Poison 9-Ball Tour / Holiday, FL
Jason Richko and Mike Davis won their respective divisions at the Poison 9-Ball Tour’s season opener September 11-12. Hosted by Hammer Heads Billiard Lounge in Holiday, FL, the event featured a total of $2,000 added and 82 players.
Richko made his way to the finals with strong wins over Lee Holland, Monty Cooper, Joe Scarborough, Casey Groves, and a 7-1 win over Dave Adams to capture the hot seat. Adams’ route to the finals consisted of wins over Stephanie Mitchell, Dave Ross, Raymond Linares, Casey Merrell, and James Adam before running into a red-hot Richko.
Jarred Schlauch was looking strong after taking a third-round loss to Scarborough. He went onto oust Steve Fiat, Mike Vore, Merrell, and Mike Delawder before Jimmy Sandaler eliminated him in fourth place 5-4. Sandaler then went on to defeat Adams in the semifinals, setting up a finals match with Richko. Richko put an end to Sandaler’s five-match winning streak with a solid 8-2 win to take down the season opener.
Davis battled his way to the winners’ side final with hard-fought wins over Avi Vega, James Roberts 7-6, Richey Richeson 7-4, and then a 7-2 win over Raymond Linares to set up a hot seat match with Tony Crosby. Crosby had notched victories over Jessica Barnes 7-4, Tommy Kennedy 7-2, Todd Anderson 7-1, and Hall 7-2. The hot seat match went right down to the wire, with Crosby eventually coming out on top with a 7-6 win.
After eliminating Kennedy in fifth, Hall went on to play recent ACUI champion Raymond Linares, who dominated Hall 7-2. In the semifinals Davis proved to be too strong for Linares and won 7-3 to advance to the finals against Crosby. The race-to-9 finals saw Davis and Crosby seesaw to 6-all, and then Davis surged ahead to win the next three racks. Because of the new format guaranteeing that whoever takes second place would have lost two matches, a single-rack shoot-out was then played. Crosby won the lag and made two balls on the break, but he missed a tricky 2 ball. This proved to be a costly miss, for Davis ran out the rack to take the season opener.
1st Jason Richko $650
2nd Jimmy Sandaler $450
3rd Dave Adams $300
4th Jarred Schlauch $200
5th Casey Grove $150
7th Mike Delawder $100
9th Joe Scarborough $55
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