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

Frankie Hernandez and Phil Davis Claim Victories

Frankie Hernandez and Phil Davis Claim Victories in the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour at Master Billiards

Written by Jerry Tarantola, NYCgrind.com

The Ozone Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour made its sixth tour stop of the season at Master Billiards on April 24-25, 2010. This event drew a full field of 64 amateurs, including many top up-and-coming players from the Tri-State area. Several standout players included Wilson Cruz, Michael Yednak, Mike Panzarella, Derek Schwager, Yesid Garibello, Stew Warnock, Mike Davis, and Phil Davis. The event also featured an Open/Pro tournament, which drew several top legendary NY players, including Tony Robles, “Ginky” George Sansouci, and Frankie Hernandez.

(Photo L-R 1st Place Amateur Division Phil Davis 2nd Place Tony Liang)

One of the regular players in the Master Billiards weekly tournaments, Tony Liang, made a statement playing strong throughout the event. Tony Liang’s undefeated road to the finals was impressive. Tony defeated Eddie Medina (7-5), Shawn Sookhai (7-2), Stew Warnock (7-5), Mike Wong (7-3), and Alex Gonzalez (7-4) before he clutched out a gritty hill-hill (7-6) win over Alan Chan to claim a spot in the finals and wait for the player who would eventually grind back through the one-loss side.
Eight players on the one-loss side earned the opportunity to fight back on Sunday. John Stiles displayed heart defeating Chuck Giallorenzo (7-6) and Asif Mostafa (7-5),then continued on to defeat Alberto Estevez 7-2 and Mathew Harricharan 7-4 before falling to Phil Davis.

Phil Davis also had an incredibly strong showing at his first Predator event.  As one of eight players making it back to the second day, Phil was determined to make the most out of his hour and a half ride from his home in Ansonia, Connecticut. After losing his first match to Yesid Garibello 7-6 on Saturday, Phil went through Mike Panzarella (7-4), Junior Sanchez (7-6), Yesid Garibello (7-3), Alex Gonzalez (7-4), John Stiles (7-3), and ultimately Alan Chan (7-3) making it to the finals.
In the final match Phil, who is rated an A player, matched up against the undefeated Tony Liang, rated a B.  Phil was dominant in the finals, leading the match through to a 9-6 final score, including the one game on the wire spot that an A player has to give to a B. Congratulations go out to emerging young gun Phil Davis from CT for a truly impressive performance.

The next event on the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour will be May 8-9 at BQE Billiards & Cafe in Jackson Heights, NY.

Predator Tour Amateur Results

1. Phil Davis $1,000
2. Tony Liang $600
3. Alan Chan $400
4. John Stiles $300
5/6: Mathew Harricharan, Alex Gonzalez $225
7/8th: Alberto Estevez, Yesid Garibello $175
9-12th: Mike Wong, Asif Mostafa, Luis Novas, Junior Sanchez $135
14-16th: Daniel Dagodot, Chuck Giallorenzo, Mike Panzarella, Darwin Vergara $100

(L-R 2nd Place Open/Pro Division Tony Robles 1st Place Frankie Hernandez)

In the Open-Pro 10-ball event, legendary New York-area pool player Frankie Hernandez was on a roll going through the field in dominant fashion.  Frankie rolled over”Ginky” George Sansouci (8-0) & Mhet Vergara (8-1) before falling to Tony Robles 8-4.  Frankie would then best Oscar Bonilla 8-3 to get another chance at Robles in the finals.  The combination of Frankie’s big break and aggressive play was too much for the Silent Assassin this go around as Frankie beat Robles 8-4 to win the event.  Frankie is also the winner of a paid entry fee to the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championships in Vegas next month as he was the points leader for the Predator Tour after the 5 qualifying events.  Congratulations Frankie!

Predator Open-Pro Results:

Frankie Hernandez $600
Tony Robles $300
Oscar Bonilla $120

For more information on the Predator 9-Ball Tour, please log on to:

www.predator9balltour.com

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.