For the first time ever in Chicago and the midwest, Dragon Promotions brings you 2008 Player of the Year Mika Immonen of Finland , Former #1 Francisco Bustamante of Philippines, and Top 5 USA ranked Charlie Williams to the Chicago Predator Pro Pool School. These world class professional players will reveal in depth training methods and secrets of professional pool. Students will get insight on their style and knowledge of play which has inspired countless players hroughout Europe, Asia, the USA and the world of pool! This rare experience will be hosted by Palace Billiards and brought to you by Predator Cues, Simonis Cloth, Brunswick Centennial Balls, and Master Chalk.
The favorites going into the event were Mike Bengels and Jamil Isreal. Gary Elias, the 2008 USBA “B” player rankings champion was also a favorite, Bill Johnson and Jim Shovak always a threat. Other dangerous players included Bassel Elshaar, Steve Andersen and Gary Scharf. The two surprises of the tournament were Ramy Noja and Bob Schmaus who have improved their games and pulled off some important upsets.
It was a 10-player round robin with each match going to 25 points.
Shuffett wins Bank Shot Invitational
Youth was served at Louisville’s Bank Shot Billiards on Jan 5, 2009 as 14 year old superstar-to-be, Landon Shuffett took the $1000 first prize in the invitational nine ball event. As always, promoter extraordinaire Truman Hogue, filled his 32 player field a week before the opening break shot. He also tweaked the format and raced to 6 on both sides with alternating breaks. Those changes plus Bank Shots’ pre-pro cut Diamond pockets figured to produce some upsets, but no one was complaining when their $50 entry gave them a shot at the $2100 ($500 of it added) prize fund.