VIDAL WINS YEAR 2008
Twenty-one players braved the snow and freezing temperatures
to compete in The North Jersey 14.1 Straight Pool Pro/Am Quarterly
tournament held at Comet Billiards over the weekend of December
20-21, 2008. Players came from as far as Rhode Island and
Bucks County Pennsylvania to test their skills in what is
quickly becoming a very popular straight pool tournament event.
Accu-stats, streamed live online the three final matches on
Sunday from its Accu-stats Arena and reported that 7,400 unique
viewers watched the final match between Marc Vidal and Jason
Marc Vidal won the tournament and in so doing demonstrated
great pocket billiard versatility with his skills in straight
pool and in recently winning the New York State Predator 9-Ball
Championship. Remaining on the winning side of the chart throughout
the tournament, Marc had a notable victory in the first round
against third place finisher Gerard Soriano, by a score of
110 to 61. Both players play at Skill Level 3, each needing
110 points for the win.
Another notable victory for Marc came in the third round of
the tournament, playing against Hall of Famer, Pat Fleming.
Here, Marc bolstered his confidence and become the tournament's
"player to beat" during this match. This will be
a memorable match for Marc, not just because of who his victory
was against, but because of his very impressive performance.
Pat played the opening break shot, leaving Marc only a very
long and difficult cut shot, which he fired in confidently
and then continued the inning to run 70 balls; the tournament's
High Run, which added $150 to Marc's first place earnings.
Marc won this bout by a score of 110 to 38. Pat, playing at
a Skill Level 2, the highest Skill Level player in this Quarter's
event, finished in a respectable 5th-6th place, and had a
tournament high run of 43 balls, though well below his capabilities.
Marc then went on to play Jason Michas for the Hot Seat. Jason
however lost his quest for the Hot Seat to Marc, by the Score
of 110 to 41. Here again Marc, playing at one skill level
higher then Jason, needing 110 points to Jason's 90.
Jason, a skilled 9-baller, whose only tough match to this
point of the tournament was against veteran pool player Carmen
Lombardo, often played with frustration and not easily adapting
to the mental stamina demanded for excellent and consistent
straight pool play. Carmen, on the other hand, is a versed
and skilled player of all the pocket billiard games and is
a very capable and experienced straight pool shooter. Jason,
starting this second round match against Carmen with a 20
point advantage, playing at one skill level below Carmen,
and winning this closely fought battle by the score of 90
to 95, with Carmen needing 110 points to win.
Jason went on to a semi-final victory against Gerard Soriano,
by the score of 90 to 107, with Jason again getting a 20 point
advantage from the start. This match was not pretty, inundated
with fouls, missed shots, and low runs. Similar to a battle
both encounter with each other last time they met, in the
3rd Quarter event back in September. Jason then went on to
play Marc Vidal again for the championship, but Marc's gamesmanship
proved too advanced for Jason to overcome. Marc won the final
bout of the tournament by a score of 110 to 76. This was an
excellent match for both players, smart play, and with solid
runs in the 20s and 30s.
One other notable match was between Gerard Soriano and Carmen
Lombardo, playing in the fourth place match, which was won
by Gerard Soriano, by the score of 110 to 96. Both players
played even in a race to 110 points. Carmen was ahead 99 to
64 at the end of the 12th rack, however after a skid ball
miss by Carmen, Gerard put together a back to back 32 and
17 ball run for the victory.
Guy Batchelder started out in the tournament at a Skill Level
5, but during his second round match against Joe Goryeb, ran
28 balls that obligated him to now play that game to 77 points
and elevated his Skill Level to 4 for all subsequent matches
of this tournament, as well as all future tournaments. Guy
won that match by the score of 77 to 43.
The final three matches that were all streamed live on line
can still be watched on the Accu-stats or Comet Billiards
web sites. Viewers should note that the u-stream tape of the
first Vidal vs. Michas match was split onto two Video files.
The final match runs on the same video file as the second
half of the first Vidal vs. Michas match, immediately after
For detailed information of this tournament, including player
statistics and tournament flow charts, rules, and the handicap
system, go to www.NorthJerseyStraightPoolProAm.com., and which
will be updated soon. If you are interested in signing up
for the next event, which will be the 1st Quarter 2009 tournament,
to be held some time in March, call Scott Abramowitz, tournament
director at 973-736-3435.