By Tom Suarez Tournament Director
February had another great turnout for the Monthly One Pocket event. Thirty Five players paid their entry fees to battle with the best players Northern California had to offer. The prize fund was $1180.
Billy Palmer took his place at the head of the field, as usual, by barely defeating John Henderson in a hard fought Hill-Hill game coming down to the last ball. Mr. Henderson was enjoying his continuing success at the One Pocket discipline (with his recent winnings at the Derby City Classic Action Room) and Billy had to play his best to stay in contention. The ball that John missed for the win was not an easy shot, but makeable (i. e. spot shot) that just jawed his pocket and made room for Billy’s escape from the jaws of defeat to being able to push the final bead to his side an take the match.
It was a pleasure to see Max Eberle take his chances at the game of One Pocket. Max admitted he had never played in a One Pocket tournament, but was excited to partake in this event. A 4th place finish with this bunch of seasoned players is a great accomplishment. Thank for taking the chance Max, we all enjoyed watching you scratch your head wondering what to do and then, Bingo… doing it.
The 9 Ball event had 42 players with a prize fund of $1480. This was a great day for the players. The Super Bowl was a distraction but very enjoyable and like the 9 ball matches an unpredictable finish.
The Hot Seat match was won by Jeff Gregory of the Sacramento area. Mark Tu lost this match after fighting back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score at 4. Fortunately for Jeff, he won the remainder of the games to take the Hot Seat and then wait for his next opponent form the one loss side.
Mark Tu and Max Eberle fought for the right to play Jeff in the finals and Max had more juice left than Mark.
The finals were all Jeff and Max had to settle for 2nd place.
35 players in the One Pocket event
$1180 prize fund
1st $320 Billy Palmer
2nd $220 John Henderson
3rd $150 Chris MacDonald
4th $100 Max Eberle (first time to play in a One Pocket tournament)
5th Tie $75 Pat McLeod and Joey Gebron
7th Tie $50 Roger Estelle and Melvin McKay
9th Tie $35 Sarge, Ron Lilly, Josh Palmer and Bee Davison.
1st $420 Jeff Gregory
2nd $260 Max Eberle
3rd $180 Mark Tu
4th $140 Marshall Williams
5th Tie $100 Joshua Palmer and Patrick Stewart 7th Tie $60 Billy Palmer and Dave Rodden 9th Tie $40 Bart Mahoney, Melvin McKay, Joe Pally, Duane