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Stop #3
February 14-15

$1000 Added
ABCD Saturday at Noon
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Steinway Billiards
3525 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11101-1415
718.472.2124
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Liam Tully Scores His First Predator Tour Win, Undefeated at Cue Bar
 
L-R L to R: Arturo Reyes 2nd, Liam Tully 1st, Meshak Daniel 3rd
Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYC Grind
 
A new champion rose out of the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s bracket on Saturday, January 24 at Cue Bar, the host for the tour’s second stop of 2015. Not only was this event the first tour win for Rye, NY player Liam Tully, it was also his first time playing in the Amateur 9-Ball division of the Predator.
Although rated a ‘B+’ on the tour, Tully had only ever competed in the tour’s Open 10-Ball division, since it is a single-day event held on Sundays.
“I don’t normally get to play Saturdays, but I got had a rare weekend off from work and I was excited to compete. This was my first A-D Predator event,” explained Tully, who plays out of Steinway Billiards and resides in Rye, NY.
To start out Tully’s run, he had a near-shoutout over Lionell Swanston (7-1), then two narrow wins over John Schott (7-6) and Roberto Mendoza (8-7).
“I started out not liking the way I was playing, but found my gear after a lucky win against Roberto Mendoza hill-hill when he pocketed the 8 and scratched cross side getting position on the nine. From there on, I played solid against Omar Alli (7-2), Mike Corona (7-5), Meshak Daniel (7-4), and Arturo Reyes,” Tully said.
Liam Tully’s win over Daniel guaranteed his place in the final, where he would eventually face Reyes. Daniel (rated ‘B’) was the player to come out of the B/C/D side of the bracket and meet Tully in the winner’s side, following his 7-5 win over Tommy Schrieber.
As Daniel waited for his next turn at the table in the semifinal, tour veteran Arturo Reyes was working on his long trek through the loss side of the bracket. Reyes had lost his second match of the day to Brooke Meyer of Connecticut (7-6), but bounced back to impressively win nine straight matches.
In five of the nine matches, his opponents were unable to win more than three games. To make it to the quarterfinal, Reyes won 7-4 over Michael Corona, and was met there by Tommy Schrieber, who had a solid prior win over Ray Feliciano (7-3).
The quarterfinal was a close match, with Arturo Reyes pulling away to win 8-6 over Schrieber, who finished in fourth. Reyes then continued on his streak, winning 7-3 in the semifinal over Meshak Daniel.
The final would end up being a closely-fought match between Reyes and the undefeated Liam Tully in their race to seven. Tully would push forward to get within one game at 6-5, when Reyes had a chance to tie 6-6.
Reyes explained how the final moments of the match played out: “In the final, while down 6-5, I was running out the table when I shot the 8-ball and it skidded and hung in the pocket for Liam to win. He played great!”
Following the match, Tully talked about what led to his winning day at Cue Bar.
“I found success in keeping my focus on the importance of each rack. I didn’t let my misses bother me. I didn’t think I was going to win until I beat Mike Corona. He’s been playing good lately. Once I got through him I knew I could win the whole thing. Also, my fiancée and I are having a baby next month, so I thought about my son and didn’t want to let him down. He was my inspiration.”
The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to its sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 Racks, NYC Grind, PoolOnTheNet.com, Gotham City Technologies, and Ozone Billiards.
Next up on the Predator Tour will be Stop #3 at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY (Queens) on February 14-15.
Complete Payouts ABCD
1st: Liam Tully – $1,000
2nd: Arturo Reyes – $600
3rd: Meshak Daniel – $400
4th: Tommy Schrieber – $300
5th/6th: Ray Feliciano, Michael Corona – $200
7th/8th: Roy Lim, Tom Hagan – $130
9th-12th: Dan Faraguna, Omar Alli, Gus Iliopoulos, Stephen Dempsey – $90
Stewart Warnock Kicks Off 2015 With a Comeback Predator Tour Win at Steinway
 
L-R Miguel Laboy (2nd), Stewart Warnock (1st), Rene Villalobos (3rd)
Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYC Grind
 
After falling short of the finish line over the past two seasons, Stewart Warnock would start off the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s 2015 season on the right foot, winning the season opener Amateur 9-Ball event at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY. Tour stop #1 took place over the weekend of January 17-18, and drew an impressive field of 110 players—with a record number of seventeen women among them.
On day one, Bardonia, NY-based Warnock picked up speed from the start, taking wins over Bogie Uzdejcyzk (7-4), Steve “The Russian” Astashen (7-2), Annie Flores (7-6), Lidio Ramirez (7-6), and Victor Nau (7-4) before being turned over to the loss bracket by one of the tour’s 2014 winners, Miguel Laboy (7-4).
Laboy, who finished 2014 as the ‘A’ class Player of the Year and has since been moved to ‘A+’, then proceeded to the final of the winner’s bracket. In the split-bracket format, Laboy would take on the winner of the B/C/D bracket to determine who secured a place in the final.
This time, that player would be tour veteran Rene Villalobos (B), who made it out of the bracket after a 7-6 win over Adrian Daniel (C+). Villalobos had a close match against Laboy, but the A+ player prevailed in the end, winning 7-5 to move on to the final.
While Laboy waited for the final and Villalobos waited for the semi, Stewart Warnock was busy making tracks in their direction. Following his loss to Laboy, Warnock defeated Victor Nau for the second time (7-6), which bumped him into the quarterfinal.
Warnock’s opponent in the quarterfinal was a newcomer to the tour, New Jersey player Mike Figueroa. Although Figueroa’s stay in the winner’s bracket was short-lived, he made up that on the loss side, as he won seven straight matches to land in the quarterfinal. It was there that Figueroa’s run ended, as Warnock took a close 9-7 victory to put him through to the semifinal, while Figueroa ended up in fourth place.
The semifinal was a grind of a match between Warnock and Villalobos, who went all the way to 7-7 before Warnock put away the winning rack. Moving on to the final, Warnock would rematch with Miguel Laboy for the title. The format for the match was an extended race to seven—Laboy would win in seven, but if Warnock got to seven first, the set would go on to nine.
In the final, Warnock had momentum and sharpness on his side after playing three straight matches, while Laboy had a long wait. The scoreline reflected these factors, and Warnock secured a 9-3 comeback win to kick off the Predator Tour season.
Joining the event’s top finishers was 2014 D+ Player of the Year Erin Bechner, who had one of her best tour finishers, tying in 9th-12th. Congratulations to all of the top finishers at Steinway.
The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to its sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 Racks, NYC Grind, PoolOnTheNet.com, Gotham City Technologies, and Ozone Billiards.
Next up on the Predator Tour will be Stop #2 at Cue Bar in Bayside, NY (Queens) on January 24-25. Visit PredatorProAmTour.com for more tour information and schedule.
Complete Payouts ABCD
1st: Stewart Warnock – $1,700
2nd: Miguel Laboy – $1,200
3rd: Rene Villalobos – $850
4th: Mike Figueroa – $600
5th/6th: Adrian Daniel, Victor Nau – $420
7th/8th: Chris Brooks, Al Zea – $300
9th-12th: Erin Bechner, Chris Guarigilia, Duc Lam, Tony Liang – $180
13th-16th: Amir Uddin, Lidio Ramirez, Andrew Cleary, Rhys Chen – $125
17th-24th: Dan Faraguna, Alex Osipov, Darrin Schmidt, Franklin Avala, Steve Wright, Ron Vitelo, Justin Muller, Rhio Anne Flores – $80
Jeffrey Ignacio Avenges His Loss to Strickland to Win the Predator Tour Season Opener
 
L-R Jeffrey Ignacio (1st), Jorge Rodriguez (3rd), Earl Strickland (2nd)
Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYC Grind
 
To follow up his lackluster debut at the Turning Stone Classic, Filipino Jeffrey Ignacio made another opening appearance in the U.S—this time—a winning one.22-year-old Ignacio would have a successful showing at the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s first event of 2015, held at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY on January 17-18. This Open/Pro 10-ball event brought in a total of twenty-two players to compete for an $800 first prize.
Among the event’s other frontrunners were tour regulars Jeremy Sossei, Jorge Rodriguez, tour owner Tony Robles, Zion Zvi, Frankie Hernandez, and last but not least, Steinway house pro and former world champion Earl Strickland, who would be Ignacio’s opponent in the final.
It would be Strickland who secured his place in the final via the winner’s bracket, as defeated Ignacio in the winner’s bracket final (7-5) after wins over Mhet Vergara (7-5) and Tony Robles (7-4). On his half of the bracket, Ignacio put away wins over Lee Kang (7-6) and Frankie Hernandez (7-5) before his loss to Strickland.
Ignacio would then wait for the semifinal, to take on an opponent who had a long route to make it there. That player would turn out to be Gotham City Billiards house pro Jorge Rodriguez, who fought through six matches to get there. Among his highlighting wins, Rodriguez defeated Jeremy Sossei (7-6), Jorge Rodriguez (7-5), and Zion Zvi (7-2).
However, Rodriguez would be stopped short by the young Ignacio, who upended him in the semifinal at 7-3. Moving on to face Strickland for a second time, Ignacio finished strong in the final—taking down “The Pearl” by a score of 11-5 to leave a remarkable first impression on the fans at Steinway.
The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to its sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 Racks, NYC Grind, PoolOnTheNet.com, Gotham City Technologies, and Ozone Billiards.
Next up on the Predator Tour will be Stop #2 at Cue Bar in Bayside, NY (Queens) on January 24-25. Visit PredatorProAmTour.com for more tour information and schedule.
Complete Payouts Open/Pro
1st: Jeffrey Ignacio – $800
2nd: Earl Strickland – $400
3rd: Jorge Rodriguez – $300
4th: Zion Zvi – $200
5th/6th: Frankie Hernandez, Tony Robles – $100
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