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Monsters are Invading Bellflower on Thursday!

Thursday – April 2nd, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

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FREE AND LIVE – 10-Ball Double Header Action On POV Pool! 

On April 2nd, POV Pool in association with Epic Billiards, PiUS Promotions and Hard Time Billiards will be in Bellflower this Thursday to provide free live coverage of two scheduled matches between 2 of the pool-world’s rising Filipino stars facing off against possibly 2 of the toughest opponents the west coast can bring to them.

Match #1 – Joven Bustamante vs Vilmos Földes / 2pm PST  

What we have here is a good ol’ fashioned rematch, folks! Joven Bustamante (no relation) has been kicking ass and taking names in WPA events as far back as 2007. A very young looking 36 years old with enough firepower in his left-pinky to beat me with the 7 ball, Joven has been racking up wins in the U.S. since he touched down from the Philippines in February of this year; cashing in the Derby City 9 Ball, Jay Swanson Memorial, Chuck Markulis Memorial, CSI US Bar-Table Championships and recently taking 2nd place in the 25th Annual Andy Mercer 9 Ball Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Photo Courtesy of Inside Pool Magazine

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Photo Courtesy: 2015 Carlos Coll Photography

 

Joven will face off against Vilmos Földes of Budapest, Hungary! Vilmos eats 9 Balls for breakfast and sleeps with with a loaded, Predator soft case under his pillow at night. He has been terrorizing the West Coast pool scene as of late, earning himself a #1 ranking on the Mezz West State Tour’s 11 stops in its 1st season. He has been invited by Allen Hopkins to compete in the upcoming Pro 10 Ball Event at this year’s Super Billiards Expo!

Word on the street is…Vilmos and Joven got into action 2 weeks ago at Pool Sharks Las Vegas in ‘The Pit’. In a nail-biting, Hill/Hill match, Vilmos walked away a winner and sent the ‘Corporation’ away to scrape for spare change at the bottom of their car seats for gas-money home. Now, fully reloaded and ready to strike back, Joven and hopes to regain his ‘Epic’ status as “The most dangerous pretty boy in the West!”

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  • Thursday, April 2nd – 2pm PST
  • Diamond Table – 4.25″ Pockets / 9 footer
  • 10-Ball
  • Races to 9
  • Winner Breaks
  • Rack Your Own
  • Call Pocket
  • Coin flips until wallets are empty!

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Match # 2 – Edgie Geronimo vs Rodney Morris / 6pm PST

What can we say about Edgie Geronimo? Friggin’ ridiculous? Future world champion? 37 year old pool phenom from Bulacan?  Recently sponsored and fully outfitted by Tiger Products, this February, 2015 – This Thursday, Edgie Geronimo will also be enjoying his latest promotion in the U.S. as ‘The guy the world thinks can beat, ‘Rocket’ Rodney Morris in an even game of 10-Ball!”. Edgie has reigned supreme amongst his peers this year, giving scores of pool players muscle cramps and cottonmouth with nothing less than a distant gaze. At the end of most days Edgie skips merrily along in life, pockets filled with everyone else’s money. And always, when asked about it later, Edgie insists he ‘just got lucky’ with about as much sincerity as Vanilla Ice watching your house while you’re on vacation.

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Welcome Edgie Geromino to the world of professional pool! You have arrived and graduated to a new level of excellence where your luck could possibly run dry. If you can survive the thrusters of this Rocket that you are about to ride, then you will have truly convinced me that you really are something to be feared in the pool world! Rodney Morris has also just come off his 6th consecutive 10-Ball win at The Wyoming Open and with it, the recent arrival of his precious, baby boy name Zayden Rocket!. This Rocket is going to bring some turbulence your way, Edgie. I hope you have your spacesuit handy and your helmet on!

  • Thursday, April 2nd – 2pm PST
  • Gold Crown TIGHT Table – 3 7/8″ Pockets / 9 footer
  • 10-Ball
  • Races to 15
  • Winner Breaks
  • Rack Your Own
  • Call Pocket
  • Coin flips until wallets are empty!

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Thursday, April 2nd at 2PM PST – TIL IT’S OVER! 

 

 

Attila Bezdan Becomes 2015’s, “TOP GUN” Player!

By: Oscar Dominguez

March 8th, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA 

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Mezz West State Tour: TOP GUN!

top gunAfter 11 events on the Mezz West State Tour, a total of 32 invited players came to Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA to compete in the year end event for its 12th and final event of Season 1. The invited players were chosen based off a points system based off the Camel Pro Tour rankings. The top players accumulated points based off their performances to play in a special year end event of $2000 added prize money plus the membership dues collected throughout the season which totaled to 5750 off of 231 total members. In addition, as a bonus, the top 16 ranked players did not pay an entry fee while the 17-32nd ranked players paid a standard $65 entry fee.

 

Rail ActionThe top half of the board was led by co founder of the MWST, Oscar Dominguez with wins over the Filipino veteran, Ramon Mistica 9-4, followed by wins over Johnny Kang 9-4, Dave Hemmah 9-5, and Ernesto Dominguez 9-0, to lead up to the hot seat match. The bottom half of the bracket was dominated by Hungarian sharpshooter, Attila Bezdan, with wins over Phil Prentice 9-3, Ramin Bahktiari 9-3, Melissa Herndon 9-4, and road companion Vilmos Foldes 9-4. The hot seat match was one sided as Attila came out firing balls in from all angles putting pressure on Dominguez. After a few failed safeties, Attila ran away with the match with a 9-5 score.

table timeMeanwhile on the losers side, Rodrigo Geronimo who lost his first match to Tang Hoa 8-4, had grinded through seven matches against Kevin May 9-3, Beau Runningen 9-7, Chris Fangre 9-3, Melissa Herndon 9-5, Tang Hoa 9-4, Ernesto Domiguez 9-4 and Ruben Bautista 9-7 to reach the 3rd place match against Oscar Dominguez. Rodrigo looked hungry to reach the finals and took a quick 5-1 lead over Dominguez. It wasnt until Geronimo missed a crucial 2 ball in the side pocket to widen the lead to 6-1 that Dominguez had a chance to take control of the table. Winning that game and then the next 3, Dominguez was able to tie it up 5. The following 6 games were each nail biters, with each player playing inspirational kick, jump and safety shots. Dominguez fell behind once again 7-5, but in his true fashion, showed a lot of heart to come back and win the match 9-7 sending him back to the finals to seek revenge on Bezdan.

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Attila Bezdan in the Finals! Copyright 2015 – POV Pool Media

The finals was one to be seen. Bezdan played flawless, only missing two balls the entire set. He pocketed every ball on the table as if they had eyes and controlled the cue ball at a top notch level. His break was also in top gear, leaving Dominguez helpless. Attila Bezdan went on to easily win the set 8-2. His victory was well deserved, as he was the best player on this day. All of us on the Mezz West State Tour will surely miss him next season and would like to congratulate him on his very great accomplishment.

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We would like to again thank all of the players and sponsors who make all of this possible: Mezz Cues, West State Billiards Supply, ZAN tips, Kurzweils Country Meats, AZbilliards.com, NYCGrind.com, POVPool.com, Marty Carey Jump Q, ontherailtv.comTurtle Racks, and fast&loose designs.

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Payouts:

  • 1st- Attila Bezdan : $1600
  • 2nd- Oscar Dominguez: $1250
  • 3rd- Rodrigo Geronimo: $800
  • 4th- Ruben Bautista: $500
  • 5th/6th- Vilmos Foldes/ Ernesto Dominguez: $325 each
  • 7th/8th- Tan Hoa/ Jason Williams: $250 each
  • 9th-12th- Ramin Bahktiari/ Dave Hemmah/ Melissa Herndon/ Fach Garcia: $175 each
  • 13th-16th Ramon Mistica/ Bob Jocz/ Chris Fangre/ Johnny Kang: $125 each
  • 27th-24th- Paul Silva/ Rodney Wynn/ Santos Sambajon/ Jaden Brock/ Mark Whitehead/ Beau Runningen/ Phil Prentice/Jaynard Orque: $100 each
  • 25th-32nd- Justin Logan/ Tony Ortega/ Reid Stenstrud/ Tommy Lipps/ Larry Bohn/ Kevin May/ Tim Daniel/ Frank Robutz: $75 each

 

 

 

MZWST #10 – Another Victory for “Edgie” Geronimo!

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Story By: Desiree Rivera

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A Packed House at OnCue Billiards! 

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The Mezz West State Tour was held in gorgeous La Mesa, California at its premier room, On Cue Billiards. The Nooris family welcomed 88 players including none other than “The Magician” himself, Mr. Efren Reyes. It was quite a treat for both, players and spectators to watch and interact with the legend himself during the two day event.

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Dan Wallace – Photo: Copyright © 2015 – Ashi Fachler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The top half of the bracket was packed with talent as it contained not only Rodrigo Geronimo, Ramin Bakhtiari, Vilmos Foldes, Johnny Kang, James Cabal, Dan Wallace, Dave Gorham, Rodney Wynn and Victor Castro but also Efren Reyes. Foldes and Reyes met up in the final 16 of the winner side in a TV table face off. Foldes fought hard, but was out matched by Reyes with a score of 9-4. Reyes’ bracket got no easier, as Rodrigo Geronimo was waiting for him following his 9-3 victory over James Cabal. This Filipino match up went back and forth to the bitter end with Rodrigo pulling away a 9-7 victory and sending the Magician to the losers side. This win secured Geronimo’s spot in the final 4 of the winners side where he would defeat Victor Castro, who had tough wins over Mark Whitehead, Ray Pajarillo and Dave Gorham. Geronimo would go on to defeat Castro 9-6 to find himself waiting to battle it out for the hot seat.

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Beau Runningen – Copyright © 2015 Ashi Fachler

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Efren Reyes – Copyright © 2015 Ashi Fachler

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Vilmos Foldes – Copyright © 2015 Ashi Fachler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attila Bezdan and Oscar Dominguez – Photo: Copyright © 2015 – POV Pool

 

The bottom half of the bracket was no cake walk either as Oscar Dominguez, Attila Bezdan, Kenichi Uchigaki, Ruben Bautista, Sal Butera, Beau Runningen and Melissa Hernadon made up just a few of the great players that filled up this portion of the chart. Second round of the winners side found Beau Runningen taking on Toyko player, Kenichi Uchigaki. Beau made a heart filled effort but fell short, sending Uchigaki further into the winners brackets and himself to the losers side. Uchigaki proceeded to find wins over Branch Talley, Larry Bohn and Sal Butera all of which allowed him to face off against Oscar Dominguez in the final 4 winners. Dominguez made his way there with wins over Melissa Herndon, Amir Shoshan and Attila Bezdan. This was hard fought battle between the two international friends, but ended with Kenichi Uchigaki taking down Dominguez 9-6. This win ensured Uchigaki to face off with Geronimo for the hot seat. The match up one sided early on with Geronimo taking the win 9-5, putting him in the hot seat.

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Live Stream on POV Pool! Daniel Busch and Geraldine Thibodeau – © 2015 POV POOL MEDIA

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Meanwhile, the action continued on the losers’ side where team Hungary faced off. Vilmos Foldes defeated his best friend and road partner 9-4 knocking Attila out of the competition. Vilmos would then go on to beat Sal Butera in a hill-hill, nail bitter which came down to a safety battle on the 8 ball in the final game. However the hill-hill matches were not over for Foldes just yet, as Victor Castro played his heart out but fell short to Foldes in the following round. On the top side of the losers bracket, Oscar Dominguez found himself fighting back against Efren Reyes, who at one point led the match 8-2. Dominguez came with great out after great out, eventually tying the match at 8-8. In the case game, Reyes was up to break. Reyes broke in two balls and skillfully made an incredible out on Dominguez, forcing Oscar to settle for 5th/6th.

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Kenichi Uchigaki - © 2015 ASHI FACHLER

Kenichi Uchigaki – © 2015 ASHI FACHLER

The 3rd/4th match found Foldes and Reyes once again. Foldes found his revenge on Reyes winning 9-6 and sending him to the losers side final against Uchigaki. Uchigaki, who was feeling ill and very jet lagged opted to allow Foldes to move onto the finals by forfeit. The finals between Vilmos Foldes and Rodrigo Geronimo was a match to be seen. In true double elimination format Foldes would have to defeat Geronimo twice to claim victory. Foldes easily handles Rodrigo winning the first set 9-3. The second set was much more of a grind with many break and runs, kicking and safety play. Rodrigo eventually grinded down Foldes and took his victory in a close 9-7 win. This win would make Rodrigo a three time tour stop winner this season. Also, a congrats to Melissa Herndon for being the top female finisher and receiving a $100 bonus.

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The MWST would like to thank their sponsors for their continuous support of bringing pool back to the west coast. In addition, a very special thank you to Daniel Busch, Geraldine Thibodeau and POV POOL for their hard work providing the live streaming. Mezz Cues, West State Billiards Supply, ZAN Tips, Kurzweils Country Meats, AZbilliards.com, NYCGrind.com, POVPool.com, Marty Carey Jump Q, Virtual Pool 4, The Turtle Rack, and Fast&Loose designs.

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Commentating on POV Pool – Daniel Busch, Rolando Vicente and Ray Reyes!

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MZWST – Stop #11 at Breaktime Billiards! 

Be sure to join POV Pool and Mezz West State Tour at BreakTime Billiards on January 24th, 25th for the final open event on the tour. It’s the last chance for players to obtain a ranking in the TOP 32 for the upcoming TOP GUN event being held on March 7th/8th at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA! 

MZWST – #6 – Santos ‘Dances’ to the Finals from the One-Loss!

by: Oscar Dominguez w/ special edit by *POV Pool

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

On Cue Billiards – La Mesa, CA

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On Cue Hosts Largest Field To Date! 

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Stop #6 on the Mezz West State Tour headed south to the San Diego area of La Mesa, CA to On Cue Billiards. 96 players from all over California, Nevada, Arizona, and several international players were all in attendance for a chance to grasp their hands on piece of the $6,800 prize fund. Leading the top half of the bracket was Phoenix, Arizona native Tim Daniel. Tim had strong wins over Art Garcia, Kevin May, Ramin Bakhtiari, Victor Ignacio, and Chris Fangre all the way to the hot seat match. While on the lower half, Santos Sambajon Jr. slowly but surely snuck his way through players Mike Meeker, Al Garcia, Fach Garcia, Ernesto Dominguez, Tang Hoa, and Amir Shoshan setting up the hot seat match between Daniels and Sambajon. This match would prove to be a lob-sided one as Santos’ experience and shotmaking took the hot seat with a resounding 9-2 scoreline.

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After an early defeat, Hungarian native Vilmos Foldes stormed through the losers bracket with 6 wins on the losers side. Tim Daniels finally stopped the former Junior World Champion in his tracks to settle for third place setting up a rematch in the true double elimination finals between Daniel and Sambajon.

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*The biggest upset of the weekend happened between Vilmos Foldes and Tim Daniel, during this 3rd place match. Foldes, considered one of the favorites to win this tournament found himself struggling to keep up with the Tim Daniel who’s luck came just in time in this race to 9 match. This was a heart stopping moment for many in the room and left everyone speechless. A tough break for Vilmos, who took 3rd in this event. Take a look now at this clip, brought to you by POV Pool, commentators, Daniel Busch and Clyde Nooris:

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The Finals: Santos Sambajon vs Tim Daniel! 

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Tim Daniel: © 2014 – Ashi Fachler

The packed house at On Cue was treated to a nail biting finals as Daniels managed to control the first set with uncharacteristic errors on behalf of the diminutive Filipino by a 9-4 score. Santos and Daniels battled toe to toe in the final and concluding second set with Daniels having a very routine out with only 3 balls left on the table. Upon pocketing the 7, Daniels left himself a slightly awkward angle which would prove costly as Daniels failed to manage the carom on the 9 correctly by scratching, only leaving the gift of shooting the 9 ball with ball in hand for Santos. The devastated Daniels consoled himself with runner up prize money of $1000 while Santos took home the title and $1500 first prize.

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A very special thanks to all of our sponsors; Mezz Cues, West State Billiard Supply, ZAN tips, Turtle Rack, POVPool, NYCGrind, AZBilliards, Kurzweil’s Country Meats, Marty Carey Jump Cue, Virtual Pool 4, and Fast & Loose Designs.

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POV Pool Thanks… 

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Point of View Pool would like to thank: Oscar Dominguez, Desiree Rivera, Ashi Fachler, Alison Fischer, NYC GrindAZ BilliardsGeraldine ThibodeauMezz Cues and West State Billiards.

Resources and information:

Mezz West State Tour: www.MezzWestStateTour.com

MZWST on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MezzWestStateTour

Mezz Cues: http://miki-mezz.com

West State Billiards: http://www.weststatebilliards.com

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Final Results:

1st Santos Sambajon – $1500
2nd Tim Daniels – $1000
3rd Vilmos Foldes – $700
4th Amir Shoshan – $500
5-6th Ernesto Dominguez and Chris Fangre – $300
7-8th Babken Melkonyan and Dave Hemmah – $210
9-12th Omar Vachani, Oscar Dominguez, Victor Ignacio, Tang Hoa – $170
13-16th Ray Robles, Dave Gorham, Attila Bezdan, Kevin May – $125
17-24th Rodney Wynn, Bob Jocz, Ramin Bahktiari, Jaden Brock, Ray Rey, Jay Helfert. Scott White, Clint P. – $100
 

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The Amazing Efren Reyes – Must Watch!

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Thanks to everyone for participating and getting involved with The Mezz West State Tour!

It’s only been 4 stops and we have all packed a lot of action into it – not without the help of great sponsors, hard working people behind the scenes, great players and friendly host venues. Oscar and Desires’s Mezz West State Tour are getting a huge thumbs up from everyone it reaches.

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Recorded on Sunday, September 28th, 2o14 at Plush Pocket in Northridge, CA a 9 Ball match with Vimos Foldes at Stop #4 of The Mezz West State Tour.

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