Predator 9 Ball Open 2020 (London)
As with all ShootersPool Official Comps there’s usually 2 timezone events to help for those in Europe and those in say America or just opposite time zones.
So 1st April was no day for fooling around for ShootersPool players as it kick started the Predator 9 Ball Open 2020 (Las Vegas). Las Vegas in the name just represents the timezone of the tournament, unfortunately we weren’t on a flight from Heathrow over the Pond with the Union Flag on our backs.
25 Entrants flocked to the Predator Open from over 14 Countries. Play started at 2am (2nd April) BST and allows 3 days per round to complete your match-up. Each match is Race To 7, lag for break and alternate breaks thereafter. The Las Vegas comp is played at the Open Arena on a Diamond PRO-AM PRC table fitted with a Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth and equipped with the new but controversial Aramith Tournament Black balls seen recently at the last Mosconi Cup.
Some of the stand out favourites in my opinion and via ranking for the tournament are Wolfpack (Bosnia–Herzegovina), Kwak (France), Tatsumatu (UK) , Leo (USA) and Joke (Venezuela) all very highly ranked in the 9 Ball category.
Likewise with the London event I entered this just to see what the Official Comps are like and just have a bash, I’m still learning the basics of the game which you can witness on the live streams most night while in lockdown due to COVID-19.
Below I have tracked my current progress as well as my top 5 favourites. Will also keep an eye out on a few ShootersPool content creators too.
R1| 7-3 L v Lasha Lomidze
Losers R1| 7-6 L v JacksUp
R1| 7-3 W v Tommy
R2| 7-6 W v SeanAird97
R3| v gfilhote
R1| No Show W v BuzzSwiss
R2| 7-4 L v Leo
Losers R2| v Tommy
R1| W.O W
R2| 7-5 W v Kekezeus
R3| 7-2 W v Filipe Pereira
R1| W.O W
R2| 7-4 W v Kwak
R3| v Joke
R1| 7-3 W v v3r5atil3
R2| W.O W v Nathan Alvarez
R3| v Leo
Final is predicted to be played on 2nd May 2020 @ 2am BST. Whatever the outcome with my personal route in the comp I’ll be trying to cover the final live with a commentary team.
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