“Fireball” Strikes New York

“Fireball” Strikes New York

Last Updated on Friday, September 10, 2010 12:52 pm
Written by Gerry Mayen
Friday, September 10, 2010 10:28 am

The Seminole Pro Tour, in conjunction with the Predator Tour, rolled into West Hempstead, New York for the 7th tour stop at Raxx Pool Room. There was a full field of 64 exceptional players.  It was one of the strongest fields to date on the tour with several players from the greater New York region and the entire Northeast.  The Pro Tour would not be complete without the die-hard players on hand to keep it interesting. The accumulation of points from each event moves the players one step closer to the 2010 Seminole Pro Tour Player of the Year title, which is still up of grabs.

Stevie Moore is just five points behind Corey Deuel for the leader spot of the 2010 Player of the Year standings.  Moore had a rough start to the weekend by suffering a first round loss to eventual third place finisher Josh Brothers 7-2.  He would make his way through the one-loss side of the bracket with wins against Paul Ravel 7-1, Mike Vednak 7-5, Barry Banks 7-6 and Shaun Wilkie 7-6.  These string of victories put Moore in the money at the end of day one.  Day two would not be too kind for Moore.  His first match was against Tony Robles.  Robles would end the weekend for Moore by defeating him 8-3.  Moore finished in 13/16th place and gained 50 points in the Player of the Year standings, but he would need much more than that to try to maintain first place.  With his 50 points, Moore would only temporarily be in the lead by 45 points, but with other players still remaining in the tournament and earning points as they progressed through the brackets, Moore’s lead was in jeopardy.

One excellent match in the first round was last year’s Empire State defending champion, Dennis Hatch, facing the same player whom he beat for the title, Manny Chau.  The balls did not seem to roll in the favor of Chau at all.  He struggled with some straight shots and seemed to not have his usual fine touch.  Hatch would go on to have a shutout win 7-0.  Chau would then face his next opponent Joe Panzerella.  Chau was still not able to find his groove and lost again, but this time to a score of 7-6.  Just like that – last year’s runner-up was out of the tournament with two straight devastating losses.

The big story of this tour stop featured world champion Mike Sigel.  Sigel made a spectacular debut on the 2010 Seminole Pro Tour by doing something few players have been able to pull off on any other pro tour ever.  Sigel began the day by beating Ray Romanski 7-0.  Sigel would then square up against Mike Wong and would defeat him 7-0.  Sigel’s next opponent would be Shawn Wilkie.  Wilkie finished in the money at the Seminole Pro Tour Gem City Open in Marietta, Georgia earlier this year in a field that has been arguably the toughest on tour this year.  Sigel would cruise past Wilkie 7-0 to finish a perfect run on day one.

Mike Davis had an impressive run at Diamond Billiards, running 18 racks in a row, but it was Sigel who was able to complete a perfect first day.  Sigel would start day two against Minnesota’s Dustin Morris, who finished the Diamond Billiard’s tour stop in 7/8th place and has been shooting extremely well as of late on tour.  Morris would fall victim to the ‘Sigel streak’ with a loss of 8-0. Sigel, so far, had won 29 straight racks. Next, Sigel faced Mike “The Fireball” Dechaine.  Siegel won the first rack, running the streak to 30 straight.  Dechaine, taking the ‘Sigel streak’ as a personal challenge, would end the streak by winning the next rack.  Dechaine would continue to shoot extremely well and not only end the streak at 30, but also end Mike Segil’s run on the winner’s side of the bracket.  Dechaine would win by a score of 8-6.  Sigel would go on to face “Iron” Mike Davis on the one loss side.  Davis was on a roll and would beat Sigel 8-5 ending a spectacular tournament for “Captain Hook” Mike Sigel.

Corey Deuel, current leader in the Player of the Year standings, came into this tournament playing the best he has all season.  Winning the last tour stop at Diamond Billiards in Cape Coral, FL ranked Deuel atop the standings for the time being.  With Stevie Moore right at his heals, only five points behind, Deuel would have to have a great finish in this tournament to create some space in the standing.  Creating space is exactly what Deuel would do over the weekend.  Deuel would finish day one on the winner’s side of the bracket after dominating wins over pro tour regular Bill Dunsmore 7-1, Rafael Dabro 7-4 and Mike Miller 7-3.  Deuel would catch a very fortunate break at the beginning of day two.

Deuel was scheduled to play Earl Herring, who was shooting very strong on day one, but Herring did not show up to play on day two due to prior work obligations.  This placed Deuel one match away from the hot seat match.  To get there Deuel would have to face a tough Jeremy Sossei.  Deuel would narrowly get by Sossei 8-6 and advance to play Mike Dechaine in the hot seat match.

Mike Dechaine was no doubt playing the best he has all season on the Pro Tour.  After his huge victory over Mike Segil, Dechaine seemed to be on a roll and could not be stopped.  With the all the spectators buzzing over Dechaine ending the streak by Mike Sigel, Dechaine took this opportunity to make a bigger statement.  He began the match against Deuel on fire, taking an early 4-1 lead.  Dechaine miscued while hitting the 5 ball, sending the cue right into the commentators booth.  Dechaine seemed as surprised for the miscue as were the several spectators that lined the rail at Raxx Pool Room.  Known for his fiery attitude, this could have been a turning point in the match that would allow Deuel to post a comeback.  Deuel did win the next two racks to bring the score to 4-3, but Dechaine kept his composure and finished off Deuel 8-4 to become the king of the hill.

Deuel would visit the one loss side to play Josh Brothers for a chance to play Dechaine for the championship.  Brothers – who had also been sent to the one loss side by Dechaine (8-6) – was out for revenge if he got the chance to see Dechaine in the finals.  Deuel would be the one who would get his opportunity at revenge as he would defeat Brothers 8-5.

The championship match between Mike Dechaine and Corey Deuel would go very similar to their first match – up.  Dechaine jumped out to an early lead, placing Deuel in a tight spot to attempt a comeback.  Dechaine would miss a few easy shots that would get him a bit rattled, but through it all Dechaine kept focused and come away as the new Seminole Pro Tour/ Empire State Championship/ Predator Tour Stop 2010 Champion.  Congratulations to Mike Dechaine for his superb display at the tournament and for winning the $4,000 first prize.  This puts seven tour stops in the books for the year with seven different winners.  The one bright spot for Deuel was that with his second place finish, he earned 125 Player of the Year points and would be the leader after the weekend, enjoying a very comfortable 80-point lead over Stevie Moore.

We would like to thank Holden Chin, owner of Raxx Pool Room, and the entire staff for being wonderful hosts for this event.  We would also like to thank Tony Robles and the Predator Tour for their partnership in bringing this event together.  Please join us for our next Seminole Pro Tour stop, the final of the season before the Steve Mizerak Championship, at Strokers Billiards in Palm Harbor Florida on October 9-10.
Final Payouts:

1st  Mike Dechaine  $4000
2nd  Corey Deuel  $3000
3rd  Josh Brothers  $2000
4th  Mike Davis  $1500
5/6th   Mike Sigel  $1000
5/6th  Jeremy Sossei  $1000
7/8th  Tony Robles  $600
7/8th  Georger Sasoucie $600
9/12th  Dustin Morris  $410
9/12th  Scott Freeman  $410
9/12th  Earl Herring   $410
9/12th  Dennis Hatch  $410
13/16th  Stevie Moore  $305
13/16th  Matt Krah  $305
13/16th Joey Korsiak  $305
13/16th Mustafa Diliitas $305

Stevie Moore Repeats

Stevie Moore Repeats as the NYC 9-Ball Champion at Skyline BilliardsBy Jerry Taratola, NYCgrind.com

(Photo from Skyline Billiards Mezz Tour Stop)

The Mezz Pro-Am 9-Ball Tour took the F train to Skyline Billiards, NY, which hosted the 5th Annual NYC 9-Ball Championships. The $3,000-added two-day event took place on August 28-29 at the popular Brooklyn pool room, owned by players Rob Pole & Sammy Wu. A field of 43 players including many of the top names came out to capture the coveted NY title.  Click here to check out the photos from this event.
Top players included Tony Robles, Mike Davis, Mike Dechaine, “Ginky” George Sansouci, Eddie Abraham, Ronnie Wiseman, Brett Stottlemyer, Zion Zvi, Jeremy Sossei, Mike Fingers, Mike Miller, Manny Chau, and defending 2009 champion Stevie Moore.
Reigning champion Stevie Moore went through the field undefeated with wins over Eddie Vasquez 9-1, Michael Wong 9-6, Manny Chau 9-6, and Brett Stottlemeyer 9-1, setting up the feature match. Meeting Moore in the match for the hot seat, Tony Robles had impressive wins over Rob Merklein 9-0, Ginky Sansouci 9-3 and Mike Davis 9-4.
In the match for the hot seat, Stevie Moore played determined to repeat as champion, with an dominant 9-4 win over Tony Robles, earning an undefeated spot in the finals.
Rising star pro Mike Dechaine was also strong in the winner’s bracket, with wins over Jerry Tarantola 9-5, Marc Vidal 9-7, and Jorge Rodriguez 9-5, before losing to Stevie Moore 9-3 and Mike Davis 9-7. Although Mike wasn’t on the top of his game, he played well enough to be a contender in this event.
On the one-loss side there were several strong players still fighting to grind back to the finals including Mike Davis, Mike Dechaine, Brett Stottlemeyer, Barry Banks, and Ginky. Meanwhile, Tony was waiting in the wings for a chance for a rematch with Stevie.

Top Detroit player Ronnie Wiseman was also impressive fighting through the one-loss side with wins over Sammy Wu 9-3, Gregg McAndrews 9-3, Sean Morgan 9-4, and Mike Fingers 9-7 before getting knocked out by Brett Stottlemyer 9-2.
Ginky was playing strong enough to win the event, but was edged out at hill-hill by Brett Stottlemyer, who put on a gritty performance. However, Brett was eventually ousted from the tournament hill-hill by Josh Brothers, leaving him with a strong 5th place finish.
However, the standout player on the one-loss side was emerging phenom Josh Brothers, who took wins over Ed Culhane 9-7, Eddie Abraham 9-7, Sean Morgan 9-8, Jeremy Sossei 9-6, and Mike Davis 9-8, which lined up a semi-final match with Tony Robles. Tony knocked Josh over to the one-oss side earlier in the event, and Josh was looking forward to the rematch.
Josh Brothers was poised to win after keeping Tony in his seat for the first three games, leading 3-0 and continuing to lead the whole set. However, Tony showed a lot of grit was able to come from behind to win the set in hill-hill nail-biter. Tony’s win over Josh set up a rematch in the finals between Tony Robles and Stevie Moore.  In this true double-elimination final, Tony would have to win two sets against Stevie to claim the win.
PoolActionTV.com was at the event to stream the feature matches throughout the tournament. Ray Hansen, along with other contributors, helped out to provide live streaming and commentary to the fans following the event.
In the first set, Stevie Moore held the lead throughout, but at 7-6 Tony was able to grind back to and win the next three games to take the set 9-6.  They then moved into the second set, but Stevie remained dominant and closed out a 9-4 win to defend his title as NYC 9-ball Champion.  Congratulations to Stevie Moore on achieving this notable feat… NYC pool fans will surely be watching in 2011 to see if anyone can steal away this title.

Final Results:
1st: Stevie Moore – $2,300
2nd: Tony Robles – $1,400
3rd: Josh Brothers – $800
4th: Mike Davis – $600
5th/6th: Mike Dechaine, Brett Stottlemyer $400
7th/8th: Barry Banks, George Sansouci – $300
9th-12th: Marc Vidal, Jeremy Sossei, Ronnie Wiseman, Jorge Rodriguez – $200