Essay Customer How Do You Do A Personal Statement For College To Kill A Mockingbird Essay Using Quotes Motivation Essay For Student Exchange Program Cover Letter Format Receptionist Position Reference Letter Application University Peru Essay In Spanish Case Study On The 7 C39s Of Effective Communication Wordpress Thesis Theme Documentation Letter Leave Of Absence Maternity Research Paper In Mla Style Essay Contests 2011 For Adults Developing A Thesis Statement For An Analytical Essay Essay Roadmap Example Critical Thinking Ocr Key Words Essay Words Discuss Critical Thinking Larry Wright Essay Writing Ideas For Kids Technical Report Writing Sample Doc Things To Do A Research Paper On Creative Writing Classes Northern Nj Single Case Study In Qualitative Research Cover Letter Job Application Google Essay Topics For Form 1 Geography Coursework Mark Scheme Sample Cover Letter Industry Postdoc Cover Letter Legal Secretary Harvard Essay Edge Research Paper Juvenile Delinquency Term Paper On Domain Name System Case Study Discussion Tips Writing A Review Of Literature For Science Fair Personal Statement Biology A Level Cover Letter For Job Shadowing Research Paper Topics For The Kite Runner Writing Comparative Essays Powerpoint Personal Statement Letter Format Sample Writing Activities For Fourth Grade For Halloween Annotated Bibliography Mla Format For Websites Essay Question Definition Cover Letter Format Usc Cover Letter Cardiac Nurse Persuasive Essay Peer Editing Sheet 1500 Word Essay On Respect Research Paper Sentence Outline Samples Writing A Great Research Paper Book Kids Essay Writing Tips Application Letter Analyst Programmer Easy Essay Outline Template Annotated Bibliography Chicago Turabian Style Is Homework Harmful Or Helpful Persuasive Essay Harvard Case Study Login Personal Statement How To Start Off Personal Statement Example College Application Research Paper Abstract Purdue Owl Personal Statement Mental Health Nursing Example Reflective Essay Writing Process Research Paper On Research Methodology Pdf Sample Essay Leadership Qualities Term Paper Grading Matrix Cover Letter For Job Fair Essay About Helping The Community Stuttgart 21 Case Study Sample Creative Resume Layouts Secondary Application Essay Length Research Paper Outline For Diabetes Essay Writing In Urdu Language Video Essai France Ecosse 2012 Admission Essay For Dummies Personal Statement Of College Economics Coursework Help How To Take Critical Thinking Nursing Tests Professional Report Writing Training Course 500 Words Essay Example Essay On X Ray Tech Group Buying Business Plan Pdf Great Research Paper Thesis An Argumentative Essay About Banning Smoking In Public Places Yale Creative Writing Online Letter Of Intent Hotel Online Esl Resources For Students What Does A Professional Business Plan Look Like Advantages Of Outsourcing Seo Content Writing Services Essay My College Library Research Paper Outline For Dummies Essay Template Guide 5 Paragraph Essay Dog Romeo Personal Statement Guidelines For College Sample Personal Statement For Law School Transfer Best Research Papers Online Essay Outline Tool Writing Customer Service Complaint Letter How To Make An Annotated Bibliography On Easybib Sample Cover Letter Accounting Graduate Critical Thinking Questions Math Elementary Writing A Letter Of Recommendation For Medical School Sample Qualification Cover Letter Sample Bibliography Article Within Book Ap Language Research Paper Topics Research Topics For Economics Thesis Ucf Admissions Essay Prompt 2010 Paper Mla Format Outline Resume Writing Services Brisbane Common App Personal Statement Ideas How To Write A Essay For College Admissions Creative Writing Programs Hamline Cover Letter With A Salary Requirement Cover Letter Email Separate Attachment Best Research Paper Criteria Personal Statement Harvard Kennedy School Online Homework Help For Elementary Students Letter Of Interest Joint Venture Sample Of A Business Trip Report Letter Of Introduction Gail Grabowski Freelance Writer Resume Description Essay On Importance Of Time In Urdu Essay Format In Microsoft Word Term Paper Topics On Media Free Research Paper On Customer Service Annotated Bibliography Mla Website Example What Is Academic Writing Research Paper Topics For Media Essay On The Kite Runner Loyalty How To Write Essay Titles In An Essay Application Letter For College Instructor Best Comparison And Contrast Essay Topics English Essay Help Free Where Can I Get Paid To Do Book Reviews Application Letter For Kindergarten Teacher Reflective Essay About Friendship Sat Essay Rubric Printable Critical Thinking In Teaching Math Essay Respect Of Parents In Urdu Example Personal Statement For Nursing Jobs Isb 2013 Essay Samples Undergraduate College Admission Essay Custom Essays Discount Code Opinion Essay Job Write Narrative Essay Powerpoint Writing Science Essays Graduate School Essay Writing Service Entry Level Nursing Assistant Cover Letter Examples Essay Length Tricks Personal Statement For Graduate School Nursing Essay Writing Classes Toronto Persuasive Essay About Greek Life Cover Letter Tips And Advice Basic Research Report Template Paper Money Coins Kids Application Letter Fresh Graduate Teacher Mla Essay Citation In Text Persuasive Essay Topics On Religion Sample Literature Review Nursing Research Should I Address A Cover Letter To Whom It May Concern Personal Narrative Essay Mla Format Cover Letter No Conflict Of Interest Personal Statement Sample Scholarship Applications Is Coursework Info A Safe Site Case Study Marketing Exam Critical Thinking Journal Sample Personal Statement Yale Law Good Essay About Love 1984 George Orwell Wikisummaries Sample Essay How To Study Effectively Matrix Method Literature Review Example Sample Cover Letter Nursing Assistant Position Mla Article Online Citation Writing A Good Literature Review Pdf Case Study 4 Somebody Has To Be Let Go Writing A Critical Analysis Thesis Improving Critical Thinking In Kids 1 Paragraph Essay Topics Help To Do Your Homework International Critical Thinking Conference 200 Words Essay On My Mother Case Study Analysis Samples Case Study 911 Essay Response To Poetry Essay About Love And Life How To Write Annotated Bibliography Apa Style Creative Writing Grade 11 Free Homework Help Chat Rooms Essay About Service Learning Creative Writing Courses Tafe Qld Case Study In Education Examples Essay Template For Gre Corporate Law Assignment Help Nursing Times Critiquing Quantitative Research Papers 3rd Grade Fun Writing Prompts Sample Research Paper Apa Style 6th Edition Essay On My Family Doctor Essay Life Under Water Fish Cover Letter Examples Layout Essay Of Friendship By Ralph Waldo Emerson Personal Statement Model Ucas Sistematika Proposal Tesis Kualitatif Bedford Handbook Annotated Bibliography How To Write Cover Letter For Bank Teller Job Term Paper Proposal Cover Letter Resume Word Template Sample Resumes For High School Students Without Work Experience Help Writing A Graduation Speech How To Write A College Recommendation Letter For A Music Student Creative Writing Therapy Masters Cover Letter For Job Application Civil Engineer Literature Review Apa Abstract Geography Coursework Aqa Essay Drafting Tips Research Paper Over Nursing Nursing Case Study Analysis Example English Extended Essay Rules Essay Competitions For High School Students Critical Thinking Exercises For The Classroom Book Review Essay Template Essay Conclusion Quotes Personal Statement Johns Hopkins Public Health Essay On Global Warming 400 Words How To Write An Analysis Essay On A Poem Narrative Essay Examples For Middle School Sample Cover Letter For Teaching Position At College Cover Letter Consulting Application Zeus Term Paper Film Essay Topic Ideas Personal Statement Example Job Uniform Multistate Essay Exam Mee Review Japanese Essay My Family Term Paper Ideas Sociology Paid Freelance Writing Jobs Uk Resume Cover Letter 2 Pages Reflective Report Examplespdf Title Proposal Of Thesis Argumentative Essay About Civil Marriage In Lebanon Essay About Kinds Of Students Essay Scholarships For High School Juniors 2011 Essay Model Answer Reusing Personal Statement Ucas Letter Thank You To My Boss Essay Fahrenheit 9 11 Basic Elements Of Research Paper And Thesis Medical Imaging Research Paper Topics Teacher Cover Letter 101 Sample Cover Letter Front Office Assistant Mla Citation Blog How To Write Better Law Essays Foster Best Esl Resource Books An Essay Introduction Generator Scholarship Essay For Medical School Critical Thinking What It Is And Why It Counts Citation Essay Topics For Epic Of Gilgamesh Essay On Workplace Bullying Cover Letter New High School Graduate Critical Thinking Course For Nurses My Best Friend Essay In English Ocr Critical Thinking Textbook Essay Structure Teel Funny Heaven Hell Essay Essay On Paper For Kids Video About Critical Thinking Sample Cover Letter Entry Level Social Worker Books My Best Friend Essay Kids Gmat Essay Template Gmat Club Mit Thesis Proposal Example Sample College Entrance Essays Free Research Paper Online Annotated Bibliography History Paper Essay Writings For Kids Essay Prompts Science Creative Writing Tips Ks2 5th Grade Essay Samples Economic Research Paper Topics Mla Written Essay Format How To Write A Good College Entrance Essay Genie Case Study Youtube Creative Writing Belonging To Place Meaning Of Case Study Training Essay For Mba Admission Sample Outline Format Expository Essay College Essay On Cultural Diversity Essay Types Of Friends Research Paper Topics Philosophy Essay Group Lyndhurst Nj Check Essay For Copyright Geometry Homework Help High School Essay On How Urban Legends Work Sample Scholarship Essay Heading Annotated Bibliography Mla Hacker Cv Cover Letter Creator Letter Of Application Uk Sample Essay Topics To Write About Writing A Professional Research Paper Essay Contests With Prizes Essay About Meaning Of Name Research Paper 4th Grade How To Write A Case Report In Medical Journal Annotated Bibliography Online Journal Application Letter For Internship For It Research Paper Content Format Essay Potna Circle Lyrics Aqa Critical Thinking Exam Papers Job Introduction Letter Template

US Open 9-Ball Day 1 – Tony Robles Leads the NYC Contingent Against the Best in the World

Posted on by Alison Fischer

2012 US Open 9-Ball Championships

By NYC Grind Contributor, Vanessa de la Cuetara

Every sports fan needs to have a bucket list of events they need to attend. On the top of every pool aficionado’s list is the prestigious US Open 9-Ball Championship. For pool fans worldwide, no month is looked forward to more than October. Aside from baseball playoffs and basketball season starting, October is especially important for pool fans and players because it means the prestigious US Open 9-Ball Championship has arrived.

As we speak, thousands of spectators and players from over twenty-five countries are flocking to the Virginia Beach Holiday Inn & Convention Center for the 37th Annual US Open 9-ball Championship, held from October 21-27, 2012. No other event in pool encompasses the amount of talent, diversity, and accessibility as this tournament.

You have world class players like defending champion Darren Appleton from the UK and previous back-to-back winner Mika Immonem from Finland competing with the likes of both local and worldwide up-and-comers, including Salah Al-Rimawi from Dubai and Hani Al-Howri & Majid Al-Zaabi of Abu Dhabi looking to make a name for themselves in the pool community. Salah, for one, has already established himself as a powerful force in pool, being ranked number one in Dubai for the past two years. He is now making history by being the first player from Dubai to compete in this coveted event. Both Majid and Hani are representing Abu Dhabi in the US Open for the first time as well. We look forward to seeing Majid play against USA long time favorite Johnny Archer tomorrow (Monday) at 7pm. As you can tell, the beauty of this event lies in knowing anyone can play among the best to become the best.

Former back-to-back Open champion Immonen will be a highlighting player for many spectators at the US Open (NYC Grind file photo by Alison M. Fischer)

So much street credit and worldwide respect is given to this event because of its depth in the field. You don’t have the top two players from any particular city or country, but all the top players and rising stars converging into one arena. In order to claim this sought-after title, one must survive a double-elimination, 256 player bracket in 9-ball, with match a race to 11. The players who manage to make it to the final must then play a single race to 13, with a provision that you must win by two games, with a maximum of 15 games.

Street credit and respect are great to earn, but another driving force this tournament is its large prize fund. This year, the prize fund is just short of $200,000, with 220 players entered and paid with an entry fee of $500. In contrast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Australia native Peter Panopoulos, who explained that in his country, some of the top events pay out only $2,000, making it difficult to rely solely on pool playing as a living. This factor makes events like this one particularly important for some foreign players. Forgetting about the money for a moment, Peter also pointed out that although no matter what you pay in entry fee, the fact that any player can play, no invite needed, and compete against their favorites, such an experience is truly priceless. Panopoulos made it through the first round nearly unscathed, winning 11-1 over John Holland.

For the first time, Barry Behrman (founder and promoter of the US Open 9-Ball Championships), along with his beautiful daughter Shannon, have decided to hold the 2012 event in the newly-renovated Virginia Beach Holiday Inn & Convention Center. Previously, it was held in the Chesapeake Convention Center, and prior to that, it was held at Behrman’s pool room, Q Master Billiards in Virginia Beach. Although the Chesapeake Center will always hold a special place in US Opener’s hearts, the change is refreshing, and many people are looking forward to how the viewing format has changed at the new venue.

Instead of one room holding all 16 match tables, where you cannot see from one end to another, there are four intimate rooms with four tables each. The spectator benches have been built twenty-four inches off the ground (as opposed to eight inches) to give the rooms a real “pit-like” feeling. Just as visually impressive is the color-coded arrangement the event has set up for organizing the seating. It is a treat for all the senses, from deafening silence broken by the the hitting of balls and snapping fingers to to the bright oranges, yellows, and blues that fill the arena-like rooms. You can even smell the “newness” as you walk into the hotel and the event rooms!

One of these rooms is the main event room, which features one TV table and three other match tables. Accu-Stats Video Productions provides live streaming of feature matches on the TV table via Accu-Stats.com for those who can’t be here in person. Along with Accu-Stats’ live feature matches, AZbilliards.com is also providing real-time score updates of all current matches on a monitor outside each room, along with full online brackets. Click here to view the live scoring and brackets page on AZbilliards.

The first day of competition has drawn to a close…with some of the New York area’s best being featured in the event’s opening rounds. New York top pro & Predator Tour founder Tony Robles brought a flawless victory home for NYC on the Accu-Stats feature table against Ernesto Bayaua, at 11-2. 2012 marks Tony’s first time back in the Open in a few years, and as a fan favorite, he will be one to watch. Meanwhile, recent Predator Tour Amateur 9-Ball winner Michael Yednak also saw success in his first round match, winning 11-6 over Craig McPartlin.

Although Tony Robles has shifted gears to wear many hats in the pool world, he continues to hone his skills in the arena of pro competition (NYC Grind file photo by John Yee)

On the other hand, one of NYC’s toughest rising stars, Daniel Dagotdot, was defeated by local Virginia-based phenom Chris Bruner by a score of 11-3…while a similar fate resulted at the end of Dan Cintron’s opening match, after he was defeated by top Connecticut-based player Tom D’Alfonso, 11-2. This makes for Dan Cintron’s first-ever appearance at the Open, and along with Dagotdot, he will continue on to fight on the one-loss side. Other players representing the NYC area at this year’s US Open include Zion Zvi and Mike Wong, (who happened to draw one another in the opening round), along with veteran New York player Frankie Hernandez, who will be featured on the live streamed table tomorrow at 11am vs Canada’s Eric Hjorliefson.

Viewers of the live stream got to see a number of top-notch matches… including an exciting match between Dave Bollman and Brian Deska, where the two battled to hill-hill before Bollman managed to win at 11-10 and sighed in relief.  Meanwhile, Filipino legend Efren “The Magician” Reyes beat George McLanahan 11-2. The final feature streamed match win of the day went to Tom Karabatsos, who defeated female powerhouse Brittany Bryant of Canada with a score of 11-9. Bryant waged an impressive comeback in this match, grinding back from a 9-3 deficit to make for a thrilling match for spectators.

The following matches are scheduled for the Accu-Stats feature streaming table tomorrow, Monday, October 22:

11:00am – Frankie Hernandez vs. Eric Hjorliefson
1:00pm – Chris Bartram vs. Phil Burford
3:00pm – Rodney Morris vs. Mario He

Stay on the NYC Grind for more updates as the action fires up at the 37th Annual US Open 9-Ball Championship.

About Alison Fischer

NYC Grind Editor & Contributor
This entry was posted in The Latest, USA Pro Pool Events and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Super News Spotlight: Predator Tour Stop #14 @ Amsterdam Billiards… Amateur + Open Pro Event Breakdown from NYC Grind on Vimeo.

Follow Us

Hook up with us in the Social World, Let's Keep the Conversation Going!

Featured Recent Popular

On the List?

Add your name to our List, to Stay Plugged In!

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
launch Grind radio

  • Upcoming Events