Chavez Claims Predator Billiards Tour Opener

Predator 9-Ball Tour / West Hempstead, NY

by InsidePOOL Staff

The Blatt Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour opened up the 2009 season at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY, with 70 players vying for the top prize.  Top players in attendance included Jeremy Sossei, Oscar Bonilla, Ignacio Chavez, Bobby Blackmore & Tony Robles.  

Mhet Vergara had his best Predator 9-Ball tournament ever, staying undefeated on day one and continuing on day two with a hill-hill victory over Holden Chin and then besting John Alicea 9-2.  Vergara then took on Chavez for the hot seat.  Chavez notched convincing wins over Dave Danchak 8-3, Steve Wright 8-5, Sean “Alaska” Morgan 8-5, Mike Fingers 9-2, and Jerry Tarantola 9-2. In the hot seat match, Chavez was the clear winner, defeating Vergara 9-4.
 

Oscar Bonilla had a long road to the final three.  He started out strong, defeating Justin Muller 8-4 and Rob Omen 8-0, but lost to Holden Chin on the hill.  On the one-loss side, Bonilla fought back, besting Thomas Wan 7-2, Lionel Rivera 9-5, Fingers 9-2, Tony Robles 9-7, Alicea 9-5, and made Jeremy Sossei settle for fourth place with a 9-5 win.
 

Semifinal action saw Bonilla and the recently defeated Vergara battle for a chance at Chavez in the finals.  Vergara appeared focused but tight during the match against Bonilla.  Bonilla capitalized on the tension and defeated Vergara 9-4 for a chance at Chavez in the finals.
 

The final match was all Chavez. The final race to 11 seemed one-sided as Chavez held a 9-4 lead.  Bonilla mounted a comeback and closed the gap 10-7, but Chavez put an end to Bonilla’s run and finished the set, winning the tournament with an 11-7 final score.
 

The tour also started an amateur event on Sundays for B-C-D players.  Players that played in the open event Saturday got a lower entry fee in the event.  Of the 26 players, Romeo Singh and Jose Soto ended up in the finals. In the end, Soto took the first-place prize, defeating Singh 7-4.

 

The Blatt Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour opened up the 2009 season at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY, with 70 players vying for the top prize.

The Blatt Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour opened up the 2009 season at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY, with 70 players vying for the top prize.

Results:

1st Ignacio Chavez $1,200

2nd Oscar Bonilla $850

3rd Mhet Vergara $600

4th Jeremy Sossei $400 

5th John Alicea $275

Jerry Tarantola $275

7th Tony Robles $200 

Sean Morgan $200

9th Liz Ford $125

Holden Chin $125

Mike Fingers $125

Bobby Blackmore $125

13th Lionel Rivera $75

Victor Nau $75

Pete T. Jr. $75

Paul Johnson $75

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