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He Golden in Capturing FargoRate Ohio Open
 Posted on Thursday, October 14 2021 @ 14:28:49 UTCby admin
10 Ball THE PREDATOR FARGORATE OHIO OPEN
US Pro Billiard Series

Roberts Center
123 Gano Road
Wilmington
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Wednesday 12 - Saturday 16 October 2021


Mario He
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He Golden in Capturing FargoRate Ohio Open

Reporter: Keith Paradise - CSI Staff Writer
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As crazy as it might sound, Mario He wasn’t exactly overflowing with confidence when he reached the final stages of this weekend’s FargoRate Ohio Open.

The semifinal and finals matches would be played on the event’s main table which is specially lit for televised broadcasts. The more intense wattage gives the equipment’s cloth a more slippery slide and the rails a little different bounce, factors that the Austrian struggled with early on. As a result, He want into the last day of competition with one idea in mind: win both sets to avoid the extra-frame shoot out.

He would ultimately go a step further: avoiding playing an entire rack altogether, as He benefitted from back-to-back pocketed 10 balls on the break to jump out to an early lead and defeat Roberto Gomez in straight sets, 4-4, 4-0, Saturday evening at Roberts Centre in Wilmington. The Austrian, who posted his first tournament victory since the 2019 Veldhoven Open, earned his first win on United States soil by surging ahead when opportunities were presented while also benefitting from mistakes from his opponents.

“Everything went well but it was not my best game,” said He, conceding that his stellar play was met with the occasional fortunate break during the four-day event. “You need some combination of all to win a tournament because there are so many good players.”

Throughout his day of play on the table, He noticed that his break shot was causing a ball from the last row to kick the 10 ball towards the rail. The Austrian decided on hitting the cue ball at slightly less than full power to try and unleash solid contact. What he ultimately unleashed was not one, but two, “golden breaks,” with the 10 ball kicking into the far corner pocket for one win and trickling into the side pocket for another. He broke a third time and watched as the 2 and 10 balls lined up for a combination shot near the side pocket, which he cleanly pocketed.

After taking four shots, He had a 3-0 lead.

“I was feeling pretty bad for my opponent, honestly,” said He.

The sympathy was more-than-likely short-lived, as He failed to pocket a ball on the break in the fourth rack then missed a kick attempt on the 2 ball after a Gomez safety. The Filipino cleared the table, used a break-and-run to pull within a game and won a safety exchange on the 3 ball to tie the set. After his break in the set-deciding rack, Gomez was faced with a tied up 3 and 4 ball, which he attempted a combination shot on but missed.

“I didn’t see a safety available so I went for the shot,” Gomez said after the match.

He cleared the table to snag the set, then took advantage of Gomez misplaying a safety on the 1 ball in the opening rack of the second set and broke and ran to build an early 2-0 advantage. The Austrian tacked on another game after Gomez overcut the 1 ball in the third game and closed out the match when Gomez missed the 3 ball in the fourth game.



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Mario He
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After opening his day with defeats of Jeremy Sossei and Daniel Schneider, He didn’t win his semifinal match as much as he dodged defeat, as Russian Ruslan Chinahov matched the Austrian throughout the two-set match but faltered in key situations and allowed He to escape, 4-3, 4-3. After Chinahov jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first set, He took advantage of a dry break from his opponent to win three straight racks. After tying the set with a victorious safety exchange, the Russian appeared to be positioned to run out the rack and claim the set but missed a cut shot on the 7 ball.

“When he missed that ball, it was a shocker to me,” said He, who cleared the remaining balls and won the set, 4-3.

“I’ve been having trouble with my nerves and my hand was shaking,” said Chinahov. “I was trying to fix it but it was difficult to shoot straight.”

He claimed the set, then won three out of four in the second set to grab a 3-1 advantage. Chinahov wasn’t finished, taking advantage of a He foul in the fifth rack to claim the rack, then adding a break-and-run to tie the match, 3-3. Standing at the table with a chance to break and win the set’s deciding rack, Chinahov spread the balls effectively but unfortunately none of them fell into a pocket. He methodically ran the table to advance to the finals.

The runner-up finish was Gomez’s second in the U.S. Pro Billiard Series, having also placed second in last month’s CSI Michigan Open. After defeating Mika Immonen and Devin Poteet, Gomez met fellow Filipino Jeffrey De Luna in the semifinals, who battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the first set to tie the match. After breaking in the deciding rack, De Luna attempted a safety on the 1 ball but instead left a sharp cut shot, which his opponent pocketed and ran out the rack to claim the set, 4-3. After De Luna won the opening rack of the second set, Gomez took advantage of a handful of open shots left by his opponent after safeties to win four consecutive racks and advance to the finals.

The FargoRate Ohio Open was the fourth and final stop of the U.S. Pro Billiard Series, which featured four open professional events between July and the end of the year. Created by Predator Group and amateur league operator CueSports International, these tournaments will run in tandem alongside of CSI league amateur events being held throughout the country. The winner of each competition receives a guaranteed spot in the $130,000-added 2022 Predator World 10-Ball Championship, which will be held March 28 through April 1 in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

This competition was played on Predator Pro pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia performance cloth, with Predator Arcos II precision balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights.

For more information on the U.S. Pro Billiard Series or amateur leagues, visit www.playcsipool.com.

For the latest information on the Predator Pro Billiard Series action, follow @ProBilliardSeries on Facebook. Watch replays on Billiard TV on your TV, or watch them on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel on mobile devices.


Mario He
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DAY THREE





Naoyuki Oi
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He Golden in Capturing FargoRate Ohio Open

Reporter: Keith Paradise - CSI Staff Writer
Photography: Matt Porinsky


Most people in the world of professional billiards know Japan’s Naoyuki Oi for his on-camera television interviews.

Blessed with a natural charisma and ad-libbing ability, one never really knows what Oi will do or say. He may dance, he may applaud himself, he may scream – or he may do all of them.

So engaging is Oi with a microphone that it’s easy to overlook just how good he is with a cue – although this year it’s been quite obvious. The 38-year-old racked up top 10 finishes at the World Pool Masters and World Pool Championship and reached the top five of the United States Open Pool Championship and Predator World 10-Ball Championship.

Friday afternoon at the FargoRate Ohio Open, Oi continued build on his resume by remaining undefeated with a straight sets victory over Austria’s Mario He, 4-3, 4-2. The eccentric personality was one of the first competitors of the day to qualify for the final day, single-elimination phase which will begin at Wilmington, Ohio’s Roberts Centre Saturday morning.

Both competitors battled not just each other but the table during the first set, as each twice failed to pocket a ball on the break in seven games. Trailing 3-2, Oi was able to take advantage of back-to-back openings left by his opponent after safeties to steal the last two racks and seal the win, 4-3. The Austrian jumped out to a 2-1 advantage in the second set thanks to a successful safety paired with a missed shot by his opponent in the third rack, but Oi capitalized on an open shot left by He after a safety in the fourth rack to tie the score. After Oi climbed on top 3-2, He had a chance to again tie the match in the sixth rack but missed a long shot on the 9 ball – handing Oi control of the table and a sure victory.

Overall, both players failed to pocket a ball on the break eight times in 13 total racks.


Thorsten Hohmann
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Two weeks from now, Thorsten Hohmman will be officially inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame, as he celebrates a career that has included two World 9-Ball titles and numerous straight pool championships. Although he is in the second-half of his playing career, the German showed Friday afternoon he can still compete at a high level, as Hohmann sent Poland’s Mieszko Fortunski to the one-loss side of the bracket with a straight sets win, 4-2, 4-2.

Hohmann got out to a quick start in the opening set, taking advantage of a Fortunski foul to win the first two games. The German had an opportunity to increase his lead to 3-0 but missed a makeable 9 ball in the corner pocket. Fortunski would win two of the next three games to maintain a one-game deficit and, when Hohmann missed a sharp cut on the 1 ball in the sixth game, the young man from Poland appeared to have a clear path towards tying the score.

That is, until he came up short on position for the 2 ball and left a shot on for his opponent, which Hohmann capitalized on to claim the set.

After breaking and running the opening rack of the second set, Hohmann missed a pair of shots in the next two games which allowed Fortunski to build an early 2-1 lead. The German rallied thanks to a successful jump shot in the fourth rack, a victorious safety exchange in the fifth game and a missed 3 ball by Fortunski in the next rack to win three straight and advance to Saturday’s second phase.


Alex Kazakis
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Later in the day, things weren’t looking so good for Alex Kazakis. He was already on the one-loss side of the bracket and seemed like he couldn’t buy a break. The Greek had just committed a foul and a scratch and watched as opponent Evan Lunda took advantage to claim the opening set of their match, 4-1.

The tables would turn in the second set, as Kazakis used a pair of Lunda fouls to build a 2-0 lead then added back-to-back breaks-and-runs to close out a 4-0 shutout and force a deciding shootout, The Greek was perfect in the extra inning, pocketing four consecutive spot shots while Lunda could only convert three of the spotted 10 balls.

Also reaching the single-elimination phase is fellow Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer Mika Immonen, who recovered from a winner’s side loss to American Jeremy Sossei by eliminating reigning CSI Michigan Open champion Aloysius Yapp on the one-loss side. Immonen’s win was one of a handful of late evening upsets which occurred, as American Devin Poteet took out Hungary’s Oliver Szolnoki and Texan Jeremy Seaman defeated Fortunski on the one-loss side. Seaman, who gave Filipino Roberto Gomez Jr. all he could handle in the second round before falling in a shootout, rallied on the one-loss side of the bracket by winning three consecutive matches.

Brackets will now be re-drawn as the format now changes from double-elimination to the single-elimination knockout stage, beginning with four round-of-16 matches Saturday morning. A live broadcast of the tournament begins at noon on Billiard TV and also will be available on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel.


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Editor's Note: The Final 16 Players are: Devin Poteet , Mario He, Warren Kiamco, Roberto Gomez Jr, Mickey Krause, Jeffrey De Luna, Jeremy Sossei, Sharik Sayed, Thorsten Hohmann, John Morra, Mika Immonen, Naoyuki Oi, Alex Kazakis, Daniel Schneider, Jeremy Seaman, Ruslan Chinakov

The FargoRate Ohio Open is the fourth and final stop of the U.S. Pro Billiard Series, which features four open professional events between July and the end of the year. Created by Predator Group and amateur league operator CueSports International, these tournaments will run in tandem alongside of CSI league amateur events being held throughout the country. The winner of each competition receives a guaranteed spot in the $130,000-added 2022 Predator World 10-Ball Championship, which will be held March 28 through April 1 in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

This competition was played on Predator Pro pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia performance cloth, with Predator Arcos II precision balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights.

For more information on the U.S. Pro Billiard Series or amateur leagues, visit www.playcsipool.com.

For the latest information on the Predator Pro Billiard Series action, follow @ProBilliardSeries on Facebook. Watch the action Live on Billiard TV on your TV, or watch it on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel on mobile devices.


Mieszko Fortunski
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DAY TWO





Aloysius Yapp
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Yapp Avoids Elimination and Elder Statesmen Shine at FargoRate Ohio Open

Reporter: Keith Paradise - CSI Staff Writer
Photography: Matt Porinsky


As the second day of play got under way at this week’s FargoRate Ohio Open, Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp found himself in unfamiliar territory: the one-loss side of a double-elimination bracket.

Defeat is a result that the 25-year-old hasn’t known too much recently, having spent his September winning the CSI Michigan Open and finishing second at the United States Open 9-Ball Championships. But after suffering a rare opening round loss at the hands of Switzerland’s Daniel Schneider, Yapp found himself in a win-or-go-home match against Ernesto Dominguez.

Thanks to some nifty safety play coupled with some timely bad breaks for his opponent, Yapp survived a straight set victory against Dominguez 4-1, 4-2 Thursday night at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio. The young man from Singapore will now face American Allen Bain, who eliminated New York’s Mike Badsteubner on the loser’s side of the bracket Thursday evening.

Dominguez, who coincidentally suffered a first-round loss at the hands of Singapore’s Sharik Sayed, climbed onto the scoreboard first by successfully pocketing a combination shot on the 10 ball. When he left an open shot on the 2 ball after a safety exchange in the next rack, Yapp took advantage by clearing the table, then securing another win with a second successful safety battle. He secured the set with a break-and-run coupled with another successful safety volley after failing to pocket a ball on the break.

The second set again began with Dominguez pocketing the 10 ball on the break to take a quick lead, but Yapp would use a successful jump shot on the 1 ball in the second rack paired with a break-and-run to take the lead. After Dominguez tied the match 2-2, he broke and watched the cue ball get kicked into the corner pocket by an object ball. Now trailing to Yapp 3-2 in the sixth game, he won a safety battle on the 6 ball and looked to be in solid shape to tie the score and send the set to a deciding seventh rack. With the 9 and 10 balls at opposite ends of the table, Dominguez pocketed the object ball but drew the cue ball backwards into the corner pocket, giving Yapp control of the table and a sure victory.


Mika Immonen
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The tournament’s Thursday competition also had a bit of a “turn back the clock” feel, as Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famers Thorsten Hohmann and Mika Immonen as well as a multi-time United States Mosconi Cup participant Tony Robles remained undefeated through two days of play. Both Hohmann and Robles secured straight set victories, with the German defeating American James Davee 4-1, 4-1, and Robles pulling an upset of Estonia’s Denis Grabe, 4-2, 4-2.

Immonen, on the other hand, would have to work for his victory a bit more.

After splitting the first two games of the opening set with American Danny Olson, the 2009 World 10-Ball champion took advantage of a handful of missed shots by his opponent to win three straight racks to close out the set, 4-1. When Immonen took advantage of a scratch and foul by Olson to build a 3-1 advantage in the next set, it appeared the Finland native had his ticket to the next round secured. That was until Immonen missed the 6 ball in the fifth game which allowed his opponent a routine run out and Olson converted a combination shot on the 10 ball to tie the set 3-3.

With a chance to send the match to a deciding shootout, Olson broke and failed to pocket a ball. Immonen executed a table-length bank shot on the 1 ball and attempted to work through a challenging table layout before missing the 5 ball, allowing his opponent to finish off the set and send the match to a spot shot finale.

Olson missed his first shot but made his next two while Immonen made his first two attempts but pushed his third shot wide. After both competitors made their shots in the fourth frame the cue ball was moved back a diamond length on the table. The Hall of Famer was able to sink his attempt while Olson missed his, giving Immonen the win.

Competition resumes Friday at noon local time, with notable matches including Austria’s Mario He facing Naoyuki Oi of Japan, Filipino Warren Kiamco taking on Oliver Szolnoki of Hungary and Poland’s Wiktor Zielinski matching up against Jeffrey De Luna of the Philippines. A live broadcast of the tournament begins at noon on Billiard TV and also will be available on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel.

The FargoRate Ohio Open is the fourth and final stop of the U.S. Pro Billiard Series, which features four open professional events between July and the end of the year. Created by Predator Group and amateur league operator CueSports International, these tournaments will run in tandem alongside of CSI league amateur events being held throughout the country. The winner of each competition receives a guaranteed spot in the $130,000-added 2022 Predator World 10-Ball Championship, which will be held March 28 through April 1 in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

This competition was played on Predator Pro pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia performance cloth, with Predator Arcos II precision balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights.

For more information on the U.S. Pro Billiard Series or amateur leagues, visit www.playcsipool.com.

For the latest information on the Predator Pro Billiard Series action, follow @ProBilliardSeries on Facebook. Watch replays on Billiard TV or on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel.


Danny Olson
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DAY ONE





Tyler Styer
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Pair of Early Scares on Day One of FargoRate Ohio Open

Reporter: Keith Paradise - CSI Staff Writer
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Last weekend, American Tyler Styer was battling Albania’s Eklent Kaci in the championship match of the inaugural Predator Austria Open, falling reigning World 10-Ball champion in straight sets.

Wednesday afternoon at the FargoRate Ohio Open, Styer had to fight and scrap to avoid an early upset, winning an overtime shootout to defeat junior upstart Payne McBride in the opening round of the four-day event being held at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington.

To say that the matchup appeared lopsided on paper would be an understatement. Styer, who has a Kremlin Cup championship along with two appearances on the United States’ Mosconi Cup team on his resume, carried a 761 FargoRate into the tournament compared to McBride’s 562. The gap appeared evident in the opening set, as Styer used a break-and-run paired with missed shots and a dry break from his opponent to paint a 4-0 whitewashing.

The 15-year-old McBride, who competed on the U.S. team in last week’s World Junior 9-Ball Championships, wasn’t deterred. He opened the second set by winning a safety exchange on the 1 ball and clearing the opening rack then added another game when his opponent scratched after pocketing the 8 ball. After Styer stole a game to cut the lead to 2-1, the young boy from Indiana used a combination shot on the 10 ball and a pair of misses by his opponent in the fifth rack to close out the set, 4-1, and force deciding spot shots.

Both players missed in their first attempts but pocketed the spotted 10 ball on their second try. Styer made the third frame shot while his opponent pushed the ball wide of the pocket and Styer secured victory when McBride missed for the third time in four tries.


Roberto Gomez
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Later in the day, Roberto Gomez Jr. found himself in a similar battle with American Jeremy Seaman, who rallied in the second set before falling to the Filipino in a shootout.

Gomez jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage in the first set thanks to a successful combination shot on the 10 ball in the opening rack and a break-and-run in the third game. Seaman cut the lead to 3-1 after winning a lengthy safety exchange on the 1 ball, but failed to pocket a ball on the break in the following game, allowing his opponent to close out the rack and the set, 4-1.

Gomez’s fortunes turned almost immediately in the second set when he scratched on the break of the opening game. His opponent cleared the table and appeared positioned to take a 2-0 advantage before missing the 10 ball. Gomez attempted a table-length bank of the ball but inadvertently pocketed the ball into a pocket he did not call, allowed Seaman to come back to the table and punch in the spotted ball to increase his lead to 2-0. After Seaman used a combination shot to pocket the 10 ball and build a 3-0 advantage, Gomez was able to claw out a win and cut the deficit to 3-1. The Filipino appeared positioned to cut the lead further in the fifth rack but missed the 4 ball in the corner pocket, allowing Seaman to clear the table and send the match to an extra frame.

The extra session mirrored that of Styer and McBride early on, with both competitors missing their shots in the first inning but pocketing the balls in the following frame. When each player again missed in the third inning the spot shot competition reached sudden-death, which Gomez won by pocketing the ball in the fourth inning.

In other matches from the day, Poland’s Mieszko Fortunski defeated Russia’s Ruslan Chinahov in straight sets, 4-0, 4-2, and reigning World Pool Masters champion Alex Kazakis of Greece got by Japan’s Naoyuki Oi.

Competition resumes Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. local time, with notable matches including Styer meeting Filipino Warren Kiamco and Poland’s Wiktor Zielinski taking on Mohammad Ali Berjaoui of Lebanon. Tournament coverage begins at noon on Billiard TV and also will be broadcast on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel.

The FargoRate Ohio Open is the fourth and final stop of the U.S. Pro Billiard Series, which features four open professional events between July and the end of the year. Created by Predator Group and amateur league operator CueSports International, these tournaments will run in tandem alongside of CSI league amateur events being held throughout the country. The winner of each competition receives a guaranteed spot in the $130,000-added 2022 Predator World 10-Ball Championship, which will be held March 28 through April 1 in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

This competition was played on Predator Pro pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia performance cloth, with Predator Arcos II precision balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights.

For more information on the U.S. Pro Billiard Series or amateur leagues, visit www.playcsipool.com.

For the latest information on the Predator Pro Billiard Series action, follow @ProBilliardSeries on Facebook and Instagram. Watch replays on Billiard TV or on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel.


Mieszko Fortunski
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The FargoRate Ohio Open, fourth 2021 stop of the Predator US Pro Billiard Series, is set from Wednesday October 12th to Saturday, October 16th, with five matches broadcasted each day.

Watch it LIVE on Billiard TV and choose between watching it on your TV or on your favorite device.

The Predator US Pro Billiard Series is a series of open pro events held in the United States to provide more opportunity for professional and aspiring pool players to compete in high-quality events, and earn their way into the $125,000 added Predator World 10-Ball Championship held in Las Vegas at the end of the season as part of the CueSports International Expo.

This event is played on Predator pro pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia Performance Cloth, with Predator Arcos II balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights.


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