On December 14-15, 2013, the Great Southern Billiard Tour capped off its season with the tour championships at Michael’s Billiards, hosted by tour directors Shannon Daulton & Marge Cooper. The tour’s 2013 season featured a total of 34 events, and is known as one of the top regional tours in the U.S.
Michael’s is located in Fairfield, Ohio, and is a pool room with a rich history, 22 years running. Room owner Michael Medley used to be one of the top bank pool players in the country. Michael also bought the first Diamond table from Diamond Billiards out of their distribution facility in Louisville. This region is also known as the bank pool capital, or “The Big 3″ for banks… Louisville, Cincinnati and Chicago.
The GSBT championship featured two tournaments that ran side-by-side. The feature 9-Ball event was played on 4.5 x 9 Diamond tables, along side an 8-Ball event played on 4×8 Valley tables. Both events added $2,500 added towards the prize money.
A total of 90 players came out to play in the two events over the course of the two-day event. The 8-Ball tournament finished a few hours before the 9-ball, which ended around 12:30am. Throughout the weekend, a free live stream of feature matches was presented through a co-production between NYC Grind & InsidePool Magazine.
In the 8-Ball event, Jeremy Seamen would battle back on the one-loss side to make it to the final and face undefeated Mike Brown, following his loss in the final four to Brown. On his path to the final, Seamen defeat Jason Jones to get to the quarterfinal, where he eliminated Danny Smith…and went on to beat Chris Bosse in the semifinal. His semifinal win Seamen a rematch against Mike Brown in the final, were Brown prevailed and remained undefeated to win the top honors.
1st: Mike Brown – $1,000
2nd: Jeremy Seaman – $600
3rd: Chris Bosse – $400
4th: Danny Smith – $200
The 9-Ball main event was a comeback story for the champion. One of the region’s top young emerging names, Alex Olinger, would be sent over to the one-loss side after his second round match against Louis Altes…only to grind all the way to the final to take the title. Along the way, Olinger defeated Duke Layhay, Bill Trimble, Bruce Luttrell, Brandon Thomas, and got revenge against Louis Altes in the quarterfinal.
Olinger then successfully got past Danny Smith at 11-10 in the semifinal, and went on to the final to match up with Kenny Tran, who had previously won the hot seat versus Smith. After Olinger took down the first set of the final, he went on to take take the title of Great Southern Billiard Tour Champion with a double-dip final.
1st: Alex Olinger – $1,000
2nd: Kenny Tran – $600
3rd: Danny Smith – $400
4th: Louis Altes – $200
5th/6th: Timmy Heath, Brandon Thomas – $125
7th/8th: Bruce Luttrell, Jeremy Seaman – $75
Shannon Daulton and Marge Cooper, as well as everyone who collaborates to make the Great Southern Billiard Tour happen, would like to thank Michael’s Billiards in addition to all of their sponsors.