Action Heats Up at U.S. Open 10-Ball

Day 4 of the 2010 U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship in at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV began with some tough players fighting it out in grueling loser’s side matches. The tournament is down to the last 64 of this 128 player field with many upsets having happened thus far.

One of the biggest matches of the tournament thus far was between Canada’s Tyler Edey and Germany’s Oliver Ortmann. As the match progressed, it certainly appeared as though Edey would run away with the set as he catapulted to an 8-0 lead. However, in the 9th rack a misstep in position play on the 8 from Edey would propel Ortmann to his first game in the set. True to form, Oliver was not out for the count and proceeded to win the next 7 racks afterwards and force a final hill-hill game. As the game began, virtually the entire arena switched from the Efren Reyes and James Baraks match to see if Ortmann could pull off an improbable comeback. As Ortmann maneuvered his way through the rack he was forced to decide between a long combination from the 6 to the 10, or a safe and letting Edey back to the table. He snookers Tyler behind the 10 and forces a 3 rail kick which Edey hits and leaves safe. After a failed safe from Ortmann, Edey ran out the rack and put an end to an amazing comeback from Ortmann.

After a failed safe from Ortmann, Edey ran out the rack and put an end to an amazing comeback from Ortmann.

After a failed safe from Ortmann, Edey ran out the rack and put an end to an amazing comeback from Ortmann.

The other big story from the tournament was the early exits by some of the heavy-hitters in the tournament. After losing 9-7 to Roberto Gomez in the second round, Efren Reyes was forced into a battle with Johnny Archer in an elimination match on the TV table. Johnny started strong and put up 7 racks before Efren could muster up a game on the board. As seems to be a recurring story with this tournament, Reyes was not ready to pack it up yet. He put up 5 racks before Archer finally closed out the set sending perennial favorite Reyes home after only 4 matches.

Other big names sent home early were John Schmidt, Corey Deuel, and Gabe Owen to name a few. World 8 Ball Champion Karl Boyes was ousted at the hands of the lone woman left in the field Melissa Little in a come from behind match of 9-8. Day 4 brings the winner’s bracket players back into the arena in some tough matchups, including: Larry Nevel vs. Rodney Morris, Darren Appleton vs. Shane Van Boening, and Thorsten Hohmann vs. Charlie Williams to name a few.

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