|Steve Roy, photo courtesy of Poolsteamtv|
This past Saturday Dooly's Longueuil was host to the Québec Federation's second Semi-Pro Tournament of the season. 49 players showed up to take part in this $1000 guaranteed for first place event, including a few players who took part in the $500 tournament in Dolbeau the previous weekend.
In bit of a surprise, tournament favourite and winner of the event in Dolbeau which paid $4000 Stephane Adam, had an early exit from this weekends tournament. Once again this demonstrates the depth of talent in Québec. Outside of other tournament favourites such as Danny Normandin, Pat Dery and Richard Francoeur not making the money, the story was Anas Abrouq.
He is a strong AAA who looks to be making a case for being bumped up to Semi-Pro as of late. In this tournament he lost to Francoeur in the second round 9-2. However Abrouq then went on to win 8 matches on the losers side, earning a chance to play in the losers side final. On his march though the"b" side side he beat notable names such as Johnny Laprise, Eric Claude, Pat Desbiens and Carol Audet just to name a few.
In the end he met up with Steve Roy who just suffered a loss to Yves Gaudreault 9-8. This was a tightly contested affair with Roy winning 7-5 to book a rematch with Gaudreault. The final was a different story for Roy as he was able to win 9-6, avenging his earlier loss and taking home the $1000 first prize. The next Semi-Pro will be held at Le Skratch Laval January 10th.
1. Steve Roy $1000
2. Yves Gaudreault $600
3. Anas Abrouq $380
4. Carol Audet $180