The second event to take the stage at the 20th US Bar Table Championships would be the 9-Ball division, with both men’s and women’s events totaling 179 players. Current US Open 9-Ball Champion Shane Van Boening would stop Dennis Orcollo from claiming his 2nd USBTC title of the event, while Rebecca Wagner would win her second consecutive USBTC 9-Ball title in the women’s division. Read on for all the details in the story from event producer CueSports International.
Shane Van Boening Dominates and Wagner Tames Tornado in US Bar Table 9-Ball Divisions
CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 3, 2013) – With the 10-ball competition completed, 144 men and 35 women switched gears Wednesday, February 27th to start play in the 9-ball divisions at the 20th US Bar Table Championships (USBTC) in Reno, Nevada at the luxurious Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.
With a literal who’s who of players participating in the event, this year’s competition has been stiffer than ever before. In addition to the prize funds for each division, men and women who enter all three disciplines in their respective divisions; 10-ball, 9-ball and 8-ball, receive points based on how they finish. The top three men and top two women point leaders receive a bonus at the end of the seven day Reno event.
In the Men’s 9-Ball division, it was all about Shane Van Boening (SVB). Van Boening, who has dominated US men’s professional pool for half a decade, is accustomed to being in the top three in most, if not all, events he enters. However he started the week a little slow, but still respectively, with a 5-6th place finish in the 10-ball.
However, it was evident in the Men’s 9-ball that SVB had his primo groove back sailing through the pack like a hot knife through butter. In the race to 9, double elimination alternate break format, SVB only lost 23 total games in 8 matches including a shut-out against Dennis Orcollo sending the recent 10-ball division winner to the one loss side. In the finals Orcollo met back up with SVB looking to win two divisions in a row. This was not to be as SVB continued his domination winning the finals 9-7.
In the Women’s 9-Ball division, although surrounded by several WPBA touring professionals, Rebecca Wagner showed her 9-ball prowess once again for a second year in a row. While not a full time professional player, Wagner has an impressive pool resume over the past several years including winning the 2012 USBTC Women’s 9-Ball and 10-Ball divisions, the 2010 WPBA Amateur Nationals, and the 2006 BCAPL National Championships – Women’s Master Singles 8-Ball.
Wagner made short order of her opponents throughout the race to 7 double elimination division. In six matches she only lost 13 total games and in the finals tamed a tornado named Vivian Villarreal 7-4.
Payouts for the Men’s 9-Ball Division of the 20th US Bar Table Championships
1st $4,700: Shane Van Boening
2nd $2,800: Dennis Orcollo
3rd $1,600: Rodney Morris
4th $1,000: Darren Appleton
5th-6th $650: Thorsten Hohmann and John Morra
7th-8th $500: Ramesh Gokhul and Corey Deuel
9th-12th $375: Rafael Martinez Chavez, Oscar Dominguez, Jamie Pluta, Jose Parica
13th-16th $275: Ike Runnels Jr., Ronnie Alcano, Wade Thompson, Stevie Moore
17th-24th $200: Ernesto Dominguez, David Styers, Mark Tafoya, Jason Klatt, Manny Chau Duran, Christopher MacDonald, Glenn Atwell, Shane McMinn
25th-32nd $150: George Michaels, Tommy Lipps, Gabe Apollos, Mike Hellmer, Francisco Bustamante, Larry Nevel Jr., Linn Petty, Brian Begay
33rd-48th $125: Larry Wilson, Tim Larson, Carl Christensen, Ramin Bakhtiari, Derek Pogirski, Sean Stevenson III, Sean Morgan, Shawn Begay, Jeff Beckley, Chad Barber, Jayson Shaw, Coby Japp, Michael William, Don Wirtaman, Mike Kushlan, Mitch Ellerman
Payouts for the Women’s 9-Ball Division of the 20th US Bar Table Championships
1st $900: Rebecca Wagner
2nd $525: Vivian Villarreal
3rd $325: Brittany Bryant
4th $220: Melissa Little
5th-6th $140: Mary Rakin and Cindy Sliva
7th-8th $100: Susan Williams and Stephanie Goens
9th-12th $75: Andrea Wilson, Christy Hawley, Betsy Sundholm, Trish Vermule
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