At the Tri-State Tour’s April 13th stop at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ, Karim Moumen would come out to headline the winner’s bracket. To move into the hot seat match, Moumen defeated George Poltorak 6-2, while his opponent Wilson Cruz had won against Bob Larbalestrien 7-5. Moumen then came out ahead in a hill-hill battle with Cruz, winning 9-8 in the hot seat match.
The thirty-six player field at this event also featured a strong run from Jimmy Rivera, who had a big one-loss side comeback after losing his first match of the day to Scott Simonetti at hill-hill, 7-6. Rivera would then move on run through seven matches including wins against Marco Costello 7-5, Ricardo Mejia 7-4, Chris Derewonski 7-3, Scott Simonetti 7-4, Guy Iannuzzi, 7-4, Bob Larbalestrien 7-5, and Tony Ignomirello 8-6.
Rivera then moved on to the semifinal to take on Wilson Cruz, who waited after his hot seat loss to Moumen. Cruz had another close match against Rivera, but closed out the match with a 7-6 win to move on to the final.
While Karim Moumen and Wilson Cruz would have been set for a rematch, they opted to end the night’s play since the time had gotten late. Cruz and Moumen split the winnings, and Moumen claimed first place as the undefeated player, while also previously defeating Cruz.
Congratulations to the top finishers at Castle, as well as ‘D’ ranked player Grant Weldon who played strong to finish in 9th, one round out of the money.
1st: Karim Moumen – $700
2nd: Wilson Cruz – $450
3rd: Jimmy Rivera – $250
4th: Tony Ignomirello – $150
5th/6th: Bob Larbalestrien, George Poltorak – $100
7th/8th: Guy Iannuzzi, Tom Riley – $80