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The 2015 – ‘TOP GUN’ Finale for Mezz West State Tour!

By: Daniel Busch 

March 7, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

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The Mezz West State Tour Finale! 

On March 7th and 8th a small handful of the best of The Mezz West State Tour ‘cueists’ will face off this weekend for a double-elimination, 10-ball showdown at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA to determine the ‘Top Gun’ of its field in this inaugural season of 231 players. Reserved for only 32 players who have fought long and hard in the past 10 months, traveled to various venues along the west coast of the United States – Season 1 of The Mezz West State Tour has, by far been one of the most challenging and promising billiard tours seen in the United States in over a decade. March 7th and 8th will be remembered in pool history as another baby-step in the right direction.

32 Players Preparing for Action!

The top-ranked 32 players of the Mezz West State Tour currently consist of 10 professional players, 8 semi-pros and 14 amateurs who have all held up to each other with equal strength, brought us fast paced play and memorable moments. The 1 and 2 game handicap to respective skill levels has rendered a few chilling outcomes and very few landslides. The fact remains that, if you’re playing this event, you’ve done something great to get here. Ladies and Gentlemen, ‘Place Your Bets’!

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1. Vilmos Foldes 900
2. Beau Runningen 840
3. Oscar Dominguez 775
4. Rodrigo Geronimo 625
5. Ernesto Dominguez 585
6. Attila Bezdan 520
7. Johnny Kang 505
8. Amar Kang 430
9. Jaynard Orque 390
10. Kevin May 350
11. Santos Sambajon 320
12. Jaden Brock 290
13. Ruben Bautista 280
14. Phil Prentice 275
15. Ramin Bakhtiari 270
16. Dave Hemmah 265
17. Rodney Wynn 260
18. Paul Silva 240
19. Bob Jocz 235
20. Tommy Lipps 225
21. Ramon Mistica 225
22. Frank Robutz 220
23. Tang Hoa 220
24. Reid Stensrud 215
25. Fach Garcia 215
26. Melissa Herndon 205
27. Justin Logan 195
28. Jason Ferroni 190
29. Tim Daniel 190
30. Mark Whitehead 175
31. Anthony Ortega 175
32. Jason Williams 175

Live and Broadcast Coverage

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Hard Times Billiards is charging a very small gate to watch the event and parking is always free. Streaming live and free on POV Pool’s Ustream Channel, all weekend long, including some open action on Friday, March 6th. POV Pool will also be providing a supplemental, Top Gun – Real Time Feed page for those looking for bracket and player information, pics, selfies, highlights and more.

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This weekend’s event at “The Home Of Champions” opened by Chuck Markulis in 1988 is sure to carry the legacy of the great players who have come before them. The Mezz West State Tour brings talent to Hard Times Billiards with a different slant than usual. The players at this event will all have earned their place at the table, after a long haul of 11 events and all, very hungry to win.

A Little History – A Lot Of Thanks! 

Tour founders, Oscar Dominguez and Desiree Rivera, whose announcement of the Mezz West State Tour immediately attracted local promoters, venues and product sponsors from conception to launch; they were able to officially sign 9 host venues whilst partners such as Fast n Loose, POV Pool and GoPlayPool went to work on other tasks in the background: Website, Live Streaming and Social Promotion. In a way, this was a convergence of events that could almost be likened to someone who wins 9-ball tournament: It took a whole lot of skill, a little bit of luck and just the right timing.

Mezz Cues and West State Billiards, ZAN Tips and Turtle Rack are to be applauded for providing resources to the events, which made the tour possible. With many thanks, each official tour stop brought with it $2,000 added money and the hosting venues received cues, cases and merchandise to attract local talent to play and register. Thanks also to Marty Carey (Marty Carey Jump Cue) and Steve Chaplin of Virtual Pool 4 who were able to come to the table, not only to compete in many of the stops, but also to provide additional funding for the live streaming of the events on POV Pool and On The Rail TV.

Streaming All Weekend including Friday March 6th! 

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A Few Moments on The Mezz West State Tour! 

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Break-Time Billiards Hosting Mezz West State Tour Season Finale!

Article: Daniel Busch

Jan 24th/25th, 2015
BreakTime Billiards – Modesto, CA

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Last Chance to Qualify for the Mezz West State Tour! 

This is it, Folks!

The Mezz West State Tour has staged the final destination of its inaugural season for 231+ registered competitors, who are attracting broad attention and writing the new history for cue-sports in America. Modesto, California, found in the heart of California’s northern Central Valley will probably see its largest billiards event in 10 years. Hosted by BreakTime Billiards at 304 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95354,  this 10-ball competition will be the final, ‘Top Gun’ qualifier played on 11, fully tuned 9 foot Diamond ‘pro-cut’ pool tables at 4-1/4″ pockets. The sports bar vibe at the 10,000 square foot venue comes with additional Diamond bar tables, huge 6 x 8 foot screens and, 11 taps of beer and some tasty bar food.

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When asked about the Mezz West State Tour, BreakTime Billiards owner, Joe Gonzalez stated, “I’m thrilled to be hosting this event for Oscar and Desiree and to be a part of this great tour. Apart from the major tournaments in the country, the Mezz West State Tour has the potential to be very successful for the sport and I look forward to hosting more events in the following season as well.”

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The Last Stand for ‘Top Gun’ Hopefuls 

Everything depends on performance and attendance for those who currently threaten the current ‘Top 32’ names on the rankings list!

The Mezz West State Tour rankings will determine ‘who’ gets to play the Top Gun event in March of this year. With a prize fund that has grown to approximately, $7,000 thus far and open to 32 players, a ‘stand-by list’ will also be generated with the final rankings announcement, so that if any top 32 players cannot attend Top Gun, players in the next ranking position will qualify.

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Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 2.36.17 PMIn fact, we already know that Efren Reyes, ranked #28 is unable to qualify because he did not play enough events and Danny Gohkul, ranked #31 still needs one more event to qualify. This is good news and possibly bad for players like Melissa Herndon #33 and Anthony Ortega #34 who, in waiting for the final rankings announcement, would surely slip back in rankings after Modesto if they do not attend or play poorly. Likewise, we can think of almost 25 players who have full potential to steal a ranking position from the deep such as, Mark Whitehead #35, Art Garcia #36, Deo Alpajora #56, Chris Robinson #61 and many others. With such talent on the tour and a chance to win big, this stop becomes an absolute must for tour members.

This final stop should produce some great matches. Be ready to see everything from desperation, despair and glorious excitement as pool players stage their final assaults to earn a ‘Top Gun’ spot!

If the TOP GUN were today, who would qualify? 

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Raffles and Top Prizes! 

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 4.05.34 PMThe Mezz West State Tour has had a regular tradition of raffling Mezz Cues and Cases at almost every stop on the tour in addition to a cash prize to the top finishing female/s. Along the way, MZWST also picked up the interest of Allen Hopkins, who has graciously sanctioned the #1 ranked player on MZWST to receive a free entry to the 2015 Allen Hopkins ‘Professional 10 Ball Event’ held annually at the Super Billiards Expo.

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Live Stream on POV Pool!

Please be sure to join us for live coverage of the this tour stop, brought to you by Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, Zan Tips, Turtle Rack, Marty Carey’s Jump Q, Virtual Pool 4, Kurzweils Country Meats.

Event and Live Stream Info

Mezz West State Tour – Stop #11
  • Saturday/Sunday – January 24th/25th
  • 11:00 am PST / Registration
  • 12:00 pm PST / Tournament Begins
  • 10 Ball / TRUE Double Elimination
  • Pro race to 9, Semi Pro race to 8, Amateur race to 7
  • $65 Entry / Open to all / Entries in Cash / DAY OF EVENT.
  • $2,000 Added
  • Alternate Break / No 10 Ball Break / 3 Foul Rule / Jump Cues Allowed
  • Diamond Tables / 4-1/4″ Pockets
Host Venue
  • BreakTime Billiards
  • 304 McHenry Avenue
  • Modesto, CA 95354
  • (209) 846-9656
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MZWST #10 – Another Victory for “Edgie” Geronimo!

Cover photo: Chris Santana
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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 Watch the MZWST #10 Matches on YouTube! 

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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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

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! 

Mezz West State Tour #7 – Live from Family Billiards!

Saturday-Sunday, December 13th-14th, 2014
Family Billiards – San Francisco, CA
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Family Billiards Hosting Stop #7! 

Once again, Oscar Dominguez and Desiree Rivera’s ‘Mezz West State Tour’ will be making a stop at Delbert Wong’s ‘Family Billiards‘ venue in San Francisco, California – chalking up the 7th in a total of 11 stops in its debut season on the west coast of the United States. Playing 9 ball on Delbert’s collection of 18 Brunswick, Gold Crown pool tables, we are sure to catch some great moments in pool history as over 200 members of the tour compete heavily to qualify for the tour’s ‘Top Gun 32’ event which, will be played out at Hard Times Billiards in Southern California on March 7th-8th, 2015.

FAMILY BILLIARDS!

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Live Streaming on POV Pool! 

This weekend’s event will be live streamed on POV Pool for all to enjoy. Be sure to log in early as we expect to get an early start with a hopeful field of at least 80 players, new and returning. This will not be the first visit that POV Pool has made to Delbert’s room, streaming two Cole Dickson Memorial tournaments, we are sure to have all the best camera angles and commentary booked for your enjoyment.

Stream Times – Saturday and Sunday – December 13th-14th @ 10:30 AM / PST 

LIVE STREAM LINK WITH CHAT!

Raffles, Shirts and more…

Mezz West State Tour has t-shirts, merchandise like Zan Tips and other sponsored items available for sale and a Mezz Cue Raffle will also take place. Through snow, sleet, hail or even a few puddle jumps, we highly recommend you attend this event and check out the pool tour that is changing the game for pool in America! MEZZ TSHIRT

Sponsors and Special Thanks!

None of these tour stops or live streams would be possible without the help of our sponsors! POV Pool would like to thank, Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, Virtual Pool 4, Marty Carey’s Jump Q, Zan Tips, Turtle Rack, Fast & Loose Designs, Automated Entertainmentand all of the venues within the tour itself. Local sponsors and pool supporters are encouraged to contact us at povpool@gmail.com to discuss any local advertising within the radius of each venue.

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In advance, because we know that there are many who will step up to assist with the promotions and operations of these events, we would like to thank, Geraldine Thibodeau, Mike Meeker, AZ Billiards, NYC Grind, Paul Frankel at Professor Q Ball, GoPlayPool,Upstate AL and The Live Stream News Group, Bert Kinister, ALL of the MOD’s for POV Pool on USTREAM, Don Akerlow of On The Break News, The Pool Scene and for every member of our audience that ‘likes’ and ‘shares’!

 

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Live Stream Weekend on POV Pool: MZWST Stop #6

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November 15th-16th, 2015

On Cue Billiards – La Mesa, CA

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Find the Action at On Cue Billiards!

The Mezz West State Tour’s show will travel a south this weekend to La Mesa, CA for Stop #6 at Clyde Nooris’s, On Cue Billiards! Played on the beautifully maintained, Gold Crown III’s, POV Pool will be there to cover the action for live broadcast on www.povpool.com Pool fans and followers are welcome to attend the venue at no charge. On Cue Billiards has plenty of parking, which also shares the same parking lot as Dave Whitsell’s, Quality Billiards Pro Shop. The house is sure to be packed!

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Sponsored by:
Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, Turtle Rack, Zan Tips, Virtual Pool 4, Marty Carey’s Jump Cue, Fast n Loose Designs, POV Pool and Kurzweil’s Country Meats

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Opening on Friday night with an Artistic Exhibition!

Beginning at 8:00 PM on Friday, November 14th and free for spectators to enjoy, On Cue Billiards is hosting a special ‘Artistic Pool and Trick-shot Exhibition’ by two talented and innovative competitors on the artistic pool scene, Marty Carey (World Ranked #20) and Abram Diaz (World Ranked #4).

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Mezz West State Tour Stop #6

9 – Ball / Double Elim / $65 Entry

Doors Open at 10:00 AM / PST

Entries taken until The day of the event

On Cue Billiards

8308 Parkway Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 463-8759

Entries so far…MEZZ ONCUE

1. Arturo Rivera
2. Attila Bezdan
3. Barbara Lee
4. Beau Runnigen
5. Brian Elwell
6. Brooke Thomason
7. Chris Robinson
8. Ernesto Dominguez
9. Fach Garcia
10. Frank Robutz
11. Hiroko Makiyama
12. Jaden Brock
13. Jason Ferroni
14. Jason Gilbert
15. Jenny Lee
16. John Ferguson
17. John Schmit
18. Johnny Kang
19. Josh Winkleman
20. Juice Rock!
21. Justin Logan
22. Kevin May
23. Lila Woodland
24. Louis Ulrich
25. Melissa Hernadon
26. Mike Adame
27. Mike Meeker
28. Oscar Dominguez
29. Phil Prentice
30. Ray Pajarillo
31. Rodrigo Geronimo
32. Rudy Yee
33. Steve Mansfield
34. Victor Ignacio
35. Vilmos Foldes

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