Fuller Untouchable at Inaugural Poison Tour Event
Poison by Predator Tour / Houston, TX
Bill Fuller took off the Poison by Predator (PxP) Tour’s first event, going undefeated through the field January 7 to best Jason Pearce in the finals. The $1,000-added 9-ball event drew a field of 50 players to Bogie’s Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, TX.
Fuller, a long-time Texas player, delivered Bobby Perez to the one-loss side 6-3 to reach the hot seat match, while local Tiger Tour champ Pearce defeated Dalton Riley 6-0. In the hot seat match, Pearce came on strong, leading Fuller 5-2, but Fuller came back to win the set 6-5.
After a first-round loss to Fuller, Brent Thomas won eight consecutive matches with wins over Kenneth Price, Bob Guzik, Perez, and Riley. In the semifinals, though, he was stopped short by Pearce 6-4 and settled for third place.
The finals revealed another heart-stopping match between Pearce and Fuller. This time the scenario was reversed when Fuller pulled ahead 5-2 only to see Pearce grind it out and knot the score at 5. In the final game, the two weary competitors traded safeties until Fuller capitalized on a failed 5 ball safety and ran the remaining balls for an undefeated Poison Tour victory.
1st Bill Fuller $800
2nd Jason Pearce $475
3rd Brent Thomas $325
4th Dalton Riley $200
5th Brian Rosenbaum $125
7th Victor Rojas $100
9th Mark Fusina $62.50