At Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY in New York City, the 2nd Annual Steinway Classic was presented by Tony Robles and the Predator Pro/Am Tour (PredatorProAmTour.com) in association with the National Amateur Pool League (playNAPL.com) on August 25-27, 2013.
Along with Tony Robles, Gail Glazebrook, and tournament director Bill Finnegan, Manny Stamatakis and the staff of Steinway welcomed the players and New York’s many dedicated fans of pool, continuing to show their support and love of the game by presenting this $7,000-added event stay in action, which was sanctioned with the ABP (Association of Billiard Professionals).
The three-day, star-studded event followed the Dragon Promotions-produced World Tournament of 14.1, where Thorsten Hohmann defeated Darren Appleton in the finals to win his third title. Click here to read the final results of the World 14.1.
InsidePool.tv and NYCgrind.com teamed up to co-produce a free live stream of the event for the fans who couldn’t make it to Steinway to watch in person. This event drew a remarkable number of champion pool players including legendary players and phenom young guns. Click here for the event’s complete player list.
Among the players competing in the event was BCA Hall of Famer and upcoming 2013 Mosconi Cup player captain Johnny Archer, who also competed in the World 14.1. During Archer’s stay in New York, he was featured on the Today Show in a live TV appearance where he performed a trick shot with assistance from supermodel Brooke Shields on Wednesday, August 28. Check out his performance in the video below.
In this event, Shane Van Boening went through the field undefeated. “The South Dakota Kid” continues to prove to be a force on the professional touring circuit. In 2007, Shane broke onto the pro scene by making a strong statement in winning the US Open 9-Ball Championships, one of the world’s most prestigious titles. Since then, he has consistently been one of the strongest players on the tour, and recently won the inaugural US Open 8-Ball Championships in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel & Casino.
Shane paved his way to the winner’s circle without too much difficulty, earning wins over Ron Mason (9-1), Stevie Moore (9-3) on the live stream table, Oliver Ortmann (9-6) Shaun Wilkie (9-3), and Jayson Shaw (9-2) to make it to the hot seat. Van Boening played superb throughout the event, and earned the win in the finals against the legendary Earl “The Pearl” Strickland by a score of 15-11.
Earl is a 5-time World Champion and 5-time US Open Champion, and is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. NYC has become Strickland’s new home, and he is the house pro at Steinway Billiards, which has been dubbed the “House of Earl”. Steinway is a sponsor of Strickland, and the collaboration has contributed to a revival of pool in the New York area.
24-year-old Scottish touring pro Jayson Shaw was also knocking on the door of a win at Steinway, following up his recent NJ State 8-Ball Championships win. Shaw went through the winner’s bracket with wins over Thorsten Hohman (9-5), Victor Nau (9-4), Jose Parica (9-5) Darren Appleton (9-7), and Earl Strickland (9-6) before losing to Shane Van Boening (9-2) for the hot seat on the live stream table.
Shaw was then defeated 15-13 in a gritty battle for the semifinal against Earl Strickland. After Strickland took an early lead, Shaw caught up, and they went nearly game-for-game until Strickland got to the hill at 14-13. Strickland broke dry in the next rack, and Shaw had no open shot, so he opted to push out to a jump shot. The push out was returned by Strickland, and Shaw made the jump, but ended up tough position on the two ball. He had to kick at the two ball and fouled, giving Strickland ball in hand to run out the rack.
The semifinal between Strickland and Shaw took place on the third and final day of the event at 2:00pm, and was followed up by finals between Shane Van Boening and Earl Strickland. While Strickland resonated with his many supporters in the crowd, Van Boening won over the the spectators by showcasing his skills for many who may not have had the opportunity to see him play in person before. In this match, Van Boening took an early five-game lead at 8-3 and maintained the lead throughout, leading to a final score of 15-11.
Van Boening has stayed in NYC for the week following the Steinway Classic, and will also be competing in the upcoming George “Ginky” SanSouci Memorial tournament this weekend (August 31-September 2) at Steinway. The Ginky Memorial will be the 11th stop of the Predator Pro-Am Tour season, and is co-produced with the Tri-State Tour and the Mezz Tour.
This is the third annual edition of the tournament, which is an emotional and meaningful event for many players who knew the late legendary NYC player George SanSouci. In 2012, the event had a very impressive turnout, and this year there will be even stronger group of talent vying for the coveted title.
In the Open/Pro 10-Ball division of the Ginky Memorial, Earl Strickland will be returning to defend his title, as he defeated Mike “Fireball” Dechaine in the finals of the second annual event in 2012, held at Amsterdam Billiards. Click here to read the results of the 2012 Open 10-Ball event.
The Amateur 9-Ball division will have a new champion in 2013, as the defending champion Daniel Dagotdot has since been moved into the Open class and will be competing in the 10-ball event. Click here to read the results of the Amateur 9-Ball event.
For the complete player lists for both the Open and Amateur divisions, and more information on the Predator Pro-Am Tour, visit: PredatorProAmTour.com
2nd Annual Steinway Classic
Top Finishers and Payouts
1st: Shane Van Boening – $4,000
2nd: Earl Strickland – $2,500
3rd: Jayson Shaw – $1,500
4th: Warren Kiamco – $1,100
5th/6th: Oliver Ortmann, Shaun Wilkie – $800
7th/8th: Stephan Cohen, Darren Appleton – $500
9th-12th: Mhet Vergara, Sean Morgan, Mike Davis, Ralph Eckert – $325
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