USA Going Strong in Predator 10-Ball Championship
Predator 10-Ball Championship / Las Vegas, NV
by InsidePOOL Staff
The American players are making an excellent showing for themselves thus far in the 8th Annual Predator 10-Ball Championship. From the original starting field of 96, there are now 32 billiard players remaining on the winners’ side, many of them from the U.S.
Tony “The Silent Assassin” Robles of New York, no stranger to winning tournaments in Las Vegas, was granted a bye in his first round and then sent Naoyuki Oi to the one-loss side in the second. Fellow compatriot Rodney Morris also had a bye and went on to defeat Hong Kong’s Lee Chenman. Event promoter Charlie Williams was given a first-round bye but then ended Gerda Hofstatter’s hot streak, sending her west.
Recently returned from the Philippines, Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer advanced with a first-round bye and then a victory over Japan’s Hayato Hijikata. Another Japanese, Go Takami, found no love at the hands of former U.S. Open champion Gabe Owen, who dealt him his first loss of the event. Straight pool champ John “Mr. 403” Schmidt sent Germany’s Nico Otterman left as well.
Top seed and defending champion Shane Van Boening has won his first match. He was given a bye and then faced down Deo Mark Golfo Alpajora of Spain. Jeremy “Double J” Jones also advanced, winning first over Eduardo Roldan and then fellow countryman Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant. Other undefeated U.S. players include Robb Saez of Florida, who bested Oscar Dominguez and then Thomas Engert, and Dan Louie, who dealt losses to Amalia Matas and then Pil Hyun-cho of Korea.
The Philippines has a very strong group representing it in this event. Undefeated as yet are Efren Reyes, Jose Parica, Alex Pagulayan, Francisco Bustamante, and Lee Van Corteza. Warren Kiamco and Ramil Gallego have suffered one loss already.
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