Thomas Wan & Tony Robles Cool Down the Competition on the Predator Tour

By Jerry Tarantola, NYCgrind.com

(Photo L-R ABCD 1st Place Winner, Thomas Wan & 2nd Place Winner, Dinko Busanich)

On June 5-6, 2010, The Ozone Billiards Predator Tour held its 9th stop of the season at Master Billiards in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Sixty-six of the strongest players in the NY tri-state area headed to Sunnyside, Queens for the $1,000 added event to show they have the grit to fight through the tough field.

In the amateur event, players such as Wali Muhammed, Phil Davis, Noel Bensurto, John Alicea, Thomas Wan, Mike Wong, Lionel Rivera, Stewart Warnock, and Jerry Tarantola highlighted the tough field.

The field also featured some standout women’s players including WPBA board member Cristina De La Garza, “The Other” Alison Fischer, Borana Andoni, and “Snooky” Diana Rojas.

Dinko Busanich showed a lot of heart in this event, going through several gritty matches as he fought through the winner’s bracket to earn a spot in the finals. Dinko went through Carl Yusef Khan (7-3), Mike Panzarella (7-6), Jerry Tarantola (7-6), Daniel Dagotdot (7-5), Thomas Wan (7-4), and Mike Hertz (7-5).

On the one-loss side, there were a lot of warriors battling for the chance to come from behind to make a statement. While there were stand-out performances by Raphael DaBreo, John Hacsi, Dave Shlemperis, Arturo Reyes, Lionel Rivera, Michael Hertz, and Daniel Dagotdot… there would be only one player who reached the finals unscathed.

Long-time tour player Thomas Wan was impressive by defeating Mike Wong (7-3), Lionel Rivera (7-5), Stewart Warnock (7-6), Lionel Rivera again (7-5), Dave Shlemperis, and Michael Hertz (7-4) to get a shot at Dinko Busanich in the finals.

In the final match, Thomas was dominant by putting up a solid 9-5 score over Dinko Busanich to capture his first Ozone Billiards Predator Tour win. Congratulations to Tom Wan on this breakthrough performance!

Final Results:

1st: Thomas Wan – $900

2nd: Dinko Busanich – $600

3rd: Michael Hertz – $400

4th: Dave Shlemperis – $300

5/6th: Lionel Rivera, Chuck Giallorenzo – $200

7th/8th: Raphael DaBreo, Arturo Reyes – $150

9th-12th: Daniel Dagotdot, Asif Mustafa, Stewart Warnock, John Hasci – $90

Open Pro:

L-R Open/Pro 1st Place Winner, Tony Robles & 2nd Place Winner, Jeremy Sossei

In the Open/Pro 10-ball event, the headlining players were Mika Immonen, Zion Zvi, Mhet Vergara, “Ginky” George SanSouci, Jeremy Sossei, Mike Miller, Frankie Hernandez, Tony Robles, Swiss pro player Marco Tschudi, and Marc “Spain” Vidal.

Early on in this event, Master house pro and NY legend, George “Ginky” SanSouci made a big statement by playing near-flawless pool in a dominant 8-2 victory over reigning US Open champion Mika “The Iceman” Immonen. Mika won his next match 8-6 against a very game Arturo Reyes before getting bumped out of the event by Marc “Spain” Vidal.

Up-and-coming phenom Jeremy Sossei then defeated Ginky (8-4), to win his first three matches, looking to be the favorite to win, the way he was playing.

On the lower half of the bracket Tony Robles was silently taking down his competition going through Ron Mason, Zion Zvi, and Marc Vidal… then was impressive with a 8-4 win over Jeremy to get to the hot seat.

Jeremy bounced back from the loss to Tony by defeating visiting player Marco Tschudi of Switzerland (8-3) to set up a rematch with Tony. Marco was turning heads with his fast-paced game with wins over Mike Miller (8-4), Zion Zvi 8-5, Ginky 8-3 and Marc Vidal 8-6 before losing to Jeremy.

In the finals, Ozone Billiards Predator Tour founder and battle-tested veteran Tony Robles defeated Jeremy Sossei 8-4 for his second win of the season.

1st: Tony Robles – $850

2nd: Jeremy Sossei – $500

3rd: Marco Tschudi – $335

4th: Marc “Spain” Vidal – $200

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, Digital Ink Printing, 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.

For more information on the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour, please log on to: www.predator9balltour.com

The next stop on the tour’s schedule will be held at Raxx Pool Room, Bar & Grill on June 26-27.

Kevin Guimond and Wellington Reyes Storm the Tour

Kevin Guimond and Wellington Reyes Storm the Predator Tour at BQE Billiards & Cafe

By Jerry Tarantola, NYCgrind.com

(photo: L-R Amateur Division 1st Place Wellington Reyes, Tony Robles & 2nd Place Melvin Aguilera)

On May 8th & 9th, Tony Robles welcomed 51 of the strongest players in the Tri-State area for the 7th stop of the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour. This tour stop was hosted by BQE Billiards in Queens NY. Special thanks to BQE owners and staff Nick, John, Theo & Gus for adding $1,000 and letting us use their beautiful room. Top amateur players like Victor Nau, Michael Yednak, John Alicea, Mike Wong, Lionel Rivera, and Scott Simonetti topped off a strong field.

In the amateur event, Melvin Aguilera made a strong statement coming in as a D player… knocking off several top guns. Melvin went straight through the winner’s bracket, defeating Travis Walker (7-4), John Hacsi (7-4), Alberto Estevez (7-4), Sam Li (7-5), and Brent Boemmels (7-5), earning a spot in the hot seat. Before the hot seat match began, Tony Robles raised Melvin from a D to a C player for his much-improved speed.

Brent Boemmels, who was rated an A in this event, also made a strong statement. Brent grinded out W’s over John Ortiz (7-6), Mike Wong (7-3), Alex Gonzalez (7-2), Scott Simonetti (7-3), and Wellington Reyes (7-4)… before losing to Melvin Aguilera (7-5).

L-R Open Pro Division Winner 1st Place Kevin Guimond & 2nd Place Winner Jeremy Sossei

In the one-loss bracket, Brent was lined up with a rematch against Wellington Reyes. Wellington bounced back from that loss to Brent to defeat John Alicea (7-6) and Sam Li (7-4).  Sam had an impressive run on that day, winning four consecutive matches, before losing to Melvin Aguilera (7-5) and Wellington Reyes (7-4).

In the hot seat match, Brent came out strong, but a combination of a few bad rolls and costly errors shifted the momentum. Wellington capitalized and took over the flow and control of the set… leading to a 7-3 final score.

The stage was set for a final match up between Wellington Reyes, who came in on the one-loss side, versus Melvin Aguilera in the hot seat. Wellington had come from the one-loss side to win the tournament… capping off a stand out day with a 9-8 victory in the finals.

Final Results:

1st: Wellington Reyes $800

2nd: Melvin Aguilera $600

3rd: Brent Boemmels $400

4th: Sam Li $300

5/6th: John Hacsi, John Alicea $200

7-8th: Alberto Estevez, Wali Muhammad $125

9-12th: Mike Wong, Ramilo Tanglao, Scott Simonetti, Steve Way $85

In the Open/Pro field, things got shaken up by Kevin Guimond.  Kevin, who had won the Empire State Amateur Championships in March, stormed through Oscar Bonilla 8-6, Zion Zvi 8-6, and George “Ginky” Sansouci 8-7 to make it to the finals. Jeremy Sossei came from the one-loss side to meet Kevin in the finals, but was unsuccesful, and Kevin claimed the case game to win the final match. Congratulations to Kevin Guimond for an impressive first win in the Open/Pro Predator field.

Open/Pro:

1st: Kevin Guimond $600

2nd: Jeremy Sossei $300

3rd: George “Ginky”  Sansouci $100

Tony Robles and the Predator 9-ball 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, Digital Ink Printing, Billiards Press, RJH Custom Cues, Jim Murnak Cue Cases, Go4Pool.net, and NYCgrind.com.

For more information on the Ozone Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour, please log on to: www.predator9balltour.com

The next event on the Predator Tour will be held at Master Billiards on May 29-30.