Empire State Championship: Saturday Recap

Tony Crosby

The Seminole Tribe of Florida Empire State Championship kicked off today with a strong field of 103 players.  Even with other events being played around the country, this is a power packed field competing for the title.  The Seminole Pro Tour has worked closely with the Blatt Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour to put on this $6,500 Added event hosted by Raxx Pool Room, Sports bar & Grill in West Hempstead, NY.

There are 8 players returning on the winner's side including notable names Tony Crosby, Shawn Wilkie, Al Lapena, and John Ditoro.  DiToro and Crosby have brought the Florida flavor to this New York championship, playing fantastic pool throughout the day.  The 1-loss side is stacked with talent with the likes of Matt Krah, Stevie Moore, Dennis Hatch, Tony Robles, Mike Davis, George Sansouci, and returning Empire State Champion Marc Vidal.  All 24 Players return to combat at 12:00pm tomorrow.

A big thank you to Raxx Pool Room owner Holden Chin for being such a gracious host, and providing an absolutely beautiful facility.

Thanks to Delta-13 Racks, as they once again have brought a top notch rack to the tournament.

This weekend's trophies were provided by Javier Chirino, and transported all the way from Florida!

William Finnegan, this weekend's tournament director, has flawlessly taken the 103 player field down to 24 and deserves much praise.

NYCGrind.com has been covering the event & Go4Pool.net is streaming the Matches LIVE from Raxx!!

Special thanks to Tony Robles for being a great representative for not only the Blatt Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour, but for pool as a whole.

Lastly, thank you to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, who is once again involved in a world class event as this weekend's sponsor.

Attention B/C/D Players!  There will be a 2nd Chance event tomorrow as well.  If you participated in the main event, entry fee is only $20, and all others are $45.  Please arrive by 12:00pm Sharp to register.