Day Two of US Open 8-Ball Championship Full of Surprises

csi_newsDay Two of US Open 8-Ball Championship Full of Surprises

CueSportsInternational, Henderson, NV (July 24, 2016)

Betting on the long shots would have paidoff Sunday at the US Open 8-Ball Championship, which wraps up Monday at the RioAll-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Two unlikely suspects emerged through a63-player field brimming with champions to face off for the hot seat match lateSunday afternoon: Jesse J. Bowman and Rory Hendrickson. Bowman, of Moline, Ill.racked up wins over: David Del Castillo Jr., 9-2; Michael Yednak, 9-3; Chris McDaniel,9-6; Rodney Morris, 9-2; and Amar Kang, 9-8.

In his path through the right side of thebracket, Hendrickson, of Fargo, N.D., beat: Kelli Chuberko, 9-4; HunterLombardo, 9-6; Brandon Shuff, 9-6; Thorsten Hohmann, 9-8; and Josh Roberts,9-5, before capturing the hot seat after getting out in true cowboy style whenthe score was hill-hill.

Hendrickson, who is now guaranteed secondin one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country, is a strong regionalplayer in North Dakota but has had little success on a national scale. In the2015 US Bar Table Championships, Hendrickson placed 13th in the9-Ball, 17th in the 10-Ball and 49th in the 8-Balldivisions, pocketing just $575.

Rodney “The Rocket” Morris, of California, earned the hot seat of the US Open 10-Ball Championship Thursday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Morris, who received word this week that he would be inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame, is hoping to add another prestigious title to his impressive resume. PHOTO COURTESY OF CUESPORTS INTERNATIONAL.


In Hendrickson’s next match, he will playto pocket an $11,000 purse.

But there are several others waiting onthe B-side who also have their eyes on that prize money.

At 10 a.m., Mike Dechaine will face JoshRoberts and Amar Kang will play Shane Van Boening, who earned the title of 2016 US Open 10-Ball Champion Friday.

In Sunday’s final match, Van Boeningeliminated Francisco “Django” Bustamante, in another stunning hill-hill match,when Bustamante unexpectedly scratched late in the final rack, giving VanBoening ball-in-hand and a chance to earn another US Open title this week. Thewinners of those matches will play at 12:30 p.m. and that winner will faceBowman in the semifinals, which will be played at 3 p.m. Monday. The finals arescheduled for 8 p.m. Monday. Live streaming is available at

The US Open 8-Ball Championship is a trueopen tournament. Any player willing to put up the entry fee is allowed to playand the championships traditionally attract the top players in the world.  The tournament is being played with Cyclopballs on 7-foot Diamond tables covered with Simonis Cloth.

The 2016 US Open 8-Ball & 10-BallChampionships are being held in conjunction with the 40th BCAPLNational Championships, which is taking place through July 30 at The RioAll-Suite Hotel & Casino. The event features more than 5,000 amateurplayers representing 47 states, nine Canadian provinces and 11 countries,competing in approximately 40 divisions, on 300 Diamond pool tables. The annualtournament will also include about 50 exhibitors. The Rio All-Suite Hotel &Casino is the official host venue. Other sponsors include Viking, Kamui, OmegaBilliards, Cyclop, Diamond, Simonis, and Predator.

General admission for spectators notparticipating in the amateur tournaments is $25 per person per day. Day passesare available at the CSI registration desk in the rotunda outside the Pavilion.

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