Pressure is on at Reno Billiard Event
Reno Open / Reno, NV
The 46th installment of the prestigious Reno Open saw the field considerably taken down in number, leaving only 16 players on the undefeated side of the chart, with 64 on the one-loss side. Players making it to the 9 p.m. rounds Friday will be in the money.
Twenty-year-old Mary Rakin is still unchallenged as yet, having won her first three matches with relative ease, including a 9-1 trouncing of Stan Alameda. Her next match will pit her against Los Angeles’ Corey Harper, who had a first-round bye as Rakin did, and then went on to defeat Chris Kent, William Anderson, and Trevor Smith.
Melissa “The Viper” Little also remains unscathed. Her latest victim was Las Vegas resident Vince Tedesco, whom she sent west 9-5. Little will play Michael Deitchman in the next round. Deitchman is fresh off a hill-hill victory over Jose Parica.
The father-and-son team of Ernesto and Oscar Dominguez seems to be on a crash course in the winners’ bracket. Ernesto recently sent Bob Halloran to the left side 9-3 and will play Jim Fabionar in the next round. Oscar, one rung above, defeated Mark Haddad 9-6 and next faces Jeff Carter. If both Dominguezes win their match, they will meet in the following round.
Another featured match-up on the winners’ side will be between Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant and Mike Davis. Both players were of the few who did not receive a first-round bye and have played four matches so far to reach this point. Davis recently bested local player Ace Brown 9-3, while Bryant bested Roger Bordley by the same score.
Recent Players Championship one-pocket winner Gabe Owen dealt Adam “GQ” Smith his first loss after their hill-hill battle and advances to meet Ronnie “Everything’s Funny When You’re Winning Big Money” Wiseman. Steve Moore is also still undefeated and will play Brian Parks in the next round, and Justin Whitehead and Stan Tourangeau will match up as well.
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