Kiamco Cashes in Bar Box 9-Ball
U.S. Bar Table Championships / Reno, NV
Warren Kiamco took down Larry “The Truth” Nevel in the double-elimination 9-ball finals of the U.S. Bar Table Championships, earning a $4,650 paycheck for his troubles.
After a first-round bye, Kiamco sent to the one-loss side Brad Huffman 9-1, Vernon McGee 9-2, Jason Bacon hill-hill, and Adam Smith 9-5 to reach the winners’ side final four. A narrow 9-7 victory over Stevie Moore put him into the hot seat match against Ross Fregoso.
Fregoso also enjoyed a bye in the first round and then went on to defeat Jon Ames 9-1, Sal Butera 9-3, Doug Wu 9-4, and Tres Kane III 9-3 in order to reach the winners’ side final four. Robert Emmons was his next opponent, and he easily handled him 9-2 to advance to meet Kiamco. But Kiamco was too strong, and the Filipino claimed the hot seat with a 9-1 routing of Fregoso.
On the west side of the chart, Nevel, who had suffered a late loss to Beau Runningen 9-6, was cruising through, depositing Stan Tourangeau in seventh place 9-4. Tying with Tourangeau was Jundel Mazon, who had been ousted by Josh O’Neal hill-hill. Emmons then sent O’Neal home in fifth place 9-7, as Nevel eliminated Moore in the same spot 9-5.
Now on a roll, Nevel swept through his match with Emmons and relegated him to fourth place with a 9-4 victory. In the semifinals he faced off against Fregoso, who had evidently not recovered from being deposed in the hot seat match. Nevel dominated their match and only allowed Fregoso one rack before winning 9-1.
Nevel then faced the daunting task of defeating Kiamco twice to take the 9-ball title. He came close, besting Kiamco 7-2 in the first set and evening the field. The second set saw both players struggle to come out ahead, but ultimately it was Kiamco who edged out Nevel 9-6 in the deciding set.
The men’s 8-ball division began February 25 with a whopping 157 players vying for their piece of the $6,000-added prize purse.
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