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Jon Balan Takes Down Stop #4 Of The Mezz LA 9 Ball Series

A strong field of amateur players made it out to Gladi8or Pizza & Billiards on April 3rd for some competitive 9 ball on 9 foot tables, with Jon Balan (644) winning the single even race final 6-1 against David Butler (649), one of Bakersfield’s newest members in the series. David had a very strong showing, defeating Gerardo Bathan, Al Garcia, Daniel Alvarez, Rakesh Bunga, and finally Balan before reaching the hot seat.

The losers’ side had great advances by Stop #3 Champion Chris Wedekind, Jeffrey Jamerson, Al Garcia, Tony Garcia and Chris Santana, with Jon ultimately making it through after defeating Chris Wedekind to reach the final.

Several new players have joined the series, including Balan, Lindsay Bunn, Andrew Vazquez, and Bob Jocz. The series continues to grow as players fight for critical points that will get them into the Season Finale in December, where the top 32 players will get to battle it out for free for all the cash!

A big congrats as well to Rakesh Bunga who won the Break&Run Raffle for FREE entry to Stop #5!

Lastly, we would like to thank all our sponsors for their support of this series which promises to build up to a great Finale in December: Mezz Cues, ZAN Tips, Turtle Rack, Holly Cases, Salotto App, Jam Up Apparel, fast&loose designs, and the BCA Pool League.

If you missed it don’t worry – we have a full year left of tournaments every first Sunday of the month! Find out more at www.LABCAPL.com

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Wedekind Wins Mezz LA Series Stop

Stop #3 of the Mezz LA 9 Ball Series is in the books! Chris Wedekind (631) comes back from a 2nd round defeat to WPBA Pro Melissa Helland (672) to win 5 straight matches and the $500! His victories on the losers’ side included TD Rudy Torres (603), Terrence Lee (575), Charles Pinkett (569), Clay Murray (552) and Jason Wetherald (630).
The winner’s side featured great wins by David Butler (650), Al Garcia (773), and Jason Wetherald. Melissa Herndon won the hot seat in a close hill-hill victory over Al.
A big congrats to David Butler who won the Break&Run Raffle for FREE entry to Stop #4 and Clay Murray who won the Holly Case raffle! Thanks to all who participated in these raffles!
Lastly, we would like to thank all our sponsors for their support of this series which promises to build up to a great Finale in December: Mezz Cues, ZAN Tips, Turtle Rack, Holly Cases, Salotto App, Jam Up Apparel, fast&loose designs, and the BCA Pool League.
If you missed it don’t worry – we have a full year left of tournaments every first Sunday of the month! Find out more at www.LABCAPL.com.

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Josh Farris Wins Mezz LA 9-Ball Series Season Opener

Josh Farris

The Season Opener for the Mezz LA 9 Ball Series was held on Sunday, January 2nd and was a success! It was a great way to kick off 2022 – we had a full field of 32 players who battled for cash, points and prizes in an exciting Fargo handicapped 9 ball format at LA’s newest pool hall: Gladi8or Pizza & Billiards.

 
The winner’s side of the field saw advancements by Rhino Lay (561), Chris Wedekind (640), Tony Garcia (600), and Geno Cardenaz (584). Tony reached the hot seat after defeating Chris 6-4. The loser’s side featured strong showings by Kevin Nakamura (623), Gigi Callejas (554), and Johnny Tang (599).
 
The real story was the incredible comeback by Josh Farris (668) who lost 6-3 in the first round to Rogeur Habachiy (632), but went on an 8-game winning streak on the loser’s side (including a hill-hill win over tournament director Rudy Torres). He went on to win the tournament with an 11-8 victory over Tony in an extended race final. A great showing by both players who battled all day for an event with over $1700 in cash and prizes!
 
A big congrats also to Justin Mccown who won 2 raffles: the first Break&Run Raffle for FREE entry to the February event, AND the Holly Cases raffle. Also to Geno Cardenaz who won the second Break&Run Raffle for a $50 gift card to Jam Up Apparel. Thanks to all who participated in these raffles!
 
Lastly, we would like to thank all our sponsors for their support of this series which promises to build up to a great Finale in December: Mezz Cues, ZAN Tips, Turtle Rack, Holly Cases, Salotto App, Jam Up Apparel, fast&loose designs, and the BCA Pool League.