Krull One for One on Joss Tour
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / West Hempstead, NY
by Lea Andrews
It was his first time competing on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, but Rob Krull took it all in stride, snatching victory from Tony “The Silent Assassin” Robles in the finals. The $1,500-added main event drew 47 players to Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY, April 10-11.
Krull breezed through his match with Brent Boemmels 9-2 to reach the hot seat match, where he faced Robles for the first time. Robles, who’d just sent Jorge Rodriguez west 9-4, did the same to Krull.
On the left side of the bracket, past winner Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie, who’d been edged out earlier by Robles 9-8, took care of Pete Bowman 9-5 and Joey Korsiak 9-7 to face Rodriguez. Meanwhile, Ed Abraham went through Ed Vazquez 9-6 and Mhet Vergara 9-3 to face Boemmels, a tour regular who was in the middle of his best tournament performance to date. Boemmels put Abraham in fifth 9-3 to meet up with Wilkie, who’d had his own 9-3 victory over Rodriguez. Yet another 9-3 match ensued in the quarterfinals, and it was Wilkie who earned the spot in the semifinals, while Broemmels earned fourth, his highest finish. Wilkie’s hopes for a rematch with Robles were dashed by Krull, though, who took the rematch for himself 9-5.
In the true double-elimination final match, Krull made up for his earlier loss and pushed the second set 9-6. In the second set, Krull took advantage wherever he could to earn his first victory his first time out 9-7.Another winner was Mike “Fingers” Badsteubner, who topped the inaugural $500-added second chance event on Sunday. The race-to-3, double-elimination event was open to any non-pro who was knocked out of the main event on Saturday. “Fingers” earned $300 for his 3-1 victory in the finals over Oscar Bonilla, who pocketed $200. Dave Ascolege took home $150 for third, while Megan Smith’s fourth-place finish earned her $50. The final winner of the weekend was Pat DiBuono, who earned a three-night hotel stay and paid entry into August’s Turning Stone Classic event when his name was drawn from among those who finished out of the money and had never won a Joss event.
1st Rob Krull $1,100
2nd Tony Robles $800
3rd Shaun Wilkie $600
4th Brent Boemmels $450
5th Jorge Rodriguez $300
7th Joey Korsiak $175
9th Pete Bowman $75