Tony Sulsar Snaps Off Omega Tourney at JR Pockets!
Crispian Ng (3rd), Tony Sulsar (1st), and Mike Voelkering (2nd)
Tony Sulsar Captures His First Omega Billiards Tour Title
On the weekend of Apr 27-28th, Tony Sulsar claimed the top prize on the newly inaugurated Omega Billiards Tour's 3rd stop of 2013 at J.R. Pockets in Denton, TX. Tony is a gentleman on and off the table, so it was no surprise to anyone that he went undefeated thru a tough field of 64 players to win the coveted spot.
At last month's tournament, Tony Sulsar met up with David Gutierrez and was defeated 9-8. So when they met up again early on in this tournament, Sulsar got his redemption and scored an impressive 8-2 win over Gutierrez. That led him to wins over Todd Comitini 8-2, Viet My 8-5, and William Howard 8-4 to put him in the hotseat against the always present and formidable player Crispian Ng.
On Sunday morning, only 16 players were left out of 64. It was a beautiful day out that Sunday, but most people preferred to be indoors watching the fine play that was going on at JR Pockets. On the winner’s side, Jesse Hernandez (current first place ranked player on the tour) was defeated by Steve Raynes 6-5. Ng defeated Hector Garcia 7-4, while William Howard defeated Greg Sandifer 6-5 and Sulsar got by Viet My 8-5. Sulsar would defeat Howard 8-5 and Ng would get by Raynes 7-4 to set up Sulsar and Ng for the hotseat match, that Sulsar would snag 8-2 over Ng.
On the one-loss side, David Gutierrez, Juan Parra, Carl Bodeker, Martin Gonzales, and Chuck Dement would place a respectable 13th-16th place. And in 9th-12th were the hard-fought players of Greg Sandifer, Juan Parra, Hector Garcia, and Viet My. Meanwhile, Sammy Downs was making his way through the one-loss side but was derailed by Mike Voelkering 7-5. Hernandez would be defeated by the persistent Amos Bush 8-3. Hernandez and Downs would both place 7th/8th.
Bush defeated Howard 8-3 and Voelkering won over Raynes 7-4, with Raynes and Howard finishing a great 5th/6th place.
Voelkering then defeated Bush in a thrilling hill-hill match (7-7) to get to play Ng for 3rd place. Voelkering controlled that match over Ng and won 7-1. This would set up the hotseat match between Sulsar and Voelkering. This is the first time for both players to be in the finals on the Omega Billiards Tour.
Voelkering won an impressive 9 straight matches on the one-loss side to make it into the finals with Sulsar! Voelkering had a great tournament and was playing exceptional all weekend. However, he ran into a determined Sulsar who earned the title with an 8-2 win in the finals to capture the first place prize! No one could get more than 5 games against Tony all weekend – he was playing superb. In addition to the $560 first-place prize, Sulsars’ victory also earned him a Lucasi Hybrid Custom Cue, valued at $395.
Congratulations to ALL the players!
The Predator Player Points Tracker will be tested all year long to see who wins the coveted Predator prizes at the end of the year! It’s a very close race right now. The top 3 ranked players earn Predator Prizes and everyone is anxious and ready to place higher and higher in the stops to move up on the list!
Sitting in first place after this third Omega Billiards Tour stop is Jesse Hernandez, followed very closely by Crispian Ng in second, and Steve Raynes rounding out third place. CSI / BCAPL are giving free entries to the 2014 BCAPL Nationals for players ranked 4th-8th at the end of the year, also. Thank you to our additional sponsors, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Lucasi Cues, Players Cues, and BilliardsPress.com.
Tour Director Melinda Bailey would like to thank JR Pockets owners Nona and Richard Bryan and their awesome staff for their hospitality, as well as Michael Hoang, owner of principal sponsor Omega Billiards Supply. The next (fourth) stop on the Omega Billiards Tour is scheduled for June 22-23 at Rusty’s Billiards in Fort Worth, TX. All of the remaining four events in the Omega Billiard Tour's inaugural season have been filled to their 64-player capacity! Pool is alive and well in Texas.
See ALL the photos from the tourney by clicking HERE.
Thank you to all the players, fans, sponsors and pool rooms!!!
Complete Payouts: Place, Name, Tourney Amount / Calcutta Amount:
1 Tony Sulsar $560 plus Lucasi Hybrid Cue (valued at $395) /$1,375
2 Mike Voelkering $450 / $900
3 Crispian Ng $300 / $535
4 Amos Bush $200 / $320
5/6 Steve Raynes, William Howard $170 / $230
7/8 Jesse Hernandez, Sammy Downs $135 / $110
9-12 Greg Sandifer, Juan Parra, Hector Garcia, Viet My $90
13-16 David Gutierrez, Juan Parra, Carl Bodeker, Marc Gonzales, Chuck Dement $50
17-24 Alberto Nieto, Jeff Georges, Curtis Cardwell, Todd Comitini, Tommy Smith, Cindy Cole, Nash PEterson, Jesse Langston $30
Last Lady, Cindy Cole, $75