Year-End Billiards Victory for Muller
Tri-State Tour / Bayside, NY
Justin Muller survived a late loss to Carl Yusuf Khan to top Rene Villalobos in the finals of the Tri-State Tour’s last event of the year December 30. The $1,000-added tournament was hosted by Cue Bar in Bayside, NY, and attracted a field of 36.
A 7-2 drubbing of Carl Yusuf Khan deposited Muller in the winners’ side final four. Meeting him in the hot seat match was Villalobos, who had just sent Rich Lang to the one-loss side 6-4. With a lopsided 8-3 victory, Villalobos captured the hot seat and Muller went west.
Khan foundered on the left side, ending up in fifth place after his match with Warnock ended 7-2. Lang tied with Khan, having been eliminated by Ambi Estevez 6-2. In a double-hill battle, Warnock and Estevez collided in the quarterfinals, with Warnock coming out the 9-8 winner.
Warnock ran out of steam in the next round, though, as Muller sent him home in third place 7-4. Keeping the momentum going, Muller matched up with Villalobos in the finals and fought to a 10-7 finish.
1st Justin Muller $710
2nd Rene Villalobos $460
3rd Stewart Warnock $280
4th Ambi Estevez $170
5th Carl Yusuf Khan $110
7th Beau Baer $80