Gutierrez wins double hill battle in finals to win his first Predator Pro Am Tour stop
L-R: Mizuno Atsutoshi (2nd), Cesar Turcios (3rd), Jonathan Martínez (4th), Jim Gutierrez (1st)
L-R: Feng Zhao (3rd/4th), Ron Bernardo (2nd), Dave Shlemperis (3rd/4th) & Michael De Lara Inoa (1st)

In the midst of what, according to our records, is Jim Gutierrez’ best earnings year to date, he came from the loss side during a stop on the Predator Pro Am Tour and battled hot seat occupant Mizuno Atsutoshi to double hill before prevailing to claim his first Predator Pro Am event title. The $1,000-added event, held this past weekend (Oct. 13-14), drew 72 entrants to Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY.

Gutierrez advanced to the winners’ side semifinal and a match versus Ramilo Tanglao, as Atsutoshi squared off against Matthew Harricharan in the other one. By identical scores of 7-1, Gutierrez and Atsutoshi advanced to the hot seat match over Tanglao and Harricharan. As a D+ player on the Predator Pro Am (#2 in that player class), Gutierrez began the hot seat match with seven on the wire in a race to 11. Atsutoshi claimed the hot seat with an actual score of 11-1, and a handicap match score of 11-8.

On the loss side, Tanglao picked up Jonathan Martinez, who’d defeated Paul Carpenter 6-5 and Michael De Lara Inoa 7-5 to reach him. Harricharan drew Cesar Turcios, who was sent to the loss side by Dave Shlemperis, and was in the midst of an eight-match, loss-side streak that included back-to-back double hill wins; in a successful re-match against Shlemperis (loss-side win #5) and over the tour’s #3-ranked female, Amy Yu (#6).

Martinez advanced to the quarterfinals 7-2 over Tanglao and was joined by Turcios, who’d eliminated Harricharan 7-5. Turcios chalked up what proved to be his final loss-side victory 9-4 over Martinez in those quarterfinals, and then had his bid for a spot in the finals halted by Gutierrez 10-8 in the semifinals.

With the same handicap matchup (seven on the wire for Gutierrez in a race to 11), Gutierrez and Atsutoshi battled to double hill in the finals. Gutierrez prevailed in the deciding rack to claim his first Predator Pro Am title.

A single-elimination Second Chance event drew 16 entrants. Michael De Lara Inoa and Ron Bernardo battled to double hill in the finals, before Iona prevailed 7-6 to claim the Second Chance title. Dave Shlemperis and Feng Zhao shared third place in the event.

Tour director Tony Robles thanked Manny Stamatakis and his Steinway Billiards staff for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Predator Cues, PoolOnTheNet.com, NAPL, Cappelle (BilliardsPress.com), Ozone Billiards, the DeVito Team, and his Predator Pro Am staff. The next stop on the Predator Tour, scheduled for Oct. 20-21, will be an Amateur event, hosted by The Spot in Nanuet, NY.

On Saturday, September 20, Amsterdam Billiards in Manhattan will host a Challenge Match between Tony Robles and Efren Reyes. Part of Efren Reyes’ Farewell Tour, it might well prove to be Reyes’ last trip to the Tri-State New York area. The match will be held from 6-9 p.m.

Story by Skip Maloney AZB

 
Complete ABCD Payouts
1 USA GUTIERREZ Jim 1,400
2 ATSUTOSHI Mizuno 1,000
3 TURCIOS Cesar 700
4 USA MARTINEZ Jonathan 350
5 USA HARRICHARAN Matthew 225
5 USA TANGLAO Ramilo 225
7 INOA Michael De Lara 150
7 USA YU Amy 150
9 USA SHLEMPERIS Dave 125
9 USA TOOLSEE Bryan 125
9 USA CARRASCO Erick 125
9 USA CARPENTER Paul 125
13 USA KIM Irene 100
13 WATANABE Max 100
13 USA SOOKHAI Shawn 100
13 USA MORACE Joe 100
2nd Chance Finishers
1st Michael De Lara Inoa
2nd Ron Bernardo
3rd/4th Feng Zhao/Dave Shlemperis
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