Players from Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and many more cities came to qualify for the Dragon Promotions production of the 70th Annual Predator World Tournament of Straight Pool presented by KnightShot.com. Breaker Billiards will host this year’s event playing on beautiful Brunswick Gold Crown tables and using Simonis Cloth. The event will start play on October 6,2010 and ends on Columbus Day October 11th. The greatest straight pool players from around the world will arrive on USA’s east coast again to New Jersey, and attend this prestigious event to play for the coveted title of World Straight Pool Champion. The event is co-sponsored by Amsterdam Billiard Club, Master Chalk, Aramith Balls, and Accu-Stats.
The first qualifier was held in Chicago at legendary Red Shoe Billiards owned by John Lavin. Tom Karabotsos, who learned the game from Dallas West, took first place in the qualifier. He previously qualified in 2006 and 2007 but did not play in the next years. Jeffrey Mohl, for the second year in a row, qualified by beating everyone he faced except Tom. Mohl coincidentally is also one of the event’s pat ron sponsors.
The Philadelphia qualifier was held for the 5th consecutive year at Drexeline Billiards owned by top East Coast player Bob Maidhof. Results as follows: 1st Shawn Wilkie- 2nd Andy Lincoln- 3rd Rick Molineiro- 4th Alan Duty- 5/6 Joey Hong & Ed Moody- 7/8 Steve Shaw & Frank Wojciechowski- 9/12 James Heller & Mike Frank & Nataan Sulinski & Lou Johnston- 13/16 Peter Burrows & Coby Atkins . Paid entries went to 1st & 2nd place entry into the World Championship and Maidhof generously kicked in an extra $150.00 for 3rd and $100.00 for 4th place finishers.
The Cue Nine qualifier in NY saw Bob Madenjian qualify undefeated which will be his 2nd year playing in the Predator World Tournament and Chris Lynch taking a loss to Bob, but coming back with a win on the one loss side to win the 2nd spot.
There is one final qualifier left at Champion Billiards in MD Oct 2. Contact 301- 846-0089. Results of the NYC qualifier at Amsterdam Billiards will be posted soon.
This year marks the 70th World Tournament , and stars such as Thorsten Hohmann, John Schmidt, Oliver Ortmann, Niels Feijen, Allen Hopkins, Jasmin Ouschan, Johnny Archer, Mika Immonen and defending champion Stephan Cohen of France are just a few of the powerful list of world beaters who will come to play in the greatest straight pool tournament in the world. Players may also join qualifiers to get a chance to compete in the World Tournament with all the legendary greats. Qualifier info can be found at www.DragonPromotions.com To host a qualifier or play, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The format for the event will be the same as the past four years. 64 players divided into 8 groups of 8 players in a round robin format playing races to 100. The top 32 players will advance to a double elimination tournament races to 150. The top 16 players will then advance to a single elimination race to 200 points. Half of the field will earn prize money with the champion winning $11,000.
Congratulations to Shawn Wilkie, Andy Lincoln, Bob Madenjian, Chris Lynch, Tom Karabotsos, and Jeff Mohl for their victories and earned spot against the best 14.1 players in the World. Good luck at The World Tournament!
The 2010 Predator World Tournament is proudly sponsored by straight pool afficianados Dr.Louis Pannullo of NYC, Bill Austin of UT, Harold Siegel of NYC, Stu Mattana of NYC, and Badi Nazhat of Curacao. Other significant patrons include Dr.Michael Frank, and Ralph Rubin. Co-Contributors we like to recognize include Dennis Walsh, Bill Marapolus, Peter Burrows, Richard Klein, and Jeff Mohl. For more information on player registration, sponsorship, or if you would like to submit a comment, please email email@example.com or contact Dragon Promotions at 1-407-782-4978.
Full event info is at www.dragonpromotions.com
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Dragon Promotions is one of the leading producers of billiard programming in the world today. Dragon produces over 40 events a year airing on networks in USA, Korea, and Europe such as ESPN, MBC ESPN, XTM, XPORTS, and Euro Sport. Events include The World 14.1 Championship, The Predator International 10-Ball Championship, King & Queen of Carom, Empress Cup, Pro Pool Schools, Women’s Trickshot Challenge, World Junior 10-Ball Championships, Korea vs USA, Mezz Classic and many more. Dragon also manages some of the world’s best players including Shanelle Loraine, Rodney Morris, Charlie Williams, Mika Immonen, Mike Davis, and many more.