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Brad Hughes takes Winter 8-Ball Jam at Slate Billiards

Alicia DeAbreu, Chris Gordon, Ethan Epstein, Bill Giffen, room co-owner; Brad Hughes & Tom McLoud

Forty-six players filled three division boards Saturday night to compete in the 2013 Flamingo Billiards Tour Open Winter 8-Ball Jam at Slate Billiards in Boynton Beach, Florida. Sponsored in part by Ozone Billiards and Budweiser Black Crown, this $500-added event drew lots of new faces.  At the end of the night, Brad Hughes sank the last eight ball for the win.
Hughes had an uphill fight, after sending Jaran Hilton west then losing to local favorite Sam Kantar. Not to be stopped, Hughes came back on the one-loss side sending home Billy Burke, Joe Beyer and Johnny Aguilar to make it to the final single elimination board. 
Also making the final board: Alicia DeAbreu, Chris Gordon, Tom McCloud, Sam Kantar, Jordan Tavano, Ethan Epstein and Jesus Borjas. The final match pittEd Hughes against McCloud with Hughes finishing the night on top.
This modified double elimination format, race to four, with three divisions allows players in all levels to make the money.  Players initially compete within their own skill level.  The highest finishers in each level redraw into a final single elimination board of eight.  At that point, the matches are handicapped.
Thanks to everyone who came out to play, to room owners Mike Bradford and Bill Giffen, (, Ozone Billiards and Budweiser Black Crown.
Renee Vassallo won the Ozone cue case. Alicia DeAbreu, Lauren Pickard, and Janis Sessions won a paid spot to the Women’s Flamingo Billiards Regional Tour 2014 Kick off Event. 
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Christine Terlizzi Wins First Mini-Tour Event

West Palm Beach, FL (Nov. 5, 2011) – Christina Terlizzi of Stuart, Florida, won her first tournament at the Flamingo Billiards Tour 8-Ball/9-Ball Mini-Tour event on Saturday at Grover’s Billiards in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Christina played strong on the winner’s side, sending Jennifer Page and Nicole Martino to the one-loss side.  However, Valerie Smith stopped Terlizzi as they both vied to make it to the hot seat.

Terlizzi made it back to the finals with a close win over Janis Sessions, who played strong all day ending the day for Carmen Henriquez, Lauren Pickard and Nicole Martino.  Out for revenge, Terlizzi went back and forth with Smith in the final match in a close race to seven.  Ultimately, Smith missed the chance to go double hill, letting Terlizzi take the match and her first win!

Many thanks to Jason Jenkins, owner of Grover’s Billiards for his support of the Flamingo Billiards Tour.

1st      Christina Terlizzi    $75 and paid entry into a Flamingo Billiards Regional Tour event
2nd     Valerie Smith          $40
3rd      Janis Sessions          $25

The Flamingo Billiards Tour is a WPBA-recognized Regional Tour, a stepping stone to the WPBA. The FBT Mini-Tour gives local women amateur players the opportunity to compete against the stronger FBT players, and a chance to win a free entry into a FBT event.