Blacker Takes No Bull

Blacker Takes no Bull at Senior State Championships.

(Photo: John Ditoro, Gary Gilsinan (owner), Walter Blacker)

23 players showed up for the $500 Added FL Senior 8 Ball Championships at Ultimate Billiards in Ft Pierce. This event was co sponsored by The UPL universal pool League formed by Corey Deuel.

The event would prove to be a big hit with some notable names like John Ditoro, John Foster, Ed Kiess, Dave Ross and Floyd reasons to mention a few that showed up. John (The Bull) Ditoro would prove why he was considered a favorite by making his way to the hotseat match with wins over Todd Anderson, Tony Ferreira 5-1, Danny Consillio 5-4 and then a hard fought win over John Foster 5-4 to put him in the winners side final where he would meet Walter Blacker. Blacker made his way to the finals with strong wins over Glen Miller 5-3, Nick Lappitalo 5-2, Jerry Sotelo 5-2 and then Floyd Reason 5-2 to make it to the finals to face Ditoro. The hotseat match would see Ditoro come out strong and Dominate to take blacker down 5-2, Blacker would now have to wait for his opponent to come from the one loss side.

The one loss side would see several players on collision courses, Fred Kenney and Dirty Bob both lost there first round matches and would both go onto have 5 wins each before meeting each other with Kenney coming out with a 4-3 win Kenney would then go onto lose to Floyd Reasons 4-0. Zeno Rawley was another player navigating his way through the one loss side after 4 straight wins he would run into John Foster who took him down 4-1. Foster would then go onto beat Floyd reason to set up a semi final match with Blacker.

The semi Final would see a rejuvenated Blacker as he took control of the match taking foster down 4-1 to set up revenge meeting with Ditoro.

The final would be a race to 5 with a possible one Rack Shoot out if the player who captures the hotseat was to lose the first race. This will be the format for the Poison tour for the new 2010-2011 season in all events.

The final would have everything, Great run outs, Safeties, Kicking and banter which you tend to get a little more of playing 8 Ball. Ditoro was looking like making short work of Blacker when leading 4-2 the mistakes started to creep in and slowly but surely Blacker pegged his way back to 4-4 and would take the 9th game to set up a one Rack Shoot out. Blacker would eventual take the one rack shootout after a long hard fought Safety battle and a failed Kick from Ditoro on the 8 Ball Blacker held his nerve to take the title of Florida State Senior Champion along with $450 plus the Trophy.

The senior event proved to be a great hit for players and fans watching, The Poison tour will be looking to put on further senior events with a $250 Added one already penciled in for October 17 at Strokers in Palm Harbor Fl.  We would like to thank Ultimate Billiards and there staff for another great event and our sponsors for this event Poison Cues and Universal Pool league.


1st Walter Blacker $450

2nd John Ditoro $300

3rd John Foster $200

4th Floyd Reasons $100

5th-6th Fred Kenney, Zeno Rawley $60

FL State Championships

Poison Tour Announces Amateur, Open and Senior FL State Championships.

The Florida State Amateur, Open and Senior State Championships will be held over two Separate weekends in August at Ultimate Billiards in Ft Pierce, Florida.

The Amateur Division will kick off on the 7th of August with a $1500 Added 9 ball event bringing back 12 players on Sunday, for all the players knocked out of the main event there will be a $500 Added 2nd chance event. For players showing up early there will be mini 9 ball events Friday evening starting at 8pm.

The 21st of August will see the start of the $2000 Added open event with the winner guaranteed a minimum of $1000 plus a paid entry into the Seminoles Tribes $50,000 Added Mizerak event.

The $500 Added Senior 8 ball championships will be played on Sunday 22nd of August running alongside the finalists of the Open event. This event is co sponsored by Corey Deuel’s UPL League.  There will also be a $200 Added Ladies 9-ball event on the 22nd if 8 or more ladies show up. For players showing up early on the 20th there will be Mini events being held throughout the evening.

The State Championships are open to all players’ not just Florida residents. This is also a great opportunity for everyone to visit one of the premier pool rooms not just in Florida but the Country, The room has a wide variety of tables to suite all players with 11 Diamond Professionals, 9 Brunswick Gold Crown IV’s, Gabriels Heated Billiard table, 4 Diamond Smart Tables, 2 Valley Bar Tables, and a 12′ Russian Pyramid Table, Visit  HYPERLINK “” to see this great room.

The event will also showcase the Poison Cue line giving players the opportunity to try out the demo models on Display. Delta 13 is the official rack on the Poison Pool Tour and will also be used in all the events. Visit  HYPERLINK “” to see all our great sponsors and for more info on the tour.

Our first event of the new season will be at Hammerheads Billiards Lounge, in Holiday Florida on September 11th-12th.

We look forward to seeing you there.