Hall of Famer and living legend Mike Sigel is aiming for his 4th World Championship in 14.1 in this year’s 70th edition of the World Tournament. Sigel, while chatting constantly throughout the match, managed to win a decisive 100 to 5 score over Jim Gottier of NYC, who finished 9th last year. Sigel is one of the many great players in the 48 invitational field at Breaker Billiards which is hosting this year’s event.
The event started play October 6, 2010 and will end on October 11th. The greatest straight pool players from around the world have arrived on USA’s east coast again to New Jersey, and vying in this prestigious event to win the coveted title of World Straight Pool Champion. The event is co-sponsored by Amsterdam Billiard Club, Master Chalk, Aramith Balls, Ultimate10ball.com, and Accu-Stats.
Gottier took some early negative points while Sigel kept control the entire match. Gottier got one good open chance but was not able to capitalize. Sigel made some tremendous shots to the delight of the fans who can remember the famous “Captain Hook” from his stellar days on tour decades ago.
“I only won this three times? I’m pretty sure I won it six times, but back then they called it the US Open a few years instead of the World Championship. Oh well”, Sigel was saying after the match.
Sigel will be facing a mouth watering feature against World #1 Mika Immonen of Finland at 8pm tonight. Immonen will be fresh off his Challenge of Champions win two days ago.
Other highlights included Danny Barouty scoring one for the USA as he ran 99 & out against Netherland’s Huidji See, who silver medaled in 2007. Barouty won 100-0. German favorite Thorsten Hohmann defeated Gerda Hofstatter of Austria 100-32. Oldie but goodie Dave Daya showed he was still dangerous with his 100-60 win over new 14.1 import from 9-ball Shaun Wilkie.
Live streaming of the event at www.accu-stats.com.
The 2010 Predator World Tournament is proudly sponsored by straight pool aficionados 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, James Heller, and Jeff Mohl. For more information on player registration, sponsorship, or if you would like to submit a comment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dragon Promotions at 1-407-782-4978. The world Tournament is being played on Brunswick Gold Crown tables and using Simonis Cloth.