Dunklin wins at Crystal Palace

Gary Gwinn Jr. and Mike Dunklin

The thirteenth stop on the 2010-2011 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was produced at the Pontiac Crystal Palace in Pontiac, IL, on Saturday, November 13.  The $500 added event featured thirty-one players in a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes. Mike Dunklin (Bloomington, IL), captured the A-side, including wins over John Yarger (Chillicothe, IL) in the semifinals 6-2 and Gary Gwinn Jr. (Virden, IL) in the finals 6-1. Gwinn Jr. had earlier dispatched Derek Bernardini (Chenoa, IL) 6-1 in the semifinals just prior to his loss to Dunklin.

On the B-side Dean Foster (Diamond, IL) and Bob Nodine (Streator, Il) eliminated Chris Wilder  (Chenoa, IL) 4-2 and Johnny Kerr (Coal City, IL) 4-1 respectively at 7th place,  Foster and Nodine continued their winning ways by ousting Derek Bernardini and John Yarger at 5th place by respective 4-2, 4-4 scores.  Foster then outlasted Nodine in a hill-hill match by a score of  4-3 to place Nodine in 4th place, but lost his momentum in his 4-0 loss to Gwinn Jr. for a 3rd-place finish. The tourney finals went one set, as undefeated Mike Dunklin topped off his winning night with easily handling Gwinn Jr. 6-1.

By virtue of Dean Foster being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2011 Lucasi Hybrid ACS Nationals at the Tropicana Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS.  The ACS wishes to thank sponsors Lucasi Hybrid Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric and Nick Varner Signature Cases for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour. All entries in the Tour are also entered into a drawing in an end-of-Tour drawing for four (4) $400+value Lucasi Hybrid Cues courtesy of Ozone Billiards.  Sponsorship opportunities and tour stop openings are still available for the 2010/2011 All American Tour by contacting the ACS.

The Tour spreads out around the country on Thanksgiving weekend: 1). the $1,000 added “8-Ball Turkey Shoot” on Saturday-Sunday, November 27-28, at Match-Ups in Ft. Collins, CO (contact Mike or Nicole Hellmer at 970-482-2337); 2). $1,000 added Dakota Cue Clob 8-Ball Tourney on Saturday, November 27 in Sioux Falls, SD (contact Adam Behnke at 605-275-7665); and 3). $500 added 9-Ball Tourney on Saturday, November 27 at Side Pocket Billiards in Seminole, FL (contact Stacy Lantz at 857-222-0581). Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2010/2011 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour are available at www.americancuesports.org.