Liu and Robles Run Through Predator Stop
Predator Pro-Am Tour / West Hempstead, NY
by Jerry Tarantola, NYCgrind.com
Raxx Pool Room, Bar and Grill in West Hempstead, NY, was the stage for the competitors of the Predator Pro-Am Tour’s June 2-3 installment. In the amateur event, Qi Liu took top honors, while Tony Robles claimed the open 10-ball division.
There were 52 players vying for the amateur title, with Liu going undefeated through the field. In the winners’ side final four, it was Liu over Raj Vannal 7-6, as Andrew Cleary defeated John Greslik 7-5. Liu went on to claim the hot seat over Cleary 10-8.Vannala rebounded to oust Geovani Hosang in fifth place 7-5, as Greslik tied with Hosang after a loss to Charles Young. Young then eliminated Vannala 8-6 in the quarterfinal match. Cleary dominated Young in the semifinals 7-4 to move on to the final match, but he was unable to topple Liu, who claimed the title 10-9.
Sixteen top open players came out to compete and shoot for top honors, including world champion Mika Immonen, Robles, Jeremy Sossei, and Joey Korsiak. Immonen went through the winners’ side in impressive fashion and got to the finals unscathed. His road to the finals included wins over Kevin Irung 7-4, Frankie Hernandez 7-1, Joey Landi 7-4, and Robles 7-3.
Robles bounced back from his loss to earn a spot in the finals defeating Joey Landi in the semifinals. In the finals, Immonen started out strong and took a 3-2 lead, but after breaking and coming up dry, Robles refused to allow Immonen back on the table until it was 6-3. While Immonen had moments of brilliance in the finals, he was struggling to get a shot, and the rolls seemed to go Robles’ way. “The Silent Assassin” ended up capitalizing on his opportunities and dug deep to defeat Immonen 11-6 for an impressive win.
1st Qi Liu $1,000
2nd Andrew Cleary $700
3rd Charles Young $450
4th Raj Vannala $325
5th John Greslik $200
7th Steve Wade $130
9th Shawn Sookhai $90