Daniel Dagotdot Wins/Jeremy Sossei Takes the Pro

Daniel Dagotdot Wins the Amateur event while Jeremy Sossei Takes the Pro 10-ball at the
1st Annual Reverend Clarence Keaton Memorial
By Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com

(photo: Mariah Carey & "The Rev")

On September 11-12, Tony Robles spearheaded the $1,000, added 1st Annual Reverend Clarence
Keaton Memorial Tournament, as the 14th stop on the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour 2010 season.  Reverend Clarence Keaton, known as “The Rev” by many players, frequented Master Billiards (where the memorial event was held), along with many other New York pool rooms. Well-loved by many members of the pool community, Reverend Clarence Keaton lost his battle against cancer last year.  Reverend Keaton was a close friend of tour founder Tony Robles, and would regularly drive to the US Open and The Super Billiards Expo with Tony and his son Shawn Keaton, who is one of New York’s top emerging talents.

Along with Shawn, a number of other up-and-coming players competed in the A/B/C/D 9-ball event in this memorial, including John Alicea, Noel Bensurto, Daniel Dagatdot, Jerry Tarantola, Mike Panzerella, and Stewart Warnock. In total, 70 of New York’s top players came out to help memorialize “The Rev’s” presence and influence on pool in NYC.

(photo: ABCD Event L-R 2nd Place: Andrew Kane, 3rd Place: Arturo Reyes & 1st Place Winner Daniel Dagotdot)

The story of the Amateur event of the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour 9-ball championships was centered around the transition of Daniel Dagotdot from a B player to an A player. Daniel has been playing progressively stronger, and building confidence in his game and tournament play. This up-and-coming
Fil-Am pool player has been impressive in a combination of dominant and clutch wins, helping him pull all of the pieces of his game together in a way that is a threat to any pool player in the NY landscape.

Daniel went through the field undefeated with wins over Tony Liang 7-5, Ed Culhane 7-4, John Alicea 7-4, Alex Gilvarg 7-4, Steve Wright 7-2, and ultimately Andrew Kane 7-4. Andrew Kane bounced back with a “W” over Arturo Reyes 7-5, giving him the re-match opportunity. In the final match, Daniel capped off an impressive tournament with a dominant performance, which led to a dominant 7-2 win for his first Ozone Billiards Predator Tour 9-ball win. In July’s tour stop at Amsterdam Billiards, Daniel had finished second
to John Alicea in the finals, and showed the field in this event that his close loss in the finals fueled him to take his game to the next level.

Other stand-out players in this event were Gail Glazebrook, who won a total of four matches, but lost one round before the money, along with Arturo Reyes and Steve Wright, who both showcased heart and explosive play.

Final Results
1st: Daniel Dagotdot $1,000
2nd: Andrew Kane $600
3rd: Arturo Reyes $400
4th: Steve Wright $300
5/6th: Patrick Meyers, Alex Gilvarg $200
7/8th: Luis Novas, Stewart Warnock $150
9-12th: Alberto Estevez
Willie Santiago, Mike Hertz, Juan Guzman $100

Open/Pro Event L-R, 2nd Place: Tony Robles, 3rd Place: Sean Morgan and 1st Place Winner: Jeremy Sossei

Kicking off late Saturday afternoon, the Open/Pro 10-ball event featured top-level talent such as Hunter Lombardo, Holden Chin, Jeremy Sossei, George Sansouci, Mike Miller, Sean Morgan and Zion Zvi.  Top NY female player “Snooky” Diana Rojas showed a lot of heart to tangle with the big boys in
this event as well.

Top Florida pro player Hunter Lombardo stayed around NY long enough after the Seminole Empire State 10-Ball Championships to participate in this 10-ball event. Hunter opened with an impressive 8-3 win over Holden Chin, as well as a clutch hill-hill victory over Mhet Vergara, before losing to Tony
Robles 8-6 and Ginky 8-5.

Tony Robles brought his “A” game, and was determined to honor his late friend Clarence Keaton by showing the heart that “The Rev”, as he is known by his friends, always brought to the table. Tony defeated Phil Davis 8-5, Jeremy Sossei 8-6, Hunter Lombardo 8-6, and “Alaska” Sean Morgan 8-3… earning a spot in the finals undefeated.  Meanwhile, Sean Morgan had been turning heads with gritty play, defeating Zion 8-4, Mike Wong 8-7, and Jerry Tarantola 8-6, before losing to Tony Robles 8-3, then Jeremy Sossei 8-7.

Young gun Jeremy Sossei opened up with an 8-6 win over Diana Rojas before losing to Tony Robles 8-6. However, Jeremy dug deep to grind back from the one-loss side to eventually meet Tony Robles in the finals for a rematch. Jeremy’s road to the finals led him through Zion Zvi 8-6, Mike Miller 8-2,
Jerry Tarantola 8-6 and Ginky 8-7. Jeremy followed the semifinal up with another hill-hill match in the finals to capture top honors in the 1st Annual Clarence Keaton Memorial.

Tony Robles and the Predator Tour would like to thank their sponsors:

Predator Cues, Poison Cues, Ozone Billiards, Delta-13 Racks, The Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Seminole Pro Tour, Poolonthenet.com, AZBilliards.com, www.pool.bz, Billiards Press, Cuetable.com, Master Chalk, RJH Custom Cues, Webb Custom Cues, Jim Murnak Cue Cases, Go4Pool.net, NYCgrind.com, Billiards Digest, Inside Pool Magazine, Pool & Billiards Magazine, Maxim Billiards & The Tournament Guide.

Open/Pro Final Results:
1st: Jeremy Sossei $800
2nd: Tony Robles $500
3rd: Sean Morgan $345
4th: George Sansouci $200

John Alicea Wins

John Alicea Wins His First Predator Event of the Season while Tony Robles Claims the Open/Pro 10-ball

By Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com

(photo: L-R 3rd Place: Jim Munak, Noel Bensurto, 2nd Place: Daniel Dagotdot and 1st Place Winner: John Alicea)

Hosting a field of sixty-seven players, the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour held its 11th stop of the 2010 season at the Amsterdam Billiard Club on July 24-25.  With a wide range of top NYC-area amateur players in the A/B/C/D 9-ball event, along with the eight-player Open/Pro 10-ball event, there was plenty of great play to be seen at Amsterdam Billiards on this weekend.  Top players in the amateur event included Michael Yednak, Victor Nau, John Alicea, Stewart Warnock, and Jerry Tarantola, along with three top female players, Emily Duddy, Diana Rojas, & Gail Glazebrook.

In this event, one of the New York area’s top young rising stars, John Alicea from Bayonne, NJ, would run to the top of the A/B/C/D 9-ball event.  John rolled through the winner’s bracket with wins over Peter Ziemak 7-5, Donald Chu 7-5, Tony Liang 7-6, Simon Lau 7-2, Daniel Dagotdot 7-3, and then defeated custom cue case maker Jim Murnak 7-4 to take the hot seat on day two. Jim Murnak won the top (C/D) bracket  while John Alicea took down the bottom (A/B) bracket to set up the match for the hot seat.

While Daniel Dagotdot has been showing impressive advances in his Predator Tour performances, he would make this event his best finish yet, eventually claiming 2nd place.  On day one of the tournament, Daniel claimed four winner’s side matches against Christian Smith (7-6), Stewart Warnock (7-4), Noel Bensurto (7-5), and John Ortiz (7-4) before his loss to John Alicea in the winner’s side final four.

On day two, Daniel went on to defeat Victor Nau (7-2), Alberto Estevez (7-5), followed by Jim Murnak in the semifinal (7-2) to move on for a rematch against John Alicea in the finals.  In the final match, Daniel Dagotdot came back from behind in a battle against John Alicea, but still fell short.  John completed his undefeated run through the event with a 7-6 final score, to win his first Predator Tour event of the 2010 season.

The top female finisher in this event would be longtime Amsterdam league player and reigning BCAPL National Champion Gail Glazebrook.  After winning her first-round against Ramilo Tanglao (7-5) Gail lost to Troy Deocharran (7-4), but came back on the one-loss side to defeat Chuck Giallorenzo (7-4), Suleyman Savci (7-5), and avenged her loss to Troy Deocharran (7-6) before falling to John Stiles (7-5) to finish tied for 13th. Strong performances were also seen from Mike Panzarella, Victor Nau, Jim Murnak, and Mathew Harricharan.

Congratulations to John Alicea for his dominant win in this event, along with Daniel Dagotdot for his strong runner-up finish!

Final Results:

1st: John Alicea – $1,000

2nd: Daniel Dagotdot – $650

3rd: Jim Murnak – $475

4th: Alberto Estevez – $325

5th/6th: Victor Nau, Mathew Harricharan – $215

7th/8th: Mike Panzarella, Luis Novas – $150

9th-12th: John Stiles, Simon Lau, Andrew Kane, John Ortiz – $100

13th-16th: Gail Glazebrook, Robert Plaut, Jerry Tarantola, Noel Bensurto – $75

Open/Pro 10-ball:

With Amsterdam Billiards being home to some of NYC’s top powerhouse players, pool fans who came out for this Predator Tour stop were due to see some great match ups.  Many of the notable players who played in this event also play in the leagues at Amsterdam, including George “Ginky” San Souci, Zion Zvi, Mike Miller, and House Pro Tony Robles.  Amsterdam 14.1 League Director Danny Barouty along with Connecticut top pro Jeremy Sossei also came to make their mark at this event.

“The Silent Assassin” Tony Robles was given a first-round loss from Jeremy Sossei, 8-4.  But, Tony then charged through the one-loss side with wins over Jose Cruz (8-5), Zion Zvi (8-5), Danny Barouty (8-5), then got retribution against Jeremy Sossei with an 8-2 win to move on to the finals.

Meanwhile, George “Ginky” San Souci was busy firing through the winner’s bracket, with wins over Ron Mason (8-4), Zion Zvi (8-2), and Jeremy Sossei (8-0) to claim the hot seat.  In the final match, Ginky faced Tony Robles in a match that Tony dominated.  Congratulations to Tony Robles for bouncing back to win this event.  Tony currently holds the #1 position on the tour’s rankings, while George San Souci trails at #2.

Tony Robles and the Predator Tour would like to thank their sponsors: Predator Cues, Poison Cues, Ozone Billiards, Delta-13 Racks, The Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Seminole Pro Tour, Poolonthenet.comAZBilliards.com, Digital Ink Printing, www.pool.bz, Billiards Press, Cuetable.com, Master Chalk, RJH Custom Cues, Webb Custom Cues, Jim Murnak Cue Cases, Go4Pool.netNYCgrind.com, Billiards Digest, Inside Pool Magazine, Pool & Billiards Magazine, Maxim Billiards & The Tournament Guide.

Final Results:

1st: “The Silent Assassin” Tony Robles – $700

2nd: “Ginky” George Sansouci – $400

3rd: “The Giant Killer” Jeremy Sossei – $150