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9th Annual Markulis

9th Annual Markulis


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The dates have been set for the 8th annual Chuck Markulis Memorial! It will take place on may 13th-15th, with the players meeting at noon on the 13th. The format is double elimination 9 ball, race to 8/7. Winner breaks, magic rack(or suitable alternative) with the 9 on the spot. This will be a qualifying event for the Mosconi Cup Team USA with $10,000 added! There will be a 128 player limit on the field. Entry is $95, no green fees. We are planning for an early finish on the 15th, to make it sure that players have plenty of time to get to any subsequent events. Enter by mail by mailing your entry along with your name an email address to 5536 Garfield ave, Sacramento Ca. 95841, with a credit card by phone at 916 332-8793 or in person at our location.


Chuck Markulis Memorial Tournamet

7th Annual Chuck Markulis Memorial Tournament
After last years impressive showing we are expecting the 7th Annual Chuck Markulis Tournament to be our best event ever! Rightfully we will be honoring Chuck Markulis, who’s passion for pool was unsurpassed. Mark your calendars for February 11-15, 2015. We will continue the tradition with One Pocket first followed by 9-Ball with our Mini Vinny warm up February 10 7pm. Details to follow but this event brings out the BEST players in the country and around the world plus our specatator seating is always free. You won’t want to miss it!

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Weekly and Monthly Tournament Schedule

Weekly Events:

  • Tuesday  “LINE”  8 Ball tournament. 7pm sign-ups 7:30pm start time. $10 Entry fee to play 2 1/2 hours! $40.00 Added
  • Wednesday “B” tournament 9 ball. 7pm sign-ups 7:30pm start time. $5 Entry fee. Single Elimination race to 4  $75.00 added each week.
  • Thursday Beginner to Intermediate 9 ball  7pm    APA League Night 7pm
  • Sunday“Open” 9 ball $15 entry, double elimination. Noon for signups, 1pm start time. $5 per player added up to $150.00 max      APA Leagues 3pm

Monthly Events:
First Full Weekend

1st Saturday of each month, One Pocket, $300 added (with 30+ players) DE race to 2 on each side. $20 entry fee. Signups start at NOON and play begins at 1pm.

1st Sunday of each month, “Open” 9 Ball DE  $20 entry fee for “B” players $30 for all others. $10 added per player up to 50 players. Signups start at NOON and play begins at 1pm.



Click Here to see photos of the August 1st One Pocket Tournament

Recent News Article

(Published: Sat, 04 Aug 2007 01:21:01 -0400)
Ahola Undefeated at Hard Times Billiards
class=summary>USPPA / Sacramento, CA
by Rick Davis
Billiard News – The Untied States Pool Players Association (USPPA) took over Hard Times Billliards in Sacramento, CA, where Gene Ahola bested the 102-player field through the 3-day event that began June 15. With 32 Gold Crown tables available for
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Chuck Markulis

In Memory of …
Charles “Chuck” Markulis


Charles “Chuck” Markulis died June 26 in Grass Valley. He was 71. He was a fullback for San Pedro High School Football and made All City. He went on to play football for Everette Junior College in Washington where he made All American. He then went on to work in the music business where he produced several hit records including the song “Love You So” by Ron Holden which spent several weeks at number one on the Billboard Charts. He owned several restaurants in Southern California and became a Billiard Tournament Promoter at Varsity Billiards in Norwalk, Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, Hard Times Billiards in La Habra, Hard Times Billiards in San Diego and Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento. He was deeply loved by the many, many people he touched in the billiard world and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Karen Markulis of Grass Valley; granddaughters, Rachel and Sarah Markulis; brother and sister-in-law, John and Anita Markulis of Palos Verdes; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Alicia Markulis of San Pedro; brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Nina Markulis of Costa Mesa; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Debra Markulis of San Pedro; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, George Markulis; his mother, Terpsihori Markulis; and his wife, Marquita Markulis.

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