 tables (This will take 2 days, 8 rounds per day)
  • Finals will be Single Elimination
  • 16 Players – 5 rounds total

USBA Open Tournament: January 19th – 21st

  • Entry $260* – 40 players
  • Dress Code: Black Slacks, vests, bow tie and white shirt
  • 8 groups of 5 players – 80 matches
  • Total 20 rounds on 5 tables (This will take 2 days, 10 rounds per day)
  • Finals will be Single Elimination
  • 16 players – 5 rounds total

*Special Note: “B” Players can play in both tournaments for $160 each tournament

Other Notes: 

Players in the tournament are required to stay at Casino Del Sol Resort
All registered players will receive a Free Buffet and Discounted Room Price of $99 for a double room
Please use offer code: USBATCT to receive the group rate
Casino Del Sol Reservations 1-855-SOL-PLAY (765-7829)

If you would like more information regarding this event or other USBA events, contact:
Mazin Shooni at 248.910.4466 or email him at mazinshooni@yahoo.com

This is event is sponsored by:
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For up-to-the-minute coverage during the event and all your 3-cushion news, go to 


USBA International Open – Real Time Feed

Friday-Sunday – June 19th-21st, 2015

Million Dollar Billiards – North Hollywood, CA


The ‘Real-Time’ results and news for this event!

Players list so far:


Exhibition match – streamed live! 

  • Raymond Ceulemans vs Torbjörn Blomdahl
  • 7:30pm / PST
  • Race to 40-Points
  • Stream Link: www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

Torbjorn and Raymond

Results: Blomdahl wins it! Score 40-19 points in 2o innings.  Watch it on YouTube on July 1st, 2015. 

Stay tuned for the players meeting final, player count, tournament format and the draw!




The Draw and Round Robin!

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Round Robin Matches Start at 10:00 am / PST – 2015 POV Pool Media

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Javier Teran examines the competition – 2015 POV Pool Media

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Tournament Director – Ricky Carranco, pulls the draw – 2015 POV Pool Media


Players Meeting – 48 Players total – 2015 POV Pool Media

Daniel Busch - taking a load off! - 2015 POV Pool Media

Daniel Busch – taking a load off! – 2015 POV Pool Media

Friday – June 19th, Day 1

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Matches on feature table (Matches to 25 points)

Streamed Match Results so far…

  • 10:00 am / PST – Ray Raskin (8) vs Arturo Magana (25) – Innings: 18
  • 11:00 am / PST – Ceulemans (25) vs Mendoza (4) – Innings: 7
  • 11:30 am / PST – Palafox (25) vs G. Najm (17) – Innings: 19
  • 12:00 pm / PST – Piedrabuena (17) vs Palafox (25) – Innings (19)
  • 1:00 pm / PST – M. Torres (25) vs Carlos Alvarado (18) – Innings 18
  • 2:00 pm / PST – G. Najm (17) vs G. Sosa (25) – 20 Innings
  • 3:00 pm / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs N. Cho (3) – Innings 8
  • 5:00 pm / PST – Ricky Carranco (25) vs A. Valadez (22) – Innings 24
  • 5:00 pm / PST – J. Teran (23) vs Vicky Pineda (25) Innings 20
  • 6:00 pm /PST – M. Kim (25) vs C. Choi (11) – Innings 15
  • 8:00 pm / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs C. Choi (11) – Innings 13
  • 8:00 pm / PST – L. Avila (25) vs R. Carranco (10) – Innings 12
  • 9:00 pm / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs H. Nguyen (13) – Innings 19
  • 9:30 am / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs B. Khalifa (21) – Innings 12
  • 10:30 am / PST – T. Blomdahl (25) vs M. Kim (9) – innings 11
  • 11:30 am / PST – P.Piedrabuena (25) vs G. Najm (6) – Innings 7
  • 12:30 pm / PST – R. Ceulemans (25) vs A. Magana (16)
  • 1:30 pm / PST – R. Ceulemans (25) vs R. Munoz (21)

Semi Final Results (streamed matches only):

  •  T. Blomdal (30) vs M. Torres (21) – Innings 18
  •  L. Avila (30) vs Salinas (8) – Innings 22
  •  P. Piedrabuena (30) vs R. Munoz (8) Innings 11

The Semi Final Rounds – Saturday

  • 7:30 pm / PST – R. Ceulemans vs R. Munoz

Sunday Semi Final Rounds

  • 10:00 am / PST – T. Blomdahl vs R. Carranco
  • 11:00 am / PST – F. Palafox vs S. Diaz
  • 1:00 pm / PST – R. Ceulemans vs P/ Piedrabuena

Sunday Schedule continued…

Quarter Finals will start at 4:00 pm / PST 

We are currently on a dinner break at 3:00 pm / PST 

Please see current results provided below by CompuSport

All Semi-Finalists - 2015 POV Pool Media

All Semi-Finalists – 2015 POV Pool Media

Daniel Busch with Tournament Director, Ricky Carranco

Daniel Busch with Tournament Director, Ricky Carranco

Ricky Carranco playing Guillermo Sosa - 2015 POV Pool Media

Ricky Carranco playing Guillermo Sosa – 2015 POV Pool Media

Ricky Carranco - 2015 POV Pool Media

Ricky Carranco – 2015 POV Pool Media

Luis Miguel Avila looks on... 2015 POV Pool Media

Luis Miguel Avila looks on… 2015 POV Pool Media

Daniel Busch with Angel and Sir Raymond Ceulemans - 2015 POV Pool Media

Daniel Busch with Angel and Sir Raymond Ceulemans – 2015 POV Pool Media

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1st Place: $4,000

2nd Place: $3,000

3rd Place: $2,250

4th Place: $1,750

5th Place: $1,500

6th Place: $1,300

7th Place:  $1,100

8th Place: $800

9th – 12th Place: $375

High Run in the Semi Finals or Finals: $100

Best Game in the Semi Finals or Finals: $150

Best General AVG. in Semi Finals and Finals: $250


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Thank you to Compusport for providing the online bracket…If you’re running a tournament, check out CompuSport for a comprehensive bracket system that you, your players and spectators can follow!

Final Bracket: 

Sunday Semi-Final Results: 

Sunday Results

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Saturday Semi-Finals results: 

Saturday Semi results

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Semi-Finals Rankings: 




Saturday Schedule and match results: 

Saturday Results

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Friday Schedule and match results: 

Friday Schedule

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Tournament Rankings: 






USBA Tour Event At Hard Times Billiards To Be Live Streamed

December 14th – 16th, 2012

Hard Times Billiards
17450 Bellflower Boulevard
Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 867-7733

POV Pool Streaming 3-Cushion Billiards! 

The USBA will live stream the last two days of the USBA open three-cushion tournament to be held at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California, from December 14 to 16.

Watch the trailer here!

$16,000 Prize Fund! 

The Bellflower tournament is part of the USBA Tour and is open to all players. The top six ranked players in the United States are expected to compete, including current United States champion Pedro Piedrabuena and former champions Hugo Patiño, Mazin Shooni, Miguel Torres and Sonny Cho. Many other top players are expected to vie for the $16,000 in prize money.

The live streaming will be brought by www.povpool.com and can be accessed via that site or via www.usba.net. The live stream will begin on December 15 at 10:00 a.m. pst. For more information on the Bellflower tournament, go to the tournaments link at the top of the USBA home page, then to Upcoming Tournaments.


National Champ – Pedro Piedrabuena To Give Video Clinic

As an added attraction, Daniel Busch of POV Pool will produce a three-cushion clinic by five-time national champion Piedrabuena. The clinic will take place at Hard Times Billiards on December 13th one day prior to the start date of the actual tournament, of which edited clips will be used to play back on the live stream. The full clinic will then be made available on www.youtube.com at a later date. 

Povpool is owned by Daniel Busch and is based in California.  It celebrated its first anniversary on December 4, 2012.  During the last year, it has reached 1,322 subscribers.  There have been over 350,000 views of its videos on youtube.

Live Stream Details

December 15th & 16th, 2012 @ 10:00 AM /PST

Watch it on POV Pool’s home page or at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool


POV Pool Reaches ‘One Year’ Today – December, 2012 Event Playlist!

Happy Birthday, POV Pool!

On December 4th, 2011 I launched Point Of View Pool with a vision to deliver to fans of the game as many ‘points of view ‘of the billiards community. Not just with video streams and events, but also with press, articles and social media networks. I am proud to report that during this year of infancy, POV Pool on YouTube has already reached 1,322 subscribers and over 350,000 views. I have personally written and published over 25 press releases, which include exclusive interviews and articles on industry developments. I have had the honor of streaming over 30 tournaments at venues all over California, like Hard Times Billiards Bellflower, The California Billiard Club, Sherman Oaks – House Of Billiards, Good Times Billiards, Plush Pocket, The Broken Rack, On-Cue Billiards, Butera’s Billiards, Stix Billiards, The Embassy Club and The PitStop Pub!

I’d like to thank all of the billiard hall owners who have worked with me, all of the commentators who’s list grows longer with every stream; to all of the viewers of the live streams and to the visitors of my site, who’s demand for billiard related content give me a reason to roll out of bed every morning. Let me not also forget the sponsors, the moderators and promotors of streams who have done their very best to keep POV Pool on the map and in demand.

The list of those who have offered me a helping hand and a constructive comment or two is way too long to mention and I cannot forget the players, who’s performances are always a joy to witness. Sitting in the booth and being spectator has taught me more about the game that I would have ever bargained for. It has been an honor to play a small role in your tournament lives, watching the gloves come off, no matter who you are playing or how much you get on with your opponents off the table.

This ‘sport’ or ‘game’, or whichever you choose to call it is nothing less than astonishing to me on all fronts. Never, have I seen people work so hard for so little reward and yet, still show a passion and love for pool without ever questioning whether they are going to quit for good. It is within that spirit that, when times are hard (and they usually are), that I, too shall continue on this journey with Point Of View Pool.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Sincerely, Daniel Busch / Owner – POV Pool Media

POV Pool’s December, 2012 Playlist!

Aside from that, this month of December is the busiest yet for POV Pool, so I’ve decided to publish a quick playlist of the events for the rest of this month. Here they are as follows:

Saturday, December 8th @ 8:30 PM PST 

Florian ‘Venom’ Kohler – Trickshot Exhibition

Join POV Pool for live streamed coverage of this 2 hour event, sponsored by Riverside TAP and held at The Pit Stop Pub in Manifee, CA. For more information, please read this press release or visit www.riversidetap.net



Sunday, December 9th @ 12:00 PM PST

Joe Martin Presents / $1,000 Added Ladies 9-Ball Tournament

The very next morning, I will be at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, covering Day 2 of a $1,000 Added, Joe Martin – Ladies 9-Ball Tournament / “The Final 8 Players!”


Saturday & Sunday, December 15th & 16th

The USBA, $7,500 Added Open 3-Cushion Event

Streamed once again from Hard Times Billiards, join POV Pool on Ustream for Day 2 & 3 of this very prestigious event, also featuring clips of a very rare, ‘3-Cushion Clinic’ with the,  5 time, current National 3-Cushion Champion, Pedro Piedrabuena, produced by POV Pool Media. For more information, please read the following Press Release. 

United States Billiards Association – Trailer

Friday, December 21st, 2012 @ 12:00 PM / PST

“The End Of The World: 10-Ball Tournament Of The Mayans!”

What a way to go! This $1,000 Added Event which is open to 32 players will feature some of the toughest action on the POV has ever streamed. Marking the last event of the year but hopefully not the last event for humanity, POV Pool and sponsors will be giving away over 50 prizes ranging from cues, cases, Kamui products, T-Shirts, APA Memberships and much, much more! This will be a 1 day event and will be available to view for $9.95 on POV Pool’s, UStream Channel.

Tournament Of The Mayans – Trailer

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