Richko and Davis Repeat Poison Billiards Wins
Poison 9-Ball Tour / Orlando, FL
Jason Richko and Mike Davis won their second Poison 9-Ball Tour victories of the season, having won the first at the tour’s opening event as well. Richko and Davis were among the field of 52 who gathered at Corner Pockets in Orlando, FL, the weekend of October 23-24 to take a shot at the $1,000-added prize fund.
Jacksonville’s Nick Applebee was looking strong as he made his way to the hot seat match with wins over Ernie Medina, Nicole Winters, Jon Curtis, David Pencar, and then a 7-4 win over Dan Lettau to put himself in the winners’ side final. His opponent was Richko, who was looking to try and string back-to-back victories. Richko had notched wins over John Carver, John Stucky, Jesse Langston, Anthony Meglino, Walter Blacker, and finally scored a hill-hill victory over Nick Applebee to capture the hot seat.
On the one-loss side Brian McBride was looking strong after taking a 7-5 loss to Lettau. He went on to eliminate Ben Diaz, Jim Sandaler, and Blacker. A revenge win over Lettau was folled up with a semifinal victory over Applebee to set up the final match with Richko.
The finals saw both players exhibiting strong pool, but Richko, however, proved to be too tough as he took down McBride 8-4 win to claim his second title of the season.
The open division drew 26 players, but that did not indicate an easy ride for anyone, with the likes of Tommy Kennedy, Davis, Justin Hall, Jerry Calderon, and Tony Crosby in the field. Hall went onto capture the hot seat with wins over Calderon 7-5, George Saunders 7-2, Crosby 7-6, Han Berber 7-3, and then a hot seat win over Davis 7-6.
After a 7-4 loss to Davis, Kennedy made his way back for a rematch with Davis with wins over Anthony Meglino 6-3 and Adam Wheeler 7-2. Davis, though, again proved to be too strong, leaving Kennedy in third place. The finals were a repeat performance from the first event with Davis taking Hall down 8-6, forcing the one-rack shoot-out. Hall won the lag and break, but Davis made short work of the rack by making a long-rail bank combination on the 9 to win his second event in a row.
1st Jason Richko $600
2nd Brian McBride $400
3rd Nick Applebee $310
4th Dan Lettau $210
5th Anthony Meglino $160
7th John Stucky $110
9th Jarred Schlauch $70