Chicago, IL – Poison Cues Challenge Match Series i Chicago started off with stop #1 at Pressure Billiards. Dragon Promotions with host Wahib Merchant presented pool champions Mika Immonen, Francisco Bustamante, and Charlie Williams to Chicago fans for a night of billiard fun and education.
The trio of champions started with a free one hour clinic teaching fans special tips on draw shots, drills, speed control, kicking, and the break. The room was packed with fans squeezing next to each other to get a glimpse of the instruction by some of pool’s greatest. Next a limited nine spots for VIPs were all sold out to challenge the pros in a race to 5 games playing 9-Ball. Although nobody could upset the champions, many won their share of games and excitement with one fortunate fan winning a new jump cue for winning four games, more than any other amateur.
“It’s nice to see such a great crowd showing up for this event. It’s a very hip and modern room with nice demographics.” said Cindy Lee, CEO of Dragon Promotions.
In the main event, Lucasi 10-Ball Classic Champ & Predator Rep Williams took on Mezz Cues Rep & US Open Champion Immonen first in a race to 5 10-Ball match. Immonen took a 3-1 lead before Williams mounted a comeback to tie at 4-4. A missed 3ball by Mika gave Charlie a chance for an out and he ran down with two balls left. Unfortunately he missed position on the 8-Ball with the 10-Ball nearby, and gave Immonen the 5-4 win.
Next Williams was back again to take on Filipino terror Bustamante, sponsored by Puyat Sports. Both players used their thunderous breaks to open the balls up, but it was Williams who gained the most success. Williams kept control of the match as he won the first game and never lost control of the match. He finished off Bustamante for a 5-2 win.
Finally Bustamante had a chance to redeem himself against Immonen. He led the match early and went to the hill first leading 4-3. Mika then made a great bank to tie the match at 4-4. Mika broke the final rack and the cueball was kissed to the corner pocket. Fortunately it hung in the jaws and Immonen came with a great cut on the 2ball and ran out for the 5-4 win to stay undefeated for the first Poison Challenge Match. Williams record stands at 1-1 while Bustamante at 0-2.
“I talked to my customers and everyone was really happy. So far it’s just been great reviews.” said Wahib Merchant, Owner of Pressure Billiards.
Other sponsors have caught on with the grass roots buzz to keep billiards promoted in communities. Delta-13 Rack, Simonis Cloth, Brunswick Billiards, and Master Chalk are all sponsoring the events in Chicago that week produced by Dragon Promotions.
To visit Pressure Billiards in Chicago goto http://www.pressurebilliards.com/ 6318 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60660 1(773) 743-POOL
Palace Billiards will host the second installment of Chicago’s Poison Challenge at 7:30pm on Feb 7 in Villa Park, an area just minutes outside Chicago. Palace earlier in the day will be hosting the very prestigious and successful Predator Pro Pool School program developed by Dragon Promotions featuring Immonen, Bustamante, and Williams. The school continues through Sunday with students spending a total of 15 hours face to face with the champions, learning the secrets of professional pool. Palace Billiards info can be found at www.myspace.com/palacebilliards.
For questions and info on hosting a challenge match exhibition or Pro Pool School, please contact DP at 407-782-4978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Poison Billiards, an international billiards industry leader, is a high-performance recreation pool cue producer focused on bringing cutting-edge designs, with Predator engineering for best-in-class playability, to billiards players worldwide. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, Poison Billiards is a division of The Predator Group whose core brands also include Predator Cues and Uni-Loc®. For more information regarding The Predator Group, visit www.thepredatorgroup.com. For information on Poison Billiards visit www.poisonbilliards.com.
All photos courtesy of Zarah Delrosario
Dragon Promotions is one of the leading producers of billiard programming in the world today. Dragon produces over 40 events a year airing on networks in USA, Korea, India, and Europe such as ESPN, MBC ESPN, XTM, XPORTS, and Euro Sport. Events include The World 14.1 Championship, The Predator International 10-Ball Championship, King & Queen of Carom, Empress Cup, Pro Pool Schools, Women’s Trickshot Challenge, World Junior 10-Ball Championships, Korea vs USA, and many more. Dragon also manages some of the world’s best players including Raj Hundal, Shanelle Loraine, Rodney Morris, Charlie Williams, Jeanette Lee, Mika Immonen, Mike Davis, Yu Ram Cha and many more.