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luv1pocket
05-01-2005, 08:14 PM
Does anybody know where Rafael Martinez is. I have heard many people say he went back to Mexico because he wasn't feeling good and he is possibly dead. Anybody know anything from a reliable source?

SactownTom
05-02-2005, 12:00 AM
The rumor of his death was somewhat exaggerated.

I heard he was still in Mexico from a very reliable source.

YouKnow662
05-06-2005, 03:04 PM
I heard a rumor that he was in to Billy Palmer's backers for a lot of money...

One pocket Smitty
07-25-2005, 07:42 PM
I heard that he passed away.---Smitty

Gerald
07-27-2005, 01:58 AM
Morro and the other Mexican players at Hardtimes in Bellflower confirmed that he died in Mexico. However, based on other things I have read and rumors heard I am beginning to wonder. I just know that the last time I saw him playing at HT he did not look good at all.

philwelch
07-19-2006, 01:48 PM
Wow Raphael dead! I sure hope it's only a rumor. I had the chance to see him play at the Chicago billiard Cafe in the mid 80's in the weekly wednesday night tourneys it would boast a tremendous field including the likes of Efren Reyes, Billy Incardona, Boston Shorty on occasion and the usual suspects Tom Spencer, George Michaels, Rocketman, Mike Bandy, etc.
Raphael was a gifted and very scrappy player who was a delight to watch.
I also saw him play in ring 9-ball games at neighboring bars. He went on to play very strong in the pro ranks. Anyway I hope it's only a rumor.
Phil Welch

suki
07-19-2006, 05:03 PM
Wow Raphael dead! I sure hope it's only a rumor. I had the chance to see him play at the Chicago billiard Cafe in the mid 80's in the weekly wednesday night tourneys it would boast a tremendous field including the likes of Efren Reyes, Billy Incardona, Boston Shorty on occasion and the usual suspects Tom Spencer, George Michaels, Rocketman, Mike Bandy, etc.
Raphael was a gifted and very scrappy player who was a delight to watch.
I also saw him play in ring 9-ball games at neighboring bars. He went on to play very strong in the pro ranks. Anyway I hope it's only a rumor.
Phil Welch

Those threads are over a year old my man. Raphael has reappeared. He qualifified for the IPT in Oklahoma and should be in Vegas this week.
It was nice the rumor was just that, however he probably did go back to Mexico to recuperate as he did have serious stomach problem. Probably all that Menudo. LOL>

philwelch
07-19-2006, 06:07 PM
Thanks for clarifying. Glad to hear he's resurfaced.
Phil Welch

Bill
07-20-2006, 04:19 AM
Wow Raphael dead! I sure hope it's only a rumor. I had the chance to see him play at the Chicago billiard Cafe in the mid 80's in the weekly wednesday night tourneys it would boast a tremendous field including the likes of Efren Reyes, Billy Incardona, Boston Shorty on occasion and the usual suspects Tom Spencer, George Michaels, Rocketman, Mike Bandy, etc.
Raphael was a gifted and very scrappy player who was a delight to watch.
I also saw him play in ring 9-ball games at neighboring bars. He went on to play very strong in the pro ranks. Anyway I hope it's only a rumor.
Phil Welch

He's scheduled to play in the IPT opener this coming week

BUD GREEN
07-22-2006, 11:38 AM
Talk about a rumour that won't die! Although I don't know anyone who has the full story about why he left, he's definately not dead.

Rafael is not only alive, he's playing in the IPT 8-ball event at the Venetian this weekend which might be considered the biggest pool tourney in history. Three million bucks in the prize fund and $350,000 for first. He qualified to get in which means he's playing good,too.

Some clown in England actually first put the betting odds at 600-1 for Rafael to win. They have since gone down to 125-1.

I hope he does well. Seemed like a nice guy when he played in Northern California a couple years ago.

Voodoo Daddy
07-23-2006, 07:12 AM
Wow Raphael dead! I sure hope it's only a rumor. I had the chance to see him play at the Chicago billiard Cafe in the mid 80's in the weekly wednesday night tourneys it would boast a tremendous field including the likes of Efren Reyes, Billy Incardona, Boston Shorty on occasion and the usual suspects Tom Spencer, George Michaels, Rocketman, Mike Bandy, etc.
Raphael was a gifted and very scrappy player who was a delight to watch.
I also saw him play in ring 9-ball games at neighboring bars. He went on to play very strong in the pro ranks. Anyway I hope it's only a rumor.
Phil Welch


Rumors are what they are concidering her won a IPT qualifier and should be in Vegas today for the player meeting...

MisterBanker
07-26-2006, 12:01 AM
He's hitting them pretty good for a dead guy...8-0 over the tournament as of this posting, with a match against Marco Marquez still to be played.
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BazookaJoe
07-26-2006, 09:11 AM
Make that 9-0

One Pocket Ghost
07-26-2006, 08:09 PM
The only thing dead about Rafael Martinez is the stroke he's in....DEAD STROKE.

Cowboy Dennis
05-18-2012, 04:44 PM
Does anybody know where Rafael Martinez is. I have heard many people say he went back to Mexico because he wasn't feeling good and he is possibly dead.

This thread is too good to pass up, and it's short:p.

luv1pocket, make up your mind, did he go back to Mexico because he wasn't feeling good or because he was dead?

RBL

NH Steve
05-18-2012, 08:08 PM
This thread is too good to pass up, and it's short:p.

luv1pocket, make up your mind, did he go back to Mexico because he wasn't feeling good or because he was dead?

RBLI must have seen a ghost, lol, doing his thing at the US Open One Pocket last week:

http://www.poolinaction.com/2012Tournaments-1/USOpen1P2012/i-c5J7PmJ/0/L/20120511-4725-L.jpg

gulfportdoc
05-18-2012, 08:19 PM
Maybe some of the guys are thinking of Marco Marquez?:confused:

Doc

TWO PICKS
05-18-2012, 08:50 PM
Marco is in Mexico playing three cushion billiards. He is called the snake. Watch out he will bite your ass.

Cowboy Dennis
05-18-2012, 10:19 PM
I must have seen a ghost, lol, doing his thing at the US Open One Pocket last week:

http://www.poolinaction.com/2012Tournaments-1/USOpen1P2012/i-c5J7PmJ/0/L/20120511-4725-L.jpg

Rafael is most definitely a fantastic player to watch and if he had more patience at the table he might be compared with the best I've ever seen. I watched a DCC match from 2001 against Daulton and Rafael got out of traps that Houdini would've died in:eek:. Definitely a great player.

Dennis

jrhendy
05-19-2012, 12:56 AM
Rafael is most definitely a fantastic player to watch and if he had more patience at the table he might be compared with the best I've ever seen. I watched a DCC match from 2001 against Daulton and Rafael got out of traps that Houdini would've died in:eek:. Definitely a great player.

Dennis

I believe Lenny has a match recorded when Rafael played Sylver Ochoa at the West Coast Challenge last year. One of the most entertaining matches I have ever sweated. He uses his full arsenal of shots in this one.

Miller
05-19-2012, 01:06 AM
I believe Lenny has a match recorded when Rafael played Sylver Ochoa at the West Coast Challenge last year. One of the most entertaining matches I have ever sweated. He uses his full arsenal of shots in this one.

yep. that was a beaut. he hit a masse during the match and lost it when he jacked up on that long rail five railer.

KindlyOleUncleDave
05-19-2012, 06:26 AM
This thread is too good to pass up, and it's short:p.

luv1pocket, make up your mind, did he go back to Mexico because he wasn't feeling good or because he was dead?

RBL

Dragging up a SEVEN YEAR OLD thread ....?

Put your computer in the rafter storage area in the garage, park your snow-blower at your desk, and PLEASE spend your non-work hours at a poolroom! If age or physical infirmity prevents this, I apologise.

lll
05-19-2012, 07:01 AM
john i agree with you that ochoa martinez match was a great one to watch
for some of the new members its a dvd worth getting
be aware there is no commentating if i recall correctly


here is a thread from that match
http://www.onepocket.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5393&highlight=ochoa
here is another thread
http://www.onepocket.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5617&highlight=ochoa


and lets give lenny a plug
you can buy the dvd here (last one in the list)
http://ontherailtv.com/content/one-pocket-dvds

Cowboy Dennis
05-20-2012, 01:22 AM
Dragging up a SEVEN YEAR OLD thread ....?

Put your computer in the rafter storage area in the garage, park your snow-blower at your desk, and PLEASE spend your non-work hours at a poolroom! If age or physical infirmity prevents this, I apologise.

Dearest KookyOldUselessDildo,

If you would rather read boring, monotonous, repetitive posts from the AssHacker just let me know. I thought to provide a diversion.

I guess you don't stay un-comatose long enough to read all of my threads. Do you know how to navigate to the "members" forum?




One Hit Wonders

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Since I have three days off & I broke my leg two days ago I will be playing at the computer. It's your tough luck. Tonights theme will be "members" who signed up and made absolutely ONE post.

Where did they go? Are they dead? No longer interested? Stay tuned!!!

Cowboy "currently lucid" Dennis