Sookhai Snares Tri-State Billiards Event
Tri-State Tour / New York, NY
Basdeo Sookhai survived a challenge from Jimmy Acosta in the double-elimination final match of the May 25 stop on the Tri-State Tour to take first-place honors. The $1,000-added event drew a field of 41 B-D players to Amsterdam Billiards and Bar in New York, NY, for the two-day Memorial Day weekend.
It was Sookhai who took the undefeated route to the finals, besting Thomas Rice 7-3 in the winners’ side final four to reach the hot seat match. His opponent there was Bernie Isaacowitz, who had just sent Edward Lum to the one-loss side 6-2. It was a close match, but Sookhai snagged the hot seat with a 7-6 victory.
On the west side of the chart, Acosta was moving through the ranks and relegated Rice to a fifth-place finish 7-2. Tying with Rice was Kirill Safronov, who was eliminated by Lum 6-1. In the quarterfinal match, Acosta continued his winning ways with an 8-6 victory over Lum.
In another tight match, Acosta and Isaacowitz matched up in the semifinals, with Acosta moving forward 7-5. The double-elimination final match saw Acosta win the first set over Sookhai 7-4. The second set saw Sookhai get into gear to win the title 7-1.
1st Basdeo Sookhai $950
2nd Jimmy Acosta $470
3rd Bernie Isaacowitz $300
4th Edward Lum $200
5th Kirill Safronov $120
7th Ron Mason $90