Joey Korsiak, back in the Tri-State New
York area, following his tie-for-13th finish in the
first Doug Beasley Custom Cues 9-Ball Open in Raleigh,
NC last weekend (June 13-17), came from the loss side
to down Zion Zvi in the finals of the Pro event, at
a stop on the Predator Pro Am Tour on the weekend of
June 23-24. The $500-added event drew 16 entrants to
Raxx Billiards in West Hempstead, NY. In a concurrently-run,
$1,000-added Amateur tournament at the same location,
Rikki Ragoonanan went undefeated through a field of
68 entrants to claim the Amateur title.
Sent to the loss side in a double hill fight against
Raphael Dabreo, Korsiak won seven in a row to earn his
spot in the finals. Like the match that sent him over,
his final two matches on the loss side went double hill.
DaBreo, in the meantime, advanced to a winners’
side semifinal against tour director Tony Robles. Zvi
faced Holden Chin in the other winners’ side semifinal.
Robles downed DaBreo 7-4. Zvi joined him in the battle
for the hot seat with a double hill win over Chin. Zion
claimed the hot seat by ‘effectively defeating’
Robles (not the words that Robles used) 7-3.
On the loss side, it was Chin who ran into Korsiak,
three matches into his loss-side streak to the finals.
Korsiak had defeated Troy Deocharran 7-5, Steve Kalloo
7-2, and Roberto Mendoza 7-4 to reach him. DaBreo drew
Frankie Hernandez, who’d defeated Shawn Sookhai
7-1 and Mike Fingers 7-5. Korsiak advanced himself into
a potential re-match against DaBreo with a 7-4 win over
Mendoza. Hernandez, though, spoiled the re-match with
a double hill win over DaBreo.
Korsiak the successfully navigated his way through two
straight double hill matches to reach the finals, defeating
Hernandez in the quarterfinals, and Robles in the semifinals.
He then defeated Zvi 7-4 in the finals to claim the
Pro event title.
Ragoonanan goes undefeated to claim his first major
title since 2010
The money that Rikki Ragoonanan took home for his undefeated
run in the Amateur event of the weekend was just $20
less than the combined total of all of his reported
earnings made on a combination of the Predator Pro Am
and Tri-State Tours since 2010. It was Ragoonan’s
first win on the Predator Pro Am and his first win since
he won a stop on the Tri-State in 2010, defeating Raphael
DaBreo to complete an undefeated run through a field
The Amateur event this past weekend was 10 shy of triple
the size of the field he faced eight years ago, and
again, he went undefeated. He advanced through the field
to face Michael Mathieu in a winners’ side semifinal,
as Jim Gutierrez and Keith Jawahir squared off in the
other one. Ragoonanan advanced to the hot seat match
7-5 over Mathieu and was joined by Gutierrez, who’d
sent Jawahir west 7-2. Ragoonanan claimed the hot seat
9-5 over Gutierrez and waited on what turned out to
be the return of Dave Shlemperis, who was working on
a seven-match, loss-side winning streak that would bring
him to the finals.
It was Mathieu who picked Shlemperis up on the loss
side, four matches into his seven-match winning streak.
Shlemperis had most recently eliminated the player who’d
sent him to the loss side, Chulo Castro, double hill,
and Paul Everton 7-4. Jawahir drew Jason Goberdhan,
who’d gotten by Adrian Daniel 7-5 and Ryan Dayrit
6-3 to reach him.
Shlemperis and Goberdhan handed Mathieu and Jawahir
their second straight loss; Shlemperis 7-2 over Mathieu
and Goberdhan, 7-0 over Jawahir. Shlemperis then defeated
Goberdhan 8-3 in the quarterfinals, and Gutierrez 9-6
in the semifinals. Ragoonanan, though, stopped Shlemperis’
winning streak 9-7 in the finals to claim his first
major title in eight years.
A Second Chance event that drew 16 entrants, saw two
semifinal matches in the single elimination format go
double hill, before resulting in a final matchup between
Elvis Rodriguez and Mike Salerno. In one of the semifinals,
Max Watanabe was on the hill at 6-1, when Salerno won
six straight to advance to the finals. In the other
semifinal, Chulo Castro was one game shy of shutting
out Elvis Rodriguez, when Rodriguez went on a tear to
win seven straight. The final went double hill, as well,
with Rodriguez coming out on top to win the Second Chance
The next stop on the Predator Pro Am will also feature
both an Amateur and Pro event. Scheduled for the weekend
of July 7-8, the $1,500-added events ($1,000 for Amateur,
$500 for Pro) will be hosted by Amsterdam Billiards
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards