Joshua Filler Claims Derby City Banks Title in Epic Finale

Approximately 24 hours after securing victory in the Bigfoot 10-Ball at the Derby City Classic, Joshua Filler found himself back in the Accu-Stats arena at Caesars Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana. This time, he clinched another triumph, this time in the banks pool division.

The day commenced with just under twenty players remaining in the banks division, featuring a strategic encounter between Fedor Gorst and Lee Vann Corteza. The match was more tactical than anticipated, with neither player conceding much to their opponent. Ultimately, Gorst emerged victorious with a 3-1 score.

The spotlight then shifted to a One Pocket match on the feature table, pitting Sky Woodward against Derby veteran David Matlock. Matlock capitalized on Woodward’s apparent struggles with the table, securing a 3-1 victory.

Returning to the banks division in round 11, Gorst faced off against young talent Lukas Fracasso-Verner, claiming a swift 3-0 victory.

As the banks division narrowed down to six players (with two still having buybacks), the feature table hosted a high-stakes match between ‘T-Rex’ Tony Chohan and ‘The South Dakota Kid’ Shane Van Boening. Chohan emerged triumphant with a 3-2 win, relegating Van Boening to the buyback booth.

With five players remaining, Van Boening received a bye, while Justin Hall and Tony Chohan battled on an outer table, and Can Salim faced Joshua Filler on the feature table. Filler showcased his prowess with a 3-0 win, eliminating Salim from the competition.

Reduced to three players, Justin Hall earned the bye to the finals, setting the stage for Filler and Van Boening to determine Hall’s opponent. Filler secured his spot with a remarkable 3-1 victory.

The highly-anticipated finals unfolded with controversy in game one, where Hall faced a “loss of shot” foul due to a time clock dispute. Despite the crowd initially favoring Hall, Filler managed to secure the game. Hall dominated game two with a 5-1 lead, taking a 2-0 match lead.

Game three saw Filler capitalize on a dry break from Hall, securing a 5-4 win. The tension continued in game four, resulting in another 5-4 victory for Filler, tying the match at hill-hill.

In the final game, Filler took a 1-0 lead, but Hall responded with a 2-1 lead. Filler rallied, taking a 4-2 lead and ultimately winning the game 5-2, securing his first Derby City Banks Title.

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