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),
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
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,
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.
by Skip Maloney AZB