Battle Creek Billiards Showdown: The Predator Pro Billiard Series

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The Predator Pro Billiard Series has landed in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA for its latest event, the third Michigan Open presented by Samsung TV Plus, attracting the world’s premier pool players. Scheduled to kick off on September 20 at the Kellogg Arena, this event coincides with the CSI Leagues Michigan State Championships.

The Men’s Open features a 64-player competition running until September 23, while the Women’s Open comprises 48 players and concludes on September 24.

In the Men’s Open, Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp, a seasoned victor at the Kellogg Arena, aims to secure a remarkable third consecutive win in Battle Creek, MI. His previous victories include a 4-0, 4-2 triumph over Filipino Roberto Gomez in the inaugural event and a successful title defense last year against Robbie Capito of Hong Kong with a 4-2, 4-1 victory.

This event underscores the rapid expansion of the Predator Pro Billiard Series. Just two years ago, Yapp took home $12,000 for his victory at the inaugural Michigan Open. This prize increased to $20,000 the following year when he secured his second Battle Creek victory. This year’s champion is poised to earn $22,500 from a generous prize pool of $75,000, nearly $50,000 of which is an addition.

While Yapp eyes an unprecedented hat-trick in the Predator Pro Billiard Series, he faces fierce competition from a top-tier international field, including Fedor Gorst, a three-time PBS titleholder. A victory for Yapp would match Gorst’s record tally, adding to the excitement in the Great Lakes State.

Among the esteemed competitors in Michigan are past title winners like Poland’s Witkor Zielinski, and Greece’s Alex Kazakis and Dimitris Loukatos.

In the Women’s Open, Great Britain’s Kelly Fisher seeks to defend her title and maintain her dominance in the Predator Pro Billiard Series. Fisher, a multiple world champion in both pool and snooker, secured victory in three of the first four Pro Billiard Series Women’s Opens. However, challenges have emerged from Asia, with players like Wei Tzu-Chien, Seo Seoa, and Chieh-Yu Chou claiming recent victories. Notable entrants also include Germany’s Pia Filler, Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan, and the Duchess of Doom, Allison Fisher.

The 48-player Women’s Open, taking place from September 20 to 24, offers a total prize fund of $60,000, with the champion set to earn $18,000.

Both Open events follow a double elimination format in Stage 1 and transition to a single elimination format for Stage 2 (last 16 players). Stage 1 matches are best of two sets, a race to 4 each set, with a shootout determining the winner if the sets tie at 1-1. Stage 2 introduces a third set, with a shootout deciding the victor in case of a 1-1 set tie and a 3-3 tie in the third set.

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