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Lights, Camera, We Got Action! On The Wire Media Announces Junior International 9-Ball Championship

On The Wire Creative Media (OTW) AND Diamond Billiard Products, the nation’s #1 pool table manufacturer, today announced an agreement that will enable Diamond to continue to support Junior billiards competition. 

The OTW Junior International 9-Ball Championship (JIC), to be held in Jan. 7-9, 2021, at Wolfs Den Billiards Roanoke, Va.

The Wolfs Den, owned and operated by the Wolford family have graciously offered their fantastic billiards room for this prestigious event.

This 110-player coed event, will take place in the (TBA) Arena and will be adhering to all Covid regulations.

The tourney will be livestreamed on OTW’s media channels along with Accu-Stats Video Promotions social channels.

$3000.00 IN GUARANTEED MONEY REGARDLESS OF ATTENDANCE!

THERE WILL BE MULTIPLE CASH AND PRIZES AWARDED FOR EACH DIVISION!!!!

2 Junior Divisions – 100 SPOTS AVAILABLE

18 and under Men and Women 

ENTRY FEE $60.00

13 and under Men and Women

2 Pro Am Divisions – 10 SPOTS AVAILABLE

*18 – 20 Men and Women

ENTRY FEE $125.00

*Participants can only play in one division!

“DIAMOND supports the young pool players of today!  As the youth of today advance in the great sport of billiards, they learn that dedication, fortitude, and hard work improve their game and better prepares them to become successful adults”.  DIAMOND wishes all of the players great success at the upcoming 2020 9-Ball Junior International Championships! “ said Chad Scharlow, VP, Diamond Billiard Products Inc.

“I’m glad to be working with such a trusted brand as Diamond”, says Ra Hanna, Owner, OTW “This partnership will be focused on continuing to invest and support the junior players in all facets of their billiard careers.”

Diamonds Greg Sullivan has expressed his extreme remorse about the fact that no one under the age of 21 will be allowed in the Casino at the Derby City Classic.

This was not a decision made by Diamond, but by the Indiana Gaming Commission.

“You must be 21 and over to attend the event.  The move from a riverboat casino to a land-based casino has turned all meeting space over to the jurisdiction of the Indiana Gaming Commission.  The laws in Indiana dictate that everyone must be 21 years or older to attend any function within the designated space and that includes the Derby City Classic”

“As demand for pool grows in a post-pandemic world, we will see new participants on home tables in the coming months, and we want to support them in any way we can. Part of that is unlocking more livestream programming and making the experience that much more enjoyable,” said Ra Hanna, OTW. “Diamond is a great partner to continue to help us reach a broader array of viewers.”

For more information

SPONSORSHIP/MEDIA INQUIRIES

Ra Hanna

On The Wire Creative Media

otwpromos@gmail.com

DIAMOND BILLIARD PRODUCTS INC.

Chad Scharlow

Vice President

www.diamondbilliards.com

ACCU-STATS

Pat Fleming

patscue@yahoo.com

Phone: (973) 838-7089

HOTEL INFORMATION

RESERVATION LINKS: 79 DOLLARS A NIGHT

Comfort Inn Valley View:

5070 Valley View Blvd NW, Roanoke, VA 24012

https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/MI14W5

Call direct at 540-527-2020 Option 2 (Must choose option 2 to get hotel direct)

Best Western Plus:

5050 Valley View Blvd NW, Roanoke, VA 24012

https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.47094.html?groupId=B97UB5N9

Call Direct 540-362-2400

RESERVATION LINK: 89 DOLLARS A NIGHT

 

Courtyard Roanoke Airport

3301 Ordway Dr NW, Roanoke, VA 24017

Book your group rate for Jr. International Championship

Call Direct 540-563-5002

The 2020 International Open Is Open For Business

The INTERNATIONAL is BACK with NINE days of pure pool from October 23rd through October 31st, 2020. With two successful years under its belt, the INTL, as it is recognized, has quickly become one of the top tournaments in the world. Over the last two years, the INTL has brought over 200 players from over 23 countries together to play under one roof. The players will be playing on the “triple gold standard” of professional pool: Diamond tables, Simonis cloth, and Aramith balls, and they will be playing in the same Sheraton Waterside Hotel ballroom as the past two Internationals, as well as its predecessor, the US Open. To say the least, familiarity will be their only solace, for the competition will be fierce. As the 1st tournament of the Mosconi Points 2021 Calendar, the 2020 INTL places itself in a unique position in the professional players mind – get ahead early in the points! The winner of the 2020 INTL leads the Mosconi Point standings right away! Also, being sanctioned by the WPA, the INTL is one of the last stops on the WPA 2020 tour and the last chances at the coveted points is sure to make for some heated play! With past winners such as 2018’s Chang Jung-Lin and 2019’s Jayson Shaw, the players will definitely be charging out of the gate!
 
Needless to say, with successful freshman and sophomore events, Pat Fleming, the producer of the 2020 INTL, is not content with sitting on his laurels. This year, Pat has made some significant improvements to his third International 9-Ball Open. So, you ask, what has changed? With $50,000 added, the INTL now has an expanded field AND lower entry fee – 160 player field and $500 entry fee – and first place is still $30,000! This year, the INTL joins all other International Pro events by shifting to single elimination for the final 32 players. This is going to ratchet up the competition immensely! But that’s only the start.
 
For 2020, while 9-ball is the centerpiece, Pat is grooming the INTL into something more than “just a 9-ball tournament”. In addition to the 160 player 9-Ball Open, the International will be showcasing the inaugural 32-player 2020 INTERNATIONAL ONE-POCKET OPEN. The One-Pocket Open takes place the first Friday and Saturday of the 2020 INTL, prior to the start of the 9-Ball Open, extending the INTL two extra days. With $5000 added, an entry fee of $300, and a $4500 first prize, this is going to be filled fast – and fast paced – with the world’s best one pocket players! It is double elimination until the final 8 players. Then watch the sparks fly! It is sure to be the start of yet another great yearly INTL event.
 
Not content with two pro tournaments going on at one event, Pat Fleming, in partnership with Ra Hanna of On the Wire, is bringing back the junior’s event. Better than ever, the 2020 Junior Invitational Championship will have both a Junior Men’s AND a Junior Women’s division. Eight Junior Men and four Junior Women, decided through qualifying events leading up the 2020 INTL, will compete in their divisions to be the 2020 Junior Invitational Championship Men’s and Women’s 9-Ball Champions! We are very proud to support the next generation of professional players and very happy to give them the opportunity to play at the 2020 International.
 
The Simonis-Aramith Arena will, once again, be center stage for the all of the 2020 INTL disciplines. Three levels of reserved seating will be available: TV Arena Table side seating, Tier 1 seating and Tier 2 seating, as well as general admission for the whole event. Day and evening sessions, full day passes, and Multiple day packages will be available. Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 6th, 2020 online through Tix.com: TICKETS HERE
 
Since the 2020 INTL has been extended to include two full weekends, it is expected to draw larger crowds for our vendors to cater to throughout the 9-day event. Interested vendors can sign up for vendor space here: VENDORS HERE
 
Accu-Stats Video Productions will be providing recording and live-streaming of the 2020 INTL, both through their Pay-Per-View and free streaming via their Facebook and YouTube channels. Suffice to say, Accu-stats is looking to have a few tricks up their sleeve regarding production and access. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
https://www.accu-stats.com
https://www.facebook.com/accustats/
https://www.youtube.com/c/AccuStatsVideoProductionsTV
 
For more up to date information on the 2020 INTL, visit both the INTL website and Facebook page.
https://www.international9ballopen.com
https://www.facebook.com/theinternational9ballopen/
 
– The 2020 International is now accepting entry fees for One-Pocket and 9-Ball Player Entries.
 
– Spectator Tickets for Reserved and General Admission Seating will go on sale Monday April 6, 2020.
 
See the details below for more information on all of these events.
        
Quick International Open Details
• Play Dates: October 23-31, 2020
• Site: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
• Discounted Hotel Room Rate: $115.00 plus tax for a single or double
• Diamond Pool Tables, Simonis Cloth, and Aramith Balls
• TV Arena Seat Reservations available
• Pay-Per-View by Accu-Stats
• Live Scoring by AZ Billiards
• Websites:
o https://www.international9ballopen.com
o https://www.accu-stats.com
 
9-Ball Division
• Play Dates: October 25-31, 2020 (Sunday thru Saturday: 7 days)
• Entry fee: $500
• Size of Field: 160 players
• Added Money: $50,000 guaranteed regardless of number of players.
• First Prize: $30,000
• Prize Fund Breakdown with 160 entry fees:
    1st: $30,000
    2nd: $20,000
    3-4th: $10,000
    5-8th: $5,000
    9-16th: $2,500
    17-32nd: $1,250
• Format: Double Elimination, Race to 10
• Alternate break and neutral rackers
• Official rack is the Outsville Accu-Rack 9-Ball Rack template
• Single Elimination for final 32 players
• Sanctioned by: World Pool Association (WPA)
• Mosconi Points awarded
 
One-Pocket Division
• Play Dates: October 23-24, 2020 (Friday and Saturday: 2 days)
• Entry Fee: $300
• Size of Field: 32
• Added Money: $5,000 guaranteed regardless of number of players.
• Prize Fund Breakdown with 32 players:
1st: $4,500
2nd: $3,100
3-4th: $1,900
5-8th: $800
 
• Format: Double Elimination, Race to 3
• Single Elimination for final 8 players
 
Junior Division
• Play Dates: October 30-31, 2020
• Size of Junior Men’s Field: eight
• Size of Junior Women’s Field: four
• Format: Double Elimination, Race to 9, Alternate Breaks
• More details to follow.
 
ENTER AS A CONTESTANT NOW:
There are several ways to pay your entry fee.
• Pay online with a debit/credit card or PayPal: ENTRY FEES
• Mail check or money order payable to:
“International 9-Ball Open”
Addressed to:
International 9-Ball Open, PO Box 299, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403.
• Pay on site with money order or cash (only if the field is not full).
• OR, for the 9-Ball Open only, you may pay a non-refundable $250 deposit,
online or via mail, with the balance of $250 to be paid by October 1, 2020.
 
RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM NOW ($115 Discount Rate, single/double):
RESERVATIONS
 
BUY SPECTATOR TICKETS HERE – Tickets go on sale Monday, April 6, 2020:
TICKETS
 
Any Questions? Contact: Pat Fleming International 9-Ball Open
PO Box 299
Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
973-838-7089 pat.fleming@international9ballopen.com

“Robocop” Robs Banks at Derby City Classic

Dennis Orcollo (Photo courtesy of Dave Thomson – Mediumpool.com)

Diamond Derby City Classic XXII, January 24-Feb.2, 2020
 
Caesars Southern Indiana, Elizabeth, IN
 
David Thomson
 
DIAMOND BANK POOL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Short Rack. Race to 3.
 
451 began. At last accounting, 1.
 
 “Robocop” Robs Banks!
 
That’s all there is to say. Dennis Orcollo robbed everyone who dared approach his table. He was unbeaten through a field of 451. He never needed his buy-back option to secure his 2nd Diamond Derby City Classic Championship.
 
There were 3 left. Dennis, Billy, and that spunky kid form Detroit we introduced to you yesterday, Evan Lunda. We can also add humble and calm under pressure to his description.
 
These characteristics, perhaps, attributed to Evan having a helluva tourney. In closing the day, he had given Filler his first loss and thwarted last year’s runner-up Omar Al Shaheen’s aspirations.
 
It was Billy who had finally handed Evan his first loss.
 
Billy’s journey included eliminating three time Champion John Brumback, And Filler, Shaw, Shane and Alex, just to name few.
 
So there were 3. Evan drew the bye, therefore, Billy had to play Dennis. Dennis had a buy-back so, If Billy won, Dennis would use that option while Billy would play Evan. 
 
The winner of that match would then play Dennis for the title. That’s the long version, you know, the result which could keep the Accu-Stats’ video crew up ’til dawn.
 
The short version is, if Dennis would beat Billy, then Evan, he would take the title.
 
And, so it began, race to three for $16k!
 
Billy got an opening. He blasted 4, then nailed the elusive one to take the first rack. 1-0
 
Thorpe was not intimidated. He was in full throttle.
 
Dennis, in Robocop mode, broke and drilled 4, then 1, and it was 1-1
 
Game 3, in almost a repeat performance, Orcollo ran 4, and it was 2-1.
 
Game 4: Dennis ran 3. Billy ran 3 and pocketed a hanger that sent the cue ball, “safe,” near the top rail. Dennis jacked up, aimed, and speared in the re-spotted Cyclop off the short rail. His shape on his fifth required orb proved fatal for Billy. In 40 minutes, Dennis was in the Final.
 
Evan, as he has said, gets, “Fired up competing with the ‘heavy hitters.”  
 
But, this was a whole new ball-game. The environment was new to him: He was, now, on the big stage with the “heat” of Accu-Stats TV lights,  LIVE on a world-wide stream, and of course facing Dennis the Menace…in murder-mode.
 
Frankly, Orcollo wasn’t in quite the same form demonstrated against Billy. None-the-less, he didn’t miss much. Lunda, on the other hand, was off quite a bit. On his tight, short rail banks, he should have been calling triples. He didn’t manage a game. At 3-0, in 37 minutes, it was trophy time.
 
Dennis had obliterated their bank accounts so quickly that they were last seen in search of an ATM! That would be Diamond. Billy got $5,350 and Evan received $8,000 for 2nd. Dennis deposited $16,000 for first!
 
Play continues at NOON Wednesday. 9-Ball is in the mix, too.
 
See it LIVE from the Accu-Stats TV Arena on the DIAMOND 9’ Pro Am. 
 
Visit accu-stats.com
 
DIAMOND ONE POCKET CHAMPIONSHIP
 
365 entries, up 20 from last year!
 
Crafty, and very creative, Corey Deuel kicked off the Accu-Stats TV Arena productions of the Diamond One Pocket Championship by truly manifesting his craft in the craftiest of all pool disciplines, One Pocket.
 
The closing game in his 3-0 annihilation of Dennis Orcollo showed just how creative Corey is. No one knows what he is thinking. To see all the kisses and caroms he articulated, Accu-Stats director Pat Fleming commented, “We had to utilize so many instant replays just to see what he’d done.”
 
Dennis, now down 2-0, had attempted an always tricky carom, back-cut kind of-a-thing, into his pocket. Two balls got in the way of each other and the rack, which should have been his, was wide open.
 
Corey got 5 and, in an attempt at opening a few more balls, his shape was obstructed by an inconsiderate, roaming orb. End of run, no clear shot at his hole. Not for crafty Corey it wasn’t. He decided on caroming a ball off another–that was sitting 2 feet from the pocket! 
 
“He bet the game on that,” was announced from the commentary booth.
 
Never a doubt, he landed perfectly for his last two balls.
 
Deuel had decided that the odds were with him to make that carom, and that he would win the match from there. He was, wisely, all offense.
 
You can be sure we’ll get this DVD. “How’d he do-dat?” 
 
Danny Olson, left the Accu-Stats TV Arena 10 minutes after his one-sided defeat by daunting dualist, 2012 Diamond Southern Classic Banks and One Pocket Champion Justin Hall.
 
Danny was not having his best day. He then faced Jayson Shaw who was empowered by his BIG Foot title.
 
One-Pocket, isn’t Jayson’s game of choice tho,’ he is vastly improved. He doesn’t quite have the “moving” skills yet, but his pin-point position play, compounded by his fire power, compensate admirably.
 
Years ago, when Jayson first entered the DCC One Pocket event, Danny Diliberto had asked him, “Do you play One Pocket?”
 
“No. I’ll just run out,” he answered naively.
 
That’s exactly what he did, to Olson–3 times! In 16 minutes he was registering his win at the tournament desk.
 
Shaw’s self confessed secret is that he’s been working 8 hours a day on his game. Isn’t that a normal day’s work for a fair day’s pay?
 
In addition, he smashed Dee Adkins’, recently mentioned, fastest Bank’s match record by about 10 minutes.
 
Mika wasn’t having his best DCC day either. He’d traded strokes with Tyler Styer to end up at the buy-back booth.
 
Then, speaking of “I’ll just run out,” he got down 2-0 to Joshua Filler. “So I started to grind him, got even, and then made a simple position error to hand him the match!” He’s now practicing 9-Ball.
 
In other action, Tony Chohan didn’t escape Pagulayan’s prowess. Django got Cliff Joyner, who’s gone, and Lunda sent Olinger  to the booth at 3-1.
 
A funny thing happened with that match. Lunda had gotten distracted and was gazing at action on an adjacent table. Olinger was composing a sweet run-out when he ran afoul of an obscuring ball. Making a valiant attempt, he missed. That left 2 balls hanging in both their pockets.
 
Evan made a gallant effort at caroming on one of Alex’s balls while cross-banking the other to combo a ball in his pocket. His soft stroke was too soft and it hung in the lip.
 
“Why did you do that?” Alex questioned. “You were straight in on your ball.”
 
“I didn’t see it,”  laughed laid-back Lunda.
 
Olinger joked, “I thought I was gonna learn a new move.”
 
DIAMOND 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Players meeting was at noon, Wednesday. 
 
Don’t miss a stroke at accu-stats.com
 
Accu-Stats thanks its Arena Sponsors: Diamond Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Cyclop Balls, Cuetec Cues, Cue and Case, MEZZ Cues, McDermott Cues, National Billiard Academy.
 
 

Turning Stone Classic XXXIII – Pat Fleming vs Dwight Dixon

What Are You Waiting For??? The 2019 International 9-Ball Open

Do you plan on being a contestant?
As of today, we have about 100 players signed up.  We are limiting the field to 128, and we are guaranteeing $50,000 in added prize money.  Entry fees are going to come in fast, so please don’t be left out!  Does anyone really want to be on the “waiting list”?
 
Do you plan on being a spectator?
There are still some great TV Arena seats available, but they are going fast.  Look at the floor plan and select a reserved seat for your entire stay.
 
Do you plan on staying at the Sheraton Waterside Norfolk Hotel?
As of October 16, our block of hotel rooms will be released to the general public.  The $109 discounted room rate is still available, but as of October 16, it will only apply if rooms are still available.  Wait too long and the hotel may be sold out for some of the tournament days.  Book your room now or you might end up saying “Where can I stay now?”
 
Do you need or are you still waiting for your Visa?
If you received your formal invitation and are still waiting for your visa, pay your entry fee and book your hotel room NOW, else it may be too late to be listed as a paid entry.  A refund is always available up to October 25.  If you still need a formal invitation, contact me now!
 
For more information about being a contestant, being a spectator, or reserving a hotel room, visit: www.international9ballopen.com
 
If you still have questions, there is only one person to contact.
Call Pat Fleming at 973-838-7089
Or Email him at pat.fleming@international9ballopen.com.
 
P.S.: Can we make it any easier than that?

It’s Crunch Time – The International 9-Ball Open

The International 9-Ball Open
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
 
October 28 – November 2, 2019
 
What are you waiting for?
The International is just weeks away, but it’s not too late to enter.
One hundred players have signed up already.
The player list: http://www.international9ballopen.com/2019IntlPlayerList1.html
 
The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, in Norfolk, Virginia is excited about welcoming us again for the fifth time.  The Sheraton will treat our players and spectators to outstanding accommodations which include a discount rate of $109 on hotel rooms.
 
For detailed tournament information, go to: www.international9ballopen.com
 
Quick Tournament Details
 
* Guaranteed Added Money: $50,000
* First Prize: $30,000.  32nd place: $2,250. (See prize money breakdown below)
* Play Dates: October 28 – November 2, 2019 (Monday thru Saturday)
* Size of Field: 128 player maximum
* Format: 9-Ball, Double Elimination, Race to 11
* Entry Fee: US$1,000 (by Credit Card, Check, or PayPal)
* BCA Hall of Fame Ceremony on Friday, November 1
* Mosconi Ranking Points awarded for Team EUROPE 2020
* Sanctioned by: World Pool Association (WPA)
* Site: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia
* Discounted Hotel Room Rate: $109.00 plus tax for a single or double
* Airport: Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
* Major Sponsors: Diamond Billiard Products, Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls
 
With a full field, the $178,000 in prize monies will be deposited into a Bank of America account in Norfolk, VA.  This Bank of America (walking distance) will gladly cash your prize money checks provided you present proper identification.
1st               $30,000                           7-8th                $6,000
2nd              $22,000                           9-12th              $4,500
3rd              $15,000                           13-16th              $3,500
4th              $11,000                           17-24th            $2,750
5-6th             $8,000                           25-32nd            $2,250
 
As the tournament producer of this event, Pat Fleming will be responsible for every aspect of the event, including entry fees, added money, and prize money.
 
If your country requires a formal invitation for anyone to attend, I will provide the invitations.
 
Q-Master Billiards is a short distance away and will accommodate attendees with another option for pool tables and restaurants.
 
The $50,000 in added money ensures that the event will be sanctioned by the WPA and awarding WPA points to the high finishers.
 
TO ENTER AS A CONTESTANT OR REVIEW THE RULES or TO MAKE DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS or TO RESERVE TV ARENA SEATS
 
Please visit: www.international9ballopen.com
 
Any Questions? Contact:
Pat Fleming
Accu-Stats Video Productions
PO Box 299
Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
973-838-7089
pat.fleming@international9ballopen.com
www.international9ballopen.com

Let The Kids Play – 1st Junior Invitational 9-Ball Partners with International 9-Ball Open

Pat Fleming and Ra Hanna (Erwin Dionisio)

Pat Fleming (Accu-Stats Productions) and Ra Hanna (On The Wire Creative) are thrilled to announce the first Junior Invitational 9-Ball Championship (JIC), to be held in conjunction with the International 9-Ball Open, Nov. 1-2, 2019, at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Va. The four-player event will take place in the Simonis-Aramith Arena and will be livestreamed.
 
“We are excited to showcase the Junior Invitational during the International,” said Fleming, owner and producer of the major pro 9-ball championship. “There is nothing quite like giving these young adults much-needed exposure and a chance to compete and have a great time. These young players bring a level of commitment, comradery and talent that we can all be proud of.”
 
“I’m so proud of our junior players, it’s about giving them the platform they need to succeed,” said Hanna, who will co-produce the junior event with Fleming. “The JIC was born out of one mission: to provide a high-level platform for young cueists to learn how to navigate the high pressures of competitive cue sports.”
 
The JIC will feature 2019 Billiard Education Foundation Junior National Champions Kaiden Hunkins (18-Under Boys) of Waukesha, Wis., and Kodi Allen (16-Under Boys) of Tampa, Fla., as well as Junior National runners-up Lukas Francasso-Verner (18-Under Boys) of Wallingford, Conn., and Matthew Wiseley (16-Under Boys) of Poplar Bluff, Mo.
 
“We hope to grow this event every year, and we are looking forward to expanding every year,” added Hanna.
 
For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact:
 
Ra Hanna     Email: Ra@Otwpromotions.com  Phone: (818) 809-4316
Pat Fleming Email: patscue@yahoo.com          Phone: (973) 838-7089
 

Turning Stone Classic XXXII – – Matt Krah vs Pat Fleming

Hernandez and Ok win Open-Pro, Amateur events on Predator Pro Am Tour

(l to r): Omar Soto, Eugene Ok, Ryan Boursse & Mac Jankov

Eugene Ok and Frankie Hernandez both went undefeated to claim respective Amateur and Open/Pro titles in the July 13-14 stop on the Predator Pro Am Tour. Ok worked his way through a field of 83 entrants on-hand for the $1,000-added Amateur event, hosted by Amsterdam Billiards in Manhattan. Hernandez, the tour’s current #1-ranked Open/Pro competitor, went undefeated through the Open/Pro field of 21 entrants in the $500-added event.
 
In the ‘almost’ department with two losses, the second of which occurred in the event final, were Ryan Boursse in the Amateur event and Tour Director Tony Robles in the Open/Pro, who won five on the loss side to get into the final match. Robles couldn’t remember the last time he’d been in an event final, which, according to our records, had been last September, when he downed Max Watanabe twice. Prior to that, it had been five years (2014) since he won two events and was runner-up in three others on the tour. He won four matches to win the 2018 event at Cue Bar in Bayside, Queens. It took nine matches to be the runner-up this past weekend.
 
Jimmy Rivera sent Robles to the loss side in a winners’ side quarterfinal that went double hill before Robles gave him ball-in-hand to close out the 13th rack (7-6). Rivera advanced to meet eventual winner Frankie Hernandez, while Duc Lam and Sean Morgan met in the other winners’ side semifinal.
 
Lam downed Morgan, double hill, and in the hot seat match, faced Hernandez, who’d sent Rivera to the loss side 7-3. Hernandez claimed the hot seat 7-2 over Lam and waited for The Silent Assassin to come back from his five-match, loss-side trip.
 
Robles would play five matches on the loss side and the one match in the final. Three of those six matches went double hill, including the only one he lost, in the final. He opened his loss-side trip with his first double hill win, over Dominic Gauthier. He then eliminated John Messina 7-2 to draw Morgan, coming over from the winners’ side semifinal. Rivera drew Jonathan Smith, who’d recently eliminated Raphael Dabreo and Pat Fleming, both 7-5.
 
Robles downed Morgan 7-2. Smith spoiled the potential Robles/Rivera rematch by downing Rivera 7-5 to join Robles in the quarterfinals.
 
Robles won the next two matches, double hill, to meet Hernandez in the finals. He downed Smith in the quarterfinals and then, Lam in the semifinals, both 7-6. He ended up on the wrong side of his third straight double hill match and had to settle for runner-up, as Hernandez completed his undefeated run to claim the event title.
 
Ok moves up the tour’s B+ ladder with undefeated victory in the Amateur event
 
Eugene Ok’s trip through the 83-entrant Amateur field ended in his second victory on the Predator Pro Am Tour, his first since May of 2017, a year in which he finished among the top five in five events on the Predator and Tri-State Tours.
 
Ok had to get by Ryan Boursse twice in this event and the first, was in a winners’ side semifinal match. Mac Jankov, in the meantime, squared off against Alfredo Altamirano in the other one. Ok got into the hot seat match, downing Boursse 7-5 and was joined by Jankov, who’d sent Altamirano over 7-4.  Ok claimed the hot seat 8-6 over Jankov and waited for Boursse to get back from the loss side.
 
In his opening loss-side match, Boursse drew Pascal Dufresne, who’d defeated Luis Jimenez and Brooke Meyer, both 7-5, to reach him. Altamirano picked up Omar Soto, who’d gotten by Ada Lio 7-2 and Ryan Dayrit 7-5.
 
Boursse and Soto advanced to the quarterfinals; Boursse 7-5 over Dufresne and Soto 7-3 over Altamirano. Boursse then eliminated Soto 7-4 in the quarterfinals and Mac Jankov 9-5 in the semifinals. Boursse was able to chalk up one more rack in the finals than he had in the winners’ side semifinal, forcing a 13th and deciding game in the final against Ok. Ok, though, closed it out to claim the Amateur event title.
 
A single elimination Second Chance event drew 15 entrants. Ambi Estevez claimed that title, with Jorge Collado as runner-up. Ray Lee and Luis Jimenez tied for third place.
 
Tour director Tony Robles thanked the ownership and staff at Amsterdam Billiards, as well as title sponsor Predator Cues, Ozone Billiards, PlayNAPL.com, The DeVito Team, PoolontheNet.com, Cappelle (BilliardsPress.com), AZBilliards, Pool & Billiards Magazine and Billiards Digest.
 
On the weekend of August 3-4, Robles’ Silent Assassin Productions will present a non-tour event at Steinway Billiards – The 4th Annual NYC 8-Ball Scotch Doubles Championships. The following weekend, August 10-11, Steinway Billiards will host the next Predator Pro Am Tour stop; a $1,000-added, double points event. 

Aranas wins Predator Pro Am qualifier to CSI Predator World 10-Ball Championship

(l to r): Omar Alshaheen and James Aranas

It’s rare, if not downright unheard of, that a pool tournament, especially among the sport’s elite, is set up as a winner-take-all scenario. That, however, is just what occurred on Sunday, June 23, when 15 competitors gathered at Raxx Billiards in West Hempstead, NY vying for a single, winner payout in a $500-added event, which would qualify that winner for the upcoming, $100,000-added CSI/Predator World 10-Ball Championships, set for July 22-26 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Zoren James Aranas won four matches in a row in a single elimination format to claim the $1,500 first-place prize and a paid entry to the Vegas event next month.
 
The event was held under the auspices of the Predator Pro Am Tour, which, concurrently, held its 10th tour stop of the year, a $1,000-added A/B/C/D event that drew 80 entrants to Raxx Billiards. Between the Open/Pro event qualifier, the A/B/C/D tour stop and two Second Chance events, 124 players (with some event overlap) traveled out to Long Island for this multi-event weekend. A report on the A/B/C/D tournament and the two Second Chance events will be posted separately.
 
The qualifier event featured exactly 201 games of pool. In winning, Aranas won 40 of the 51 games in which he competed (78%). His opponent in the finals, Omar Alshaheen, won 35 of 63, for a game-winning average of 55%. Alshaheen’s opponents chalked up an average of six games against him and he faced a double hill battle in the third, semi-final round. Aranas’ opponents won an average of just under three games per match.
 
Aranas opened with a 10-1 victory over Pat Fleming, as Alshaheen downed Jeremy Sossei 10-6. In the second round, Aranas defeated tour and event director Tony Robles 10-5. Alshaheen, in the meantime, defeated Jimmy Rivera 10-3.
 
In the semifinals that followed, Elvis Rodriguez, who’d defeated Mike Dunn 10-5 and Holden Chin (owner of Raxx Billiards) 10-8, was eliminated in a shutout by Aranas. Thorsten Hohmann, who’d defeated Mike Badsteubner and Joey Korsiak, both 10-6, forced a 19th and deciding game against Alshaheen, who advanced to meet Aranas in the finals.
 
In the final match, Aranas downed Alshaheen 10-5 to claim the top prize and his literal (ticket) on a plane to Vegas for the CSI/Predator 10-Ball Championships next month.