Morra Reigns in 8-Ball at U.S. Bar Table Championships
U.S. Bar Table Championships / Reno, NV
John Morra came back from a late loss in the 8-ball division of the U.S. Bar Table Championships to take the title from Warren Kiamco in the finals. Kiamco, who won the 9-ball division earlier this week, cemented his standing as the event’s all-around champion, earning a bonus of $2,000. The $25,250-added event was hosted by Terrible’s Sands Regency Hotel and Casino in Reno, NV.
Kiamco enjoyed an unchallenged run through the 157-player field until the finals, with a first-round bye and then wins over Mark Estes 5-3, Jerry Matchin 5-3, Stan Tourangeau 5-4, and Sylver Ochoa 5-2 to make it to the final four on the winners’ side. He whitewashed Brandon Ashcraft 5-0 to face down Amar Kang in a double-hill match for the hot seat that saw Kiamco advance 5-4.
After a first-round bye, Morra cruised through John Sandifer 5-3, Octavio Diaz Jr. 5-2, Ray Skenandore 5-1, and Pat Schumacher 5-2. He then ran into Kang, who delivered him to the one-loss side of the chart after a hill-hill nail-biter 5-4.
There Morra was on fire, ousting Josh Smith 5-3 and Ashcraft 5-3 to advance to the quarterfinal match against Josh O’Neal. He and O’Neal fought tooth and nail before Morra edged his opponent out 5-4. That hard-won victory earned him a rematch with Kang in the semifinals, and though it was another double-hill affair, Morra eked out the 5-4 win.
Fully charged, Morra went after Kiamco in the double-elimination finals. The first set was another hill-hill match for Morra, who leveled the field for the final players with a 5-4 win. Morra pressed his advantage in the second set, which he ended swiftly with a 5-2 final score.
1st John Morra $5,000
2nd Warren Kiamco $3,000
3rd Amar Kang $2,000
4th Josh O’Neal $1,000
5th Brandon Ashcraft $800
7th Josh Smith $550