Yolcu Defeats Diaz for Tri-State Billiard Title
Tri-State Tour / Brooklyn, NY
Emit Yolcu went unscathed through the field that gathered for the March 2 installment of the Tri-State Tour to fend off efforts from Keith Diaz in the final match, winning first place. The $1,250-added stop hosted 36 C-D players at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY.Yolcu convincingly won 6-4 over Nicholas Chan in the winners’ side final four to reach the hot seat match. That was where he first faced off against Diaz, who had just delivered a first loss to Jay Chiu 7-4. It was a close match, but Yolcu clinched it 6-4 to remain undefeated, while Diaz went west.
From the one-loss side, Chan eliminated Brendon Holluck in a hill-hill match 6-5, as Chiu ended up going home in the same spot as Holluck after being ousted by Jamie Polito 7-6. Polito continued his hot hand, sending Chan home in the fourth-place spot with a 6-3 victory.
Itching for a rematch with Yolcu, Diaz steamrolled through Polito in the semifinals 6-1. His momentum carried over into the finals, where he took an early lead against Yolcu. However, after the hill-hill battle was over, it was Yolcu who took the win 8-7.
1st Emit Yolcu $700
2nd Keith Diaz $430
3rd Jamie Polito $270
4th Nicholas Chan $160
5th Brendon Holluck $100
7th Paulo Valverde $70