U.S. Bar Table Event Kicks Off
U.S. Bar Table Championships / Reno, NV
A total of 93 entrants have gathered at Terrible’s Sands Regency Hotel and Casino in Reno, NV, for the 18th Annual U.S. Bar Table Championships. A three-pronged event composed of a 10-ball, 8-ball open, and 8-ball ladies’ division, this $25,250-added tournament began with the 10-ball division.
As this event conflicts with the World 8-Ball Championships, many of the top players are elsewhere, including defending champions Shane Van Boening and Earl Strickland. However, Melissa Little, who won the ladies’ 8-ball last year, is present. After a first-round bye, she faced off against Brandon Ashcraft, who sent her to the one-loss side of the chart 7-1.
Alex Pagulayan, who has been having a stellar year as yet with wins at the Derby City Classic and last week’s Jay Swanson event, got a first-round bye and then delivered Shawn Roy to the west side 7-1. His next opponent will be Walter Glass, who whitewashed Arturo Rivera in the second round. Pagulayan’s countryman Warren Kiamco is also present and has sent Steve Tune and Jeff Heath to the left side, both 7-1.
One big threat showed up in Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie, who dealt Steve Ramirez Sr. a donut in the first round and then sent Denis Strickland west 7-2 in the second. Another is Johnathan “Hennessee” Pinegar, who, after a first-round bye, bested Terry Osborne in the second round 7-2 and will next play Jeff Melton.
The West Coast players are well-represented in Corey Harper, Stan Tourangeau, Louis Ulrich, and Glenn Atwell, all of whom are still undefeated.
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