Both winners on the most recent Predator
Pro Am Tour stop on the weekend of February 10-11 came
back from the loss side to claim victory in the event’s
Amateur and Open-Pro events. Kudlik Marek came back
from a loss in the hot seat match of the $250-added
Open/Pro tournament (10-ball), which drew 21 entrants,
to down Alex Kazakis in the finals. Ada Lio came back
from a winners’ side semifinal in the $750-added,
Double Points Amateur event (9-ball), which drew 89,
to defeat Bryan Toolsee in the finals. The 13 amateurs
who opted to compete in the Open/Pro event paid a reduced
entry fee of $60 to sign on. Both events were hosted
by Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY.
In the Open/Pro segment of the weekend’s activities
(Sunday), Marek faced Alex Kazakis twice; first, in
the hot seat match and then later, victoriously in the
finals. Marek had sent Raphael Dabreo to the loss side,
double hill, in one winners’ side semifinal, while
Marek was busy downing tour director Tony Robles 7-5.
Kazakis claimed the hot seat 7-3 over Marek, and waited
on his return.
Robles and DaBreo got right back to business on the
loss side; Robles downing Joey Korsiak 7-3 and DaBreo
eliminating Jimmy Rivera 7-4. DaBreo then defeated Robles
7-4 in the quarterfinals to earn himself a re-match
against Marek. Marek downed him a second time 7-4 in
the semifinals to earn his own re-match against Kazakis.
The two fought to double hill at 8-8, before Marek closed
it out to claim the Open/Pro title.
Ada Lio gets by the boys to claim Amateur title
Ada Lio has been appearing on payout lists in the New
York area for about five years, splitting her tournament
time between the Tri-State and Predator Tours. As a
D+/D player on the Tri-State Tour, she went undefeated,
knocking off a couple of A players, to win a Tri-State
event in September of 2014. At this most recent event
(now playing as a “C”), she came back from
a winners’ side semifinal loss to down Bryan Toolsee
in the finals of the Amateur event, which played out
over two days.
She was sent to the loss side by Matt Klein 7-5, as
Toolsee was busy dominating Geovanni Hosang 7-0 in the
other winners’ side semifinal. At double hill,
poised to claim the hot seat, Klein missed a shot at
the 9-ball, and left the door open for Toolsee. Toolsee
walked in, sunk the 9-ball and sat in the hot seat,
awaiting Lio’s return.
Lio picked up Erick Carrasco on the loss side, who’d
defeated Ryan Dayrit and John Salmon, both 7-5, to reach
her. Hosang drew Rikki Ragoonanan, fresh off two straight
double hill wins against Dan McGinnis and Jim Curti.
As had happened in the Open/Pro event, the two recent
arrivals from the winners’ side bracket got right
back to business; Lio, downing Carrasco 7-4, and Hosang,
coming out on the win side of Ragoonanan’s third
double hill match.
Lio and Hosang locked up in a double hill quarterfinal
fight that eventually sent Lio to the semifinals against
Klein. She gave up only a single rack to Klein in those
semifinals (7-1) and got a shot at Toolsee in the hot
seat. She took full advantage, defeating Toolsee 9-5
to claim the event title.
A Second Chance event on Sunday drew 15 entrants. Jason
Carandang came out on top to win $150. Juan Guzman finished
as runner-up to the tune of $90, while Ambi Estevez
and Max Watanabe finished in the $30 tie for third place.
Tour director Tony Robles thanked the ownership and
staff at Cue Bar for their hospitality, as well as sponsors
Predator Cues, NAPL, Ozone Billiards, The DeVito Team,
PoolOnTheNet.com, BilliardsPress.com, AZBilliards, Billiards
Digest and PoolMag.com. Robles also extended thanks
to his entire Predator Staff, including his wife, Gail
Robles, Mandy Wu, William Finnegan, Irene Kim, and Rob
Omen. The next stop on the Predator Pro Am Tour will
be the 11th Annual Empire State Championships, scheduled
for the weekend of February 24-25 at Raxx Billiards
in West Hempstead (Long Island), NY.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards