Professional 10-Ball Kicks Off
The 17th Annual Allen Hopkins’ Super Billiards Expo is back at the Valley Forge Convention Center March 19-22. The amateur events have reported record numbers in their fields, and the Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship brought a field of 46 to vie for their piece of the $25,000-added prize purse.
The pro event had a heftier entry fee this year of $1,000, with first place taking home the grand prize of $20,000. The format is alternating breaks, race to 10, and the 10 ball does not count on the break in any pocket.
The smaller field led to numerous byes, but there were several first-round matches of note. Defending champion Shane Van Boening, who bested Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie in last year’s finals, won his first-round match against Marc “Spain” Vidal 10-4.
Past champion of this event, Johnny Archer took an early trip to the one-loss side courtesy of another past champion, Corey Deuel. The two battled to hill-hill before Deuel broke and left himself a simple 1-10 combo, which he pocketed for the win.
Kim Davenport battled to hill-hill against Joey Testa before advancing, while Dennis Hatch, who is yet another past champion of this event, sent Bob Weimar to the one-loss side 10-3. Jose Parica and Rodney Morris met in a featured match-up, with Parica sending the Hawaiian west 10-5. In another featured match, reigning 10-ball world champion Darren Appleton bested former world 9-ball champion Thorsten Hohmann 10-7, sending the German to the left side of the chart.
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