Tri-State Update: Luis Jimenez Scores Again at Steinway – Juan Guzman Gets Top Honors at Gotham

Posted on by Alison Fischer

Steinway Billiards, one of NYC’s top spots for pool, was host to the Tri-State Tour on Saturday, June 15. The $1,000-added event had a great turnout of 52 players at Steinway, located in Astoria, Queens, NY. For the second time in three weeks, Luis Jimenez ran undefeated to win the Tri-State.

Jimenez, who is an NYC-based pool player, worked his way through the winner’s bracket with wins against Gail Glazebrook 7-3, Chris DeCaprio 6-4, Michael Aro 6-3, and Ambi Estevez 6-2 to make it to the hot seat match.

One of the Tri-State area’s top female players, Annie Flores, also came out very strong in this event, and met with Jimenez in the hot seat match after defeating Emerson Verano 7-6 in the final four. In their playoff to see who would guarantee a spot in the final, Jimenez would defeat Flores at 7-4.

Meanwhile, the one-loss side featured many top area amateur contenders who also hoped to get a shot at the victory. Of them, Lidio “Rasta” Ramirez would forge a strong comeback after a loss in the winner’s bracket to Annie Flores 7-4. Ramirez then moved on to win eight straight matches, and capped off his run with a win in the quarterfinal against recent Tri-State winner Thomas Rice, 8-4.

Lidio Ramirez then got a second chance to take on Annie Flores in the semifinal, and she again prevailed, winning 7-5. Flores would then rematch against Luis Jimenez in the final. With the event finishing late at night, both players were tired, but Jimenez maintained his strong play, winning the event’s finale at 7-2.

While Jimenez earned credit for another strong win, Flores also made a great statement, finishing runner-up for the second time at Steinway in recent months, as she also took second in the Predator Tour’s April 14 event there.

Luis Jimenez (1st), Rhio Anne Flores (2nd), Lidio Ramirez (3rd)

The Tri-State Tour would like to thank Sterling Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Poison Cues, Ron Tarr Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event, as well as Steinway Billiards & their staff.

The next Tri-State stop is a $750-added A/B/C/D event, to be held on June 22, 2013 at Clifton Billiards in Clifton, NJ.

Top Finishers & Payout:
1st: Luis Jimenez – $830
2nd: Rhio Anne “Annie” Flores – $550
3rd: Lido Ramirez – $340
4th: Thomas Rice – $200
5th/6th: Emerson Verano, Ambi Estevez – $130
7th/8th: Bogie Uzdejczyk, Shivam Gupta – $100
9th-12th: Manny Stamatakis, Glenn Rmasey, Chris DeCaprio, Michael Aro – $80

Juan Guzman continued on his recent hot streak to win the Tri-State Tour’s big $2,750-added event held at Gotham City Billiards on June 8. Adding to his recent run of wins on the Tri-State at Cue Bar & Gotham, along with the Predator Tour at Cue Bar, Guzman dominated once again at Gotham in Brooklyn, NY.

On his undefeated run to victory, Juan Guzman defeated Marco Costello 7-3, Rajesh Vannala 7 -3, Jimmy Acosta 7-3, Gary Murgia 7-6, Geoff Bauer 7-5, and Raymond Lee 8-5 to claim the hot seat.

Raymond Lee would then meet with the winner of the loser’s bracket…another recent top Tri-State finisher, Geoff Bauer. Bauer had previously defeated Steve Wright in the final four of the one-loss side, then moved on to the quarterfinal, where he won against Ambi Estevez. Estevez, who finished in fourth, has gained recent momentum in New York area events, and has had a number of top finishes as well. Bauer then took on Lee in the semifinal, but Lee would finish strong with an 8-4 victory.

Raymond Lee then had another shot against Juan Guzman in the final, and took an initial lead. Guzman then tied it at 3-3. They proceeded to trade the lead, but Guzman then pulled away at 6-6 and won the final two games to take the win at 8-6. Congratulations to Juan on a great win, along with all of the event’s top finishers at Gotham.

Geoff Bauer (3rd), Juan Guzman (1st), Raymond Lee (2nd)

Final Results & Payout:
1st: Juan Guzman – $1,500
2nd: Raymond Lee – $950
3rd: Geoff Bauer – $650
4th: Ambi Estevez $450
5th/6th: Steve Wright, Dennis Kennedy – $300
7th/8th: Meshak Daniel, Luis Jimenez – $200
9th-12th: Gary Murgia, Keith Adamik, Amy Yu, Brendon Hollack – $160

About Alison Fischer

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