Mika Immonen Digs Deep

Mika Immonen Digs Deep to Snap off the Mezz Tour at Skyline Billiards

By Jerry Tarantola, NYCgrind.com

(Picture 3rd Sammy Wu, Winner MikaImmonen, 2nd Gregg McAndrews)

The seventh event of the Mezz Tour season was hosted by Skyline Billiards in Brooklyn on Sunday, April 18th.  The strongest one-day pro/am tour drew a total of 30 players, including the world’s #1-ranked pool player and Mezz Cues representative, “The Iceman” Mika Immonen.  The “Iceman” has been taking the pool world by storm over the last few years, and continues to dominate many of the regional events in New York area.

Along with Mika, the event drew a number of up-and-coming NY-area players, along with several other notable players such as “The Silent Assassin” Tony Robles, Rob Pole, “Smitty” Daniel Smith, Mike Fingers, Mike Miller, and Jorge Rodriguez, along WPBA pros Caroline Pao and Jennifer Barretta.

Tough performances were seen a number of players at this event, including Skyline house player Sammy Wu, who went through the winner’s bracket in impressive fashion, with wins over Mike Wong (7-4), Juan Peralta (7-3), Oscar Bonilla (7-2), and Mika Immonen (7-5).  For the “hot seat”, Sammy lost a tough hill-hill battle to Gregg McAndrews, 7-6.

Gregg McAndrews had a breakthrough performance at this event, with super-impressive wins over Paul Bramwell (7-4), Tony Robles (7-6), Jorge Rodriguez (7-3), and Sammy Wu  (7-6)–earning a spot in finals, undefeated.

Dan Smith also played tough in this event. After winning his first two matches over Diana “Snooky” Rojas (7-5) and Mike Fingers (7-5), he fell to “The Iceman”, 7-2.  Smitty bounced back from his loss to Mika, and defeated Mike Wong (7-0), Oscar Bonilla (7-3), and Jorge Rodriguez (7-3), before losing his battle with Mika, 7-4.  On the weekend prior to this event, “Smitty” ran a 9-pack at the Joss Tour, and has been continuing to take his game to the next level… this event showcased several top up-and-coming players from .

Mika’s run through the winner’s bracket with wins over Jerry Tarantola (7-2),  Michael Yednak (7-5), and Daniel Smith (7-1) before his loss to Sammy Wu (7-5).  On the one-loss side, Mika defeated Dan Smith (7-4) and avenged his loss to Sammy Wu to win 7-5, earning a spot in the finals.

In the finals match, Gregg McAndrews was up 4-0 in a blink of an eye.  When Mika was down 1-0, he bobbled the seven in the side pocket, the Gregg broke and ran out to lead 3-0, then extended the lead to 4-0. Mika breaks and runs out… 4-1. Gregg comes right back to win the next game 5-1. But, from that point on it was all Mika… coming back with eight games while Gregg returned with only two, finishing off an impressive tournament with a come from behind “W” in the finals.  The final score for the match was 9-7.

Congratulations to Mika Immonen on his comeback win, and to Gregg McAndrews for a very strong showing.  Along with Mika continuing his dominance, this event showcased the gritty play of some of Brooklyn’s toughest up-and-coming players who showed heart, grit, and determination…such as Sammy Wu, Gregg McAndrews, and Daniel Smith.  Keep it up guys!

Look out for the next stop on the Mezz Tour will be held at Drexline Billiards in Drexel Hill, PA on Sunday, April 25th.

1st Mika Immonen – $975
2nd Gregg McAndrews – $650
3rd Sammy Wu – $425
4th Daniel Smith – $200
5th/6th: Michael Yednak, Jorge Rodriguez – $120
7th/8th: Tony Robles, Oscar Bonilla – $70

Chamat Takes Skyline

As 2009 came to a close, The Blaze Tour held its last event of the year at Skyline Billiards in Brooklyn, NY, where player and owner Rob Pole rolled out the red carpet for some of the strongest players in the Northeast.

(photo: Marcus Chamat and Shaun Wilkie)

Several notable top pros and player were in attendance including Sweden’s Marcus “Napoleon” Chamat, Marc “Spain” Vidal, Danny “Kid Delicious” Basavich, George “Ginky” SanSouci, Shaun Wilkie, Matt Krah, and Jorge Rodriguez, to name a few.
Shaun Wilkie has been the player to beat on the tour of late, and came out firing in this event. Shaun rolled over Tony Phu 7-1 and Denise Reeves 7-1, before matching up with Ginky. George was playing superb in the match, but Shaun crossed the finish line first with a close 7-6 win. Shaun then went on to defeat Marc Vidal 7-4 before losing to world-class player, Marcus Chamat 7-6.
Marcus broke and ran out the final rack to put an exclamation point on solid performance. Shaun would meet Marcus again in the finals setting up a rematch to test the European champion.
Marcus Chamat won the rail over by going undefeated through the winner’s bracket with superb play. Marcus defeated Kenny Rutman (7-4), Jerry Tarantola (7-2), Jorge Rodriquez (7-3), Matt Krah (7-2), and Shaun Wilkie (7-6) getting to the finals. In the finals, it was all Chamat, as he dominated Wilkie in this match 7-3. I would like to thank all the players that came out to play and and all the sponsors

Final Results:
1st: Marcus Chamat $1015
2nd: Shaun Wilkie $550
3rd: George SanSouci $375
4th: Jorge Rodriguez $200
5/6th: Matt Krah, Marc Vidal $125
7/8th: Sammy Wu, Andy Yu $75