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Watanabe, DaBreo come from the loss side to win Predator Pro Am Amateur, Pro events

(l to r): Raphael Dabreo & Joey Korsiak (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)

Three days after downing their share of Thanksgiving cheer in whatever form it took for them, Max Watanabe and Raphael Dabreo had cause to give further thanks for their respective victories on the Predator Pro Am Tour. During the tour’s annual Thanksgiving Day weekend get-together, Watanabe navigated his way through a 76-entrant field, in the $750-added Amateur event, winning five on the loss side to meet and defeat Jose Estevez in the finals. Raphael DaBreo in the 14-entrant, $250-added Open/Pro event, recovered from a double hill loss in the hot seat match and returned to defeat Joey Korsiak. Both events, as well as a Second and a Third Chance event were hosted, as they are every year, by Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY.
In the Amateur division, Watanabe, who pretty much evenly splits his time between the Predator and Tri-State Tours, was looking for his first victory in five attempts on the 2018 Predator Pro Am Tour. He’d been defeated in the finals of an Open/Pro event by Tour Director Tony Robles in September and had chalked up a win on the Tri-State Tour back in June. In this event, he worked his way through to a winners’ side quarterfinal before running into Eddie Kunz, who sent him to the loss side 7-5. Kunz advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Estevez. Jonathan Martinez, in the meantime, squared off against Joe Morace. Estevez sent Kunz to an immediate re-match against Watanabe with a 7-4 win, as Martinez downed Morace 7-4. Estevez claimed the hot seat 8-5 and waited on Watanabe’s return.
On the loss side, Watanabe had survived a double hill match against Marco Dy and one game shy of double hill, defeated Jaydev Zaveri 7-5 to earn his re-match against Kunz. Morace picked up Erick Carrasco, who’d eliminated Nick Croce 7-5 and Debra Pritchett, double hill, to reach him.
Carrasco got through a second straight double hill match, downing Morace, and advanced to the quarterfinals. Watanabe joined him after giving up only a single rack to Kunz in their re-match. Watanabe then leap-frogged over the quarterfinals when work-related commitments forced Carrasco to forfeit.
Watanabe had his hands full in the semifinals, as Martinez put up a double hill fight for a second shot against Estevez. Watanabe prevailed, and then, in the finals, won the extended race to 9 to claim the event title.
DaBreo and Korsiak replay March matchup with the same result
Squaring off in the finals of the Open/Pro event, Raphael DaBreo and Joey Korsiak replayed a scene that had played out for the both of them in March. In that event, DaBreo had to win three on the loss side, two of which went double hill, to face Korsiak in the finals. He did so to chalk up his first Open/Pro victory on the tour. This time, they battled in the hot seat and finals.
Korsiak had downed Tony Robles 7-4 to get in to the hot seat match, while DaBreo had sent Alfredo Albay over 7-3. They battled to double hill in the hot seat match, until Korsiak prevailed.
On the loss side, Robles picked up Gary O’Callaghan, who’d defeated Jud Parker 7-2 and benefited from a double hill, deciding-game miss at the 10-ball by Joe Torres to advance. Albay drew Frankie Hernandez, who’d eliminated Zion Zvi 7-3 and Stephen Motilal 7-4.
Robles had sent O’Callaghan to the loss side in an earlier double hill match, but it was O’Callaghan who came out on top 7-4 in their re-match. Hernandez shut Albay out to advance to the quarterfinals against O’Callaghan. Hernandez then eliminated O’Callaghan 7-4.
In the semifinals, Hernandez and DaBreo battled to double hill before DaBreo three-fouled Hernandez to earn his second shot against Korsiak. In another modified race-to-9 final, DaBreo claimed the event title over Korsiak 9-3.
A 15-entrant Second Chance event was won Abel Rosario, with Jose Kuilan as runner-up. Duc Lam and Nick Croce finished in the tie for 3rd place. An 8-entrant Third Chance event, saw Miguel Laboy take home the top prize with Julia Ha in second place.
Tour director Tony Robles thanked Manny Stamatakis and his Steinway staff for their Thanksgiving Day weekend hospitality, as well as his own Predator Pro Am staff and sponsors Predator Cues, Ozone Billiards,, The DeVito Team,, Cappelle (Billiards Press), AZBilliards, Pool & Billiard Magazine and Billiards Digest. The final stop of the Predator Pro Am Tour’s 2018 season will be its annual Tour Championships. Open to players who’ve participated in a minimum of five events during the year, the potentially $11,000-added, 2018 Predator Tour Championships will be hosted by Raxx Sports Bar & Grille in West Hempstead, NY. 

Rosario comes from the loss side to capture his first Predator title

Abel Rosario, Dave Shlemperis and Mike Harrington

Abel Rosario, building on progress he's made throughout the year, playing on the Predator Tour, won his first; a $500-added Amateur event, that drew 41 entrants to the Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY on Saturday, November 14. Rosario won seven games on the loss side for the right to face hot seat occupant, Dave Shlemperis, and hung on to win the final, double hill.
With Rosario at work on the loss side, early, the man who sent him there, Mike Harrington, advanced to a winners' side semifinal against Irene Kim. Shlemperis, in the meantime, squared off against Marco Dy. Harrington survived a double hill fight versus Kim, and in the hot seat match, faced Shlemperis, who'd sent Dy to the loss side 7-4. Shlemperis won his last match, defeating Harrington 7-3, to claim the hot seat.
Rosario, with two notches already on his loss-side belt, defeated Ehmunrao Tooccaram 7-2 and Dave Faraguna 7-5 and picked up Kim. Dy drew Lidio Ramirez, who'd survived two straight double hill matches, against Tommy Hagan and Eric Kwon, to reach him. Rosario then eliminated Ramirez in the quarterfinals 9-7 for a second shot at Harrington.
Rosario gave up only a single rack in a 7-1 victory over Harrington in the semifinals. He then fought to force a case game against Shlemperis in the finals, and won it to claim his first Predator title.

Robles wins Open Predator stop; Davis knocks Rice out of hot seat to win Amateur event

Tony Robles

Tony Robles started the year off with a victory over Mike Dechaine in the first stop on his Predator Tour. Dechaine had downed him in the battle for the hot seat on the weekend of January 11-12, but Robles came back to defeat him 11-5 in the finals. Seven months later, on the weekend of July 12-13, after finishing second or third in four subsequent stops on the tour, the Silent Assassin returned to the winners' circle with an undefeated run that saw him best Zion Zvi twice (Robles had defeated Zvi in the semifinals of the January stop). The $500-added Open/Pro side of the tour stop drew 12 entrants to the Amsterdam Billiard Club in Manhattan.
In the concurrently-run Amateur event, Phil Davis came from the loss side to defeat Thomas Rice in the finals. The $500-added Amateur event drew 57 entrants.
Robles and Zion Zvi met in the hot seat match, after Robles had defeated Hunter Lombardo 8-5 and Zvi had dispatched Frankie Hernandez to the loss side 8-4. Robles took the first of his two against Zvi 8-6.
Lombardo and Hernandez moved to the loss side and were immediately eliminated. Adam Wheeler, who'd gotten by Shawn Sookhai 8-1 and Craig McAndrews 8-3, took out Hernandez in a double hill match. Jeremy Sossei, who'd picked up a forfeit against Jerry Tarantola and defeated Sean Morgan 8-3, ended Lombardo's day 8-4.
Sossei gave up only a single rack in the quarterfinals against Wheeler, and then had his short, loss-side run ended by Zvi, who allowed him only a single rack in the semifinals. In their second meeting, Robles and Zvi battled to double hill, before Robles prevailed to capture his second Predator Open title of the year.
In the Amateur event, it was teenager Thomas Rice advancing to the hot seat, only to be bested in the finals by Phil Davis. Davis had been sent to the loss side by Chris Derewonski 7-1 in a winners' side semifinal, while Rice was busy defeating Akbar Karmoddien 7-2. Rice got into the hot seat with a 9-1 victory over Derewonski, and waited on the fateful return of Davis.
On the loss side, Davis picked up Raphael Dabreo, who'd defeated Marco Dy 7-3 and Miguel Laboy 7-4, to reach him. Karmoddien, in the meantime, faced Ron Mason, who'd survived a double hill match against Wanlop Chan and downed Dax Linden 7-3. Mason and Davis advanced to the quarterfinals; Mason, 7-5 over Karmoddien and Davis, 7-2 over DaBreo.
Davis survived a double hill battle against Mason in those quarterfinals, and then took out Derewonski 7-5 for a shot against Rice in the hot seat. Rice took an early and lengthy lead over Davis in the finals. Ahead 8-2, however, Rice faltered and saw Davis chalk up nine in a row to snatch the Amateur title away from the teenager. 

Shuff takes Open/Pro event on the Predator Tour; “Annie” beats the boys in Amateur event

Brandon Shuff

It was a short field of six that signed on for the $500-added, Open/Pro event on the May 17-18 Predator Tour stop; Brandon Shuff, Tony Robles, Earl Strickland, Mike Yednak, Mhet Vergara and Raphael Dabreo. Shuff came back from the semifinals to defeat Tony Robles, sitting in the hot seat. On the Amateur side, Rhio Anne Flores, known simply as "Annie," went undefeated through a field of 43 entrants in the $500-added event, hosted by The Cue Bar in Bayside, Queens, NY.
The short field in the Open/Pro event set up a pair of winners' side semifinal matches at the end of the opening round. Robles and Shuff had picked up byes, while Strickland defeated Mhet Vergara 7-4 and Mike Yednak downed Raphael DaBreo 7-1. This set Strickland up to play Robles, while Shuff faced Yednak.
Robles sent Strickland to the loss side 7-1, and in the battle for the hot seat, faced Shuff, who'd defeated Yednak 7-4. Robles took the first of two against Shuff in a double hill fight and sat in the hot seat, waiting for him to get back.
Strickland and Yednak, in the meantime, had moved over to pick up DaBreo and Vergara. Strickland got right back to work, downing DaBreo 7-4, but Yednak fell to Vergara 7-5. Strickland and Vergara then locked up in a double hill quarterfinal, which eventually advanced Strickland to the semifinals against Shuff. Shuff and Strickland went hill-hill, as well, only this time, Shuff advanced, back to face Robles.
Robles got on the board first, and had a chance to go up 2-0, but Shuff (said Robles) started making balls. 
"He had me 9-2," said Robles. "I then got three in a row, and that was it. He finished it at 11-5."
By the time the Amateur event had whittled down to its final 12, "Annie" Flores was the only female in the bunch, and on her way to an event victory. She had three matches left that commenced with a 7-2 win over Shawn Sookhai, as Dan Faraguna was busy sending Louis Jimenez to the losers' bracket 7-6. She downed Faraguna 7-4 and waited for him to get back.
On the loss side, Jimenez and Sookhai faced Paulo Valverde and Jerry Tarantola; Valverde having defeated Tony Ignomirello 7-3 and Joe Wilson Torres 7-5, Tarantola having eliminated Marco Dy and Carl Yusuf Khan by the same scores. Jimenez downed Valverde 7-2, as Sookhai ended Tarantola's day 7-4. Sookhai took the quarterfinals over Jimenez 7-4, and then, in a double hill semifinal, had his day ended by Faraguna. Faraguna had his ended in the re-match against Flores, who completed her undefeated run with a decisive 7-2 victory.
Next weekend – Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26 – the Predator Tour, the Tri-State Tour and the Mezz Pro Am Tour will present the 4th Annual George "Ginky" Sansouci Memorial Tournament, which until this year, had been conducted over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The reason for the switch, according to Predator Tour Director Tony Robles, was two-fold.
"It just made more sense for us to have the "Ginky" Memorial on Memorial Day weekend," said Robles, "and this Labor Day, we're looking to revive an old championship tournament they used to have in the late 70s, and early 80s – The Eastern States 9-Ball Championship, which will be hosted by Snookers, in Providence, RI."
According to Robles, the Amateur side of the $4,000-added "Ginky" Memorial already has a full field of 128 entrants, while the Open/Pro event, with, at present, 25 entrants, expects to be signing on more as the week progresses. For further information, contact Robles at 917-202-2750.

Dy comes back from semifinals to win Empire State Amateur Championships

Like the concurrently-run Empire State Open Championships (see separate story), the 6th Annual Empire State Amateur Championships saw a player (Marco Dy) come back from the semifinals to defeat the hot seat occupant (Mike Hertz). Unlike the Open event, none of the Amateur event's final 12 players were among the final 12 in 2013. Like the Open event, the $1,500-added Amateur tournament drew the exact number of entrants it had drawn in 2013 (104), to the same location, Raxx Billiards in West Hempstead, NY.
Advancing to the winners' side semifinals this year were Roberto Mendoza, who faced Dy, and Chris Brooks, who met up with Hertz. Hertz and Dy moved into the hot seat match with identical 7-2 wins over Brooks and Mendoza. Hertz claimed the hot seat with a 7-4 win and waited for Dy to come back.
On the loss side, Brooks met up with Randy Fisher, who'd defeated John Lazo 7-3 and survived a double hill fight versus Omar Alli, to reach him. Mendoza drew Romeo Singh, who'd defeated both Dave Shlemperis and Jimmy Acosta 7-5. Brooks and Mendoza got right back to work; Brooks downing Fisher in a double hill match, while Mendoza was busy eliminating Singh 7-2.
Two straight double hill matches followed, with Mendoza defeating Brooks in the quarterfinals, and Dy ending Mendoza's day in the semifinals. In the finals, Dy doubled the lead by which Hertz had defeated him in the hot seat (7-4), claiming the Empire State Amateur Championship title with a decisive 9-3 win.

Laboy goes undefeated to win his first Tri-State Tour stop

Dennis Kennedy, Miguel Laboy and Tony Ignomirello

If you didn't know better, you'd swear that the Tri-State Tour was somehow or other designed to add a new name to the winners' list, every week. While you do get your regular, repeat customers, the number of times you see a new name far outnumbers the list of regulars. Some of this is attributable to the players on the tour who excel and move into Open/Pro status. Sometimes, it's about geography; certain players show up on the tour when it stops at certain locations. Then, too, there's the unpredictability about the game itself, which lends itself to a variation on the "any given Sunday" theme, which dictates that at a certain level of competition, anyone can emerge as the winner.
On Sunday, January 26, at a $750-added event, hosted by House of Billiards on Staten Island, Miguel Laboy worked his way through a field of 27 to add his name to the Tri-State's ever-expanding list of winners. He did so at the expense of Dennis Kennedy, one of the tour's former winners (February '12), and owner of the host location. Laboy took him down twice; once in the hot seat and again, in the finals.
After a double hill start against Giovani Hosang, Laboy moved on to defeat Marco Dy and Annie Flores, before facing the "ever-dangerous" Gary O'Callaghan in one of the winners' side semifinals. Kennedy met up with Quin Y. Chen in the other. Laboy downed O'Callaghan handily 7-1, as Kennedy was moving into the hot seat match with a 6-4 win over Chen. Laboy took the first of his two against Kennedy 6-4 and sat in the hot seat, awaiting his return.
O'Callaghan moved over to face Raj Vannala, who'd defeated Justin Muller 7-4 and Marco Costello 7-5. Chen picked up Tony Ignomirello (another Tri-State, winners' circle veteran), who was in the midst of a six-win, loss-side winning streak that would carry him all the way to the semifinals. He got by Yagif Alekberov 6-2 and Pat Mareno 6-4 to draw Ignomirello. Both winners' side semifinalists – O'Callaghan and Chen – went down; O'Callaghan 7-5 to Vannala and Chen 6-1 to Ignomirello.
Ignomirello survived a double hill battle against Vannala in the quarterfinals, only to be shut out by a determined Kennedy in the semifinals. Former winner versus new name was on, and in light of the tour's penchant for chalking up new names on the list of winners, you'd have had to give Laboy the edge.
Kennedy didn't think so, and he jumped out to a 4-0 lead, before Laboy checked in with a couple. Kennedy came back to chalk up his fifth, and Laboy promptly fought back with three to tie, and one more to take his first lead at 6-5. Kennedy would win only one more, as Laboy advanced to claim the event title 9-6.
Tour representatives thanked Kennedy and his staff at House of Billiards, along with sponsors Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics. The next stop on the Tri-State Tour, scheduled for February 1, will be hosted by Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY.

DaBreo keeps a streak going with an undefeated run on the Predator Tour

Raphael Dabreo closed out 2013 with an undefeated victory on the Tri-State Tour in late December. He opened proceedings in 2014 with an undefeated run through a field of 105, on-hand for the $750-added Amateur Predator Tour on the weekend of January 11-12. In so doing, he added a sixth tour win to a 'one-per-month' pace he'd initiated last August. The Amateur event, run concurrently with an Open event on January 12 (story) drew those 105 competitors to Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY.
From among the winners' side final four, DaBreo sent Keith Adamik to the loss side 7-3. His hot seat and finals opponent, Bryan Toolsee, in the meantime, defeated Bryan Singh 7-5. In their first of two, DaBreo sent Toolsee to the semifinals 10-5. 
Moving to the loss side, Adamik picked up Jack Smith, who benefited from a forfeit by Eric Grasman and defeated Marco Dy 7-4. Singh drew Izac Horne, who'd gotten by Meshak Daniel 7-5 and Chickie Romero 7-4. Identical 7-5 victories over Smith and Singh, sent Adamik and Horne to the quarterfinals. Adamik prevailed in those quarterfinals 9-5, and was then defeated by Toolsee in the semifinals 8-2. DaBreo completed his undefeated run and claimed the Amateur event title with a 10-8 victory in the finals.

Shaw goes undefeated on Predator Open, Uzdejczyk comes from loss side to win Amateur title

Jayson Shaw, Robb Saez and Michael Yednak

Jayson Shaw, looking to add to his already substantial winnings in 2013, signed on for the $500-added Open event at Stop # 16 on the Predator Tour, held on the weekend of October 5-6. Amidst a short field of 15 entrants at The Cue Bar in Bayside, Queens, Shaw went undefeated to claim his third 2013 Predator title, which had included the Empire State 10-Ball Championships in February. He had to get by Mike Yednak twice; once, in the hot seat and again, in the finals. Yednak, who won the Amateur division of Labor Day weekend's George "Ginky" Sansouci Memorial tournament has just recently been elevated to Open/Pro status, and in addition to advancing to the winners' side final, managed to down Robb Saez in the semifinals for second shot at Shaw.
In the $500-added Amateur event, which drew 44 entrants to the same location, Bogie Uzdejczyk came from the loss side and avenged an earlier loss by defeating hot seat occupant, Tommy Hagan to claim the event title. Sent west by Hagan in one of the winners' side semifinals, Uzdejczyk won three on the loss side for a second shot at Hagan, and then, took full advantage to win it.
In the Open event, Shaw faced Robb Saez in one of the winners' side semifinals as Yednak squared off against Ray Lee in the other. Shaw and Yednak advanced to the hot seat match with identical 7-5 victories over Saez and Lee. Shaw gave up only a single rack in the hot seat match, and waited on Yednak's return.
Saez, in the meantime, working on the loss side met up with Juan Guzman, who'd downed Emily Duddy 7-3 and Tony Liang 7-4. Lee had the misfortune of running into Mhet Vergara, who'd defeated Darren Defilippis 7-4 and then, completely shut out Jerry Tarantola. Vergara chalked up his second straight shutout, eliminating Lee, while Saez was busy surviving a double hill battle over Guzman.
Saez ended Guzman's two-match shutout streak 7-3 in the quarterfinals and turned to the final obstacle on his way to a re-match against Shaw – Yednak, in the semifinals. Yednak, though, was just as determined for a re-match and downed Saez 7-5 to earn the opportunity. Shaw ended Yednak's bid 9-4 in the finals to claim the title.
Uzdejczyk takes Amateur event
In the Amateur event, Tommy Hagan advanced to the hot seat match by first, defeating Bogie Uzdejczyk in a winners' side semifinal 7-4, and then, by a score of 7-5 in the hot seat match, defeating Marco Dy, who'd sent John Hacsi to the loss side 7-5. Hagan sat in the hot seat, waiting on Uzdejczyk.
Uzdejczyk began his three-match loss-side campaign against Stuart Warnock, who'd gotten by Billy Santiago 7-3 and survived a double hill match against Scott Murphy. Hasci met up with Dinko Busanich, who'd defeated Tony Liang 7-4 and Keith Adamik 7-5.
Uzdejczyk ended Warnock's day 7-5 and in the quarterfinals, faced Hasci, who'd prevailed in a double hill match against Busanich. Uzdejczyk went on to defeat Hasci 7-5, and then, earn himself a re-match against Hagan with a 7-5 victory over Dy in the semifinals. He completed his comeback with a 9-7 win over Hagan to claim the event title.

Christian Smith comes from the loss side to stop two straight by Verano on Tri-State Tour

Emerson Verano, Yomaylin

Last week, September 21, Emerson Verano watched James "Doc" Pasciolla complete a six-match, loss-side run to meet him in the finals. Verano stopped the streak to claim the event title. On Sunday, September 29, looking to chalk up a second straight win on the Tri-State Tour, Verano was in the hot seat again, watching, this time, as ChristIan Smith completed a three-match, loss-side run to meet him in the finals; deja vu, all over again, as they say.
This time, though, the result was different. Smith, who'd been sent west by Verano from among the winners' side final four, came back to win the final match, and foil Verano's bid for a second straight Tri-State win. The $1,000-added, A-D handicapped event drew 27 entrants to On the Snap Billiards in Sayerville, NJ.
Smith advanced past Ed Culhane, Carl Yusuf Khan and Marco Dy to earn a spot in one of the winners' side semifinal matches, against Verano. Yomaylin "Smiley" Feliz and Tony Ignomirello squared off in the other. "Smiley" gave up only a single rack to Ignomirello and in the hot seat, met Verano, who'd survived a double hill struggle against Smith. Verano then defeated Feliz to sit in the Tri-State hot seat for the second week in a row.
Smith moved over and picked up Justin Muller, who'd defeated Marco Dy 7-3 and Rajesh Vanalla 7-4 to reach him. Ignomirello drew Christian Longo, who'd gotten by Danny Booth 7-3 and Jaydev Zaveri 6-3. Smith and Ignomirello advanced to the quarterfinal match; Smith, with a 7-2 win over Muller, and Ignomirello, double hill over Longo.
Smith and Ignomirello fought back and forth to a deciding game in the quarterfinals. Smith dropped the final 9-ball, and advanced to meet Feliz, eager for a re-match against Verano. Smith was eager, too, and downed Feliz 7-4 to earn his own re-match. 
Smith jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the finals, but Verano came right back to tie it. Smith then chalked up a six-pack that put him on the hill. Verano won the 11th game, but Smith won the 12th to complete his loss-side comeback and chalk up the event title.
Tour representatives thanked On the Snap Billiards' owner-operator Bryant Mitchell, House Pro Daniel Cintron, and the staff for their attentiveness to players' needs, as well as sponsors Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics. The next stop on the Tri-State Tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ.

Woo returns to the Tri-State Tour and goes undefeated at Castle Billiards

Geoff Bauer, Jonathan Woo and Teddy LaPadula

Jonathan Woo picked up a Tri-State win last November at House of Billiards on Staten Island, coming back from a double hill semifinal to down hot seat occupant, Michael Aro. On Saturday, September 7, he chalked up his first Tri-State win of 2013 with an undefeated run through a field of 37, on-hand for a $1,000-added, A-D handicapped event, hosted by Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ. In the hot seat for this one, Woo and his finals opponent, Geoff Bauer, who'd won eight on the loss side for the right to face him, opted out of a final match and split the top two prizes.
Woo got by Ricardo Mejia, Marco Dy, and Charles Vegara to advance among the winners' side final four and a match against room owner, John Trobiano. In the other winners' side semifinal, Mike Strassberg squared off again Teddy Lapadula, last seen in the Tri-State winners' circle in February of 2010 (also at Castle Billiards). Woo sent Trobiano west 7-4, as LaPadula guaranteed himself a minimum third place finish with a double hill win over Strassburg. Woo then defeated LaPadula 8-6 and waited in the hot seat for Bauer.
Bauer's eight-match, loss-side streak went through Scott Simonetti, Luis Jimenez, Mejia, Vegara, and Guy Iannuzzi before running into Trobiano. Strassberg picked up Jaydev Zaveri, who'd defeated Dennis Kennedy 6-5 and James "Doc" Pasciolla 6-1 to reach him. Bauer handed Trobiano his second straight 7-4 loss and in the quarterfinals, faced Strassberg, who'd eliminated Zaveri 6-2.
Six down and two to go. Bauer took the quarterfinal match over Strassberg 9-7, and then gave LaPadula his guaranteed third place finish with an 8-4 win. At that point, Woo and Bauer chose not to play a final match, splitting the prize money and declaring the undefeated Woo as the event's official winner. 
Tour representatives thanked Trobiano and his staff at Castle Billiards, as well as sponsors Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics. The next Tri-State stop will be a Double Point event, scheduled for Saturday, September 14, at Gotham Billiards Club in Brooklyn, NY.