By NYC Grind Editor, Alison M. Fischer
The finals of the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s Open 10-Ball event at the fifth stop of the season, would turn out to be a rematch from the tour’s March 3 event at Cue Bar… as it would once again feature Mika Immonen taking on tour owner Tony Robles, this time at Mr. Cue Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY.
Likewise, both players would take similar routes to get to the finals… as Immonen went through the winner’s bracket with wins against Darren DeFillipis 7-1, Joe Torres 7-2, and Ray Romanski 7-0.
Immonen then went to the hot seat match, where he met with top Long Island player Joey Korsiak. Prior to their match, Korsiak had defeated England’s Liam Monk at 7-3 in the final four, and sent Tony Robles to the one-loss side at 7-5. In the match for the hot seat, Immonen got a 4-1 lead over Korsiak, and kept the lead throughout, winning 7-4.
Following Robles’ loss to Korsiak, he took out Darren DeFillipis at 7-0, then Asa Shaw 7-3, and Ray Romanski 7-0. Tony Robles then took on Liam Monk in the quarterfinal. Monk had previously defeated Mark Perel, who had come off one-loss side wins versus Dave Shlemperis 7-6 and Rich Lang 7-5. In the quarterfinal against Robles, Monk wasn’t able to get his foot in the door, and Robles ruled the match with a final score of 7-3.
Tony Robles would have been up next against Joey Korsiak for the second time in the tournament, but Korsiak gave up the match in a forfeit, and Robles moved on to the finals to take on “The Iceman” Mika Immonen once again. Immonen was in prime gear in this match, and got out to a 4-0 lead before Robles put up a game. Mike Immonen’s near-flawless play earned him an eventual 9-3 win in the finals, making for his second consecutive Predator Tour win.
1st: Mika Immonen – $550
2nd: Tony Robles – $350
3rd: Joey Korsiak – $200
Tour owner Tony Robles would like to acknowledge Mr. Cue for their support of the tour, along with tour sponsors Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13, NYCgrind, and PoolOnTheNet.com.
The next Predator Pro/Am Tour stop will be held on March 23-24 at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY in Queens. This event was moved from its original date in February due to weather conditions. For more tour information, visit www.PredatorProAmTour.com.
View more photos from the event by Alison Fischer below.