Alex Osipov has spent most of his pool
career alternating between stops on the New York-based
Predator and Tri-State Tours. According to our records,
he’s chalked up two wins on the Predator Tour
and cashed in 32 events on both tours over the past
six years. His last win was recorded in January, last
year. He added a third win on the Predator Tour on the
weekend of September 16-17, navigating his way through
a field of 73, stopping a loss-side bid by Gary O’Callaghan,
and going undefeated to claim the event title. The $1,000-added
event was hosted by Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY.
Advancing to a winners’ side semifinal, Osipov
faced Brooke Meyer, who had just sent his eventual opponent
in the finals, Callaghan, to the loss side. Chickie
Romero, in the meantime, squared off against Kris Bisram.
Osipov downed Meyer, double hill, and in the hot seat
faced Romero, who’d sent Bisram west 7-3. Osipov
sent Romero to a semifinal match against O’Callaghan
8-6, and waited in the hot seat for O’Callaghan
to complete his loss-side run.
That five-match, loss-side run began with an 8-5 win
over Omar Alli, and a double hill win over Mike Salerno,
which set O’Callaghan up to face Meyer. Bisram
drew Abel Rosario, who’d eliminated Xavier Romero
7-1 and Chris Kelly, double hill.
O’Callaghan and Rosario advanced to the quarterfinals;
O’Callaghan, double hill over Meyer, and Rosario
advancing by virtue of a forfeit by Bisram. O’Callaghan
then downed Rosario 8-5 in those quarterfinals, before
winning his third, loss-side, double hill fight, against
Romero in the semifinals.
Osipov, though, stopped the run that would have given
O’Callaghan his second September win on the Predator
Tour (he won the September 2-3 stop at Steinway Billiards).
Osipov claimed the event title with a 7-4 win in the
The Predator Tour also hosted both a Second and Third
Chance, single elimination tournament. The Second Chance
drew 14 entrants and was won by Kevin Shin in a double
hill final victory over Thomas Schreiber. Steven Molital
and Eddie Kunz finished in the tie for third place.
Mike Salerno picked up the win in the 12-entrant Third
Chance tournament, downing Max Watanabe, double hill,
in the finals. Erick Carrasco and Ambi Estevez finished
in the tie for third place.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards