Albanian youngster Eklent Kaci added another win to his
American resume with an undefeated run through the field
of 36 players at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop at Union Station
Billiards in Portland, Maine on April 29th - 30th.
Fresh off his win at the World Pool Series' Aramith Masters
in early April, the 18 year old sensation swept through
the winner's side on Saturday with four straight dominating
wins. Kaci beat Dave Fernandez, Mike Bourque, Bruce Nagle
and Jim Hayden by a combined score of 36-13. Matching Kaci
on the right side of the board was American Guy Bouthot.
Bouthot took advantage of a first round bye, but then scored
wins over Sarah Preston, Paul Cormier and Mark Stewart.
Kaci started his Sunday with a 9-6 win over Nelson Oliveira
(the closest he had allowed an opponent to get to beating
him all weekend), while Bouthot scored a 9-2 win over Samoth
Sam. From there, Kaci scored a 9-2 win over Bouthot to take
After defeating Oliveira 9-6, Bouthot was right back looking
for another shot at Kaci in the finals. In the first set
of the finals, Bouthot was able to double his number of
games won against Kaci the first time they played. Unfortunately,
the was still just four games. Kaci took that first set
9-4 for the undefeated win.
In the second chance tournament, Jim Hayden bounced back
from a 3-0 loss to Steve Lillis for the hot-seat, to eliminate
Jamie Garrett 3-2 and then double dip Lillis 3-1 and 3-1
in the finals.
The lucky winner of the $1500 custom engraved Joss Cue was
The next stop on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be another
$1500/$500 added event, at Snookers in Providence, RI on
June 3rd - 4th. That stop will be the last regular season
stop before the Turning Stone Classic XXVIII on August 31st
- September 3rd.
Main Event Payouts
1 ALB KACI Eklent 1,000
2 USA BOUTHOT Guy 700
3 USA OLIVEIRA Nelson 550
4 USA WEBSTER Ross 400
5 USA SAM Samoth 250
5 USA FERNANDEZ Dave 250
7 USA CORMIER Paul 175
7 USA NAGLE Bruce 175
Second Chance Payouts
1st - $300 - Jim Hayden
2nd - $200 - Steve Lillis
3rd - $120 - Jamie Garrett
4th - $ 80 - Mark Stewart
5/6th - $40 each - Travis Webster & Rick Beaulieu
Story by AZB Staff