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:

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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.

Guimond Wins Inaugural Championship

Kevin Guimond Battles Back in the Finals to Win Inaugural Empire State Amateur Championship on the Ozone Billiards Predator 9-ball Tour

Written by Jerry Tarantola,   NYCgrind.com

(photo: L-R Duane "Wu-Tang" Toney, Bob Schlott, Kevin Guimond & Tony Robles)

On March 6-7, 2010, Tony Robles and the Predator Tour staff & players helped make pool history in New York. This season, the Predator 9-Ball Tour has introduced a new dual-tournament structure, allowing amateurs to compete amongst themselves instead of alongside the pros, unlike the first two seasons.

This move helped created the first-ever amateur 9-ball title in NY State, the Empire State Amateur Championships. The combination of having $2,500 added prize money, along with the ability to etch your name in the history books, pushed the event to exceed everyone’s expectations, with a full field of 128 players at Raxx Pool Room, Bar & Grill in West Hempstead, NY.

Tony Robles announced that the event sold out at 12:15pm, and ultimately 20 players were turned away. “I always knew that I would end up with a 128 player field. It was just a question of when. I sincerely thank all the players who came out to support this historic event” stated Tony Robles.

Players from all around the Northeast came out to make a statement, including nine strong female players. While there were many stand-out matches… a few players made the top class with gritty performances.

Several players started the event off with strong performances, making their presence felt. Players that stood out were John Hasci, Yesid Garibello, Justin Muller, Scott Simonetti, Niko Berdzenishvili, Thomas Wan, Raphael Dabreo, Raj Vannala, Eddie Crespo, Daniel Smith, and Tom Seminaro Jr. of CT.

Kevin’s road to the finals included wins over Dinko Busanich (7-2), Mike Panzarella (7-2), John Trobiano (7-2), Peter Ziemak (7-2), Tom Seminaro (7-6), Thomas Wan, (7-6) and Duane Toney (7-4).

Duane Toney’s (also known as Wu-Tang) road to the finals included wins over Rob Slayback (7-6), Arturo Reyes (7-5), Brian Russell (7-6), Albert Estevez (7-5), Niko Berdzenishvili, and Bob Schlott, before losing to Kevin Guimond (7-4). On the one-loss side, Duane was able to overcome the very hot Bob Schlott, who just came off of a huge (7-5) win over favored Justin Muller, earning Wu-Tang a shot in the finals.

In the finals, the match up was between the strongest “A” and “C” players of the day. Kevin Guimond went through the winner’s bracket undefeated while “Wu-Tang” Duane Toney was grinding through the one-loss side. An “A” ranked player would give a “C” ranked players a 2-game handicap, which Wu-Tang took advantage of out of the gate in the exciting final match. Wu-Tang captured the first two games in impressive fashion, and took control of the set early on.

If Wu-Tang would to get to 8 games first, then the set would extend to a 10-game race. This format gave the winner’s side player the advantage over the player from the one-loss side in the finals. Once Wu-Tang led 5-0, Kevin caught a gear after taking advantage of a few missed shots.

In the 7th game, Wu-Tang scratched on the 4-ball, which proved costly. Kevin ran out, serving as a turning point in the set. Kevin was able to battle back, only trailing by one game, 7-6, to then even the score 7-7 after Wu-Tang scratched on the break. Kevin continued to impress in getting back up to break and run out to win the final game and defeat Wu-Tang 8-7. With the drop of the last 9-ball, Kevin Guimond was able to claim the first-ever Empire State Amateur Championship title in a major comeback battle.  Kevin is from Manchester, CT and his home room is World Championship Billiards, also in Manchester.

The Ozone Billiards Predator 9-ball Tour would like to acknowledge its sponsors for their support: Ozone Billiards, Predator Cues, Poison Cues, Delta-13, Master Chalk, RJH Custom Cues, Webb Custom Cues, and Digital Ink printing, along with Jim Murnak Cases,  HYPERLINK “http://Go4Pool.net” \o “http://go4pool.net/” Go4Pool.net, and  HYPERLINK “http://NYCgrind.com” \o “http://nycgrind.com/” NYCgrind.com.

The next event on the tour’s schedule will be held on March 27-28 at Master Billiards, 39-01 Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside, NY.

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Final Results:

1st: Kevin Guimond – $2,000

2nd: Duane Toney –  $1,400

3rd: Bobby Schlott – $1,000

4th: Justin Muller – $600

5/6th: Thomas Wan, Raj Vannala – $400

7/8th :Eddie Crespo, Tom Seminaro Jr. – $275

9-12th: John Hasci, Niko Berdzenishvili, Yesid Geribello, John Trobiano – $200

13-16th: Albert Estevez, Naldo Troncoso, Stew Warnock, Jr. Sanchez – $150

17-24th: Clive Rose, Raphael Dabreo, Chulo Sastro, Troy Deucharranm, Peter Ziemak, Daniel Smith, Scott Simonetti, Eric Toledo – $100

25-32th: Mike Yednak, Brian Russell, Mike Hertz, Luis Jimenez, Derek Schwager, Dinko Busanich, Jason Egeln, Rasta Suarez – $75