Next Stop on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
February 17 & 18, 2024
$1,500/$500 Added
Entry Fee - Pro $120, Non Pro $70
7 Foot Tables
Host: Tim Berlin
Sharp Shooters Billiards & Sports Pub
35 East Main St
Amsterdam NY 12010

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2023-24 Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour Top 5 Points Leaders

(through stop #11)
1st Alex Bausch 625
2nd Dave Hall 545
3rd Lukas Fracasso-Verner 525
4th Bucky Souvanthong 480
5th Ron Casanzio 465
Full Standings
L-R Mike Zuglan, Lukas Fracasso-Verner 2nd, Shaun Wilkie 1st, Beau Powers manager & Mazin Shooni owner of Amazin Billiards

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour got the second half of their 2023 – 2024 season underway with eighty-one players at Amazin Billiards in Malden Massachusetts for the 2024 Massachusetts State Nineball Championship.

The right side of the board narrowed down to just four players by the end of Saturday play. That left Sunday morning winners side matches with Dave Hall facing Jimmy Nou and Ranulf Tamba playing Shaun Wilkie. Wilkie made quick work of Tamba 9-3 and Dave Hall made even quicker work of Nou in a 9-0 match.

Those two matches were lopsided, but the hot-seat match was a true battle with Wilkie emerging the winner of a hill-hill match.

Looking back on the four matches that Wilkie won on Saturday, one of those matches was a 9-5 win over young gun Lukas Fracasso-Verner. If Wilkie thought that was all that he would have to deal with from Fracasso-Verner, he was wrong. Fracasso-Verner capped off a nine-match winning streak on the one-loss side, with a 7-6 will over Dave Hall to earn a rematch with Wilkie in the finals.

Fracasso-Verner extended his winning streak to ten straight matches, with a hill-hill 9-8 win over Wilkie in the first set of the finals, but was on the wrong end of another hill-hill match in the second set, as Wilkie won 7-6 to hold on for the tournament win.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw twenty-three players competing for nearly $1000 in prize money. Dan Sharlow took the hot-seat with a 3-0 win over Jay Aliomer. On the one-loss side, Beau Powers handed Aliomer his second loss, 3-2, and the final match between Sharlow and Powers was set.

Powers won the first set of the finals 3-0, but Sharlow came back to win the second set 3-2 for the win.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is off this weekend but will be back in action on February 17th – 18th with another $1500 added events at Sharpshooters Billiards & Sports Pub in Amsterdam, NY.

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Main Event Chart

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Dan Janes
The Pool World has Lost a Great Man of the Sport!

As many of our friends, colleagues, and customers know Dan Janes has passed away. We lost our dear Dan on June 20, 2023.

Dan's life passion was for making the best cue possible. Throughout his career he had a lifelong quest to continually improve methods, materials, and aesthetics of the Joss Cue while insuring they had the best, solid play possible. Dan, Debbie, and Stephen would sit for hours and plan the approach to perfect a certain technique. The goal always to make the best playing, well-built cues with a range of price points. All cues being equal only some had more inlays or veneers. The play, the same!

And if you wanted to talk to Dan about almost anything, especially cues, he would talk with you. Many people were surprised when it was Dan who answered the phone. He spent many hours with customers creating their image of the perfect cue. He was an inspiration to other cue makers and would spend hours discussing methods, ideas and strategies. Dan shared his knowledge and his many, many pool, life stories. He was a special man.

Dan began his life's cue making journey in a small garage in an area of Baltimore known as Hampden in 1967. Later in 1975 the business was moved to a new industrial park in Towson where Joss still resides. By his side his wife Debbie and son Stephen helped grow the business. Debbie and Stephen will still run the business and will continue to craft the same superior quality Joss Cue that we have been making since 1967. Dan made sure that Debbie and Stephen were ready for this transition. We have been there every day beside Dan. Stephen has helped the business evolve with his own innovative advances and stands behind every cue he crafts. He has been managing the shop for 44 years. We will carry on the tradition of making quality customized Joss Cues.

Dan will be missed immensely by his family. His daughters Amanda Janes, Kim Moreau and other son Mark Janes are heartbroken.

He is also survived by grandsons, a granddaughter, and great-grandchildren.

The pool world has lost a great man of the sport!

We are saddened.

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