Fourteen year old Thomas Rice wins at Gotham City Billiards

Left Front:    2nd place – Kyle Bubet;  Center: 1st place Thomas Rice;
Right: twin sister Kristin Rice; in the background owner Kevin Buckley

Fourteen year old Thomas Rice wins at Gotham City Billiards’  A/D Tri-State Tour event. After winning his first match against Kim Meyer-Gabia 6 – 0, he suffered a loss to Kyle Bubet 6 – 4. Undaunted by his loss, he persevered to win eight matches in a row and become Tournament Champion. His tournament trail on the loss side included wins over Eddie Perez 6 – 4; Nicholas Chan 6 – 4; Luis Jimenez 6 – 0; Brendon Hollock 6 – 3; Joshua Morancie   6 – 3; Alex Osipov 7 – 4 and due to unforseen circumstances won by default against Gary O’Callaghan to reach the Finals for a rematch against Kyle Bubet. This time it was Thomas who took control and finished 8 to 3 for the victory.  Kyle and Gary O’Callaghan are to be congratulated for their stong 3rd and 4th place finish. A special acknowledgment is deserved by Marco Costello for winning the Break & Run contest. The next Tri-State is a $1000 Added A/D event, to be held on May 25 & 26, 2013, at AmsterdamBilliards & Bar in NYC, NY.  Please provide a thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Poison Cues, Ron Tarr Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event. Please leave tournament staff names out of this article, comments and credits to remain general. Thank You