Raphael Dabreo Storms Castle Billiards Undefeated on the Tri-State Tour

Posted on by Keith Diaz

Castle Billiards (East Rutherford, NJ) hosted the latest fall season edition on the Tri-State Tour calendar. The $1,000-added event drew a field of 40 players. Raphael Dabreo would notch another tour win on his belt, paving his way through the field undefeated by the tournaments end. Dabreo bested Borana “Killer B” Andoni (7-4), room owner and tour veteran John Trobiano on double-hill (7-6), and Ricardo Mejia (7-5), before accepting a forfeit from Annie “Sniper” Flores, to wait for the hot seat match.

Meanwhile, Chris DeCaprio also performed impressively with wins over players Eddie DaCosta (6-5), Tony “Iggy” Ignomirello (6-5), Mike Harrington (6-1), Shivram Gupta (6-5), and Mike Figueroa (6-4), before suffering a tough loss for the hot seat against Dabreo (9-4).

On the west side of the bracket, Rhys Chen marked wins over Ricardo Mejia on double-hill (7-6), Jose Liz Domeneche (7-3), Annie Flores (7-2), and Bernie Vogelsang (7-4), before sending Chris DaCaprio packing in the quarterfinal, with DeCaprio ending with a respectable 3rd place finish. Dabreo would then complete his undefeated run in the finals, beating Chen (7-5) to claim top honors. Dabreo stayed in the groove of his recent hot streak at Castle, as he recently also won the Tri-State stop at Gotham City Billiards on August 3, as well as the Predator Pro/Am Tour event at Cue Bar on September 22.

Rhys Chen (2nd), Raphael Dabreo (1st), Chris DeCaprio (3rd)

Top Finishers & Payouts:
1st: Raphael Dabreo – $800
2nd: Rhys Chen – $525
3rd: Chris DeCaprio – $325
4th: Bernie Vogelsang– $200
5th/6th: Rhio Anne Flores, Mike Figueroa – $130
7th/8th: Jose Liz Domeneche, Eddie DaCosta – $95

Special thanks go to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.

The next Tri-State will be held on Saturday, October 12 at House of Billiards (Staten Island, NY). For tour more information, visit TheTristateTour.com.

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