Super Billiards Expo Pro Championship Begins
Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship / King of Prussia, PA
The Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship kicked off Thursday morning with a field that was expanded to 72 players. Boasting a $25,000-added prize purse with a whopping $20,000 going to first place, this four-day event is one of the biggest draws of the Super Billiards Expo, held at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA.
With the amended 72-player format, 8 players participated in the first round, notably with Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan moving past Matt Krah hill-hill. In the second round Pagulayan delivered Corey Deuel to the one-loss side 10-8 and will face Earl Strickland, who defeated Jose Parica, in the third.
The second round involved all of the players, including 2010 Player of the Year Darren Appleton. He barely had retrieved his cue stick from the airline when he went up against his first competitor, John “Mr. 400” Schmidt. “Daz” was on fire the entire match and kept Schmidt in his seat for most of it, making his 10-0 victory look easy.
Defending champion Shane Van Boening skated past his opponent, Cary Dunn, 10-4. Van Boening’s next match will be against Mike Dechaine, who just took fourth place last week at the Masters 10-Ball Championship.
Former player of the year Mika Immonen was sent to the west side after his match with Matt Clatterbuck ended with Clatterbuck advancing 10-5. Clatterbuck’s next opponent will be Stevie Moore, who defeated Masafumi Mochizuki in the second round.
Tony Robles faced Thorsten Hohmann in the second round and edged past him 10-8. Robles will play Rodney Morris, who bested Dave Grau, in the third round. Grau and Hohmann play on the one-loss side Friday.
Mike Davis, who just took third place at the Masters 10-Ball, bested former amateur player of the year Scott Tollefson and will next play Shaun Wilkie, who was runner-up at this event in 2008.
Dennis Hatch, another former champion of this event, is present and won his first match over Robert Hart. His next match will be against Dee Adkins, who bested Chris Orme.
In the elimination round Deuel ousted Jonathan Smith 10-6 and will play Parica next. Scott Tollefson was eliminated by Matt Krah 10-2, and Schmidt eked out a tight 10-8 win over Robert Krull.
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