Veteran campaigners Lee Vann Corteza and Warren Kiamco will face separate foes as they begin their campaign in the 2017 World Pool Series – The RYO Rack Classic Championship today at the Steinway Billiards in Astoria Queens in New York City.
Corteza takes on Ahmed Aldulaimi of Kuwait while Kiamco battles Sharik Sayed of Singapore in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
Darren Appleton of Great Britain and Klenti Kasi of Albania automatically advance to the second round following the withdrawal of their first-round rivals.
Also seeing action in the tournament are former world champion Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann of Germany; Radoslaw Babica of Poland; Corey Deuel and Johnny Archer of the United States; Mika Immonen of Finland; Karl Boyes, Chris Melling and Mark Gray of Great Britain; Jason Klatt of Canada; Marc Vidal Claramunt of Spain; and Lee Kang of South Korea.
The tournament will employ a double-elimination format.
A total of $62,600 cash prize is at stake with the champion getting $14,000 and the runner-up earning $7,000. The losing semifinalists will pocket $4,500 each.
After the World Pool Series – The RYO Rack Classic Championship, there will be a side event dubbed as Simonis Challenge Championship with a prize fund of $14,500 – $4,000 to the winner and $2,000 to the second-placer.
The RYO Rack Classic Championship is the third stop of the four-leg World Pool Series.
Corteza wound up second in the first leg (Molinari Players Championship) in January while Carlo Biado also placed second in the second leg (Aramith Masters Championship) in April.
The final leg – Predator World Series Championship – is scheduled on September 27 to October 1. EMIL C. NOGUERA