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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

 This year the Andy Mercer Tournament is brought to you by:

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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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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
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