Aro and Gabia Split Top Billiard Honors
Tri-State Tour / Staten Island, NY
Michael Aro and Ron Gabia opted to split the top prize at the October 14 stop of the Tri-State Tour because of the late hour. The 9-ball tournament attracted a field of 28 to House of Billiards in Staten Island, NY.
Gabia and Aro met in the hot seat match after wins over Chris Kelly 7-4 and Anthony Dahab 6-4, respectively. Aro then claimed the winners’ bracket final 7-5 over Gabia to remain undefeated.
Kelly was eliminated in fifth place by Dave Shlemperis 7-3, as Mike Davie joined Kelly after being ousted by Dahab 6-3. Dahab then relegated Shlemperis to fourth place after the quarterfinal match ended in his favor 7-5.
Gabia won the semifinals 8-6 to deposit Dahab in third place. In the final match, Aro and Gabia chose to split first place.
1st Michael Aro $425
3rd Anthony Dahab $200
4th Dave Shlemperis $120
5th Chris Kelly $70