Tri-State Tour / Queens, NY

by InsidePOOL Staff

Dan Cintron came through a tough 36-player field at the Tri-State Tour’s August 22 event to wrest first place from Johnny Ortiz in the final match. The 10-ball tournament was hosted by Sandcastle Billiards in Queens, NY, and featured a $750-added purse.

Cintron enjoyed an undefeated run to the finals, besting Ortiz for the first time en route to the hot seat match 7-5. There he faced off against Raul Reyes, who had just sent Mike Harrington to the west side with a 6-4 win. It was a tightly contested match, but Cintron ultimately prevailed 9-7, sending Harrington left.

In the final four on the one-loss side, Gary Murgia was matched up with Scott Simmonetti but fell 7-3, ending up in seventh place. Tying with him was Diana Rojas, who was eliminated by Steve Thomas 6-5. Simmonetti went on to play a determined Ortiz, who went through him 7-3, while Thomas ousted Harrington 6-4. In the quarterfinals, it was a lopsided affair between Ortiz and Thomas, with Ortiz forging ahead 9-4. His momentum propelled him through the next match as well, defeating Raul Reyes in a hill-hill bout to make it to the finals. There, though, he was stopped short by Cintron, who came out the winner of their double-hill final match.

Dan Cintron came through a tough 36-player field at the Tri-State Tour’s August 22 event to wrest first place from Johnny Ortiz in the final match.

Dan Cintron came through a tough 36-player field at the Tri-State Tour’s August 22 event to wrest first place from Johnny Ortiz in the final match.

Results:
1st Dan Cintron $$680
2nd Johnny Ortiz $370
3rd Raul Reyes $210
4th Steve Thomas $120
5th Scott Simmonetti $70
Mike Harrington
7th Gary Murgia $55
Diana Rojas