Story by NYC Grind creative director Jerry Tarantola & editor Alison M. Fischer
Seventeen pro and open level players came out to Steinway Billiards to compete in the Predator Pro-Am Tour’s one-day Open-Pro 10-ball event. This event ran alongside the final sixteen players competing in the amateur 9-ball event, which started on Saturday with 67 players.
A number of top NYC area players came out to play, along with several pros traveling through the area. In past events this season, top international competitors such as Warren Kiamco and Earl Strickland. The dynamic between the local players and traveling pros creates exciting action for both the players and the fans.
One of the traveling pros at this event at Steinway was Scotland’s Jayson Shaw, who has been making waves in the NYC area and other spots along the East Coast, following strong showing at the US Open 9-ball Championships, where he ended up tied for 9th place out of over 250 players. Click here for our coverage of the 2012 US Open.
The other traveling player was one of the Philippines’ top champions, Ronnie Alcano. Alcano has been a consistent top force in international competition, including two finishes as runner-up in the US Open 9-Ball Championships, and is currently the house pro at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ. Alcano had little trouble in the winner’s bracket, including wins against Mike Wong 7-4, Daniel Dagotdot 7-2…until he ran into Jayson Shaw in the hot seat, where he fell 7-3.
Prior to his win in the hot seat match, Jayson Shaw took wins over Dave Pinkston 7-1, Mike Miller 7-6, and Frankie Hernandez 7-2, to wait for his chance at victory in the final.
Connecticut pro Jeremy Sossei would be the player to come through the loser’s bracket to make it to the semifinal, after having defeated top up-and-coming amateur Daniel Dagotdot in the quarterfinal. But, Sossei was shot down in the semifinal by Ronnie Alcano, who was then set for another go against Jayson Shaw in the final.
In the final match, Shaw played flawlessly to defeat Ronnie Alcano 9-2. Jayson Shaw put on a great display of firepower for the fans at Steinway, and at only age twenty-four, was impressive to decisively knock down Alcano in the final.
This final match was special because the finals both this event and the amateur event 9-Ball event went on at the same time, and drew a large crowd of players and fans, making for an exciting finale to the weekend. David Burgos would come out on top in the Amateur 9-Ball event to earn his first victory.
Congratulations to Jayson Shaw on a great win, along with runner-up Ronnie Alcano. Jeremy Sossei and Daniel Dagotdot also earned credit for finishing in 3rd and 4th place, respectively.
Zion Zvi also earned acknowledgement at Steinway Billiards as he assisted Tony Robles in running the tournament board for Sunday’s action in both events. Although the Predator Pro-Am Tour’s tournament director William Finnegan was not able to make it out to the second day of the event, Finnegan has been a great leader and supporter of the tour since its inception in 2008, and now also runs the weekly tournaments at Steinway Billiards.
The most exciting part of the 2012 Predator Tour season is yet to come, as the last regular-season event will be held at Mr. Cue Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY this weekend, December 1-2…where players will battle in their final opportunity to earn points for their year-end rankings.
The Tour Finale will then be held the following weekend, December 8-9, at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY on Long Island.
Open/Pro 10-Ball Final Results
1st: Jayson Shaw – $800
2nd: Ronnie Alcano – $500
3rd: Jeremy Sossei – $300
4th: Daniel Dagotdot – $400
Check out more photos from Stop #14 at Steinway Billiards by Henry Chan below…