Super Billiards Expo Underway
18th Annual Super Billiards Expo / King of Prussia, PA
Allen Hopkins’ 18th Annual Super Billiards Expo kicked off March 18, with hundreds of players signed up for the myriad tournaments that will be taking place throughout the weekend. The Expo is held annually at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA.
The Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship, one of the main draws at the yearly event, began with a full field of 64 players. This event’s format is a race to 9, double-elimination, alternating break, with $20,000 added.
Defending champion John “Mr. 403” Schmidt, who won last year’s event over Corey Deuel in the finals, won his first-round match tonight, defeating Shannon Murphy 9-6. His next match will be against Filipino Al Lapena, who delivered a stunning 9-1 blow to Joey Testa earlier.
There have been a few upsets in the event already, including a 9-7 defeat of 2009 Player of the Year Mika Immonen by Ralph Eckert, innovator of the PAT Training System. Immonen immediately went to the one-loss side and eliminated Danny “Kid Delicious” Basavich 9-1. Also, Ryan “The Genie Man” McCreesh delivered a first-round loss to Rodney Morris 9-5, while Jeremy Sossei sent Earl Strickland to the left side of the chart 9-7. From there, Strickland dealt Bob Weimar a donut 9-0.
Ronnie “Everything’s Funny When You’re Winning Big Money” Wiseman and Steve Moore fought a battle that went double-hill before Wiseman edged past Moore 9-8. That was the only hill-hill match of the first round.
Player of the Year for 2008, Shane Van Boening is going strong, having won his first match 9-2 against Raj Vannala. He will go up against New York’s Frankie Hernandez in the next round, as Hernandez just defeated Rich Musser 9-6. Former world 9-ball champion Thorsten Hohmann sent Northeast player Brandon Shuff to the west side 9-2 and will go on to face Onur Berber, who defeated Jarrod Clowery 9-3, in the next round.
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