Seminole Pro Tour Empire State Championship / West Hempstead, NY
Mike Dechaine enjoyed an undefeated run at the Seminole Pro Tour Empire State Championship, defeating Corey Deuel twice to take the title. Held Labor Day weekend at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY, this event boasted an $8,000-added prize purse and a full 64-player field.
Dechaine’s day started off with a narrow 8-6 win over Josh Brothers, and then he went on to meet Mike “The Mouth” Sigel in the winners’ side final four. To that point Sigel had won four matches without giving up a single rack, making his record 29-0. However, Dechaine was unfazed and sent the Hall of Famer to the one-loss side of the chart 8-6 to advance to the hot seat.
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His opponent was Deuel, who had won via fofeit over Earl Herring, a minister who had to return to work Sunday morning, and then bested Jeremy Sossei 8-6. In their first meeting, Dechaine dominated Deuel 8-4 and earned a rest, while Deuel headed west to fight his way back to the finals.
The left side of the chart was star-studded, with players such as Stevie Moore, George SanSouci, Dennis Hatch, and Tony Robles all making an early exit. “Iron Mike” Davis suffered a second-round loss to Luis Toumea 7-3 and struggled through the brutal bracket, eliminating players such as John Alicea, Matt Krah, Hatch, Robles, and Sigel before being ousted by Josh Brothers in fourth place.
After his late loss to Dechaine, Brothers eliminated Scott Freeman, SanSouci, Sossei, and Davis before running into Deuel in the semifinal match. Deuel was eager for a rematch with Dechaine and even more eager to add another Seminole Pro Tour notch to his belt—Deuel just won the August 13-15 event over Rodney Morris. He sent Brothers home in third place by winning their match 8-5 to face off with Dechaine once again, hoping for a different outcome. But in the extended race to 9, Deuel only pulled off as many racks as he did in their first meeting—four—before Dechaine swept across the finish line and won 9-4, taking his first Seminole Pro Tour title.
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