2016 Predator Pro-Am Tour Stop #20

Posted 1/10/2017 in Events & Features

By Skip Maloney

 

Warnock, Jr. comes from the loss side to take Predator Tour stop

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Stewart Warnock (1st), Dan Faraguna (3rd), Tony Ignomirello (2nd), Jaydev Zaveri (4th)

 

When they faced each other in the finals of the November 19-20 stop on the Predator Tour, Stewart Warnock, Jr. and Tony Ignomirello occupied the same spaces in their respective ranking categories; Warnock was the #11-ranked player among the tour’s “A” players, Ignomirello was in the same position among the tour’s “C+” players. The opponent they both defeated, Dan Faraguna (Warnock defeated him twice), was the tour’s #1-ranked “B+” player. Warnock came back from a loss to Faraguna to win three on the loss side (including a re-match against Faraguna) to claim the title. The $1,000-added event drew 66 entrants to Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY.

Warnock and Faraguna squared off against each other, first, in a winners’ side semifinal, as Ignomirello met up with Dave Callaghan in the other. Faraguna sent Warnock on his merry loss-side way by shutting him out. Ignomirello defeated Callaghan 7-3 to join Faraguna in the hot seat match. Ignomirello claimed the hot seat 7-4.

On the loss side, Warnock drew Arturo Reyes, who’d picked up a win on the Tri-State Tour the week before, and at this event had worked his loss-side way through Amir Uddin and Shawn Sookhai, both 7-5, to reach Warnock. Callaghan picked up Jaydev Zaveri, another recent winner on the Tri-State (Oct. 16), who’d defeated Marisol Palacios 9-6 and Akiko Taniyama 7-2.

Warnock and Zaveri advanced to the quarterfinals; Warnock 7-5 over Reyes, and Zaveri 7-6 over Callaghan. Warnock took the quarterfinal match over Zaveri 7-4 for the right to a re-match against Faraguna in the semifinals. Though their overall game totals would favor Faraguna (10-7), Warnock won the semifinal re-match 7-3 for a shot at Ignomirello in the finals.

Warnock took advantage of the opportunity he’d been granted. He downed Ignomirello 11-7 in the finals to claim the title. A Second Chance tournament that drew 12 entrants saw Eugene Ok defeat Dany Recinos in the finals 7-6 to claim the $160 first-place prize. Recinos pocketed $100.

Tour director Tony Robles thanked the ownership and staff at Cue Bar, as well as title sponsor Predator Cues, the NAPL, Ozone Billiards, PoolOnTheNet.Com, Cappelle Publishing, Delta-13 Racks, Mandy Wu (ass’t TD), Irene Kim, and his “lovely wife,” Gail Robles.

 

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2nd Chance: Dany Recinos (2nd) and Eugene Ok (1st)

Top Finishers and Payouts

1st: Stew Warnock – $1,700

2nd: Tony Ignomirello – $1,150

3rd: Dan Faraguna – $700

4th: Jaydev Zaveri – $450

5th/6th: Dave Callaghan, Arturo Reyes – $250

7th/8th: Shawn Sookhai, Akiko Taniyama – $170

9th-12th: Thomas Schreiber, Marisol Palacios, Amir Uddin, Elvis Rodriguez – $125

 

Tour Sponsors:

Predator Cues

Ozone Billiards

Delta-13 Racks

The National Amateur Pool League

The DeVito Team

PoolOnTheNet.com

Gotham City Technologies

Billiards Press

Pool.bz

Media Sponsors:

AZBilliards

Billiards Digest

Inside Pool Magazine

Pool & Billiard Magazine

Room Sponsors:

Gotham City Billiard Club

Steinway Billiards

Cue Bar

Raxx Pool Room

Murphy’s Cue Club

Amsterdam Billiards

Snookers

Tour Staff:

Gail Robles

William Finnegan

Mandy Wu

Irene Kim

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