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Andy Cloth 7th Wyoming Open Champions

The Wyoming Open let's players experience something special they can't get anywhere else in the world. L to R (Deuel, Van Boening, Williams, Loraine, Glode) on a tractor by event sponsor Shively Hardware
The Wyoming Open let’s players experience something special they can’t get anywhere else in the world. L to R (Deuel, Van Boening, Williams, Loraine, Glode) on a tractor by event sponsor Shively Hardware
Saratoga, Wyoming- Surprises, upsets, and some more of the regular were all the themes played out at the Andy Cloth 7th Wyoming Open. An increased attendance of 190 players competed in the Rocky Mountains billiards extravaganza, including some of the brightest stars of the sport. The Andy Cloth Wyoming Open consisted of 3 Pro Events as well as 3 Divisions for amateurs.
“The Andy Cloth Wyoming Open is not only my fun way of seeing all the pro players who have become close friends, but it has also turned into the biggest event of the entire year in my hometown of Saratoga. It has become highly anticipated among the town businesses and that is why I place the dates during the slower season”, says E.J. Glode , the Wyoming Open Founder & Promoter.
Many businesses did specials including this drink menu to honor the pros visiting. Businesses see an increase between 50%- 300% during the Wyoming Open.
Many businesses did specials including this drink menu to honor the pros visiting. Businesses see an increase between 50%- 300% during the Wyoming Open.

The hottest player into the tournaments was undoubtedly Shane Van Boening, who was coming off his 4th consecutive tournament win during the past 40 days. Which equaled into an equally compelling story, that he left Wyoming with no tournament wins in any of the 3 events. Meanwhile Rodney Morris turned out a stellar performance adding 2 more Wyoming Open titles when he defeated Van Boening in the 10-Ball finals 9-6 and then edging Corey Deuel 9-7 in the Saratoga finals. Morris was now eyeballing the 8-Ball division and a win there would complete his sweep of all the Masters Divisions events.
Youngster Danny Olson joins an elite list of Wyoming Open Champions as shown here with Rodney Rocket Morris
Youngster Danny Olson joins an elite list of Wyoming Open Champions as shown here with Rodney Rocket Morris

But little did anyone foresee what happened next. Corey Deuel looked primed to take the top bracket finals as he was the only top pro drawn into it. The rest of the pros (Rodney Morris, Raj Hundal, Charlie Williams, and Shane Van Boening) were in the bottom bracket. But Colorado local champion Marc Vidal (originally from Spain) surprised everyone by defeating Charlie Williams, Shane Van Boening, and Rodney Morris in back to back fashion to reach the finals.
The Korean Dragon said, "When in Wyoming, do as the Wyomingians do"
The Korean Dragon said, “When in Wyoming, do as the Wyomingians do”

Deuel eliminated his seemingly only real threat in Mexico’s Ruben Bautista in the quarter-finals and then faced off unknown 21 year old Danny Olson of South Dakota. Olson overcame the odds and defeated Deuel to reach his first big finals. To give perspective of the achievement, Van Boening went #1 in the calcutta for $1500 and Morris for $500. Olson was bought for $10.
The pros enjoy their own specially named cocktails alongside local business owners Cassie & Chef Tommy Orduno of Bella's Bistro
The pros enjoy their own specially named cocktails alongside local business owners Cassie & Chef Tommy Orduno of Bella’s Bistro
The tables were now turned as Vidal seemed to be the solid favorite after being the underdog in the previous 3 matches. Olson didn’t show any jitters as he took a 3-0 lead over Vidal and eventually won 7-4 to become the new Wyoming Open 8-Ball Champion, the first non-pro to do so since 2008 when the event began.
In the Wyoming Open amateur divisions, local Wyoming lass Jana Thompson defeated the mostly male field including Heath Kline in the finals of the Sportsman. In the Classic Division, Rob Randolph defeated Jody Miller, while Adam King defeated Donald Parker for the Expert Division title. In the consolation Hard Luck event , Ricardo Martinez defeated Jordan Thayer.
The event was co-promoted by Dragon Promotions and sponsored by widely popular Andy Cloth, Pechauer Cues, and Master Chalk. Local partners included Duke’s Bar & Grill, the Hotel Wolf & Restaurant, Pik Ranch, Carbon County, Bella’s Bistro, and the Riviera Lodge with all events coordinated by Shively Hardware. For more info or to play in the Wyoming Open contact wyomingopen@gmail.com or call 307-329-8924
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Dragon Promotions started in 2001 and is one of the leading producers and pioneers in the sporting side of the billiard industry.

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