Diaz and Vannala Split Tri-State Billiard Honors
Tri-State Tour / New York, NY
Keith Diaz and Rajesh Vannala split top honors at the Tri-State Tour’ April 14 event. The $1,000-added stop drew a field of 53 A-D players to East Side Billiards in New York, NY.
Diaz went undefeated through the field, vanquishing Pat Mareno in the winners’ side final four with a hill-hill win. After a 7-4 victory over Ron Gabia, Koka Davladze advanced to the hot seat match to face Diaz, who dominated to win 7-3.
Vannala was making his move on the one-loss side of the chart, eliminating Gabia at fifth place 7-5. Tying with Gabia was Chris DeCaprio, who was ousted by Mareno 6-4. Vannala went on to send Mareno home in fourth place after taking the quarterfinal match 9-6.
A double-hill victory over Davladze put Vannala in the finals, where Diaz awaited him. Because of the late hour, the two decided to split, with Diaz taking first place as the undefeated player.
1st Keith Diaz $675
2nd Rajesh Vannala $675
3rd Koka Davladze $330
4th Pat Mareno $210
5th Ron Gabia $130
7th Varum Juneja $100
9th Raphael DaBreo $70
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