Sunday, October 6th, 2013
Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA
POV Pool Returns For 1st Sundays!
Beginning this Sunday and adding 3 events to a rapidly forming schedule, which is soon to be officially released sometime before October 15th, POV Pool will return to Hard Times Billiards to live-stream the 1st Sunday events there for the remainder of this year.
It’s been almost 4 months, since hungry fans got the chance to witness some of the biggest names in pool take down the ‘Devil Table’ at Hard Times Billiards. During that hot July weekend at the 4th Annual 10-Ball Open, POV Pool had the pleasure of live-streaming some of it’s best matches ever. The cameras were on, the stream was strong and the commentators were superb.
And, as the cue-ball turns, ‘change’ is the only constant. Like the switching of an old cloth, Father Time purges its legends into retirement and death, yet he leaves behind a new generation of young guns, starry-eyed hopefuls and serious contenders to the queue . Wang Can, Carlo Biado, Nikos Ekonomopolous, Shane VanBoening, John Morra, Jesse Engel, Oscar Dominguez – These are just a few of the latest giants to lead the pack, who ,along with its regular ‘giant killers’, Hard Times Billiards sees a lion’s share of.
Over the decades, Hard Times has seen its share of promoters and video professionals who were eager to record the history of these phenoms of pool. Before the days of live-streaming, the birth of the video camera brought J.J. Jenkins to the scene in 1988, where he recorded events for a whopping 6 years. Capturing Jay Swanson, Keith McCreedy, Grady Matthews, Ismael (Morro) Paez, Cecil Tugwell, Efren Reyes and even the 21 year-old Dennis Hatch, if you are a connoisseur of historical matches, I urge you to contact J.J. Jenkins directly at [email protected] and order some of his videos.
In 2009, Chad Pollman and Justin Collett’s ‘The Action Report’ produced live-streamed events at Hard Times, such as the 15th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial and a phenomenal 3-day action match entitled ‘TAR 16’ played between John Morra and Oscar Dominguez. TAR 16, happened to be the first chance for me to get hands-on experience with live-streaming a pool match. Working as Andy Chen’s assistant on the TAR crew, I got to run camera, operate the jib, getting a first-hand look at how a quality stream is presented. It is an experience for which I am forever grateful! Andy Chen also went on to provide further streamed coverage at Hard Times and other venues, working with Melissa Herndon of the SCL9T, Sacramento’s Hard Times Billiards for the Chuck Markulis’ memorial tournaments and more.
It is in this tradition that POV Pool is committed to bringing you continued action from Hard Times Billiards for the remainder of 2013, every first Sunday, starting October 6th. POV Pool’s live stream channel can be found on Ustream.tv with a chat interface for loyal viewers to mingle, or you can tune in to the live video only on www.povpool.com
Tuning Up The Champions!
Over the course of 25+ years, Hard Times has lived up to it’s name as ‘The Home Of Champions’, attracting some of the world’s top players and notorious gamblers from all over the world.
Since Chuck Markulis opened Hard Times in 1988, the 1st Sunday, 9-Ball tournament has served as an institution for local players, roving gamblers and rail-birds alike. It’s widely known as one of the toughest pool workouts for a player to endure for just a $30 entry, combining all elements of a championship tournament, including top notch equipment, a roster of ‘god-like’ shooters and not to mention the incredible stamina needed to wait for your match to be called. For just a little less entry each week, every other Sunday there holds the same tournament but with no added purse. Format and prize fund for 1st Sunday the tournament has gone through various changes over the years and now stands at $600 added, based on a full field of 64 players.
It is a tournament which I recommend to any player, looking to improve their game on all levels. Marie Lim is the Tournament Director and entries are accepted at 12 noon on every 1st Sunday of the month. For more information, directions and phone number please refer to the information below or simply click here.
Hard Tmes Billiards – Bellflower17450 Bellflower Blvd
Bellflower, CA 90706 (562) 867-7733
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