McDermott Gambler Pool Tour Kicks Off
McDermott Gambler Pool Tour / Holiday, FL
The brand-new McDermott Gambler Pro Tour kicked off its inaugural event the weekend of May 15-16 at Hammer Heads Billiards in Holiday, FL. The event saw Trevor Braymore, Stephanie Mitchell, and Mike Davis take home titles in their respective divisions.
The handicapped amateur 9-ball division saw 26 players show up to vie for the $1,480 purse. Braymore made his way through the winners’ side with wins over Allen Auman 9-5, Mike Staubes 7-6, and Van Phan 9-8 to put him in the hot seat match. The bottom bracket saw Mitchell move to the hot seat match with wins over Angel Riviera 5-3, Gary Blatt 5-1, James Roberts 9-7, and Michell Monk 5-3. A double-hill affair saw Braymore escape Mitchell to claim the hot seat. Now on the west side, Mitchell faced down Jerry Troisi 6-5 to earn a rematch with Braymore. Their second match again went hill-hill, with the same results, as Braymore claimed the match 9-8.
The ladies’ event drew a field of five. Amateur division runner-up Mitchell suffered a first-round loss to Nikki Rasmussen 7-1 but rebounded, making her way to the finals to meet the undefeated Michell Monk. It was another hill-hill final match, this time with Mitchell coming out the winner 7-6.Sunday’s open 9-ball event saw a strong 16-player field taking a shot at the $1,385 purse. “Iron Mike” Davis made his way to the hot seat match with wins over Ben Diaz 7-4, Dan Dennis 7-6, and Julio Aquino 7-6, while Mike Staubes met him there after taking wins over Tim Witherspoon 7-5, Mark Wathen 7-2, and Jerry Troisi 7-5. With a strong performance, Davis moved to the finals with a 7-2 win over Staubes.
On the one loss side Adam Wheeler made his way back to the finals after his second-round loss to Aquino 7-6. It was a single race to 9, and Davis took an early lead 3-1. However, Wheeler countered to win six racks in a row, making it 6-3 in his favor. Davis fought back, and soon the score seesawed to 8 apiece. In the final rack, Davis played a safety on the 6 ball, allowing Wheeler enough to see a bank. Wheeler attempted the shot but hung it in the pocket, and Davis closed out the rack with a bank on the 7 ball to get shape and finish the match, becoming the first Sharkbite Classic Open 9-Ball champion.Amateur Results:
1st Trevor Braymore $500
2nd Stephanie Mitchell $300
3rd Jerry Triosi $225
4th Michell Monk $155
5th Julio Aquino $100
7th James Roberts $50
Chip Dickerson Ladies’ Results:
1st Stephanie Mitchell $250
2nd Michell Monk $100
3rd Niki Rasmussen $50
1st Mike Davis $500
2nd Adam Wheeler $350
3rd Mike Staubes $225
4th Julio Aquion $150
5th Bobby Livrago $100