Tony Robles took a brief break from his
duties as tour director of the Predator Pro Am Tour
on the weekend of Oct. 20-21, and welcomed Efren Reyes
to the Big Apple, on the occasion of what has been dubbed
his Farewell Tour. As a field of 44 amateur competitors
began their battles at a Predator Pro Am Tour stop at
The Spot in Nanuet, NY, Robles and Reyes squared off
in a series of exhibition matches at Amsterdam Billiards
in lower Manhattan.
With hundreds of spectators on hand to watch and bid
a bond farewell to the man who, for good reason, is
known as The Magician, Reyes and Robles played three
matches, one each in 9-Ball, 8-Ball and 10-Ball. Robles
took the opening 9-ball series, double hill (9-8), but
Reyes flexed his muscles a bit in the 8-ball series,
“He crushed me,” said Robles, with more
than just a hint of admiration for Reyes, who might
well have been spending his last weekend in New York.
With the overall series of matches tied at 1-1, they
played a short, race-to-3 series of 10-ball games. Robles
won that short series, double hill, and with the gathered
spectators and stream viewers on the Facebook page of
Michael Yednak, they bid something of a ceremonial goodbye
to one of the best players the sport has ever seen.
Meanwhile, up in Nanuet, NY, about 25 miles north on
the west side of the Hudson River, the 44 amateurs were
busy with their own quests for pool fame and fortune
at the $1,000-added event, hosted by The Spot in Nanuet.
Matthew Harricharan and Luis Carrasco battled twice
to claim the event title; Carrasco taking the hot seat,
with Harricharan coming back from a semifinal win to
defeat Carrasco in the finals.
Carrasco advanced to the hot seat match with a 7-2 win
over Mac Jankov. Harricharan advanced to the hot seat
without sinking a ball as his scheduled opponent, Chris
Kelly, failed to make it back to the second day of competition.
Carrasco claimed the hot seat 8-5 over Harricharan and
waited on his return from the semifinals.
On the loss side, Jankov picked up Amy Yu (the tour’s
#3-ranked female player), who’d defeated Irene
Kim 7-3 and Ambi Estevez 7-2 to reach him. Jankov defeated
Yu 7-5 and advanced to the quarterfinals. Troy Deocharran,
who’d defeated Rikki Ragoonanan 7-4 and Abel Rosario
7-3 to enter the races for the 5th place tie, leapfrogged
to meet Jankov in the quarterfinals, as a result of
Chris Kelly’s forfeiture of that match.
Jankov downed Deocharran in those quarterfinals 8-5,
but had his run ended by Harricharan 9-7 in the semifinals.
Harricharan squared off against Carrasco a second time
in the finals and snatched the event title away from
Tour director Tony Robles thanked Rhys Chen and his
staff at The Spot 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. 27-28,
will be hosted by Spin City Café and Billiards
in Queens, NY.
by Skip Maloney AZB