Appleton Proves 10-Ball Domination
The first division of the 16th Annual U.S. Bar Table Championships ended with Darren “Dynamite” Appleton taking down the hefty $5,000 first-place prize. The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino in Reno, NV, is hosting the week-long event, which has a $24,500-added prize fund.
After besting 2007 Player of the Year Shane Van Boening 7-5 and sending the “South Dakota Kid” home in fifth place, Glen Atwell continued to make his way through the one-loss side by eliminating Steve Moore in fourth place 7-3. After Adam Behnke lost hill-hill in the first round of the 9-ball division, which began Wednesday evening, he immediately had to play in the semifinals against Atwell. It was too much for Behnke, for Atwell swept the match 7-0 to advance to the finals.
Appleton, the reigning world 10-ball champion, enjoyed an undefeated run to the finals, but he faced off against some tough opponents. After easing by Mark Tadd 7-5, he faced off with Stan Tourangeau, whom he defeated 7-4. A hill-hill battle with Van Boening followed, leading up to the hot seat match with Behnke, whom he sent to the west side of the chart with a 7-2 victory. In the double-elimination finals, Atwell had to best Appleton twice for the win. He never even won two racks—Appleton came through practically unscathed with a 7-1 victory to take the title.
In the 9-ball division, which began Wednesday evening, a lot of the bigger name players have made an early visit to the west side of the chart. Defending all-around champion Johnathan “Hennessee” Pinegar was defeated by Van Boening in the fourth round 9-4, while Rafael Martinez lost in the same round to Appleton 9-1. Brandon Shuff lost his hill-hill match against Joey Gray, but Gray misread the brackets for the next round and forfeited his match to Jeremy Sossei.
1st Darren Appleton $5,000
2nd Glen Atwell $3,000
3rd Adam Behnke $2,000
4th Steve Moore $1,000
5th Shane Van Boening $700
7th Larry Wilson $500
9th Stan Tourangeau $300
13th Brandon Shuff $175
17th Arlo Walsman $125