2017 Predator Pro-Am Tour Stop #14
Posted 9/18/2017 in Events & Features
By Skip Maloney – AzB Staff
Osipov stops a bid by O’Callaghan and goes undefeated on the Predator Tour
Abel Rosario (4th), Chickie Romero (3rd), Gary O’Callaghan (2nd)
Alex Osipov has spent most of his pool career alternating between stops on the New York-based Predator and Tri-State Tours. According to our records, he’s chalked up two wins on the Predator Tour and cashed in 32 events on both tours over the past six years. His last win was recorded in January, last year. He added a third win on the Predator Tour on the weekend of September 16-17, navigating his way through a field of 73, stopping a loss-side bid by Gary O’Callaghan, and going undefeated to claim the event title. The $1,000-added event was hosted by Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY.
Advancing to a winners’ side semifinal, Osipov faced Brooke Meyer, who had just sent his eventual opponent in the finals, Callaghan, to the loss side. Chickie Romero, in the meantime, squared off against Kris Bisram. Osipov downed Meyer, double hill, and in the hot seat faced Romero, who’d sent Bisram west 7-3. Osipov sent Romero to a semifinal match against O’Callaghan 8-6, and waited in the hot seat for O’Callaghan to complete his loss-side run.
That five-match, loss-side run began with an 8-5 win over Omar Alli, and a double hill win over Mike Salerno, which set O’Callaghan up to face Meyer. Bisram drew Abel Rosario, who’d eliminated Xavier Romero 7-1 and Chris Kelly, double hill.
O’Callaghan and Rosario advanced to the quarterfinals; O’Callaghan, double hill over Meyer, and Rosario advancing by virtue of a forfeit by Bisram. O’Callaghan then downed Rosario 8-5 in those quarterfinals, before winning his third, loss-side, double hill fight, against Romero in the semifinals.
Osipov, though, stopped the run that would have given O’Callaghan his second September win on the Predator Tour (he won the September 2-3 stop at Steinway Billiards). Osipov claimed the event title with a 7-4 win in the finals.
Top Finishers and Payouts
1st: Alex Osipov – $1550
2nd: Gary O’Callaghan – $1,150
3rd: Chickie Romero – $700
4th: Abel Roasario – $400
5th/6th: Brooke Meyer, Kris Bisram – $250
7th/8th: Chris Kelly, Mike Salerno – $200
9th-12th: Alberto Estevez, Omar Alli, Xavier Romero, Michael Fedak $150
13th-16th: Eddit Kunz, Cord Fields, Andrew Clearly, Elvis Rodriguez $90
2nd Chance Top Finishers: Kevin Shin (1st) and Tommy Schreiber (2nd)
The Predator Tour also hosted both a Second and Third Chance, single elimination tournament. The Second Chance drew 14 entrants and was won by Kevin Shin in a double hill final victory over Thomas Schreiber. Steven Molital and Eddie Kunz finished in the tie for third place.
2nd Chance Finishers
1st: Kevin Shin
2nd: Tommy Schreiber
Mike Salerno picked up the win in the 12-entrant Third Chance tournament, downing Max Watanabe, double hill, in the finals. Erick Carrasco and Ambi Estevez finished in the tie for third place.
3rd Chance Top Finishers: Mike Salerno (1st) and Max Watanabe (2nd)
3rd Chance Finishers
1st: Max Salerno
2nd: Tommy Scheiber
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