Filipino bets Warren Kiamco and Lee Vann Corteza bowed out of contention in the 2017 World Pool Series – The RYO Rack Classic Championship being held at the Steinway Billiards in Astoria Queens in New York City.
Kiamco posted three straight victories against Carl Khan of the United States (9-1), Ralf Souquet of Germany (9-3) and Marc Vidal Claramunt of Spain (9-1) before surrendering to Mark Gray of Great Britain, 5-9.
Corteza also lost to Chris Melling of Great Britain (7-9) in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
There are only 16 players left in the $62,600 event, which offers a whopping $14,000 to the champion and $7,000 to the runner-up.
Besides Gray and Melling, the other players in the next round are Darren Appleton, Karl Boyes and Imran Majid of Great Britain; Sharik Sayed of Singapore; Sion Zvi of Israel; Corey Deuel, Sky Woodward, Dennis Hatch and Shaun Wilkie of the United States; Radoslaw Babica of Poland; and Jason Klatt of Canada.
Kiamco and Corteza hope to bounce back in the Simonis Challenge Championship – a side event in the World Pool Series.
The Simonis Challenge will start right after the RYO Rack Classic Championship.
After the third leg (RYO Rack Classic Championship), the fourth and final leg dubbed as the Predator World Series Championship – World Pool Series Grand Final will be held from September 27 to October 1 at the same venue.
The winner in the Grand Final gets $25,000 and the runner-up bags $12,000.