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Pam Takes on the Men: Winners of the Predator World 14.1 Qualifiers

Pam Cimarelli

Queens, New York-  Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, and Ohio produced 9 winners to add to the elite field in this Sunday’s start of the 72nd Predator World Tournament of 14.1. Players traveled from New Jersey to New York, New York to New Jersey, Georgia to Ohio, and so on to earn their way to the biggest straight pool event of the year. One unique standout will be Pam Cimarelli, the sole woman in the men’s field during the Predator World Tournament.

“I was really surprised to see so many new guys show up to play in the qualifier. Some I knew didn’t really have a chance to win, but they just wanted to be a part of the experience, which tells me the World Tournament has really gained alot of ground here. I run the straight pool leagues here, and I definitely noticed a spike in interest over the years. The World Tournament is helping keep 14.1 going in many places”, said Danny Barouty, one of the great 14.1 players and advocates in NYC. Barouty also ran the World Tournament Qualifiers for Amsterdam Billiards.

In New Jersey, Dennis Spears went undefeated including a nice 70+ ball run at Sandcastle Billiards owned by Ed Liddawi . Joey Kong got the 2nd place spot.

In Ohio, Mark Ritter won his second year in a row qualifier with John Crawford coming in second spot at Continuous Play Billiards owned by Joe Toth.

In Chicago, Tom Karabotsos won for the third year in a row with a 70+ ball run and Bob Cozzolino getting the second spot at John Lavin‘s Red Shoe Billiards  .

In New York City, Bob Madenjian won his second straight year qualifier with 14.1 newcomer “Alaskan”  Sean Morgan in second at Greg Hunt’s legendary Amsterdam Billiard Club.

And of course, New Jersey’s Pam Cimarelli won the Amsterdam Billiards Women’s Only qualifier and will be the lone female entrant in the 72nd World Tournament. 

“I’m so excited. I’m really at a loss for words. Excitement is all I feel! Allen Hopkins has been showing me some things at my poolroom and so has Jimmy Fusco who is like my uncle. I absolutely love playing the guys”, said Cimarelli who’s high run in straight pool is an incredible 142 balls.
And her reaction when Pam was informed that she was in Group 1 and would face the reigning World Tournament Champion Thorsten Hohmann?
“Oh wow! I will love it!”, she exclaimed. “He doesn’t intimidate me at all. Because he is such a gentleman.”
“She’s a real good ball pocketer, so she could surprise some people”, said Allen Hopkins, former World 14.1 Champion.

The 2012 Predator World Tournament by Dragon Promotions & Dr.Michael Fedak is proudly co-sponsored by Championship Cloth, Olhausen Tables, Amsterdam Billiards, Aramith Balls, Pool & Billiard Magazine, Championship Tour Edition Chalk, and straight pool aficionados Dr.Louis Pannullo of NYC, Stu Mattana of NYC, Ralph Rubin of MD, and Tom Gleich of NC. Co-contributors Dr.James Heller, Drew Thomas, and Charles Eames. 

Collectors can purchase the main TV table where the finals and all streamed matches will be played on. The beautiful new Olhausen Grand Champion Pro II is valued at $6500 but will have an incredible $5000 price tag which includes souvenir Aramith Balls used in the event, Championship Tour Edition Cloth, and free installation! The table will also be signed by the champion along with an autographed poster of all the World Tournament players. For more information on buying the table, player registration, sponsorship, or if you would like to submit a comment, please email or contact Dragon Promotions at 1-407-782-4978.
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National Qualifiers for the Predator World 14.1

Queens, New York – Any player who likes straight pool can have their chance to play in the 14.1 event of the year! The Predator World Tournament of 14.1 Qualifiers will be held in California, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. Players attending these events will not only enjoy competing in top-notch straight pool, but vie for a chance to win a free spot into the main event to be held in New York City July 29 – Aug 3, 2012. The 11 qualifier winners from around the country will be paired in groups that include stars such as Thorsten Hohmann, Mika Immonen, John Schmidt, Stephan Cohen, Johnny Archer and many more stars of the billiard world!

Dragon Promotions, in partnership with Dr. Michael Fedak, will once again produce this event which will take place at Carom Cafe in Queens. Sixty-four world class 14.1 masters will arrive on American soil and attend this prestigious event to play for the coveted title of greatest straight pool player in the world. Billiard industry giants Championship Cloth, Olhausen Tables, and Aramith Balls are also the official sponsors of the event and joining together in support of the oldest tournament in billiards in the 72nd edition of the World Tournament of Straight Pool. 

“We are happy to showcase our Tour Edition 3030 cloth at the World Tournament and have the best players in the World see for themselves why Championship has always been the best playing and longest lasting Worsted cloth on the market today.  As America’s oldest tournament, for us it’s fitting that America’s largest Cloth Manufacturer should support it,” said Fred Cohen, President of Championship LLC.

Each qualifier is a $105 entry fee and double elimination races to 100 points. The top 2 finishers in each event will get a free entry and spot into the Predator World Tournament, with the exception of the Virginia Qualifier which only will award 1st place the free spot.

The winners of the qualifiers will also be invited and have a paid reserved seat for the Straight Pool Hall of Fame Banquet on August 1st.

The qualifiers:

July 7-8   Newport News, VA    Pockets Billiards  (757) 591-2162  Owner Allen Cox
July 7-8   Los Angeles, CA  Hard Times Billiards  (562) 867-7733  Owner  Eddie Arreguin
July 14-15   Cleveland, OH  Continuous Play  (440) 842-5177  Owner Joe Toth
July 14-15  Edison, NJ   Sandcastle Billiards  (732) 632-9277  Owner Ed Liddawi
July 21-22  Chicago, IL  Red Shoe Billiards (708) 388-3700  Owner John Lavin
July 21-22 New York City, NY Amsterdam  (212)-995-0333  Owner Greg Hunt