May 9th, 2013
West Coast, United States!
Another event will be unofficially added to the West Coast Swing this year on June 29th, held at Family Billiards in San Francisco. This event is to honor the recent passing of Cole Dickson. For more information on this $4,000 Added event, please visit the Cole Dickson Memorial Tournament event page on Facebook.
Cole Dickson Memorial Tournament
June 29th-30th, 2013 (Saturday-Sunday)
Race to 9 on the win side
Race to 7 on the loss side
$4000.00 Added (Minimum)
Matches begin at 1pm
The 2013 West Coast Swing Report!
Predictions of an extremely hot summer this year will welcome yet another swing of players ‘galore’ on the west coast of the United States. Normally occurring in springtime, this 4th annual ‘West Coast Swing’ has now been moved to the summertime in order to work around the ‘BCA National Championships’ schedule which takes place in late July at the newly contracted Rio All Suites Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. That being said, the ‘swing’ will still accomodate a trifecta of major events shared by the states of California and Nevada and will boast a prize fund of at least $80,000 between them.
Different Players Anticipated
This years’ attendance at these events should be something to note due to the newly formed World Professional Billiard League or WPBL, (The Home Of Bonus Ball). With 12 teams of pro players from all over the world and with the ‘swing’ right in the middle of the ‘Bonus Ball’ broadcast schedule, it seems we should see a lively yet mixed attendance of top players scheduling these events between their ‘on’ and ‘off” time of Bonus Ball appearances. For instance, for an event in early July, Bonus Ball teams’ Chicago Rockets (Mika Immonen, Rodney Morris, Raj Hundal, Karl Boyes) should be available to play The West Coast Challenge event in Mountain View, but Bonus Ball would prevent them from appearing at Hard Times Billiards on the following week. At the Hard Times 10-Ball event, we might see a new swing of players from Bonus Ball teams, ‘Atlanta Scorpions’ (Johnny Archer, Dennis Hatch, Shannon Daulton) or the ‘Houston Hustlers’ (Jeremy Jones, Justin Hall and Chip Compton). As a likely result of this rather interesting schedule of events, a ‘winning sweep’ of The West Coast Swing by a small handful of players should not be anticipated. With 12 teams of bonus ball players (40 players in all) in Las Vegas during the swing, you can be assured that 40 top pros are already deciding how to best spend their off-time at Bonus Ball to keep their games in top shape. It is highly recommended that players and readers read and contribute to pertinent forums in order to follow the players and tournament schedules.
West Coast Swing – Overview
Stop #1 – The West Coast Challenge!
$4,000 Added One-Pocket / July 3rd-5th
$10,000 Added 10-Ball / July 5th-7th
The California Billiard Club
881 E. Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
Stop #2 – Hard Times 10-Ball Open!
$10,000 Added / July 12th-14th
Hard Times Billiards (South)
17450 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
Stop #3 – CSI’s, Open Events
$60,000 Added / July 17th-27th
The Rio All Suites Hotel/Casino
3700 W. Flamingo Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
The West Coast Challenge
$4,000 Added One-Pocket. July 3rd-5th.
$10,000 Added 10-Ball. July 5th-7th.
*Shane VanBoening is confirmed for this tournament!
Not to be confused with the West Coast Swing itself, this years’ high ranking action action will commence on July 3rd in Mountain View, California for The 2013 West Coast Challenge held at The California Billiard Club and brought to you by the newly founded ‘California Cue-Sports‘ organization (Owners, Chris Swart and Michael Reddick). Additional sponsors of the event include, Play The Game Clothing and John Henderson’s Cue Sports Journal. The prize fund matches last years’, with the inclusion of two self-sanctioned spots to compete in the third leg of the swing at CSI’s Open One-Pocket and Open 10-Ball events. It’s truly awesome to have California Billiard Club owner, Chris Swart’s support of the billiard community by providing this fantastic, 5 day event which will also be streamed live on www.POVPool.com.
The 4th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Open
$10,000 Added 10-Ball. July 12th-14th POV Pool returns once again to Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA to bring you live coverage of the 4th annual ‘Hard Times 10-Ball Open’. Another huge bonus to the event follows the announcement of sponsorship by apparel company Crooks & Castles, who have agreed to contribute an additional $5,000 to the prize fund bringing in a total of $10,000 added. This fund should attract enough players to fill the bracket open to 96 players. The event will last for 3 days, be live-streamed on www.POVPool.com with special guest appearances by some notable personalities. For more information on this event or for entries and other questions, please visit the Hard Times Ten Ball Facebook Event Page
CueSports International’s 2013 U.S. Open Events!
$10,000 Added One-Pocket. July 17th-20th
$25,000 Added 10-Ball. July 19th-23rd
$25,000 Added 8-Ball. July 23rd-27th
And finally, rounding off this year’s West Coast Swing will be the CSI Open events which occur for the first time at The Rio All Suites Hotel/Casino. After a long run of 19 years at the Riviera Hotel/Casino the 37th BCA National Championships and CSI Open events have officially moved to the new venue, which has never officially hosted a pool related event of this magnitude since the casino was built in 1979. All BCA participants who enter events this year will enjoy free entry into the CSI Open events being held there and can also enjoy watching the streamed matches in rooms booked at the Rio All Suites. Sponsored by Diamond Tables, Simonis Cloth and Predator Cues, this years CSI Open events will consist of 8-Ball, One-Pocket and 10-Ball. With additional sponsorship by The American Cue-Maker’s Association we shall enjoy some of the world’s best players in the first 8-Ball tournament of its kind for these CSI, U.S. Open events.
For more information on the CSI Open events, please visit the Cue Sports International website at: http://www.playcsipool.com/
Live Streams Watch!
As POV Pool begins to set roots in Las Vegas there is a schedule of streams forming which are very good pitstops for players and fans to get additional news and updates as to what is happening in the pool world, as it’s happening.
POV Pool thanks, past supporters of its live streams and is looking forward to covering the action wherever it may transpire.
Please feel free to save these dates for more updates on The West Coast Swing and for great matches, as they happen.
May 26th (Hard Times Sunday, Bellflower) Regular Sunday, 9-Ball
June 12th (Pool Sharks, Las Vegas) / TEST STREAM
June 22nd – 23rd (Pool Sharks, Las Vegas) / POTS & PANS OPEN
July 3rd – 7th (California Billiard Club, Mountain View) WEST COAST CHALLENGE
July 12th – 14th (Hard Times, Bellflower) HARD TIMES 10-BALL
August 2nd – 4th (Eagles Lodge, Helena Montana) EARL/SHANE THE DECIDER