Osipov finishes 5th in Amateur event, goes undefeated to take Open/Pro division of Predator Pro Am
L-R John Francisco (1st), Ehmunrao Toocaram (2nd),
Ron Bernardo (3rd), and Han Park (4th)
L-R Joey Korsiak (4th), Raphael Dabreo (2nd), Hunter Lombardo (3rd) Not pictured: Alex Osipov (1st)
L-R Brooke Meyer (1st), Rene Villalobos (2nd), Duc Lam and
Jay Choi (3rd/4th)
L-R Chickie Romero (2nd) and Ambi Estevez (1st)
Complete ABCD Payouts
1 USA FRANCISCO John 1,400
2 USA TOOCARAM Ehmunrao 1,000
3 USA BERNARDO Ron 700
4 PARK Han 450
5 USA OSIPOV Alex 300
5 USA AVALLONE Corey 300
7 USA CHAU Kanami 200
7 USA MENDOZA Robert 200
9 USA RODRIGUEZ Elvis 145
9 USA ROMERO Chickie 145
9 USA CARRASCO Erick 145
9 USA GOBERDHAN Jason 145
13 USA KARP Chris 100
13 USA LIO Ada 100
13 USA ANDUJAR Carmine 100
13 USA LAM Duc 100
Pro Event Finishers
1 USA OSIPOV Alex 800
2 USA DABREO Raphael 500
3 USA LOMBARDO Hunter 320
4 USA KORSIAK Joe 200
5 USA SMITH Jonathan 100
5 USA HARRICHARAN Matthew 100
2nd Chance Finishers
1st Brooke Meyer $160
2nd Rene Villalobos $100
3rd/4th Duc Lam/Jay Choi $30 ea.
3rd Chance Finishers
1st Ambi Estevez $130
2nd Chickie Romero $70
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Alex Osipov had quite a weekend on the Predator Pro Am Tour. He made it to a winners’ side semifinal in the $1,000-added, 80-entrant Amateur event of the July 7-8 stop on the tour, before being sent to the loss side. He lost his first match on that side of the bracket and finished in the tie for 5th place. He moved on to compete in the $500-added Open/Pro event, with 18 presumably tougher opponents, and proceeded to go undefeated through the field to claim that event title. Both events were hosted by the Amsterdam Billiard Club in Manhattan.

Osipov advanced through the Open/Pro field to arrive at a winners’ side semifinal match against Matthew Harricharan. Raphael Dabreo, in the meantime, squared off against Jonathan Smith in the other winners’ side semifinal. Osipov defeated Harricharan 7-5 and in the hot seat match, faced DaBreo, who’d sent Smith to the loss side 7-2. Osipov claimed the hot seat 7-4 over DaBreo and waited on his return from the semifinals.
On the loss side, Smith picked up one of the New York Tri-State area’s hottest players at the moment, Joey Korsiak, who’d defeated Duc Lam and Michael Yednak, both 7-5 to reach him. Harricharan drew Hunter Lombardo, who’d recently eliminated Troy Deocharran 7-4 and Zion Zvi 7-5.

Korsiak and Lombardo advanced to the quarterfinals; Korsiak 7-5 over Smith and Lombardo 7-3 over Harricharan. Lombardo took the quarterfinal fight 7-4, but by the same score, had his loss-side streak ended by DaBreo in the semifinals. In their re-match DaBreo managed one rack more than he scored against Osipov in the hot seat match, but it wasn’t enough. Osipov completed his undefeated run 7-5 to claim the title.

Francisco wins five on the loss side to meet and defeat Toocaram in Amateur finals

Sent to the loss side by the eventual occupant of the hot seat, Ehmunrao Toocaram, John Francisco defeated five opponents on the loss side, including Alex Osipov, before meeting Toocaram a second time, in the finals. He defeated him to claim the Amateur event title.

Toocaram had advanced through the field of 80 to meet up with Osipov in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Ron Bernardo faced Corey Avallone in the other one. Toocaram sent Osipov to the loss side in a double hill battle, and in the hot seat, faced Bernardo, who’d given up only a single rack to Avallone (6-1). Toocaram won his last match, downing Bernardo 8-5 to claim the hot seat.

On the loss side, Osipov picked up what proved to be his final opponent in the Amateur event; the eventual winner, Francisco, who, following his defeat at the hands of Toocaram, had eliminated Chickie Romero, double hill, and Robert Mendoza 9-5. Avallone drew Han Clark, who’d defeated the recently-crowned Tri-State Tour Invitational Champion, Erick Carrasco 7-5, and Kunami Chau 7-4.

The loss-side opponents in the battle for advancement both prevailed. Clark downed Chau 7-4, as Francisco sent Osipov to the Pro event with a 9-5 win. In two straight 7-4 victories, Francisco then eliminated Han Clark in the quarterfinals, and Ron Bernardo in the semifinals.

Toocaram had sent Francisco to the loss side 7-4 in a winners’ side quarterfinal. In their battle for the event title, they went double hill before Francisco dropped the final ball to claim it.

A Second Chance event that drew 16 entrants saw Greg Myer defeat Rene Villalobos, double hill, to claim the $160 first-place prize. Duc Lam finished in third place, with Jay Choi, in fourth. Ambi Estevez took the 10-entrant Third Chance event, claiming the $130 first-place prize after defeating Chickie Romero 7-2 in the finals.

Tour director Tony Robles thanked the ownership and staff at the Amsterdam Billiard Club, as well as sponsors Predator Cues, Ozone Billiards, PlayNAPL.com, The DeVito Team, PoolOnTheNet.com, Billiards Press.com, AZBilliards, Pool&Billiards Magazine, and Billiards Digest. The next stop on the Predator Pro Am Tour, scheduled for the weekend of August 11-12, will be hosted by Boardwalk Billiards in Brooklyn, NY. Robles also reminded potential players that the 2nd Annual New York City 8-Ball Scotch Doubles Championships, to be held under the auspices of his Silent Assassin Productions company, will be hosted by Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY on the weekend of August 4th & 5th.

Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards

 
 
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