Chau Cashs on DMIRO Tour
Team DMIRO 10-Ball Tour / Salisbury, MD
by Michael Andrews
Manny Chau snapped off the Team DMIRO 10-Ball Tour U.S. Open warm-up event the weekend of October 10-11, defeating Shaun Wilkie in the finals. The event was hosted by Break Time Billiards in Salisbury, MD, and featured a $2,000-added pot.
Early on in the event, Gene Albright was noticed. After playing four matches he only lost six games total, as he defeated Kenny Bruce 7-2, David Choi 7-2, Dima Kavhn 7-1, and Jason Kochenour 7-1. Albright made it to the final eight and ended up in fourth place after Wilkie defeated him 7-6 and then Shuff sent him home 7-4.
Wilkie took control of the pro side and bested Brandon Shuff 7-4 in the first round, automatically advancing to the final eight. He then defeated Albright and Chau to win the hot seat. Wilkie waited in the hot seat for Chau, who defeated Shuff 7-1 in the semifinals.
The final set was a battle in which Chau eked past Wilkie 9-8 for the title. Wilkie missed an 8 ball to win, and Chau ran that rack and won the next two in order to defeat Wilkie.Results:
1st Manny Chau $915
2nd Shaun Wilkie $650
3rd Brandon Shuff $390
4th Gene Albright $260
5th Josh Keller $130
7th Mike Andrews $65