Having dedicated over 40 years to the billiard business, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. As the son of the legendary World Champion and Hall of Fame pool player, Lou "Machine Gun" Butera, I was born and raised in the world of billiards. Starting my own journey on tour, I quickly gained recognition and earned the nickname "Son of a Gun."
While my competitive cue has been set aside, my passion for the industry remains unwavering. Transitioning into the realm of retail sales and pool room operations, I have honed my skills as a technical advisor and instructor to the TV & Movie industry. Additionally, I have successfully operated billiard stores, offering my extensive knowledge to cater to both home and business needs.
What sets me apart is my ability to collaborate with interior designers, ensuring that every aspect of your game room is meticulously crafted to perfection. From high-end pool tables to exquisite cues, I specialize in curating the ultimate gaming experience for your home or business. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to customer satisfaction, I am here to fulfill all your game room needs.
My name is Donny Wessels, and I’m the general manager of ‘West State Billiards and Gamerooms’ retail stores. I joined the West State in 2011, opening its first retail store in Fullerton, CA. My story in relation to billiards starts way before 2011. In high school I began taking pool seriously. Practicing for hours each day, teaching myself proper aim, english, and banks. I had replaced the cloth on my dad’s table twice, which got the attention of the local billiard store where I was purchasing the cloth. After high school, 1991, I started working for that store, Goldenwest Billiards. I started at the bottom, the first day I was polishing balls by hand and gluing on cue tips. Eventually I started working on pool tables, and just a few years later I had my own billiard service business, SD Billiards. SD Billiards is a fond memory, accomplishing many personal goals: setting up professional tournaments, working for pros and semi pros, learning advanced techniques from Glen Hancock, and becoming the Diamond Billiards mechanic for CA. Pool has always been apart of my life, it’s a fascinating game. There are so many different designs, brands, felts, built to hide the staples and fasteners, and it’s interesting to see how tables have evolved over the years.
We have a great selection of top brands, and a very knowledgeable sales team – let us help you build the game room of your dreams. The party is at your house this superbowl Sunday, we should get started building that gameroom now.