Shaun Wilkie Grinds Back to
Win the Predator 9-ball Tour's Finale
9-Ball Tour's 2009 season has come to a close.
The Pro/Am Tour's finale event drew a total
of 92 of the Northeast's strongest players along
with World Class Professional Jose Parica, legendary
hustler Danny Basavich, and Trick Shot World
Champion Andy "Magic Man" Segal. Pool
player and room owner Holden Chin rolled out
the red carpet for the players, and mentioned
that he was impressed by the turnout.
Other big names such as Mark Vidal, Jose Parica,
Mike Fingers, Frankie Hernandez, Al Lapena,
Many Chau, Zion Zvi, Shaun Wilkie, Eddie Abraham,
Scott Tollefson, "Ginky" George SanSouci,
and Long Island's Joey Korsiak all came out
for the Predator Tour Finale.
Before the event began, tour founder Tony Robles
held a Player of the Year award ceremony, and
gave out awards to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
finishers of each respective division.
Player of the Year Awards went to…
Tony Robles - Pro Division
Oscar Bonilla - Open Division
Lionel Rivera - A Division
William Finnegan - B Division
Rene Villalobos - C Division
Gail Glazebrook - Ladies Division
Players would also be treated to a surprise
trick shot exhibition performed by World Trick
Shot Champion, NY based professional pool player
Andy Segal. "The Magic Man" as he
is known in the Trick Shot world put on an amazing
show to the delight of the knowledgeable NY
area crowd who gave love for his amazing performance.
The tournament drew many emerging and veteran
grinders, who came out to try to make a statement
by capturing the coveted Predator Tour Finale
title. Scott Tollefson and Al Lapena were in
dead stroke and both had strong wins over several
big names in the event. Both players deserve
special mention for leaving it all on the table,
earning them a 4th and 5th place finish.
Veteran player Frankie Hernandez made a strong
comeback to the pool scene with an impressive
tournament. Frankie went through the winner's
bracket en route to the finals, defeating Sean
Keaton (8-6), Rick Sleeper (8-2), Jeff Smolen
(8-7), Oscar Bonilla (8-4), Al Lapena (8-7),
Mike Miller (9-5), and lastly George SanSouci
Shaun Wilkie's road to the finals started out
with a "Hill-Hill" battle against
longtime friend and road partner Matt Krah,
resulting with Shaun as the last man standing.
"Get Some" then followed up with consecutive
wins over Bill Dang (8-3), trick shot champion
Andy Segal (8-4), Scott Tollefson (8-6), before
losing to legendary NY player George "Ginky"
Bouncing back from the one loss-side, Shaun
topped Filipino grinder Al Lapena (9-6), repeated
over Scott Tollefson (9-4), then avenged his
earlier loss to Ginky with a strong 9-4 win.
This impressive win over Ginky matched up Shaun
against another legendary NY player, Frankie
Hernandez who was having strong tournament,
going through the winner's bracket to land in
the hot seat. Frankie is known for his powerful
break, quick tempo and aggressive playing style.
However, on this evening, Shaun's single-minded
determination seemed to radiate from his presence
at the table, like a predator that smells blood.
Through a display of entertaining shot making
and smart, chess-like moves around the table,
Shaun was able to grab the lead and momentum
early and never look back to win 10-3.
This win is a feather in his cap for an impressive
year for this emerging phenom from Havre De
Grace, Maryland. It has been enjoyable to watch
Shaun evolve into one of the most dominant and
determined players in the Northeast pool scene
today, putting him on the path to become one
of the strongest players in the U.S.
Shaun Wilkie has a number of notable accomplishments,
including claiming runner up at 2008 UPA Pro
Players Championships as well as the 2009 NCS
National 10-Ball Championships, and has won
numerous pro/am tour events in the Northeast.
There is no question that the seasoning has
helped give Shaun the experience he needed to
tighten up his uncanny natural talent for the
sport. It is apparent by watching Shaun play,
you can see that he is a consummate professional
in his approach, both on and off the table.
"I would like to thank Cue & Case Sales
and Lucasi Hybrid for everything that they are
doing for me," said Shaun Wilkie. "Their
equipment is working to perfection. Also, I
want to let Wild Eyes Creations know that my
" Eagle Eye " cue holder product is
defiantly being put to good use. I am looking
forward to a long and bright future with my
sponsors. Thanks to the Lord above I am happy
to say, I am gratefully blessed to have such
Tony Robles and his staff would like to thank
Predator Cues, Poison Cues, Delta-13 Racks,
NYCGrind.com, Blatt Billiards, The Seminole
Tribe of Florida, The Seminole Pro Tour, Poolonthenet.com,
JimMurnakCueCases.com, Billiards Press, RJH
Custom Cues, Mike Webb Custom Cues, Tiger Products,
Mezz Cues, Mastering-Pool DVD Series, Master
Chalk, Digital Ink the official print company
of the tour www.dig-ink.com, Cuetable.com, azbilliards.com,
billiardsdigest.com, insidepoolmag.com, poolmag.com,
maximbilliards.com and his other sponsors along
with Holden Chin owner of Raxx Billiards for
- "Written by Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com
1st: Shaun "Get Some" Wilkie $2,500
2nd: Frankie Hernandez $1,500
3rd: "Ginky" George SanSouci $1,000
4th: Scott Tollefson $750
5th/6th: Mike Miller, Al Lapena $550
7th/8th: Manny Chau, Jose Parica $400
9th-12th: Mhet Vergara, Matt Krah, Joey Korsiak,
Chris Orme $250
13th-16th: Kevin Guimond, Mike Wong, Mike Fingers,
Oscar Bonilla $150
The Sunday B/C/D Tournament helped fill the pool
room with competitive spirit along with an engaged
audience. Turkish women's professional Neslihan
"Ness" Gurel, was impressive in earning
three strong wins before running into a brick
wall against Raj Vannala.
Raj Vannala came back from a 5-3 deficit to defeat
Ness 6-5 before following it up with another strong
come-from-behind win over Naldo Troncoso (7-6)
in the finals. Naldo was running through the finals
with 4 consecutive wins and had Raj down 4-0 before
Raj started to grind back. Raj was impressive
in a breakthrough performance of grit and heart
in capturing the final B/C/D Predator event of
For the 2010 Predator Tour season, there will
be some exciting format changes. There will now
be two separate events for pros and amateurs,
and each tour stop weekend will feature a pro/open
10-ball event alongside an amateur 9-ball event.
The schedule for the 2010 season is now up, and
you can check it out at www.predator9balltour.com
Borana Andoni is the Highest Finishing
1st: Raj Vannala $160
2nd: Naldo Troncoso $100
3rd: "Devil Dave" Dave Ascolese
4th: Neslihan Gurel
Highest Finishing Female: Borana Andoni
Highest Finishing C/D: John Hacsi
Jerry Tarantola Storms Castle
Billiards for his First Predator Tour
9-Ball Tour held its first-ever stop at the
beautiful Castle Billiards in East Rutherford,
NJ on November 7-8, 2009. As anticipated, nearly
a full field of 61 players came out to compete
in this A/B/C/D event on what was a sunny November
weekend. In this handicapped event, the A/B
players were split into the top half of the
bracket, while C/D players competed in the bottom
half, and for each class level difference, players
were spotted one game on the wire.
Some of the top names who came out to Castle
for this event include the "A" class
points leaders for the 2009 season: Lionel Rivera,
John Alicea, and Jerry Tarantola, along with
Redgie Cutler, WPBA pro Megan Smith, and top
NJ player, Scott Simonetti.
Along with Megan Smith, five of the area's toughest
female players, Borana Andoni, Gail Glazebrook,
Diana Rojas, Alison Fischer, & Michele Li
were also in attendance at this event. With
five or more female players, the top-finishing
female is awarded $100, and Diana Rojas earn
this award for the third time.
However, cashing in any event disqualifies a
player for this award, and "Queen B"
Borana Andoni had her sights set high at Castle.
After winning her first round match 7-2 against
Alex Bourkovich, she would have a second round
loss to Hank Anthony. But, Borana got right
back on the horse to defeat Romeo Singh (7-3),
Steve Way (7-6), avenge her loss to Hank Anthony
by knocking him out (7-6), and best Jeff Firester
(7-6) to move on to day two.
Meanwhile, leading the A/B winner's bracket
were Scott Simonetti and Jerry Tarantola. Scott
Simonetti has been an ever-present force in
the NY-area pool scene for many years, and despite
a recent illness which resulted in the loss
of part of his left arm and left leg, he is
still playing like a champion. With the help
of a bridge created by custom cue maker Paul
Fanelli, Scott is back on his game and continuing
to impress people with his presence at the table.
In this event, Simonetti went on a winning streak
through Wali Muhammed (7-3), Junior Sanchez
(7-6), Randy Schwager (7-5), followed by a hill-hill
battle with Redgie Cutler that Scott came out
ahead to go head-to-head with Jerry T.
In this set, which started at 12 noon on Sunday,
Tarantola and Simonetti traded games to tie
at 4-4, when Simonetti pulled ahead to the hill,
6-4. However, Jerry T grinded his way back to
tie at hill-hill. While he looked to have a
straightforward run for the win, Tarantola ended
up locking the cue ball onto the 9, having no
shot. This forced him to play a safe, hoping
to put distance between the cue and 9-ball.
He left Simonetti a thin cut, which he missed,
leaving the match for Tarantola.
On the bottom half of the chart, the C/D players
were battling it out, but Shawn Sookhai and
15-year-old Jonathan Castillo were the two that
remained undefeated at the start of Day 2. Through
working hard in pro/am, amateur, and junior
tournaments, Castillo's game has steadily been
getting stronger, and in this event he showed
that his hard work is paying off. In the winner's
bracket, Castillo defeated Jeff Firester (7-3),
Gail Glazebrook (7-0), Taron Gunness (7-5) then
Rafael DaBreo (7-5).
Castillo then faced Shawn Sookhai, where he
duly jumped ahead to win the first five games
in the match, 5-0. However, Sookhai took the
reigns and won the following four games to go
5-4. But, Jonathan Castillo woke back up and
took the next two racks to win 7-4.
This matched up Jonathan Castillo to play Jerry
Tarantola in the match for the hot seat. Castillo
would get two games on the wire in a race to
7, and although he hung in there to tie at 4-4,
Jerry T would claim the following three games
to win 7-4. Tarantola had been playing dominantly
throughout the event, running through the winner's
bracket with wins over Eddie Culhane (7-1),
Megan Smith (7-1), Antonio Guerrero (7-4), then
Justin Muller (7-2), followed by wins over Simonetti
& Castillo, guaranteeing him a spot in the
On Sunday at noon, eight players returned on
the one-loss side. Borana Andoni continued her
fight, knocking out Teddy Cook (7-3), who had
come over from the winner's side. Borana followed
up with a close battle with Raphael DaBreo that
Borana pulled ahead from a 5-5 tie, to win 7-5.
However, Shawn Sookhai ended her run with a
7-3 defeat, and Borana settled for a 5th place
The A/B one-loss side matches featured two solid
wins at noon. Justin Muller defeating PA's Derek
Schwager (7-4), after Justin had won three winner's
side matches before falling to Jerry T. Antonio
Guerrero also defeated Redgie Cutler in dominant
fashion 7-4, to meet with Muller.
In this match, it looked like Justin Muller
would run away with the win, starting out of
the gate with a 5-1 lead. However, Antonio Guerrero
retaliated to win six straight games and steal
the match with a 7-5 win. This set him up against
the Scott Simonetti, who had been waiting for
another chance after his loss to Jerry Tarantola.
Guerrero did not fare so well in this match,
and Simonetti never gave him a chance, winning
Scott then moved on to match up with Shawn Sookhai
in the quarterfinal match (after his win over
Borana Andoni), but Shawn also stood no chance,
and Scott won easily, 7-2. Now only two remained
to do battle to see who would make it to the
final match against Jerry Tarantola.
In the semifinal match, Jonathan Castillo (C)
was spotted one game on the wire in a race to
seven against Scott Simonetti (B). In this match,
Jonathan was impressive in his level of composure
and control at the table, and battled back and
forth with this veteran player. Scott would
reach the hill first in this match, but with
the score 6-5, couldn't retain position on the
9-ball, missing and leaving a long shot for
Jonathan, which he duly fired in to go hill-hill.
Tied at 6 apiece, Jonathan broke and successfully
made the three ball. He pocketed the 1 &
2, and everyone in the room watched as he lined
up a 4-9 combination. It was not meant to be,
however, and the 9 rattled out. This left Scott
with a tough shot, and Jonathan was back at
the table. But, a miss on the 6 ball would let
Scott back in, but the 8 blocked the 6. Scott
kicked but left a shot for Jonathan, but the
6 rattled again and hung in the pocket. Scott
would need to get position for the 8 on the
opposite rail, but after pocketing the 6, the
cue ball rolled straight for the corner pocket.
However, it hung in the jaws and Scott was hooked
inside the corner with no shot on the 8. Scott
opted to kick uptable, and he hit the 8 perfectly,
splitting the 8 and the cue to opposite side
rails. Jonathan went for a risky bank on the
8, and missed, leaving the the two balls open
for Scott to take the win and move on to the
The final match would be one race to nine between
Jerry Tarantola (A) and Scott Simonetti (B),
where Scott would get one game on the wire.
Tarantola jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but Simonetti
came back with the next two racks to tie at
3 apiece. From there, Jerry kept an edge over
Scott, but they traded games until Jerry took
the lead at 8-6. Scott came back with an awesome
runout to edge closer, to 8-7.
In the following rack, Scott broke and got to
the 4 ball when he missed. Jerry had a pretty
clear out, and it looked like he was about to
close out his second win against Scott to capture
the event. In getting position for the 8, the
cue ball continued to roll toward it, and stopped
just short enough to leave a shot .
He would need to get back uptable for the 9
ball, but juiced the cue ball too much, and
it rolled straight into the corner pocket. This
gave Scott the game to go hill-hill, and all
eyes were on the final table when Tarantola
broke in the last rack. A ball dropped on the
break, and a cluster was narrowly avoided, allowing
Jerry T to run out the rack to win.
Congratulations to Jerry Tarantola on his first-ever
Predator Tour win, as well as to Scott Simonetti
and Jonathan Castillo on their strong performances.
On December 12-13, the Predator 9-Ball Tour
Finale will be held at Raxx Pool Room in West
Hempstead, NY. This will be a $3,000-added event,
which will also include the award ceremony for
the player of the year recipients.
The Predator Tour would like to thank Predator
& Poison Cues again for supporting the tour
this year as well as Blatt Billiards, Delta-13
Racks, The Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Seminole
Pro Tour, Designer of the Predator 9-Ball Tour
site, Rob Omen of PoolOnTheNet.com, Billiards
Press, Mike Webb Custom Cues, RJH Custom Cues,
Tiger Products, Mezz Cues, Mika Immonen &
his Mastering Pool DVD Series, Cuetable.com,
Jim Murnak Custom Cue Cases, Master Chalk, Billiards
Game Stroke Trainer, NYCGrind.com, AZBilliards,
Billiards Digest, Inside Pool Magazine, Pool
& Billiard Magazine, Maxim Billiards, and
The Tournament Guide.
Special thanks to Digital Ink The Official Print
Company for the Predator 9-Ball Tour. www.dig-ink.com
- "Written by Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com
1st: Jerry Tarantola $1,000
2nd: Scott Simonetti $600
3rd: Jonathan Castillo $400
4th: Shawn Sookhai $300
5th/6th: Borana Andoni, Antonio Guerrero $200
7th/8th: Justin Muller, Rafael DaBreo $175
9th/12th: Redgie Cutler, Derek Schwager, Brian
Russell, Teddy Cook $125
13th/16th: Jeff Firester, Guy Iannuzzi, Junior
Sanchez, Taron Gunness $100
Diana Rojas is the Highest Finishing
On Sunday, the Predator Tour held their 2nd Day
B/C/D tournament, which drew 14 players to Castle.
Once again, "B" class player Ariel Rivera
landed in the finals, this time on the winner's
side, undefeated. However, Dave Ascolese aka "Devil
Dave" did not give up easily after his second
round loss. He came back on the one-loss side
to win three more matches. He defeated Romeo Singh
and meet Ariel Rivera in the finals, where he
defeated Rivera 7-4 to win the event.
Dave Ascolese takes the 2nd Day
1st: Dave Ascolese 140
2nd: Ariel Rivera $90
3rd: Romeo Singh $50
Marc Vidal and Gail Glazebrook
Take Top Honors at the Eastside Billiards
Predator Tour Stop
in NYC played host to stop # 17 of the 2009
Predator 9-Ball Tour. This event drew some of
the strongest players in the Tri-State area.
Top players included Marc “Spain”
Vidal, Sean “Alaska” Morgan, Mhet
Vergara, Jorge Rodriguez, Victor Nau, Ken Kerner,
Frankie Hernandez and Dave Pinkston.
Day one action saw Sean Morgan go undefeated
at the top of the bracket, beating Donald Chu
9-3, Walter Goller 9-1, Mhet Vergara 9-7 and
Jorge Rodriguez 9-7.
Marc Vidal was in dead stroke as he dominated
the bottom of the chart defeating Kevin Tenery
9-3, Jason Hunt 9-3, and Dave Pinkston 9-5 before
squeaking a 9-8 victory over Ken Kerner.
For the C/D players, Ramilo Tanglao surprised
everyone with his stellar play this stop. A
newbie to the tour, Ramilo took out Eastside
Billiards veteran, Dave Weinstein & Patrick
Myers, before losing a close call battle with
Open player Jorge Rodriguez! Tanglao easily
won the C/D player of the event so congratulations
On the one loss side, Frankie Hernandez was
in the zone after an earlier loss to Mhet Vergara
by a score of 9-5. Hernandez went on to beat
Wali Muhammad 9-5, Lionel Rivera 9-5, Dave Pinkston
9-6 and Jorge Rodriguez 9-7 to survive the day.
On day two, Sean Morgan and Marc Vidal played
a spectacular match that including everything
from great breaking, good safety play and picture
perfect run outs. In the end, Vidal edged out
a 9-8 win for the hot seat over Morgan.
After his devastating hill/hill lost to Vidal,
Ken Kerner was out for blood winning his next
two matches against Mhet Vergara and Frankie
Hernandez, setting up the semifinal match against
Sean “Alaska” Morgan. Both players
were dying for a rematch with Vidal as both
lost to the undefeated player on the hill. Unfortunately
for Ken, he found himself behind rather quickly
in the match and Morgan sealed Kerner’s
exit from the tournament, defeating him 9-4.
Morgan had earned his second chance with Vidal.
In the final race to 11, Sean Morgan’s
break consistently failed to make a ball on
the break, while Marc seemed to be the break
and run specialist. The two traded rack in the
beginning, but with Morgan’s break disadvantage
haunting him, it was only a matter of time before
Vidal started to take control of the match.
Marc closed the match 11-5 for the win.
Many thanks to Eastside Billiards owner Jerry
Shipman and his incredible staff for hosting
the event. The next event will be taking place
at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ November
7-8. www.castlebilliards.com This will be an
ABCD event only! No Open or Pro players will
This is the last tour stop before the $3,000
added year end Open finale at Raxx Pool Bar
& Grill in West Hempstead, NY. www.raxxpoolroom.com
Players that have played in 3 or more events
this year will pay the normal entry fee for
the finale. Players that played less than 3
stops will pay double the entry fee in the finale.
I would like to thank Predator & Poison
Cues again for supporting the tour this year
as well as Blatt Billiards, Delta 13, The Seminole
Tribe of Florida, The Seminole Pro Tour, Designer
of the Predator 9-Bal Tour site, Rob Omen of
PoolOnTheNet.com, Billiards Press, Mike Webb
Custom Cues, RJH Custom Cues, Tiger Products,
Mezz Cues, Mika Immonen & his Mastering
Pool DVD Series, Cuetable.com, Jim Murnak Custom
Cue Cases, Master Chalk, Billiards Game Stroke
Trainer, NYCGrind.com, AZBilliards, Billiards
Digest, Inside Pool Magazine, Pool & Billiard
Magazine, Maxim Billiards and The Tournament
Special thanks to Digital Ink-The Official Print
Company for the Predator 9-Ball Tour.
1st Marc “Spain” Vidal $900
2nd Sean “Alaska” Morgan $600
3rd Ken Kerner $400
4th Frankie Hernandez $300
5th Mhet Vergara $250
6th Jorge Rodriguez $250
7th Dave Pinkston $200
8th Jason Hunt $200
Highest Finishing C/D: Ramilo Tanglao $100
Ramilo Tanglao is the Highest C/D
“Kiss of Death” captain Gail Glazebrook
was in dead stroke on Sunday as she dominated
the 15 player field at Eastside Billiards.
Glazebrook started the day
by taking a 5-0 lead against Eddie Culhane. Eddie
stormed right back to take the next three games.
With the score 5-3, Gail approached the table,
smashed the balls and calmly completed the break
and run, for a 6-3 win.
Glazebrook then took her calm approach against
#1 ranked C/D player Rene Villalobos wining 5-1
and setting up a match against the very tough
Ariel Rivera. Rivera has been on fire with the
BCD events. He has reached the finals of the last
three BCD events and won two of them. With Glazebrook
though, Rivera has his hands full. It was a back
and forth battle but with Gail on the hill 5-4,
she took a gutsy 5-9 combo and split the pocket
for the 6-4 victory and a chance to play Dave
Weinstein, coincidentally, the winner of the last
BCD event at Eastside Billiards.
Weinstein, a super strong B player had a tough
first match against the always dangerous Diana
Rojas, winning 6-4. He then went on to defeat
Patrick Meyers 6-5 and Chris Karp 5-4 for a chance
to play for the hot seat against Glazebrook.
Glazebrook however would dominate this match,
torching Dave 6-1, earning her spot in the final.
Weinstein and Rivera, both previous BCD winners,
faced off in the semi final match. Dave brought
his ‘A’ game to this match making
very few mistakes and defeated Rivera 5-3, allowing
Weinstein another chance at Glazebrook.
The final was a lot closer than the previous match
as these two warriors went toe to toe. A few incredible
outs by Glazebrook got her to the hill first.
At 6-4, Glazebrook made an incredible, on the
rail, full table length backward cut shot on the
9-ball to seal the win! This was Gail’s
first BCD win of the year.
Congratulations to both players for a great tournament!
Gail Glazebrook Dominates the 2nd
Day BCD Event
1st Gail Glazebrook $160
2nd Dave Weinstein $110
3rd Ariel Rivera $75
4th Ramilo Tanglao $45
"The Iceman" Mika
Immonen Snows the Competition in
the Predator Tour at BQE Billiards
On October 10th-11th
the Predator 9-Ball Tour was hosted by a new
pool room on it's season schedule, BQE Billiards
in Queens, NY. Forty-one strong players showed
up for Stop #16 of it's 19-event season.
With only two more regular season stops before
the final event at Raxx Pool Room, the Predator
Tour points race is heating up for player of
the year. Each year, tour owner Tony Robles
gives trophies and prizes to the tour's 1st,
2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each respective
division: Pro, Open, Ladies, A, B, and C/D.
With the US Open 9-Ball Championships right
around the corner, this event served as a great
warm-up for the most prestigious tournament
in the US. World #1-ranked player "The
Iceman" Mika Immonen made a special appearance
along, with several other world-class players.
NY fan favorite and Filipino legend, "Amang"
Jose Parica came out to play along with one
of the hottest young up-and-coming players on
the pro circuit, Mike Dechaine. Mhet Vergara,
Oscar Bonilla, Zion Zvi, "Ginky" George
Sansouci, Lorenzo Nonato, Tony Robles, Jorge
Rodriguez, Holden Chin, "Alaska" Sean
Morgan, Frankie Hernandez, and WPBA pro Liz
Ford topped off and impressive field.
One of the highlights of this event was a strong
performance from Predator Tour newcomer Cleiton
Rocha from Haverhill, MA. After a first-round
hill-hill (9-8) loss to Al Zea, Cleiton then
beat Jerry Tarantola 9-4, Mhet Vergara 9-7,
Zion Zvi 9-8 and Tony Robles 9-7 to come back
on Sunday for the final 8. On Sunday, Cleiton
played another impressive set against 1st place
"A" player Lionel Rivera defeating
him 9-5 before losing 9-4 to Jose Parica.
Raxx Pool Room owner Holden Chin came back on
the winner's side on the second day, before
losing a nail-biting hill-hill set versus Mike
Dechaine and being eliminated by Oscar Bonilla,
One of the winningest pros of all time, Jose
Parica, was tearing up the field, until hewent
head to head with reigning US Open Champion,Mika
Immonen. In a gritty battle, it looked like
it would be Jose to pull out the "W,"
as he was got to the hill first, 8-6, in the
race to 9. Mika climbed back to make it double
hill when Jose elected to attempt to execute
a tricky safe.
Parica had a long tough shot on the two ball,
and opted to play a safe, bringing thecue ball
around three rails to hide behind a cluster
of balls. He leaked the shot, and left Mika
a shot on the two. Mika then went on to run
out in impressive fashion, breaking up a few
clusters of locked-up balls in the process.
After the loss to Mika, Jose was fired up and
played a near-perfect set against Cleiton Rocha
en-route to a 9-4 score. Jose's next match was
against top NY player, Oscar Bonilla who has
been impressive of late. Oscar came out of the
gate firing, and built up a 6-4 lead over Jose.
After Oscar had a costly scratch on the break,
Jose began to build up momentum and dominated
the set from that moment. Parica won 5 consecutive
games to close out the set 9-6.
This win lined up Jose to play the loser of
the match for the hot seat, between Mike Dechaine
and Mika Immonen--who also recently dueled for
the hot seat at the Galveston World Classic
10-Ball event. In this rematch, it was Mika
who jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, before
seeing Mike come back to tie the set at 4 games
a piece. In what was the turning point of the
set, Mike was running out a spectacular rack,
before getting bad position on the 9-ball. Mike
elected to go for a tough down-table cut, which
he barely missed--giving Mika back the lead
5-4. From that point on, through a combination
of outstanding play from Mika and several good
rolls, Mr. Immonen went on to cruise to a 9-4
In the semifinal match between Jose Parica and
Mike Dechaine, the 22-year-old young gun was
able to capitalize on his big break and amazing
shotmaking to overcome the battle-tested veteran,
The final match at BQE between Mika Immonen
and Mike Dechaine was all Mika, who took control
early and never gave Mike much to work with.
In a clinic by the reigning US Open Champion
and number 1 player in the world, Mika took
the set 11-5 for the win.
1st: "The Iceman" Mika Immonen $1,000
2nd: Mike "Pain" Dechaine $675
3rd: "Amang" Jose Parica $500
4th: Oscar Bonilla $375
5th/6th: Cleiton Rocha, Holden Chin $230
7th/8th: Lionel Rivera, Mike Wong $150
9th/12th: Tony Robles, Dave Deserio, Antonio Guerrero,
"Ginky" George Sansouci $100
Highest Finishing C/D: Tie: John Hacsi and Teddy
14 players turned out for the Sunday BCD second-chance
tournament at BQE Billiards. In this event, Predator
Tour Tournament Director William "Finn"
Finnegan cruised through the winner's bracket
to to secure a spot in the finals. En route to
the hot seat, "Finn" defeated Ron Mason
6-3, Gail Glazebrook 6-3, Diana Rojas 5-3, and
Naldo Troncoso 6-3.
Prior to his loss against "Finn," Naldo
Troncoso had an impressive shut out win against
top "B" player, Ariel Rivera, 6-0. In
that match, Naldo played superb pool, showing
a combination of heart and gritty safety play.
After losing the "hot seat" match to
William Finnegan, Naldo awaited the winner of
Ariel Rivera or "Snooky" Diana Rojas.
This was a hard-fought battle between two players
who have been both improving in leaps and bounds.
Snooky and Ariel went blow for blow early on,
but Ariel pulled away to close out a 6-3 win,
setting up a rematch against Naldo.
Naldo won the first 4 games against Ariel, which
made it 10 consecutive games including their last
set. However, Ariel began to battle back, returning
with five consecutive games to take the lead,
before Naldo tied it up hill-hill. In the tie-breaking
game, it was a back-and-forth safe battle, which
Ariel closed out after a missed 9-ball bank by
Ariel was then set to face "Finn" in
the finals, to make it his third consecutive appearance
in the finals of the Predator BCD events, having
won previously at both Comet Billiards and Raxx.
However, it was Finn's day to shine, as he won
by final score of 5-3.
1st: $200 William Finnegan
2nd: $130 Ariel Rivera
3rd: $80 Naldo Troncoso
4th: $45 "Snookie" Diana Rojas
BCD Winner William Finnegan, Tony Robles
& Runner-up Ariel Rivera
Tony Robles Assassinates Mhet
Vergara at Predator Tour
September 19, 2009, 50 top and rising stars
in the pool world gathered at Comet Billiards.
Home of the Accu-Stats Arena, Comet Billiards
is a marquee locale on the Predator Tour's calendar
and this week's location for a two-day pro/am
The 15th stop on Predator Tour season drew fierce
competitors, many of whom were locked in a heated
points race for their respective class divisions.
Top player including "The Preacher"
Steve Lillis, George "Ginky" Sansouci,
Zion Zvi, Joey Kong, Jorge Rodriguez, Oscar
Bonilla, Ron Park, "Alaska" Sean Morgan,
Mhet Vergara, Jason Michas, Jeremy Sossei, and
Tony Robles, among others, came to battle.
Room proprietor and host Bill Haley rolled out
the red carpet for the players, who enjoyed
the spacious playing environment. Feature matches
were streamed live from the Accu-Stats Arena
(www.accu-stats.com). The arena boasts a professional
commentary booth, where you could hear many
top players, as well as Pat Fleming himself
giving their perspective on the matches.
While there was no shortage of standout play
from a number of different players, several
players were stirring up a buzz with their swaggered
approach. Among them, Scott Simonetti bounced
back from a early loss from Tony Robles to win
3 matches in impressive fashion before losing
to "King Kong" Joey Kong 9-4. Also,
NYC's Brenda Heras and Alex Gonzalez, who were
two underdogs coming in to the tournament, surprised
the knowledgeable crowd with top-notch play.
Although many of the players at Comet impressed,
only the eight final players could come back
on Sunday. Tony Robles was running through the
tournament with a game that was firing on all
cylinders. His break, jump shot, cue ball control,
and overall shot making were superb throughout
the event. Tony was lined up with a winner's
side match against arguably the most improved
player of the year, Oscar Bonilla.
Tony Robles defeated Oscar 9-4, in a dominant
performance, lining him with Mhet Vergara. Mhet
is a strong open player who has had some impressive
performances of late, and this event was no
different. Mhet had just come off a clutch 9-7
win over a hot "Alaska" Sean Morgan,
who fell short of mounting a comeback in their
On the one-loss side, "Ginky" George
Sansouci defeated Ocean State Champion, Jeremy
Sossei 9-6 which set him up with Oscar Bonilla.
Oscar was looking to bounce back from a loss
to Tony Robles but wasn't able to fade Ginky's
break in that match, and Ginky closed out the
set 9-6. Ginky's journey wouldn't get any easier
as he had to defeat Zion Zvi, who had two dominating
performances on the TV table. Ginky followed
up two gritty wins with a near flawless performance
over Zion, who was unable to consistently make
a ball on the break in their match.
After going through 3 top players, Ginky had
a chance to avenge his earlier loss to Mhet
Vergara, who clutched out a big win over Ginky
on Saturday. Mhet put on a display of heart
and determination as he overcame a marathon
blow-for blow-match over Mr. Sansouci. While
both players did not play up to their earlier
performances, this was a battle of strategy
and kicking, leaving Mhet the last man standing
with a final score of 9-7.
This win was a huge win for Mhet, because his
highest prior finish in the Predator Tour was
third, and his win against Ginky put him in
the finals for the first time against "The
Silent Assasin" Tony Robles. Mhet's road
to the finals included wins over Jason Michas
9-7, Carmen Lombardo 9-6, Wali Muhammad 9-2,
Ginky Sansouci 9-7, Sean Morgan 9-7 before losing
to Tony, then defeated Ginky in the semis.
Tony had a dominant run on his way to the finals
going undefeated, and taking out Scott Simonetti
9-1, Antonio Guerrero 9-5, Zion Zvi 9-7, Oscar
Bonilla 9-4, and Mhet Vergara 9-4 along the
In the final match, which was one race to nine
games, Mhet took an early 4-1 lead on Tony,
as he was feeling comfortable and sharp on the
Accu-Stats table after his match against Ginky.
Tony's game took some warming up, but after
missing a few shots early, he got into gear,
and the two battled back and forth. There were
few easy table layouts in this set, leading
to a number of safety battles, but with the
score tied at 6-6, Mhet broke dry and gave Tony
an open table to run out and build some momentum.
Mhet would win the following game to tie it
again at 7-7, but the next rack, Mhet missed
a crucial 5 ball, and from there the match was
in Tony's hands as he finished it 9-7 to win
the 15th stop on the Predator Tour.
Congratulations to Mhet Vergara on this breakthrough
performance and to Tony Robles for a dominant
win at this event. The Predator Tour would also
like to thank their sponsors Blatt Billiards,
Delta 13 Racks, and Predator Cues for their
support of the tour.
The next stop on the Predator 9-ball Tour will
be held in Queens, NY at BQE Café Billiards
on October 10-11.
1st: Tony Robles $1000
2nd: Mhet Vergara $675
3rd: Ginky Sansouci $500
4th: Zion Zvi $375
5th/6th: Oscar Bonilla, Sean Morgan $250
7th/8th: Jeremy Sossei, Joey Kong $175
9-12: Yesid Garibello, Steve Lillis, Jorge Rodriquez,
Junior Sanchez $100
Highest Finishing C/D: Alex Gonzalez $75
Highest Finishing Female: Brenda Heras $75
The Sunday B/CD Tournament drew 16 area amateurs.
In this event, Diana Rojas met Ariel Rivera to
battle him once again in the finals. However,
Ariel continued his strong play in this match
to win 7-3, making this his second consecutive
B/C/D Predator event win.
1st: Ariel Rivera $175
2nd: Diana Rojas $125
3rd: Dave Fitzpatrick $ 70
4th: Gail Glazebrook $ 30
BCD Winner Ariel Rivera, Tony Robles &
Runner-up Diana Rojas
Tour Crowns Dennis
Hatch the 2009 Empire
Sunday, September 13, 2009
the two-day Seminole Tribe
of Florida Empire State Championships,
came to a close. As this event,
held at Raxx Pool Room, Sports
Bar & Grill in West Hempstead,
NY was sanctioned with the
Seminole Pro Tour as well
as the Predator 9-ball Tour,
a number of Seminole Tour
players were in attendance,
including Tony Crosby, Mike
Davis, Stevie Moore, John
DiToro, and Bill Dunsmore.
Some of the other top players
vying for the title included
defending champion Marc "Spain"
Vidal, George Sansouci, Dennis
Hatch, Eddie Abraham, Matt
Krah, Jeremy Sossei, Manny
Chau, Al Lapena, Ryan McCreesh,
Shaun Wilkie, Joey Kong, Evan
Broxmeyer, Joey Korsiak, and
Adam Kielar. Veteran player
and instructor Marty Herman
also came from Boston for
this event, and finished in
the top 24. Tour owner Tony
Robles was very pleased with
the turnout of 103 players,
especially considering that
two other major events, the
Predator International 10-ball
Tour and The Galveston World
Classic, were going on at
the same time.
A number of these top players
clashed in the early rounds,
with Jeremy Sossei defeating
Eddie Abraham 7-4, Oscar Bonilla
upsetting Stevie Moore 7-3,
and Adam Kielar turning George
Sansouci to the one loss side
with a 7-2 lashing. Adam continued
with a 7-4 win over Eddie
Culhane and drilled Sean "Alaska"
Morgan 7-1, but was not able
to overcome Manny Chau in
a match that went hill-hill.
Meeting with Manny on Day
2 was Shaun Wilkie, who had
previously defeated both Stevie
Moore and Jeremy Sossei, 7-3.
However, Wilkie did not pose
much of a problem for the
dominating Manny Chau, who
won by a 9-4 score.
Al Lapena was also a force
to be reckoned with at this
event, running through Teddy
Cook 7-2, Shawn Sookhai 7-1,
Thomas Wan 7-1, and Tony Robles
7-2, making his way to Day
2, where he defeated Ken Kerner
Meanwhile, Albany-based Jeff
Smolen had a strong run of
his own, defeating Scott Tollefson
7-4 and Joey Korsiak 7-5,
but then ran into Tony Crosby,
who scoured the match 9-4.
In the top quarter of the
bracket, Florida's John DiToro
was on a mission, which not
even Dennis Hatch could break.
DiToro finished off Hatch
in a hill-hill battle, and
followed it up with a 7-3
win over Ryan McCreesh, to
move on to defeat Joey Kong
9-6 on Day 2.
Winner's Bracket Showdown:
The first semi-final match
of the winner's bracket was
a face off between two Seminole
Tour rivals, Tony Crosby and
John DiToro. The two players,
who are also closely ranked
on the Seminole (4th and 5th
respectively), also had a
tight set which would go hill-hill,
with DiToro closing out the
Al Lapena and Manny Chau were
featured in the other semi-final
match, where Lapena's dominant
run would come to an end,
as Chau eliminated him by
a 9-3 score.
In the hot seat match, John
DiToro and Manny Chau kept
the score locked until they
reached 6-6, when Chau ran
away with the last three games
to win 9-6.
The One-Loss Side:
There were still a number
of tough players fighting
it out on the one-loss side
as Day 2 arrived. One of them
was Maryland grinder, Ryan
McCreesh, who eliminated Stevie
Moore 9-7, Ken Kerner 9-5,
and finally George Sansouci
Coming over from the winner's
bracket to meet McCreesh was
Tony Crosby. The two had a
closely fought match, but
Crosby would take control
to win 9-6.
After an early loss from John
DiToro, Dennis Hatch also
went on a mission, grinding
his way through matches against
Lionel Rivera 7-2, Adam Kielar
9-7, Jeremy Sossei 9-8, Jeff
Smolen 9-2, and defending
Empire State Champion Marc
In the quarterfinal match,
it was North vs South with
Dennis Hatch and Tony Crosby.
Hatch jumped to an early 5-1
lead in this set, but made
a few errors in the following
games, allowing Crosby back
in the set and win the following
five racks, taking the lead
However, a dry break cost
him in the next rack, and
after Hatch broke and ran
the following rack, Hatch
reclaimed the lead at 7-6.
Crosby returned with another
break and run to tie at 7-7,
but Dennis Hatch closed out
the set with two more wins
to move on to the semi-final.
Although Crosby did not make
it to the finals of this event,
his 4th place finish helped
push him up to the #1 ranked
position on the Seminole Pro
After falling to Manny Chau
in the hot seat match, John
DiToro faced a hot Dennis
Hatch... which is never good.
DiToro had a tough time finding
his break in this match, which
gave a big advantage to Hatch.
Dennis Hatch would lead the
match the match all the way
through, with DiToro never
getting closer than three
games from Hatch.
The Final Match:
After a long, grueling fight
through the one-loss side,
Dennis Hatch reached the finals
against undefeated Manny Chau,
in one final race to 11. Starting
off the set, Chau looked comfortable
and in-control, jumping to
a 3-0 lead on Hatch. However,
after scratching off a tremendous
cut shot in game four, Dennis
picked up some momentum, winning
the next two games.
At one of the critical points
in the match, Chau led by
5-3, but fouled by moving
the two ball with his shirt
while shooting the one ball,
giving Hatch ball in hand
to run out and close the gap
to 5-4. Both players continued
to play solid, and Dennis
Hatch stayed hot on Manny
Manny would get to the hill
first at 10-7, but miss a
surprising 6 ball to run out
the win, then Hatch broke
and ran to edge closer at
10-9. Manny had a promising
break in the next rack, but
when he shot a 3-5 combo,
the 3 would roll out of sight,
forcing him to kick. They
exchanged kick safes, but
Manny left an open bank for
Dennis, which he fired in
to run out and go hill-hill.
Dennis Hatch was breaking
in the final hill-hill game,
and needless to say, he was
fired up. Hatch crushed the
rack with his break and had
a relatively open table, with
the exception of the 5 and
6 sitting on opposite rails.
After making the four ball,
the crowd watched in shock
as the cue ball rolled nearly
on top of the 5 ball, leaving
Dennis in a very challenging
position. However, Dennis
sliced the 5-ball straight
into the corner, and the cue
ball bounced three rails for
perfect position on the 6
to run out the rack and win
the title of 2009 Empire State
Congratulations to Dennis
Hatch for an incredible comeback
to win the 2nd Annual Empire
State 9-ball Championships,
and to Manny Chau for an impressive
performance throughout the
In this event, Diana Rojas
was, for the second time,
awarded as the highest-finishing
female. Along with her at
the Empire State Championships
were a number of other NYC
ladies players including WPBA
pro Liz Ford, Erin McManus,
Gail Glazebrook, Borana Andoni,
Brenda Heras, "The Other"
Alison Fischer, and Kim Meyer.
Also acknowledged was Naldo
Troncoso, who earned a $100
prize as the highest-finishing
C/D player of the event. Congratulations
to both players for a well-played
We would also like to congratulate
Ariel Rivera for winning his
first 2nd Day B-C-D Predator
Tour event and to Scott Murphy
of Mr. Cue's Billiards for
coming in runner-up.
Tony Robles and the Predator
Tour staff would like to thank
presenting sponsor, The Seminole
Tribe of Florida, as well
as host sponsor Raxx Pool
Room, and tour sponsors Blatt
Billiards, Delta 13 Racks,
Predator Cues and all the
other sponsors that support
1st: Dennis Hatch $3,000
2nd: Manny Chau $2,000
3rd: John DiToro $1,500
4th: Tony Crosby $1,000
5th/6th: Al Lapena, Ryan McCreesh
7th/8th: "Ginky" George
Sansouci, Marc Vidal $450
9th-12th: Ken Kerner, Shaun
Wilkie, Jeff Smolen, Joey Kong
13th-16th: Stevie Moore, Joey
Korsiak, Jeremy Sossei, Mike
17th-24th: Noel Bensurto, John
Alicea, Matt Krah, Nelson Olivera,
Tony Robles, Eddie Vasquez,
Adam Kielar, Marty Herman $150
Highest Finishing C/D: Alex
Diana Rojas is
the Highest C/D Finisher
1st: Ariel Rivera
2nd: Scott Murphy
Ariel Rivera wins
Day 2 BCD
TRIBE OF FLORIDA
EMPIRE STATE 9-BALL
THIS WEEKEND AT
RAXX POOL ROOM,
SPORTS BAR &
SEPTEMBER 12TH &
am very proud to announce
stop # 14 of the Blatt Billiards
Predator 9-Ball Tour as the
Seminole Tribe of Florida
2009 Empire State 9-Ball Championship
which will be taking place
this Saturday & Sunday
September 12th-13th at Raxx
Pool Room, Sports Bar &
Grill in West Hempstead, NY
and as always, we will be
using the beautiful Delta-13
racks provided by www.delta-13.com.
Please read through the BCD
information below and the
NYCGrind.com will be covering
the event & Go4Pool.net
will be streaming the Matches
LIVE from Raxx!!
This will be a $6,500 added
This is the first time our
two tours have joined forces
to create a tournament that
will count as points towards
both tours! I would like to
personally thank the Seminole
Tribe of Florida for adding
$5,000 and Raxx owner and
player Holden Chin for adding
“With the fantastic
events that Tony Robles and
the Predator 9 Ball Tour have
put on this season, The Seminole
Tribe of Florida is looking
forward to being a part of
the action and coming up to
see the talent that the Northeast
has to offer!” -- Kevin
Pickard, Tour Director of
the Seminole Pro Tour.
The champion of this event
will make New York history
and enjoy the continued recognition
of their championship win
with a banner placement bearing
their name and year they've
won. It will hang in Raxx
Pool Room, Sports Bar and
Grill for years to come.
I consider this a special
event because when I was a
teenager, I always read a
lot about players that had
won state championships. I
always said to myself how
great it would be to win a
New York State Championship.
Little did I know that a pool
room in upstate New York had
one for many years but I unfortunately
discovered the tournament
after it ceased to exist.
I've won two Ocean State Championships
in my career and I can honestly
say it was one of the best
experiences I've encountered
as a pro.
With the expected turnout
for this event, race adjustments
will inevitably be made. We
are expecting 90-100+ players
for this event & with
such a large turnout, we must
close the field at 12 noon
and start play by 12:30. I
suggest that everyone get
there between 10-11am to guarantee
their spot! The field for
this tournament is limited
to 128 players.
We are not sure if we will
host a B-C-D event on Sunday,
September 13 at Raxx. Given
we don’t know how many
players from the Open will
come back on Sunday, we should
have a better idea late Saturday
night. Please feel free to
call Tony Robles at 917-202-2750
or William Finnegan at 917-232-5069
late Saturday night for more
Very Important - Remember
collared shirts required!
No T-Shirts! We are requesting
a more professional look for
this particular tournament
as it is the Empire State
Championship. Slacks &
Dress Shoes would be appreciated.
C/D Handicaps - The top finishing
C/D handicap player will receive
$100. (Note: Minimum 10 C/D
players must participate in
the tournament). Player must
get past first 2 rounds. In
the event of a tie, the fewest
racks earned by the C/D's
opponents will be the winner.
Reporting scores to the tour
director is the player's responsibility.
Please be certain Finnegan
records your score.
For the Ladies - Again, we
will also be awarding the
top finishing female an additional
$100 so ladies, come out and
represent! (Note: Minimum
of 6 women must participate
in the tournament. Not applicable
to Top 10 ranked WPBA members.
Women can only win the highest
finishing female or highest
finishing C/D. Not both).
Note: Finishing in the money,
disqualifies a C/D and/or
a female from receiving the
highest finisher award.
Looking forward to seeing
you all there!
Blatt Billiards Predator 9-Ball
Stop # 14
Seminole Tribe of Florida
Empire State 9-Ball Championship
Raxx Pool Room, Sports Bar
510 Hempstead Turnpike
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Local Long Island
Quality Inn - Floral Park,
NY - (718) 343-9600 - $99/night
- mention Cynthia
Red Roof Inn - Westbury, NY
- (516) 794-2555
Holiday Inn - Carle Place,
NY - (877) 863-4780
Marriott (516) - Uniondale,
NY - (516) 794-3800
Registration: There is an
annual registration fee of
$25 for all new players
Race depends on size of field
and table availability
Rack Your Own
No Soft Breaks Allowed
Finals one race to 9
Collared Shirt Required
Doors Open at 10am
Registration Closes at Noon
Matches Start at 12:30
Jeremy Sossei Goes Through
Predator Tour Stop #13 Undefeated
at Master Billiards
5-6, 2009, the Predator 9-ball Tour spent the
weekend at Master Billiards in Queens, NY, and
it brought some of NYC's toughest players along
with it. Players like George Sansouci, reigning
Empire State Champion "Spain" Marc
Vidal, Tony Robles, Jorge Rodriguez, Jeremy
Sossei, Joey Korsiak, Oscar Bonilla, Jonathan
Smith, Mike Miller, and John Alicea were some
of the top names to appear at Master for the
Predator Tour's 13th stop of the season.
There were also some international visitors
to the tour, such as 18-year-old Dennis Fokin
of Russia, and Lorenzo Nonato of Italy. Nonato
plays on the Euro Tour and is currently studying
English in NYC. Along with his stop on the Predator
Tour, you will also see Lorenzo Nonato at the
upcoming US Open in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Also making a guest appearance on the Predator
Tour was Pool, Poker, and Pain creator Blair
Thein, who after a first-round loss to Arturo
Reyes, was impressive defeating Wali Muhammed,
Bobby Blackmore, and Michael Wong, before exiting
with a 8-3 loss to Jonathan Smith on Saturday
Out of the 55 total players attending this event,
5 of them were females, with Gail Glazebrook,
Alison M. Fischer, Brenda Heras, Diana "Snooky"
Rojas, and the Highest Finishing C/D Player
in the event, Erin McManus. This is the second
time this season that Erin has won this award,
and she continues to prove that she can play
with some of the toughest guys in NYC.
On top of competing in the event and helping
run the tournament, Gail Glazebrook, along with
Snooky Rojas, were also busy commentating on
a number of feature matches, streamed live by
However, reigning Ocean State Champion and Connecticut
native, Jeremy Sossei, was the player to rise
above the crowd at Master Billiards, going undefeated
to make it his first-ever win on the Predator
On his route to the finals, Jeremy landed in
the final four of the winner's bracket after
defeating John Alicea, along with George Sansouci,
Jorge Rodriguez, and Marc Vidal. Jeremy would
defeat Marc Vidal by a 9-5 score to move on
to play in the match for the hot seat.
Also moving into the hot seat match was Jorge
Rodriguez, who came with a strong win over Ginky,
to meet with Jeremy Sossei. In this match, Jeremy
took a 7-1 lead on Jorge, but after taking a
break, he did not come back to the table playing
quite the same. Jorge fought all the way back
to pass up Jeremy and take an 8-7 lead, winning
seven consecutive games to take the hill. In
the following game, Jeremy would come out on
top of a safety battle, to make the match hill-hill.
In the tie-breaking game, the two got into a
safety battle early on, but Jeremy left an open
shot and Jorge took advantage. Jorge had a clear
table, but got out of line on the 8-ball. However,
he wowed the crowd with a show-stopping thin
cut down the rail, and the cue ball barely missed
scratching in the side pocket. He was left a
cut shot with the 9 one diamond out of the corner.
Incredibly, he under-cut the shot, and the 9
bounced out and onto the head spot. The fans
were in shock as the cue ball then rolled towards
the opposite corner pocket, but hung in the
jaws. This left Jeremy Sossei with a make-or-break
9-ball, which he fired in to win the match and
secure a position in the finals.
Meanwhile, after a first-round loss to Sean
Morgan, winner of Predator Stop #12, Mike Miller,
was grinding back through the one-loss side,
with wins over Carl Khan, Justin Muller, Arturo
Reyes, Juan Guzman, and Oscar Bonilla to come
back on Sunday to knock out Joey Korsiak. Miller's
run was then ended by Marc Vidal, who had just
come from his winner's side loss to Jeremy Sossei.
Also returning on Day 2 was NYCgrind.com's Jerry
Tarantola, who bounced back after a first-round
loss to Tony Robles to beat "Alaska"
Sean Morgan, Lionel Rivera, Steve Wright, Mhet
Vergara, and John Alicea. However, Jerry would
forfeit his Sunday rematch with Tony Robles,
who was ousted to the one-loss side by Ginky
on the hill.
However, Tony avenged his 1st loss to Ginky
by beating him on the hill, 9-8. Tony did not
last much longer though, as Marc Vidal would
continue his strong play to beat Tony 9-5, in
what Spain mentioned was his first-ever win
over "The Silent Assassin."
This win moved Spain forward into the semi-final
to meet Jorge Rodgriguez, who was returning
from his hot seat loss to Jeremy Sossei. In
this semi-final match (race to 9), Jorge and
Spain stayed locked, alternating games to meet
at 6-6. After Spain took a one-game lead at
7-6, Jorge had a chance tie the match again,
but missed another surprising 9-ball, and Spain
sailed through to win the set 9-6 to get a chance
in the finals.
Marc "Spain" Vidal then met with the
undefeated Jeremy Sossei in the finals. At the
late hour, the players decided to shorten the
race to 7 games. In the first few games, Jeremy
took charge of the match with an early 3-1 lead,
and continued to move forward to win dominantly
with a final score of 7-3. Congratulations to
Jeremy Sossei for his first win on the Predator
9-ball Tour, along with Marc Vidal for a strong
The Predator 9-ball Tour would also like to
thank it's sponsors Predator Cues, Blatt Billiards,
Delta 13- Racks, The Seminole Pro Tour, and
1st: Jeremy Sossei $1,100
2nd: Marc “Spain” Vidal $ 800
3rd: Jorge Rodriguez $ 550
4th: Tony Robles $ 400
5th/6th: George "Ginky" Sansouci, Mike
Miller $ 275
7th/8th: Joey Korsiak, Jerry Tarantola $ 200
9th-12th: Teddy Cook, Jonathan Smith, John Alicea,
Oscar Bonilla $ 150
Highest Finishing C/D: Erin McManus $100
On Sunday, the Predator Tour also held a B/C/D
event, which featured a comeback performance from
one of NYC's toughest up-and-coming players, Justin
Muller. Justin, who hails from Long Island, had
a first-round loss to Chris Laz, then returned
with wins over Teddy Cook, Steve Wright, Rene
Villalobos (6-5), Carl Khan (6-2), and Alex Gonzales
However, young Dennis Fokin was dominating the
winner's bracket of this tournament, going undefeated
to land in the hot seat. And, in the final match,
it looked like Dennis would easily take out Justin
Muller, as he took big 4-0 lead in the final race
to 7. But, Justin got back on track and turned
the match around to win the final match 7-5.
Congratulations to Justin Muller, who has been
officially dubbed "The Rogue Rhino"
by Jerry T, for his killer instinct, aggressive
style, and his "never say die" attitude,
which he proved in this event.
Erin McManus is the Highest C/D
This weekend, the Predator 9-ball Tour and the
Seminole Pro Tour will join forces to bring the
2nd-Annual Empire State Championships to Raxx
Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY. This $6,500-added
event sponsored by Seminole Tribe of Florida will
be the first event ever to count towards points
on two different tours (both the Predator and
If you stop out to Raxx on September 12-13, you
will catch some of the biggest names in pool in
action, such as Dennis Hatch, Tony Crosby and
Stevie Moore, as they join NYC's toughest players
like George Sansouci, Tony Robles, Frankie Hernandez,
and Marc Vidal, along with many more.
1st: Justin Muller $150
2nd: Dennis Fokin $100
3rd: Alex Gonzales $ 50
Justin Muller wins Day 2 BCD
Mike Miller Dominant in His
First Win on the Predator Tour
2009 The Predator 9-ball Tour had its 12th stop
of the season at Comet Billiards in Parsippany,
NJ. Comet, which often plays host to many of
the areas most sought-after events, is definitely
a player favorite in the area, and Bill Haley
& his staff do a great job in providing
a high-quality experience for the players.
Although Comet Billiards has become a stronghold
in the tri-state area since opening in 2001,
it is gaining even more notoriety as the home
of the Accu-Stats Arena. Pat Fleming and his
team streamed feature matches live on the web
all weekend for pool fans all over the world
to watch--for free! You can also watch recordings
of this event on the Accu-Stats video homepage
Kicking off the event at 1pm in the arena, Shaun
Wilkie and Matt Krah were matched up in the
first round. This set would go hill-hill, with
Shaun overcoming Matt in the final game. Krah
would take a surprisingly early exit, being
defeated by Oscar Bonilla, 8-4 two matches later.
Oscar would then take his match against John
Alicea hill-hill, but came short to bow out
early as well.
There was no shortage of killers at this event,
with Shaun Wilkie, George San Souci, Joey Kong,
WPBA pro Liz Ford, Sean "Alaska" Morgan,
Mike Fingers, Bobby Blackmore, John Alicea,
and Jerry Tarantola all in attendance, making
it a good warm-up for Turning Stone. You can
check out our photo gallery from Day 2 at this
event... click here.
Although this event drew many of the tour regulars,
there were also some newcomers to the tour at
Comet, including Team DMIRO Tour Director, Mike
Andrews. Alongside Allen Hopkins, Mike founded
Team DMIRO (which stands for Don't Miss It Run
Out), a new nation-wide pro-am tour set to debut
at Eastside Billiards on August 29-30. Check
it out at www.teamdmiro.com.
It is interesting to note that another tour
newbie, Richie Vazzano, had taken a 40-year
hiatus from pool before competing in this event.
Not only had Richie not competed since the 60's,
but he is also blind in one eye--which didn't
stop him from finishing in 13-16th place. He
had impressive wins over Brian Hunter, John
McCole, and Jason Michas, before falling to
Also making an appearance at this event was
PA's, Mike Miller. Mike is currently ranked
#8 on the Blaze Tour, but this was only his
second-ever Predator event, having finished
8th at the 2008 Empire State Championships.
However, Mike made quite a statement at Comet,
going through Saturday undefeated, with wins
over Christian Smith (8-5), Richie Vazzano,
Raj Vannala (8-3), and Pete Ziemak (8-3).
On Day 2 of this event, Mike faced tour owner
Tony Robles. On Saturday, Tony had hill-hill
wins over Al Lapena and Joey Kong in the first
two rounds, and then defeated Mark Finkelstein
8-2. In the last match featured on Accu-Stats
on Saturday night, he dominated "Alaska"
Sean Morgan by a score of 8-3. "The Silent
Assasin" also easily handled Mike Miller
with a 9-4 finish.
Leading the bottom of the winner's bracket,
Ginky SanSouci was in full force, defeating
Jeremy Sossei (8-6), John Alicea (8-6), and
Dennis Spears (8-4). Ginky then took on Israeli
up-and-comer Zion Zvi, remaining in top form
to win 9-3. Although this was only Zion's third
stop on the Predator Tour, he has made a big
impression, winning his first event at Eastside
Billiards, and finishing second to Mika Immonen
at Amsterdam Billiards.
This set the hot seat match for Robles vs San
Souci under the lights of the Accu-Stats Arena.
Ginky took an early 3-1 lead, Tony struggling
with the break and Ginky took advantage of this.
Tony forged a recovery to trail by one game
at 5-4, but, he still couldn't seem to get into
rhythm, and Ginky went on to get to the hill
However, none of the following racks were very
straightforward, and they battled back and forth
between safeties. Tony edged forward and came
through with some clutch shots to win the next
3 games and go hill-hill. In the final rack,
both players made a couple unusual errors, but
Ginky redeemed himself, kicking in the 3 ball
after he got hooked behind the 7 ball, and running
out to win a spot in the finals.
Meanwhile, Joey Kong and Shaun Wilkie faced
off after battling their way to the final four
on the one-loss side. Joey had Shaun in a 4-0
lead, but Shaun came back to test "King
Kong" and pull ahead to win 9-7. Shaun
had fought hard on the previous night in a nail-biter
against "Alaska" Sean Morgan, which
came to a 6-6 tie, with the following racks
going into safety battles. With Shaun on the
hill, Alaska nearly tied it with a 2-9 combo,
but it rattled out, and Shaun came with a strong
runout to win the set.
Also making it to the final four on the one-loss
side was Victor Nau, who had hill-hill wins
over Mike Fingers and Greg McAndrews, and a
8-3 win over Wali Muhammed. Victor's run was
ended by Al Lapena, who dominated the match,
9-2. Al also took out Liz Ford (8-1), Ben Sadowski
(8-4), Raj Vannala (8-2), Mhet Vergara (8-2),
and Dennis Spears (8-2).
Lapena was finally tested by Mike Miller in
the following match, with Miller overcoming
the Filipino powerhouse in the hill-hill game.
Zion Zvi also pulled through to take out Shaun
Wilkie with a close 9-7 win. This set up Miller
and Zvi to determine the winner of the one-loss
In this set, Miller dominated from the very
start, with a 4-1 lead. In fact, it looked like
Miller would run away with the match, continuing
on to lead 7-2, but Zion wouldn't give up so
easily. Although Miller shortly got to the hill,
Zvi turned on the heat to come 8-7, but Miller
closed out the win at 9-7.
This sent Mike Miller to the Accu-Stats Arena
for a rematch with Tony Robles once again, for
the semi-final. However, this match went very
differently than their earlier set. In almost
every rack, Tony and Mike both broke the 9 ball
out and sitting near the bottom left pocket.
However, Tony struggled to sink a ball on the
break, preventing him from gaining momentum.
Mike stayed focused and determined, winning
the set 9-4.
The name of the game for "Maniac Mike"
Miller at Comet was "fast and loose."
As you will see if you watch the Accu-Stats
recordings, Mike moved around the table with
ease and total confidence, and this approach
propelled him straight through to the finals
at the Predator Tour.
In the final match, which would be a single
race to 11, Ginky was awaiting Mike Miller in
the hot seat. Maintaining his momentum from
the semi-final, Miller had a swagger as he stepped
around the table. However, Ginky was not about
to be pushed over, he and Mike traded games,
keeping the score close.
With a 5-5 tie, Ginky broke dry, leaving Mike
to run out for the lead. Ginky returned with
a runout after Mike missed a thin cut on the
two, tying the score again 6-6. After alternating
safes and kicks in game 13, Ginky gets an open
shot and runs out, leading 7-6.
In rack 14, Mike broke and ran out to tie it
again at 7-7. In the following rack, Ginky looked
to have the runout, but made a fatal position
error on the 7. He played safe, but it wasn't
quite good enough, as Mike sliced in the 7 ball
from the far side of the table. In the following
game, Mike crushed the rack again, and ran out
a challenging layout to lead 9-7.
Ginky broke next and had a good chance to get
back in the set with a shot on the one. Surprisingly,
Ginky did not get where he hoped on the 3, made
a tough cut, but had an even tougher shot on
the 4. He attempted to back-cut the 4 ball,
but was unsuccessful, allowing Mike to runout
to the hill.
On the hill, Mike demolished the rack again,
dropping the 1 and 2. He was left in a tough
spot on the 3 however, with the cue up table
and the 3 near the head spot. He cut in the
3, and the cue bounced off the rail and kissed
into the 9, into the side rail, then into the
9 again ending up stuck with the 9 blocking
his path to the 4. This does not phase him in
the least, as he broke out his broke out his
jump cue again and popped the 4 ball in the
corner to run out the rack and win the match.
Congratulations to Mike Miller, for pulling
out all the stops for a tremendous win at Comet
1st Mike Miller $1000
2nd George SanSouci $750
3rd Tony Robles $500
4th Zion Zvi $375
5th/6th Shaun Wilkie, Al Lapena $250
7th/8th Victor Nau, Joey Kong $175
9th-12th Dennis Spears, Wali Muhammad,
Pete Ziemak, Sean Morgan $125
Highest Finishing C/D: Alex Gonzalez $75
On Sunday, eight players turned out for the B-C-D
event. Sandy Patarino and Rene Villalobos met
in the finals and it was a true battle, ending
in a hill-hill tiebreaker that Rene would close
out to win.
Alex Gonzalez is the Highest C/D
1st: Rene Villalobos $150
2nd: Sandie Patarino $ 85
Rene Villalobos wins Day 2 BCD
"The Iceman" Mika
Immonen Dominant in Stellar Performance
at Amsterdam Billiards
A full field
of 64 pool players quickly sold out the Predator
Tour's 10th event of the season. Even though
it was a beautiful summer weekend, the field
was filled in 40 minutes. The popular Manhattan
local drew top local and regional players to
come out to show NYC's knowledgeable crowd that
they've got game.
Standout names that were in attendance were
Frankie Hernandez, Tony Robles, Mika Immonen,
"Ginky" George Sansouci, Al Lapena,
Zion Zvi, "Spain" Marc Vidal, Matt
Krah and Bobby Blackmore.
Amsterdam Billiards has a history of hosting
pro events and exhibitions, as well as bringing
celebrities around the game of pool. While there
were no notable celebrities in attendance, each
of the 64 players were looking to make a statement
at the NYC hotspot.
The Predator Tour event brought back the final
8 players in a showdown beginning at High Noon.
The winner's side match ups were: Al Lapena
vs. Bobby Blackmore and reining "US Open
Champion" Mika Immonen vs breakthrough
player Zion Zvi.
Zion has been playing tremendous as of late,
including winning the 8th Stop of the Predator
Tour as well as placing 3rd in the Maryland
Straight Pool Championships. While Zion showed
that he can hang with anyone in the world, Mika
was able to clutch out the win 9-7.
Bobby Blackmore (def) Al Lapena 9-7 lining up
the winner's side "Hot Seat" with
arguably the best pool player in the world....
Mika is still fresh from snapping off the Qatar
Open, and is having a remarkable year, with
another recent win at the Japan Open.
Bobby wasn't able to put the heat on the "Iceman"
as Mika controlled the match en-route to a 9-4
score. The "W" left Mika in sole position
in the finals on the winner's side of the bracket.
On the one loss side the match ups were... Matt
Krah vs Victor Nau and Mhet Vergara vs Joey
Matt Krah (def) Victor Nau 9-6, before losing
to Al Lapena in a tough "Hill-Hill"
On the bottom half of the bracket Joey Kong
"King Kong" played a big game during
his 1st match over local Filipino top player
Joey followed up with another strong performance,
but couldn't overcome new player on the scene,
Zion Zvi's consistent and clutch play. Zion
was able to clutch out the set "Hill-Hill"
Zion was then matched up with a top Fil-Am player
Al Lapena on the front table. This match displayed
strong play by both players including outstanding
shotmaking and safety play. Al jumped out to
an early 5-1 lead before Zion came back with
a near perfect performance to win 9-7. When
the dust settled, it was Zion Zvi getting the
win by way of a 9-7 score.
The stage was set in a match-up between local
top player Bobby Blackmore and Zion Zvi. Bobby
is known for his aggressive play, hard break
and quick tempo. Zion has a more determined
shot making process and controlled game. The
contrast in styles coupled with the fact that
both of these players wanted to have a shot
at "The Iceman" built up this feature
Zion was dominant in a outstanding performance
allowing Bobbby to only win 3 games in the race
After a short break that seemed to spark a heavy
thunderstorm, the knowledgeable NYC billiards
crowd was primed for the feature matchup. The
final match was one race to 11 games, determining
the winner of the 10th Predator Tour Stop of
Go4pool.net streamed the final match and had
commentary by "Snookie" Diana Rojas,
"Smitty" Dan Smith, and tournament
director, William Finnegan.
Zion won the lag, and pocketed a ball on his
first break, but missed a tough cut on the one
ball that cost him 2 games. Mika ran that rack
out, and broke and ran out the next rack as
well. The players traded the next two games
making the score 4-2.
Mika went on an impressive 7-2 run, en-route
to a 11-4 score... capping off an impressive
"The Iceman" is preparing for the
Mezz Classic which will take place in Orlando
from August 6-9th. The former World Champion
is looking forward to seeing the cue company
that makes his cue give back to the pros. Along
with playing great, Mika also mentioned that
he feels that he is making a great contribution
to the game through his recently-released instructional
DVD, "Mastering Pool."
The Predator Tour would like to thank all its
players who came out to this event, as well
as the tour’s sponsors: Blatt Billiards,
Delta 13 Racks and The Seminole Tribe of Florida.
There were 21 players who came out to play in
the B-C-D tournament which took place on Sunday
Ed Sumner plays a strong match over home player
Trevor Heal defeating him 5-1 setting up a "Hot
Seat Match" with Ed Hugh. Ed Hugh played
solid defeating Ed Sumner 5-3, earning a shot
in the finals.
On the west side of the bracket, Diana Rojas
played a gritty match against Sam Islam (7-4),
lining up a match between her and Ed Sumner.
Ed earned a spot in the finals by stopping the
surging Rojas in a close 7-5 battle.
Ed Hugh was impressive in a 7-3 win over House
player Ed Sumner, to capture the BCD event.
Ed Hugh wins Day 2 BCD Event
|Complete Payouts - Open
1st Mika Immonen $1150
2nd Zion Zvi $775
3rd Bobby Blackmore $550
4th Al Lapena $400
5th/6th Matt Krah, Joey Kong $325
7th/8th Mhet Bergara, Victor Nau $250
9th-12th Tony Robles, Mike Yednek, Marc Vidal,
Derek Schwager $175
13th-16th George Sansouci, Justin Muller, Junior
Sanchez, Richard Louapre $125
Delta 13 Highest CD Finisher:
There was a tie between Neslihan Gürel and
Complete Payouts - BCD Day 2
1st: Ed Hugh $250
2nd: Ed Sumner $170
3rd: Diana Rojas $110
4th: Sammy Islan $70
Robles Runs Through the Predator
Tour at Paradise Billiards on Father's
The heat was
on at the Predator 9-Ball Tour's 9th stop of
the season, as 42 of the tour's players came
out to compete for the first time at Paradise
Billiards in Sunnyside, Queens.
One of the highlight players in this event was
house pro Al Zea, who attended his first Predator
event on this weekend. Zea suffered a first
round loss to Tony Robles (8-5), but came back
on a determined hot streak through the one-loss
side to finish in fourth place.
Some of the other top competitors attending
this event include Marc Vidal, Jorge Rodriguez,
Tony Robles, "Alaska" Sean Morgan,
Mhet Vergara, "Ginky" George San Souci,
Zion Zvi, Oscar Bonilla, and Jerry Tarantola.
Five of the tour's ladies also came out to show
what they're made of, including Gail Glazebrook,
Olga Gashkova, Alison Fischer, Diana Rojas,
and Erin McManus, who claimed the award for
the highest finishing C/D player, winning $100.
In this event, the winner's bracket was dominated
by Tony Robles, Marc Vidal, Jerry Tarantola,
and Oscar Bonilla. Robles & Vidal faced
off in a match that Robles would dominate by
a score of 8-3. On the other side of the bracket,
Tarantola trailed Bonilla by 4-1, but came back
with a vengeance to win 8-5.
For the hot seat, Tony Robles and Jerry Tarantola
met up in a one-sided match that Tony would
mop up by a score of 8-1, sending Jerry to the
one-loss side. Tony was tapped into the zone
in this match, and took advantage of Jerry's
errors--ending his winning streak, having not
let previous opponents aside from Bonilla get
past 3 games.
On the one-loss side, we saw a number of dramatic
matches the between some of the toughest players.
"Alaska" Sean Morgan would win a testing
8-6 match to eliminate George San Souci only
to fall in the next round to house pro Al Zea,
who had a strong performance, stepping out to
lead 4-1. Alaska would return with two more
games, but Al played lights-out, hardly missing
a ball to win 8-3.
Al would then match up with Marc Vidal, returning
from his winner's side loss to Tony Robles.
It looked like Vidal was falling victim to fatigue
even early in this match, falling short on his
safeties, risking giving the momentum to Zea.
However, the battle stayed neck and neck. With
the match locked at 5 games, Zea made a 1-9
carom to take the lead. In the following game,
Vidal played a strong safety, but Zea returned
with a strong kick shot on the one ball, and
ran out. Zea then broke and ran out an impressive
final rack to win the set 8-5.
On the other side of the bracket, Oscar Bonilla
faced off against Danny Caliente. In this match,
Bonilla was too much for Caliente to handle,
with Bonilla jumping out to a 5-0 lead, to finish
with an 8-3 win. This set up a match between
Bonilla and Al Zea in the Quarter-Finals. Zea
initially continued his strong play, but the
late hour was taking its toll as he made some
errors, which Bonilla capitalized on, Bonilla
finishing on top 8-5.
Bonilla moved on to play Jerry Tarantola in
the Semi-Finals. This match played out much
differently than their earlier set, with Bonilla
easily winning by a score of 8-2, landing him
in the finals against tour owner, Tony Robles.
The final match lined up Oscar Bonilla to play
tour owner Tony Robles, who went through the
tournament undefeated. The match would land
at hill-hill, but Bonilla would make a fatal
error as he scratched on the 7-ball to allow
Robles to take the match and the tournament,
making this Robles' 2nd consecutive Father's
Day weekend win.
The Predator Tour would like to thank all its
players who came out to this event, as well
as the tour's sponsors: Blatt Billiards, Delta
13 Racks and The Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Congratulations to Tony Robles for a dominating
performance at Paradise Billiards.
1st: Tony Robles $1000
2nd: Oscar Bonilla $600
3rd: Jerry Tarantola $400
4th: Al Zea $300
5th: Marc Vidal $200
5th: Danny Caliente $200
7th: Sean Morgan $150
7th: Jorge Rodriguez $150
9th: Brian Hunter $100
9th: Victor Nau $100
9th: Olli Turkulainen $100
9th: Hiram Maldonado $100
Highest finishing C/D: Erin McManus $100
Eastside Billiards Crowns
Zion Zvi as it's First Predator Tour
June 13 the Predator 9-Ball Tour kicked off
its 8th stop of the season at Eastside Billiards,
one of the newest rooms added to the tour's
roster this season. Eastside is the premier
location in upper Manhattan to play pool and
relax with friends, and the staff and regulars...
made it a great host room for the Predator Tour.
The Predator Tour brought some of the toughest
players in the area out to compete at Eastside,
including Jeremy Sossei, Marc Vidal, Bobby Blackmore,
Joey Kong, Oscar Bonilla, "Ginky"
George San Souci, Jonathan Smith, Zion Zvi,
George Rodriguez, and Sean Morgan, with a total
of 44 players in attendance.
WPBA Pro Liz Ford also came out to this event,
along with regional ladies players Borana Andoni,
Alison Fischer, and Gail Glazebrook, who had
a breakout performance in this event, placing
This was a particularly interesting event because
two newcomers to the tour had standout performances.
Qi Liu, a player from North Carolina, came out
to the Predator for the first time, and had
a solid run through the winner's bracket until
he hit the tour's other newbie, Zion Zvi in
the quarterfinals of the winner's bracket, in
a 9-6 loss for Liu.
In a breakout performance, Zion Zvi makes a
statement in NYC through a remarkable percise
weekend of stellar pool.
Although Zion Zvi may be a new name to some,
this player from Tel Aviv, Israel made a mark
at the Predator this weekend. He pulled off
wins over Trevor Heal, Jonathan Smith, Tony
Robles (7-5), Jason Hunt (7-5) Qi Liu (9-3),
and Marc Vidal (9-5) which landed him in the
After a first round loss to Tony Robles, George
San Souci displayed heart with a gritty performance,
going straight through the one-loss side to
defeat Jason Trager, Trevor Heal, Brian Hunter,
"Alaska" Sean Morgan, Gail Glazebrook,
and Tony Robles.
Jerry Tarantola also bounced back from an early
loss to Brian Hunter grinding back to fourth
place, with notable wins over Jeremy Sossei,
Oscar Bonilla, and Bobby Blackmore, before he
was eliminated by George San Souci in a one-sided
This win landed San Souci a shot in the semi-finals
against "Spain" Marc Vidal, who had
just finished a run through the winner's bracket,
stopped by Zion Zvi. This match would show a
strong display of kicking, banking, and safety
battles, with the players staying in line with
one another, landing in a hill-hill tie. One
of the defining points in the match was Spain's
critical kick safe which locked up the cue ball,
allowing him to take control over the set to
move to the finals.
In the finals, Marc Vidal returned to take another
shot against Zion in single set final race to
11. In this match, Zion would remain the dominant
force, keeping a steady edge over "Spain,"
who wasn't able to control the cue ball as well
as previous matches. Zion Zvi presented a calm,
controlled game, looking fearless as he moved
around the table with ease. The match would
end with a final score of 11-6 in favor of Zion
Zvi, capping off a breakout performance.
Zion, who currently resides in Long Island,
had been a long-time snooker player in Israel
before picking up 9-ball in 2005. After watching
the European Pool Championships, he decided
to pick up 9-ball, and went on to win the Best
of the East Championship within a year of the
Tony Robles and his staff would like to extend
their congratulations to Zion for his outstanding
performance in his first Predator event, as
well as thank the Predator Tour's sponsor, Predator
Cues, Delta Rack, the Seminole Pro Tour, and
Jerry Shipman, owner of Eastside Billiards,
rolled out the red carpet for all of the pool
players who were in attendance for it's first
Predator Tour Event. A fan of competitive pool,
he remarked that it was great to see so many
of his local players into the event, and plans
more in the future.
The Predator Tour also held the 2nd day handicapped
"BCD" tournament on Sunday, with 16
players stopping out for this event. Teddy Cook
would rise to the top of the winner's bracket,
after a win over David Weinstein.
Weinstein came back to land in the finals after
a win against Alison Fischer (6-4) who had beat
Luis Novas (5-2) and Wilfredo Albay (5-0) on
the one-loss side. In the final, Weinstein avenged
his loss to Cook with a 7-3 win.
David Weinstein wins Day
2 BCD Event
1st Zion Zvi $1000
2nd Marc Vidal $700
3rd George San Souci $525
4th Jerry Tarantola $400
5th Bobby Blackmore $250
5th Qi Liu $250
7th Tony Robles $200
7th Oscar Bonilla $200
9th Joey Kong $100
9th Jason Hunt $100
9th Gail Glazebrook $100
9th Bill Finnegan $100
Highest Finishing C/D Player: Jason Gonzalez $100
Complete Payouts - BCD Day 2
1st: David Weinstein $150
2nd: Teddy Cook $100
3rd: Alison Fischer $30
John Alicea takes Predator
ABCD at Masters
On May 30-31,
the Predator 9-ball Tour took over Master Billiards
in Queens, NY, for tour stop #7, their third
ABCD event of the season. This event attracted
60 of the best amateurs from around the New
York area, such as John Alicea, Michael Yednak,
Dan Cintron, Jose Cruz, and Jay Chiu.
Four of the toughest female players from around
the area also came out to compete... Gail Glazebrook,
Borana Andoni, Linda Cheung, and the highest
finishing female, Diana "Snookie"
Rojas, who was awarded $60.
In this format, the C/D players played against
each other on the bottom half of the bracket,
while the A/B players took the top, in a handicapped
race to 7, lower ranked player spotted games
on the wire.
The Winner's Bracket:
After defeating Shorty Santiago, William Finnegan,
and John Chong, Ed Hugh faced off against young
gun John Alicea, in a match that Alicea dominated
by a score of 7-4.
Rising to the top of the winner's bracket on
the C/D side, Jay Chiu would defeat Ron Mason
by a score of 7-4 to move on to the match for
the hot seat against Alicea.
In the match for the hot-seat, underdog up-and-comer
Jay Chiu, who had an impressive performance
in this event, faced of against John Alicea,
spotting Jay 2 games on the wire in a race to
This match impressively went hill-hill, with
the players trading game for game, and Jay showing
some strong banking skills. However, in the
final game, John's firepower kept him on top
to win a spot in the finals.
The One-Loss Side:
There were still plenty of tough players fighting
it out on the one-loss side come Sunday morning
when the action started at noon.
Michael Yednak, who was knocked to the one-loss
side by John Alicea, would have a great run
to defeat Jerry Tarantola, William Finnegan,
Dan Cintron, John Chong, and Ed Hugh, to fall
to Jose Cruz in a close 7-5 match.
Jose Cruz also came a long way through the loser's
bracket, winning a stunning 10 matches to land
in the finals against John Alicea, after crushing
Jay Chiu by a score of 7-1. Jose's play was
very impressive, and I would say he was playing
near-perfectly on Sunday afternoon.
In the final match, Jose Cruz would meet with
the undefeated John Alicea in a final race to
9. Cruz, rated as a "C," got 2 games
on the wire in this match, as Alicea is rated
However, as mentioned, Jose was showing some
outstanding play on that afternoon, and with
the two-game spot, this match turned out to
be an uphill battle for Alicea. Early on, Alicea
made some uncharacteristic mistakes, and Cruz
jumped to a 4-2 lead after John scratched on
the break. In the following game, Jose would
break dry to allow John to runout and close
the gap to 4-3.
Just as things were looking to turn around for
Alicea, Cruz jumped up to a huge 8-3 lead over
Alicea after a couple crucial missed balls,
landing him one game away from the win.
But, in the following game, Cruz missed a safety,
letting John run out, making the score 8-4,
and Alicea started to pick up some momentum.
Cruz also started to make some little mistakes
that weren't customary in the beginning of the
set, as he hung an 8-ball, allowing Alicea another
John was finally getting into his stroke, and
turned his game around making some smarter defensive
decisions. To close the gap to two games, John
broke successfully and left a 2-9 combo to make
the score 8-6.
After John missed a 1-ball in the next rack,
the players exchanged safeties with John coming
out on top. From there, John ran to 8-ball,
but made a misstep on his position for the 9,
tapping it into the rail and leaving the cue
ball facing the 9 to the rail. John and Jose
exchanged safeties, nudging the cue into the
9, but John played the game winning safe by
skimming the cue off the 9, keeping the 9 on
the rail and the cue on the opposite rail. Jose
would attempt a bank on the 9, but miss and
leave it for John, making the score hill-hill.
In the hill game, Jose broke, then missed a
1-7 combo. John ran to the 4, but got out of
line on the 5 and played safe. However, Jose
got another chance, but landed bad on the 9,
with the 9 near the end rail and the cue facing
at an 80 degree angle. Jose went for a full-table
bank, and it barely rattled, leaving the match
and the win for John.
Both players showed a lot of heart throughout
the event and fought hard to make it to the
finals. Congratulations to John Alicea for his
first Predator 9-ball Tour win!
The next Predator event will be the $1500 added
Eastside Billiards stop on June 15-16th.
John Hacsi wins Day 2 BCD
1st John Alicea $1000
2nd Jose Cruz $650
3rd Jay Chiu $500
4th Michael Yednak $375
5th Ed Hugh $225
5th Ron Mason $225
7th John Chong $150
7th Arturo Reyes $150
9th Dan Cintron $100
9th Juan Guzman $100
9th Alberto Estevez $100
9th John Hacsi $100
Delta 13 Highest Female:
Diana Rojas: $60
Complete Payouts - BCD Day 2
1st John Hacsi $120
2nd Jimmy Acosta $80
3rd Dan Dagotdot $20
McCreesh Takes Down Predator
Stop #6 at Comet
Tour's sixth stop of the season came through
Comet Billiards this past weekend, and drew
an extremely strong field of 58 players. The
players were all business as they came out to
play on Memorial Day weekend all vying to make
a statement at the home of the "Accu-Stats
Arena". Pat Flemming (Accu-Stats) has been
doing a great job in contributing towards the
revitalization of pool on a local level providing
a professional TV arena driving interest from
Pro players to play in local events.
There was a surprise showing besides the super-strong
regional players such as "Ginky" George
San Souci, Tony Robles, Ryan McCreesh, Manny
Chau, Jonathan Smith, Oscar Bonilla,"Alaska"
Sean Morgan, Joey Kong, Jeremy Sossei, and Shaun
Wilke. Legendary pro Mike Sigel also made a
rare appearance to compete. Mike is a 10-time
World Champion and was also voted the Greatest
Living Player of the 20th Century. It was also
good to see that legendary straight pool player
Earl Herring came out to compete as well.
Mike Sigel drew a big crowd and his ability
to liven up a crowd left the pool room buzzing.
While Mike played strong overall including several
dominant sets, he lost to Tony Robles 9-7 and
"Ginky" 9-6 leading to a respectable
4th place finish.
Ryan McCreesh went through the winner's side
of the bracket undefeated delighting the rail
birds with stellar play. On the road to the
finals Ryan went through Jonathan Smith 9-6,
Wayne Nicholson 9-4, Manny Chau 9-5, Greg McAndrews
9-0, Tony Robles 9-2. In the finals, Ryan was
matched up against "Ginky" George
San Souci, who put on a clinic of heart and
determination, grinding out match after match
earning him a spot in the finals. Ginky played
a stellar set against Mike Sigel on the TV table
defeating him 9-6 and followed it up with a
gritty "Hill-Hill" Hot Seat Match
victory over Tony Robles.
In the finals the Accu-Stat's TV stage was set...
a match up between Maryland's Ryan McCreesh
and NY's "Ginky" George San Souci.
Ryan McCreesh has been on fire of late recently
winning the Maryland 10 Ball Championships and
the Maryland bar table championships. Ginky
continues to be a favorite in the Predator Tour
and other local events. Ryan took off out of
the gate with a 5-0 lead after a few missed
opportunities by Ginky and combination of stellar
play and fortunate rolls. Ryan began struggling
on the break and started to lose some of his
momentum and Ginky began to capitalize closing
the gap to 6-4. Unfortunately for "Ginky"
he began getting several bad rolls and was unable
to come up with a shot after the break leaving
him frustrated. While "Ginky" didn't
show much frustration it was clear that he was
unable to continue his momentum as Ryan regained
control of the match. Ryan caught a second wind
and hit his high gear and pulled away from the
set leading to his first Predator Tour Title.
The Predator Tour's next stop will be a A-B-C-D
event May 30-31 at Master Billiards. (39-01
Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, NY)
Christian Smith Takes Day
2 BCD Event
1st: Ryan McCreesh $1,000
2nd: George San Souci $650
3rd: Tony Robles $475
4th: Mike Sigel $350
5th: Manny Chau $250
5th: Greg McAndrews $250
7th: Jeremy Sossei $175
7th: Joey Kong $175
9th: Bobby Blackmore $150
9th: Sean Morgan $150
9th: Earl Herring $150
9th: Jerry Tarantola $150
13th: Wayne Nicholson $100
13th: Shaun Wilkie $100
13th: Jonathan Smith $100
13th: Eric Toledo $100
Complete Payouts - BCD Day 2
1st: $150 Christian Smith
2nd: $100 Mike Cardinal
3rd: $40 Devil Dave
Lionel Rivera Goes Undefeated
in Stop #5
The Blatt Billiards
Predator 9-Ball Tour held its second “A-B-C-D”
stop of the 2009 season. A total of seventy-nine
players showed up for tour’s two events
of the weekend.
The main tournament began Saturday and drew
sixty-two of the Tri-State area’s strongest
players. The tournament structure lets the A-B
players battle it out at the top of the chart,
while the C-D players compete on the bottom.
Picking up right where he left off from the
first A-B-C-D event (3rd place), Lionel Rivera,
took advantage of a first round bye and fell
into dead stroke by defeating John Mazes 7-2,
Craig Seal 7-4, Mike Wong 7-4 and Thomas Wan
7-4 to remain unscathed after the first day.
Albert Estevez also took advantage of a first
round bye and defeated Dave Ascolese 7-3, Bobby
Varughese 7-3 and a close call with Shawn Sookhai
The very classy Beau Baer was having a monster
tournament with clear-cut wins over Mark Perel
7-5, Charlie Lentini 7-4, Bob Mammarella 7-3
and Shorty Santiago 7-5.
Stop #4’s B-C-D winner PJ Puma also went
undefeated with wins over Dennis Lake 7-6, Mike
Ettl 7-2, and a very tight win over Alex Gonzalez
The one loss side still had many killers fighting
to stay alive. Thomas Wan continued to fight
after his loss to Lionel Rivera but was stopped
by Beau Baer 7-3. Shorty Santiago was defeated
by Beau Baer 7-5, but came back to defeat Charlie
Lentini 7-4 only to fall short against Thomas
Wan 7-2. Dave Ascolese was grinding it out after
his first loss to Albert Estevez and defeated
Duane Toney 7-4 and Gregory Charles 7-2 before
losing to Mike Ettl 7-3.
New comer to the tour Charlie Lentini was also
having a great tournament with incredible wins
over Justin Muller 7-0 and John Alicea 7-3.
John Hacsi was taking care of business on the
one-loss side. After losing to Jim Murnak 7-2,
John came back to defeat Stefan Wiegmann 7-0,
Teddy Cook 7-2, Rob Slayback 7-1, and Mike Ettl
7-3 but lost a heart breaker to Shawn Sookhai
As day one came to a close, only four were left
undefeated; Lionel Rivera, Beau Baer, P.J. Puma
& Albert Estevez. On the A-B side, Lionel
Rivera would face Beau Baer for a chance at
the hot seat, while in the C-D bracket, P.J.
Puma would battle Albert Estevez.
While Lionel Rivera remained in control of his
game on day two, Beau seemed to be a different
player. Lionel took advantage of a couple of
mistakes and dominated Baer 7-2 for a chance
at the hot seat. Albert Estevez took care of
PJ Puma to earn his shot at the hot seat winning
The match for the hot seat was a barn burner
with Lionel squeaking out the win 7-6.
On the one loss side, Shawn Sookhai staged a
comeback by winning four in a row, (three of
them hill-hill matches) to earn a shot at the
semifinals against Albert Estevez. But Sookhai
seemed to lose his steam against Estevez and
Albert played tough pool. Estevez won 7-3 against
Sookhai for a chance to redeem himself against
In the final, Lionel could not be denied as
he calmly ran rack after rack to claim his first
Predator Tour stop win of this season, winning
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Charlie Lentini Wins Day
2 BCD Event Stop #5
The tour also hosted the Delta-13 second day
B-C-D event which was won by my good friend
Charles Lentini. Charles defeated Dave Deserio
in the final 7-4.
Stop #6 will be taking place May 23-24 at Comet
Billiards in Parsippany, NJ. Pat Fleming will
be on hand to stream the matches live through
www.accu-stats.com. This stop will be open to
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
1st Lionel Rivera $1000
2nd Albert Estevez $675
3rd Shawn Sookhai $500
4th Beau Baer $350
5th Thomas Wan $250
6th PJ Puma $250
7th Alex Gonzalez $175
8th Shorty Santiago $175
9th Charlie Lentini $100
10th John Alicea $100
11th John Hacsi $100
12th Bobby Varughese $100
13th Bob Mammarella $50
14th Dave Manasseri $50
15th Mike Ettl $50
16th Ryan Klett $50
Complete Payouts - BCD Day 2
1st Charlie Lentini $200
2nd Dave Deserio $100
3rd John Chong $60
4th Chris Laz $35
Tony Robles Grinds Out a Win
at Stop #4
Stop #4 of the
Predator 9-Ball Tour kicked off Easter Weekend
with a very strong field of 45 players at Cue
Bar in Bayside, NY. Top players in attendance
included World Champion and Hall of Famer Mike
Sigel, Oscar Bonilla, Shaun Wilkie, Al Lapena,
Holden Chin, Frankie Hernandez, Jorge Rodriguez,
Jeremy Sossei, Sean “Alaska” Morgan,
Mhet Vergara, Mike Fingers, Victor Nau, Eddie
Uber, Marc Vidal, George SanSouci and Tony Robles.
Before we go on to the results, I would like
to inform everyone that a dear friend of the
tour, Scott Simonetti came up with a rare bacterial
infection and had part of his left arm and left
leg amputated. I’ve known Scott for about
20 years and can honestly tell you that he was
always fearless and had the heart of a lion
when it came to competition on the green felt.
Please keep Scott in your prayers as he recovers.
With the sixteen Open and Pro players in the
event, no player was ever comfortable with the
matches that lay before them. And many of the
higher ranked players found victory against
the usually dominating Pros.
Opening first round matches saw open player
Mhet Vergara against the ever improving Lionel
Rivera (A) with Lionel nearly giving Vergara
a donut winning 8-1. Another impressive win
was John Alicea (A) who took down giant player
Frankie Hernandez (Pro) 8-5. Victor Nau also
had a tough opening draw in Al Lapena who has
continued to do well in the Predator events
this season. Victor struggled to stay in the
match and lost 8-4.
Later rounds found Mike Sigel, winner of the
Jim Murnak Custom Cue Cases $50 give-back, against
Predator tour veteran Oscar Bonilla. The match
opened with Oscar coming out strong 4-1 with
Mike finding the tables unfriendly to his break.
A couple of missed shots by Oscar allowed Sigel
to close the gap and tie it hill/hill, Oscar’s
break. Oscar broke and found a very difficult
1-ball shot. Rather than push out, Oscar made
an incredible shot pocketing the 1-ball and
ran out the table to defeat Sigel 8-7.
Tony Robles was on cruise control until he ran
into Sean “Alaska” Morgan. Morgan
played strong throughout the set and capitalized
on a number of mistakes by Robles and defeated
the Assassin 8-6.
Michael Yednak had a great tournament with big
time wins over Thomas Wan 8-7, Rene Villalobos
8-7, Andrew Kane 8-7, then lost a heartbreaker
to Jeremy Sossei 8-7 and then Tony Robles knocked
Michael out leaving him with a 9th thru 12th
Shaun Wilkie started out strong defeating Mike
Fingers 8-6, then Darwin Vergara 8-5, Mike Wong
8-6, then ran into tour new comer Eddie Uber
and lost 8-7. He would fight back on the one-loss
side with two strong wins over Mike Sigel 9-4
and Marc Vidal 9-8 before falling to Jeremy
Oscar Bonilla continues to show the crowd he
is a force to be reckoned with. Before his big
win over Mike Sigel, Oscar defeated Brian Hunter
8-2, then Sigel 8-7, Al Lapena 8-5, Jeremy Sossei
9-7 and won the hot seat match against Sean
Morgan 9-6. The comfortable Bonilla then waited
for the one-loss side to catch up.
After losing to Alaska , Robles worked out his
demons on the one-loss side with big time wins
over Mhet Vergara 8-4, Michael Yednak 8-0, Al
Lapena 9-6, Eddie Uber 9-8 & Jeremy Sossei
9-4. This set up a rematch between Robles and
Morgan who enjoyed his best Predator Tournament
ever with wins over Erin McManus 8-0, Jorge
Rodriguez 8-3, Tony Robles 8-6, Marc Vidal 8-3,
& Eddie Uber 9-5, before losing to Oscar
Bonilla 9-6. In the semi-final match, Tony came
out vengeful with a 9-3 win and geared up to
face Oscar in the finals.
The finals, as predicted, was a close battle
that saw both players playing great pool with
few errors. At hill/hill, Tony broke and calmly
ran out to win his first stop of the 2009 season.
Our Delta-13 Highest Finishing C/D player was
Steve Wright. Steve played incredible pool this
tournament with amazing wins over Louis Pannullo
8-5, Brian Hunter 8-6 & John Lazo 8-4. This
is Steve’s second time winning the Delta-13
Highest Finishing C/D and after his stellar
play this season, he was raised to the B level.
PJ Puma Wins Day 2 BCD Event
The tour also hosted a B-C-D tournament on Sunday
with 10 players vying for the top prize of $150.
Players that played in the Open event on Saturday
got to play for $20 on Sunday and earn double
points for their Open tournament finish, plus
10 points for playing in the event. The finals
of the event saw the Delta-13 Highest Finishing
C/D Player Steve Wright (now a B player) versus
newbie P.J. Puma, a Cue Bar regular. P.J. was
undefeated going into the finals with wins over
Jesse Thomas, Paul Raval, Andrew Kane &
Alex Borukovich. In the finals, at hill/hill,
Steve devastatingly hooked himself in the side
pocket. A failed masse attempt on the 2-ball
left P.J. with a five ball run out that he successfully
completed allowing him to finish in 1st place.
Congratulations to P.J. Puma for winning the
tournament in his homeroom, Cue Bar!
The tour would like to thank Cue Bar billiards
for hosting another great event and look forward
to returning to the venue June 27th & 28th.
We would also like to thank Jim Murnak Custom
Cue Cases for their contribution toward the
play fund. Each tournament for the rest of the
season, Jim Murnak Custom Cue Cases will donate
$50 toward a random player’s entry fee.
Names will be drawn from a hat to determine
the winner each tournament. This week’s
winner was none other than Mike Sigel!
Stop #5 will be taking place at Raxx Pool Room,
Sports Bar & Grill this coming weekend April
18th & 19th. This will be an ABCD event
only! No Pros or Open players will be allowed!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
1st Tony Robles $1,000
2nd Oscar Bonilla $650
3rd Sean Morgan $475
4th Jeremy Sossei $350
5th Shaun Wilkie $275
5th Eddie Uber $275
7th Al Lapena $150
7th Marc Vidal $150
9th Ariel Rivera $100
9th Justin Muller $100
9th Mike Sigel $100
9th Michael Yednak $100
Delta 13 Highest Finishing C/D:
Steven Wright $100
Complete Payouts - BCD Day 2
1st PJ Puma $ 150
2nd Steven Wright $ 80
3rd Alex Borukovich $ 20
Marco Dy is Mr. Winner at
and the Blatt Billiards Predator 9-ball Tour
held their first "ABCD" tournament
of the season this past weekend at Mr. Cue's
Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY. The tour's 3rd
$1,000-added stop welcomed a total of 80 of
its players to this new pool room on the tour's
schedule, and they created a significant buzz
within the pool room.
The main tournament drew a full field of 64
players, which comprised a perfect mix of 32
C's and D's and 32 B's and A's. This two-day
event brought many of the Tri-State area's strongest
up-and-coming men and women players trying to
climb the Predator Tour points standings.
After day one came to an end, the buzz was all
about the impressive play of emerging players
Justin Muller, Marco Dy, Borana Andoni, and
Lionel Rivera who were impressive in staying
in full control as they remained undefeated.
There was also a solid showing from local Long
Island players, including Beau Bear, James Swanson,
Frankie Cologne, Joe Hunter, Erin McManus, Dennis
Lake, and John Mazes, who brought their A-game.
Though Borana Andoni was the highest finishing
female, Erin McManus was awarded the $100 for
the runner-up Delta-13 highest finishing female,
due to Borana cashing in 9th – 12th place.
As play unfolded on Sunday, the story was all
about players who showed a no-quit attitude
on the table, and the final match-up was surely
not easily predicted.
Emerging player Thomas Wan lost his first match,
but quietly won 8 consecutive matches before
losing a come-from-behind set to none other
than the Predator Tour Tournament Director,
William Finnegan. Finnegan had a stand-out performance
and surely surprised a few people, as he bounced
back from a hill-hill loss to Erin McManus before
winning 9 consecutive matches in a row to land
his spot in the finals.
In the Finals, Finnegan met up with Marco Dy,
who also had a breakthrough tournament earning
an undefeated spot in the finals after squeaking
through a hard-fought hill-hill set with Lionel
Rivera. Lionel was then taken out in the semi-finals
by Finnegan in another dramatic hill-hill battle,
with Finnegan making the 9 on the break to win
The final set saw Finnegan start out strong
to build a 7-2 lead in the race to 9 games,
looking very dominant. In a surprising turn
of events, Marco grinded back to tie the score
at 8-8 putting himself in another gut check
Finnegan had the break and successfully pocketed
a ball and had an open table for a chance to
earn the title and the personal victory of having
gone through 10 consecutive players... Uncharacteristically,
he missed an easy 2-ball to the crowd's surprise,
giving Marco the easy run out and his 1st Predator
Tour victory. Congratulations to both Marco
and Finnegan, who showed true performances of
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Dave Manasseri Wins Day
2 BCD Event Stop #3
The Predator Tour also hosted a second day B-C-D
event, which brought out 16 players to compete
on Sunday afternoon. Dave Manasseri and Bob
Mammarella fought through this field to make
it to the finals, but it was Dave Manasseri
who would come out on top in the finals with
a dominant 7-2 win over Mammarella.
Stop # 4 will be taking place April 11-12 at
Cuebar in Bayside, Queens. This will be an Open/Pro-Am
event. Please visit www.predator9balltour.com
to see the complete schedule.
1st Marco Dy $1,000
2nd William Finnegan $650
3rd Lionel Rivera $500
4th Thomas Wan $325
5th John Mazes $250
5th Jose Soto $250
7th James Swanson $150
7th Frankie Cologne $150
9th Justin Muller $100
9th Joe Hunter $100
9th Dennis Lake $100
9th Borana Andoni $100
13th Beau Baer $75
13th John Hasci $75
13th Shawn Scokah $75
13th John Alicea $75
Delta 13 Highest Finishing Female:
Erin McManus $100
*Prize awarded to runner-up as cashing nullifies
winning highest finisher award
Delta 13 Highest Finishing Female:
Borana Andoni (T-9th place finish)
Delta 13 - Runner-up - Highest Finishing Female:
Erin McManus $100
Complete Payouts - BCD Day 2
1st Dave Manasseri $160
2nd Bob Mammarella $100
3rd Pete Tascarella Jr. $30
4th Keith Jones $30
Mezz Cues Rep. Mika "The
Ice Man" Immonen Snaps off Stop
The Blatt Billiards
Predator 9-ball Tour kicked off its second stop
with an astonishing 108 players at Comet Billiards
in Parsippany, NJ this weekend. Seventy nine
players showed up for the open on Saturday and
twenty nine players competed for the top prize
in the second day BCD event.
Top players in attendance included Mezz Cues
Representative Mika Immonen, Stop #1 winner
Ignacio Chavez, George Sansouci, Rob Saez, Shaun
Wilkie, Marc Vidal, Jorge Rodriguez, Bobby Blackmore,
Oscar Bonilla, Mhet Vergara, Frankie Hernandez,
Sean Morgan, Jason Michas, Al Lapena and Tony
Day one action found many of the top players
in comfortable positions following the first
rounds. Frankie Hernandez was playing strong
pool in his first stop of the season with wins
over John Lazo 7-1, Holden Chin 7-1 Brian Hunter
7-2 and a tough win against Oscar Bonilla 7-4
to come to day 2 undefeated.
Ignacio Chavez was in top form following his
stop #1 victory with wins over Dennis Lake 7-0,
Michele Li 7-1, Scott Simonietti 7-0, Mhet Vergara
7-5. Chavez finished off day one with a solid
win over Rob Saez 7-5 ending day one still undefeated.
Tony Robles quickly got into a groove with wins
over Borana Andoni 7-2, Randy Schwager 7-4,
Damon Sobers 7-1. Robles remained undefeated
at the conclusion of day 1 with a strong 7-4
win over Al Lapena. Meanwhile, George “Ginky”
Sansouci defeated Raj Vannala 7-0, Chris Lynch
7-2, and Jason Michas 7-2 to also close out
day one unscathed.
Mika Immonen started the day in normal form
with wins against John Alicea 7-2, Wayne Nicholson
7-3, Jonathan Castillo 7-2 but fell to Seminole
Pro Tour player Rob Saez 7-5 and scooted to
the one-loss side.
Raphael DaBreo had a terrific weekend defeating
Sal Lanuto 7-5 before losing to Bobby Blackmore
on the hill 7-6 and starting his tear through
the one loss side defeating “Devil”
Dave Ascolese 7-6 and a stunning win over Carmen
Lombardo 7-6 before falling to Junior Sanchez
7-6. Raphael was the Delta 13 highest finishing
C/D player for the event as well as the B-C-D
runner up on Sunday. Congratulations Raphael
for an excellent weekend of tournament play!
Liz Ford continued to play her best against
the boys. She defeated Mark Pantovic 7-0, but
lost to Damon Sobers 7-5. Unphased, Ford went
on to defeat open player Steve Lillis 7-6 before
losing to Randy Schwager 7-2, but still got
farther than all the other women in the event
to win the Delta 13 highest finishing female
for the second tournament in a row.
On day two, Ignacio Chavez picked up right where
he left off by defeating Frankie Hernandez 9-6
to earn a spot for the hot seat. Tony Robles
won a hard fought set against the legendary
George “Ginky” Sansouci 9-6 to set
up the match against Chavez.
In the match against Chavez, Robles took the
lead 4-2 early in the match but scratched on
three routine shots which ultimately cost him
the set 9-6. Now all Robles could do was wait
for the winner of Mika Immonen and Jorge Rodriguez.
Mika was on a mission on day two and was determined
to make it to the finals. He dominated the one
loss side with wins over Randy Schwager 7-3
and Mhet Vergara 7-2 to end day one. Mika started
the second day by defeating Sean Morgan 9-2,
Al Lapena 9-7, Frankie Hernandez 9-0 and Jorge
Rodriguez 9-3 for the right to meet Tony in
Mika’s break and patterns were in perfect
form against Tony as he defeated the Silent
Assassin 9-3. Tony stated: “In my opinion,
I don’t think that anyone in the world
is playing better than Mika right now. He will
not beat himself. You have to beat him. And
in order to do that, you have to keep pace with
him and keep your mistakes to a minimum.“
Everyone was excited to watch the final match
between these two great warriors. Mika continued
to break and run with consistency while Chavez
struggled to make a ball on the break and whenever
he did, he usually could not see the one ball.
Mika dominated the match making few mistakes.
He came with his full arsenal and put on a clinic
in shot making, position play, kicking, banking
and defense to easily win the match by a score
Christian Smith Wins BCD
Event Stop #2
The Predator 9-Ball Tour also hosted a second
day BCD event. Twenty nine players came out
to battle for the top prize. Christian Smith
took care of business in the top of the chart
to earn his spot for the hot seat with wins
over Guy Ianuzzi 5-0, Scott Abramowitz 5-2,
Dave Fitzpatrick 5-3 and Michael Esposito 5-3.
In the bottom half of the chart, Raphael DaBreo
was still hot after winning the highest finishing
C/D prize in the Open the day before. Raphael
started the day with wins over Gary Barnish
5-2, Chris Root 5-1, Paul Raval 5-3 and Eddie
Crespo 5-4 to set up a hot seat match against
It was a close match from the beginning but
Christian came out on top defeating Raphael
5-3. Meanwhile, Guy Ianuzzi was making everyone
pay for his first lost by winning 6 matches
in a row to earn a spot against Raphael in the
semifinal. Guy ran out of steam and succumbed
to Raphael 5-3.
In the final race to seven, Christian started
strong and Raphael put up a great fight but
fell short losing to Christian 7-5.
Thanks to Comet Billiards (Bill and Marcia Haley),
Pat Fleming, and all the players and spectators
who came out to support the tour and Comet Billiards
this past weekend.
The next Predator 9-Ball Tour stop will be taking
place at Mr. Cue Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY
on March 28-29. This stop will be an ABCD event
only. No Open or Pros will be allowed to play
in this event.
I look forward to seeing you all in Lindenhurst.
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1st Mika Immonen $1,400
2nd Ignacio Chavez $1,000
3rd Tony Robles $ 700
4th Jorge Rodriguez $ 500
5th George Sansouci $ 325
6th Frankie Hernandez $ 325
7th Oscar Bonilla $ 225
8th Al Lapena $ 225
9th Rob Saez $ 135
10th Lionel Rivera $ 135
11th Shaun Wilkie $ 135
12th Sean Morgan $ 135
13th Mhet Vergara $ 100
14th Junior Sanchez $ 100
15th Justin Muller $ 100
16th Marc Vidal $ 100
Delta 13 Highest Finishing Female:
Liz Ford $100
Delta 13 Highest Finishing C/D:
Raphael DaBreo $100
Complete Payouts - BCD Day 2
1st Christian Smith $325
2nd Raphael DaBreo $175
3rd Guy Ianuzzi $125
4th Paul Raval $75
5th Eddie Crespo $30
6th Michael Esposito $30
Chavez Kicks Off Predator
2009 Season Opener with a Win!
The Blatt Billiards
Predator 9-Ball Tour opened up the 2009 season
at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY with
70 players vying for the top prize. Top players
in attendance included Jeremy Sossei, Oscar
Bonilla, Ignacio Chavez, Fran Crimi, Empire
State Champion Marc “Spain” Vidal,
Liz Ford, Sean “Alaska” Morgan,
Bobby Blackmore & Tony Robles.
Day one had its share of surprising matches
and stand out players. Tour owner Tony Robles
started out strong with wins over Thomas Wan
8-4 & Marc Vidal 8-3 but ran into trouble
against Jeremy Sossei, losing 8-5. Robles fought
back through the one-loss side until he ran
into Oscar Bonilla, losing 9-7 and finishing
Liz Ford started the Predator tour season in
winning fashion. Liz won highest finishing female,
easily finishing 3 rounds higher than any of
the other ten females in the event. But this
wasn’t enough for the WPBA pro as she
fought hard at the end of day one defeating
Pete Tascarella Sr. 7-4 to return for day two
action to play Pete Tascarella Jr., the son
in the family of cue makers. Pete Jr. couldn’t
tame Miss Ford either and lost to her 9-6. Liz
continued to play strong against Jeremy Sossei
keeping it close in the beginning, but Jeremy
took control of the match at 3-3 and never looked
back. Ford lost 9-4 to Sossei, finishing 9th–12th.
Other standout players included John Alicea,
who continues to push and test many of the tours
top players. On day one, John scored big wins
over Victor Nau 8-4 and Jeremy Sossei 9-5. Day
two saw John struggle and lose to Mhet Vergara
9-2 and Oscar Bonilla 9-5 leaving Alicea to
settle for 5th/6th. Our other 5th/6th finisher
was Jerry Tarantola who came out swinging on
day one. With his monster break on his side,
Tarantola easily defeated Jonathan Trager 8-0,
Caroline Pao 8-3, and Pete Tascarella Jr. 8-2.
Tarantola looked good playing Bobby Blackmore
on day two with a 9-7 win but hit a wall name
Ignacio Chavez, losing 9-2. Tarantola seemed
to lose his steam and became another Sossei
victim finishing with a 9-5 loss.
Mhet Vergara had his best Predator 9-Ball tournament
ever staying undefeated on day one with wins
over “the other” Allison Fischer,
Andrew Kane, Chris Laz, and Lionel Rivera .
On day two, Vergara continued to have success
with a close call against Holden Chin winning
9-8 & John Alicea 9-2. Vergara then took
on Ignacio Chavez for the hot seat. Ignacio
played incredible pool this tournament with
convincing wins over Dave Danchak 8-3, Steve
Wright 8-5, Sean “Alaska” Morgan
8-5, Mike Fingers 9-2, & Jerry Tarantola
9-2. In the hot seat match, Chavez was the clear
winner defeating Vergara 9-4.
Oscar Bonilla had a long road to the final three.
He started out strong defeating Justin Muller
8-4 and Rob Omen 8-3, but lost to Holden Chin
on the hill. On the one-loss side, Bonilla fought
back defeating Thomas Wan 7-2, Lionel Rivera
9-5, Mike Fingers 9-2, Tony Robles 9-7, John
Alicea 9-5 and made Jeremy Sossei settle for
4th place with a 9-5 win.
Semi-final action saw Bonilla and the recently
defeated Vergara battle for a chance at Chavez
in the finals. Vergara appeared focused but
tight during the match against Bonilla. Bonilla
capitalized on the tension and defeated Vergara
9-4 for a chance at Chavez in the finals.
The final was all Chavez. The rested Chavez
seemed calm and poised throughout the match
and dominated Bonilla. The final race to 11
seemed one-sided as Chavez was beating Bonilla
9-4. Bonilla mounted a comeback closing the
gap 10-7, but Chavez put an end to Bonilla’s
run and finished the set winning the tournament
with an 11-7 final score.
The tour also started an amateur event on Sundays
for B-C-D players. Players that played in the
Open event on Saturday got a lower entry fee
in the event which includes bonus points for
the player of the year standings. Of the 26
players, Romeo Singh and Jose Soto ended up
in the finals. In the end, Soto took the 1st
place prize, defeating Singh 7- 4.
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1st Ignacio Chavez $1,200
2nd Oscar Bonilla $850
3rd Mhet Vergara $600
4th Jeremy Sossei $400
5th/6th John Alicea $275
Jerry Tarantola $275
7th/8th Tony Robles $200
Sean Morgan $200
9th-12th Liz Ford $125
Holden Chin $125
Mike Fingers $125
Bobby Blackmore $125
13th-16th Lionel Rivera $ 75
Victor Nau $ 75
Pete T. Jr. $ 75
Paul Johnson $ 75
Highest Finishing Female – Liz Ford $100
Highest Finishing C/D – Steve Wright $100
Complete Payouts - BCD Day 2
1st Jose Soto $300
Jose Soto Wins 1st Predator
Tour BCD Event
2nd Romeo Singh $175
3rd Hiram Sherman $100
4th Ariel Rivera $45
Tony Robles’ Predator 9-Ball
Tour Launches into 2009 with
Big Name Sponsors
After a hugely
successful inaugural year, the Predator 9-Ball
Tour is ready to start the 2009 season with
the addition of some big name sponsors and exciting
We would like to thank The
for supporting this tour
and making it possible to help the sport grow.
“The 2008 Predator 9-Ball Tour established
a new standard in billiards tournament series,”
said Karim Belhaj, CEO of The Predator Group.
“We look forward to growing the tour even
more in 2009, through our collaboration with
Tony Robles, by bringing together billiards'
top pros and generating a new level of excitement
in the United States.”
The tour welcomes Blatt
as one of its title sponsors for
2009. Blatt Billiards is one of the most prestigious
names in pool and billiards equipment, supplying
the largest collection of antique, contemporary
and custom pool tables in the country. Blatt
is also the largest Predator Cue dealer in the
world so uniting with the Predator 9-Ball Tour
was a natural choice. Blatt celebrated its 85th
anniversary last year and is excited to partner
their prominent name with the class and sophistication
of Tony Robles and his Predator 9-Ball Tour.
"Blatt Billiards, is proud to be the presenting
sponsor in this important 9-Ball Tour. Tony
Robles and Predator Cues make a great partnership,
and they know how to do things right."…Ron
The tour is also very proud to announce their
partnership with the Seminole Tribe of Florida
& the Seminole Pro Tour. The Predator 9-Ball
Tour held the first ever Empire State Championship
last year and crowned Marc Vidal its champion.
This year, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is
sponsoring this special event which will count
as points toward both the Seminole Pro Tour
and the Predator 9-Ball Tour, the first time
ever two regional tours have worked together
to host an event to Pro-Am players.
In a statement released by the Seminole Tribe
of Florida, Seminole Pro Tour Director Kevin
“The Seminole Tribe of Florida and The
Seminole Pro Tour are happy to partner with
Tony Robles and the Predator 9-Ball Tour for
this upcoming event at Raxx Pool Room, Sports
Bar & Grill. We have worked with Tony in
the past and are confident that this event will
be of the highest quality.
We look forward to continuing our great relationship
with the billiard industry as we venture around
the United States supporting and promoting events.
For more information on the Seminole Tribe of
Florida and the Seminole Pro Tour, please visit
The Seminole Tribe of Florida Empire State Championship,
hosted by the Predator 9-Ball Tour, will take
place on September 12-13, 2009 at Raxx Pool
Room, Sports Bar & Grill in West Hempstead,
Long Island NY. This will be a $6,500 added
The tour is also happy to have Tiger
as well as Phil
Capelle (Billiards Press)
come on board
this year. Tiger Products & Webb Custom
Cues are both top names in cue craftsmanship
and development and the tour is thrilled to
have them join the Predator 9-Ball Tour family.
Phil Capelle, a close friend of Tony Robles,
did not hesitate to sponsor the tour after witnessing
the Empire State Championship last year.
"I had the pleasure of watching the Empire
State Championship and was extremely impressed
with the quality of play, the enthusiasm of
the crowd, the sportsmanship of the players,
and the way Tony and his team conducted the
proceedings. It was a first class event from
start to finish."...Phil Capelle
All stops are 2-day Pro-Am events and this year
the tour will also host amateur
B-C-D events on day 2
want to give the players as much opportunity
to play as possible. We must continue to do
everything we can to keep the sport alive,”
Tony Robles, founder of the Predator 9-Ball
The tour would also like to thank its many supporters
and most importantly the players and room owners
for their continued dedication to the sport
and the game of pool. “I got so much joy
out of seeing a room full of avid lovers of
the game competing in the sport I love so dearly
and look forward to the year ahead,” Tony
here to view the 2008 Predator 9-Ball Tour Season