Crosby takes Open/Pro event on his Poison Tour; Moore claims Amateur title


There was some crossover talent on display at the Florida-based Poison Tour stop on the weekend of April 13-14; Trevor Moore and Jason Richko, to be specific. They took first and second, respectively, in the $1,000-added Amateur event that drew 54 entrants to Capone's Billiards Lounge in Spring Hill, FL, and ended up fourth (Moore) and tied for fifth (Richko) in the $1,000-added Open/Pro event, won by tour director Tony Crosby, that drew 21.

In the Amateur event, Moore and Richko met up first among the winners' side final four, as OB Cirilo and Pierre Palmieri squared off in the other winners' side semifinal. Richko took the first of their two sets (and single, deciding game) 7-4 and in the hot seat match, faced Palmieri, who'd downed Cirilo 7-2. Richko won his last match defeating Palmieri 7-3 to sit in the hot seat.

Moore moved over and picked up Jason Bowen, who'd gotten by Norm Pincine and Jimmy Dean, both 5-3. Cerilo drew John Wing, who'd defeated Brian Miller 5-3 and Mark Wathen 5-1. Moore survived a double hill struggle against Bowen, and in the quarterfinals, met up with Cerilo, who'd eliminated Wing 5-3.

Moore moved on with a 5-3 win over Cerilo in the quarterfinals and a 5-2 victory over Palmieri in the semifinals. He and Richko battled to double hill in the opening set, before Moore prevailed to force a single deciding game to determine the winner. Moore took the single game to claim the amateur title.

In the Open/Pro event, Moore was among the winners' side final four, where he faced Donnie Mills. Tony Crosby, in the meantime, squared off against his eventual finals opponent, James Roberts. Mills sent Moore west 7-3 and in the battle for the hot seat, faced Crosby, who'd survived a double hill match against Roberts. Crosby moved into the hot seat with a 7-4 victory over Mills..

Moore moved over to pick up Robert Batson, who'd gotten by Justin Hall and Gary Gilsinan, both 6-4. Roberts picked up Richko, who'd defeated John DiToro 6-1 and Michael Lear 6-4. 
Roberts downed Richko 6-4, as Moore was busy eliminating Batson 6-3. Roberts then ended Moore's run with a 6-4 win in the quarterfinals.

Roberts moved on, defeating Mills in the semifinals 6-2, for a shot at Crosby in the hot seat. Crosby, though, spoiled Roberts' bid, defeating him 7-5 in the only set necessary.

Crosby expressed his thanks to Capone's Billiards and Poison Cues for helping make this event happen. The next stop on the Poison Tour will be May 18th - 19th at Cunningham's Billiards in Vero Beach, Florida.

1st Tony Crosby $500
2nd James Roberts $300
3rd Donnie Mills $250
4th Trevor Moore $200
5th Jason Richko $100
Robert Batson

1st Trevor Moore $700
2nd Jason Richko $500
3rd Pierre Palmieri $300
4th OB Cerillo $200
5th Jason Bowen $150
John Wing
7th Jimmy Dean $100
Mark Wathen
9th Jimmy Gestwicki $80
Norm Pincine
Brian Miller