Stephen Dempsey entered the Predator Tour's
season finale in second place among the tour's A+-ranked
players, just behind Tony Liang. When it was over, following
a five-match, loss-side winning streak and a victory
in the finals over Manny Stamatakis, Dempsey moved into
the #1, A+ slot in the tour rankings. The $5,500-added
season finale for the tour, held on the weekend of December
12-13, drew 80 entrants to Raxx Billiards in West Hempstead,
NY. A $1,500-added Open/Pro event (separate story) drew
24 entrants, and was still ongoing as this report was
Dempsey's trip on the winners' side of the Amateur bracket
came to an end during the winners' side quarterfinals,
at the hands of Rhys Chen, who advanced to a winners'
side semifinal versus Manny Stamatakis, owner of Steinway
Billiards. Todd Trent, in the meantime, squared off
against Mike Figueroa. Two double hill matches advanced
Stamatakis and Trent to the hot seat match, where Stamatakis
prevailed 7-3 to sit in the hot seat.
On the loss side, Dempsey downed Ron Mason 8-5 and Scott
Murphy 8-6, earning a re-match versus Chen. Figueroa
drew Bob Toomey, who entered the tournament in second
place among the tour's C players, and had defeated Luis
Jimenez 7-4 and Judd Parker, double hill, to face Figueroa.
Dempsey and Toomey advanced to the quarterfinals; Dempsey
successfully wreaking his vengeance on Chen, and Toomey,
downing Figueroa, both 7-3.
Dempsey took the quarterfinal match 11-7 over Toomey,
whose finish in fourth place advanced him into first
place among the tour's C players. Dempsey moved on and
picked up a forfeit win over Trent in the semifinals.
Dempsey completed the event win, with a 9-6 victory
over Stamatakis in the finals.
by Skip Maloney AZB