Zuglan's Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
GORST WINS TURNING STONE CLASSIC XXXVII
Fedor Gorst avenged his only
loss of the event, with a nail biting 13-10 win over Mika
Immonen in the finals of the Turning Stone Classic XXXVII
at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY on
Sunday September 3rd.
Immonen was the man to beat all weekend, after marquee wins
over defending champion Jayson Shaw, Thorsten Hohmann and
then Gorst in the hot-seat match.
After Hohmann defeated Jeremy Sossei on the one loss side,
he ran into Gorst in the semi-final match. It probably wouldn’t
have mattered who it was that Gorst was facing, as he dominated
this match, running out to a 6-0 lead before Hohmann could
get on the scoreboard. Hohmann managed to win two games, before
Gorst regained control and won the match 9-2.
The rematch with Immonen in the finals, an extended race
to thirteen, was a back and forth battle between these two
champions. The players exchanged one rack leads early, until
Immonen was able to take advantage of two dry breaks by Gorst,
and build a two rack lead at 7-5. A couple uncharacteristic
errors by Immonen let Gorst back into the match, and he tied
things back up at 9-9.
Gorst picked the perfect time to regain his break, with two
table runs as he took the hill at 12-9. Gorst gave Immonen
one last chance, missing a two ball that would have led to
an open table in rack twenty-two, but Immonen was only able
to put together two racks before missing a one ball that allowed
Gorst control of the table, that he didn’t relinquish,
making a rail-first one ball and running out the rack for
the 13-11 win.
The title is the first Turning Stone Classic title for Gorst,
in just his third appearance at the event. First place was
worth $10,000 for Gorst, with Immonen taking home $6,500 for
Main Event Results
1st $10,000 Fedor Gorst (Rus)
2nd $6,500 Mika Immonen
3rd $4,000 Thorsten Hohmann
4th $2,700 Jeremy Sossei
5/6th $2,000 each - Jonas Souto (Sp) & Lee Van Corteza
7/8th $1,600 each - Hunter Lombardo & Jayson Shaw
9/12th $1,200 each - Erik Hjorleifson (Can), Oscar Dominguez,
Alberto Delgado (Sp) & Nick Charette (Can)
13/16th $950 each - Dan Hewitt (Can), Donny Mills, Billy Ussery,
& Jeremy Seaman
17/24th $599 each - Lukas Fracasso-Verner, Alex Bausch, Waleed
Hashem (Can), Tom Zippler, Steve Mack, Jimmy Rivera, Christoph
Neumayer & Kevin Clark
25/32nd $400 each - Vincent Beaurivage (Can), Josh Thiele,
Robert Czupryniak (Pol), Jonathan Smith, Mike Yednak, Mike
Salerno, Bucky Souvanthong & Greg Antonakos
33/48th - Willie Oney, Henry Cha, Yesid Garibello, Cleiton
Rocha, Nick Coppola, Matt Tetreault, Remy Lefebvre (Can),
Matt Krah, Ranulf Tamba, Ron Casanzio, Rick Miller, Dave Fernandez,
Mike Donnelly, Jim Prather, Kevin West & Frank Hernandez
49/64th - Jim Kearney, Bryzen Manipula (Can), Caroline Pao,
Chris Pyle, Hendrik Drost, Roger Miller, Brian Vu, Brad Guthrie
(Can), Che Lemmon (Can), Holden Chin, Ray McNamara, Mike Toohig,
Joe Sinicropi, Marco Kam, Dominic Byrne (Can) & Frank
65/96th - Chris Crawford, Tyler Arnold, Ray Lee, Eric Cloutier
(Can), Mauri Cotter, Dave Copperwheat, William Bombard, Pascal
Dufresne (Can), Dan Sharlow, Gene Hunt, Jimmy Nou, Earl Herring,
Barry Hetherington (Can), Veronique Menard (Can), Glen Van
Court & Dale Kimmett (Can), Ed Culhane, John Francisco,
Dave Shlemperis, Grayson Vaughan, Garrett Vaughan, Cory Payne,
Jim McManis, Suzzie Wong, Rick Bentley, Bob Cunningham, Fred
Gokey, Steve Sutton, Nick Antonakos, John Moody, Randy Labonte
& Jacques Bouchaed (Can)
97/128th - Naoyuki Oi (Jpn) (F), Rachel Lang, Chris Pringle,
Jamy Nadeau, Steven W Smith, Larry Phlegar, Jeremiah Pucci,
Carlin Sanderson (Can) (F), Jerome Rockwell, Sean Santoro,
Tony Ignomirello, Julie Madlener, Jordan Turner, Brian Namulik,
Thomas Aguis, Dave Callaghan, Don Polo, Nick Torraca, Shawn
Jackson, Martin Longmire, Greg Hogue (F), Patrick Bergeron
(Can), Brandon Fletcher, Lida Mullendore, Andrea Duvall, Dave
Powis, Dave Mills, Ryan Smith, Greg Bombard, Brian Tierney,
Tony Antone& Pat Fleming.
Second Chance Results
1st $500 Mike Salerno
2nd $300 Jordan Turner
3/4th $200 each - Bryzen Manipula & Don Polo
5/8th $100 each - Tyler Arnold, Steve Mack, Jerome Rockwell
& Rachel Lang
$1,900 Joss Cue raffle winner, Johanne Guyer
$1,900 Joss Cue raffle winner, Gene Black
Stone XXXVII Final Player List
BATTLES HIS WAY TO A SINGLE-LOSS WINNING RUN ON THE JOSS NE
L-R Room owner Paul Troxel,
Darren Belliveau and Bob Madenjian
JThe last time Darren Belliveau added a payout
to his profile on AZBilliards, in February of ‘22, he’d
‘officially’ won a stop on the New England 9-Ball
Series. He was in the hot seat when he and his dad, Everett,
chose to split the top two prizes. The time before that (Nov.
’21), he’d won a stop on the tour outright. Fast
backward to November of 2018, when Belliveau came within the
proverbial cat’s whisker of winning his first event
on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, coming from the loss side
to win the opening set of a final against Kyle Pepin, who
went on to win the second set and claim his first Joss Tour
title. Belliveau’s history on the Joss Tour dates back
to the turn of the century (2000) when he recorded his first
payout on the tour, finishing 7th at a stop won by tour director,
Mike Zuglan, and featuring a 4th place finish by the late
George “Ginky” Sansouci.
On the weekend of June 3-4, Belliveau completed his 23-year
quest for a Joss Tour title, at the final tour stop (#16)
of the ‘22/’23 season, ahead of the Turning Stone
XXXVII season finale, scheduled for the upcoming Labor Day
weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 3). Belliveau lost the opening set
of a true double-elimination final to Bob Madenjian and won
the second set at the $1,500-added event that drew 51 entrants
to Snooker’s Sports Billiards Bar & Grill in Providence,
Belliveau was battling in tight matches, almost from the
get-go. Though he never faced a double-hill challenge until
the second set of the true-double elimination final, four
of Belliveau’s eight matches came within a game of double
hill at 9-7. He opened with a 9-2 victory over Jiten Patel
and settled into a 9-7 winning pattern against Jared Demalia,
Clyde Matta and Billy Lanna that set him up to face Franciso
Cabral in one of the winners’ side semifinals.
Meanwhile, Steve Tavernier was sending Ken Hall (5), Roger
Lakotko (1) and both Ranulf Tamba and Rick Matarazzo (both
4) to the loss side, which set him up to face the eventual
runner-up, Bob Madenjian, in the other winners’ side
Early on Sunday morning, Tavernier sent Madenjian to the
loss side 9-3 and was joined in the hot seat match by Belliveau,
who’d sent Cabral over 9-6. Belliveau chalked up his
fourth 9-7 win to claim the hot seat.
Madenjian arrived on the loss side to face Ray McNamara,
who’d lost a winners’ side quarterfinal to Cabral
and then defeated Tamba 7-3 and Lanna 7-5. Cabral came over
and picked up Matta, who’d been one of Belliveau’s
9-7 victims and was working on a four-match winning streak
that had recently eliminated Brian Chase, double hill, and
Jiten Patel 7-4.
Madenjian and Cabral advanced to the quarterfinals by the
same 7-5 score, against McNamara and Matta, respectively.
Madenjian gave up only a single rack to Cabral in those quarterfinals
and then eliminated Tavernier in the semifinals 7-4 for a
shot at Belliveau, waiting for him in the hot seat.
It’s hard to imagine that many people who witnessed
the double-elimination final against Belliveau and Madenjian
were aware of what was at stake for each of them. They’d
both been competing on the tour since the turn of the century,
with Madenjian’s first recorded payout on the tour occurring
in 1999, a year before Belliveau’s. Both were looking
for their first Joss Tour win, though Madenjian had won a
Second Chance event on the tour in 2019. Madenjian entered
the finals in what would be, regardless of the result, his
first cash payout of this year, as well as his first since
2021, which was his best recorded earnings year among the
24 in which he’d been recording payouts. He was already
going to be recording his best finish on the tour, having
previously finished 3rd, twice, 22 years apart (’99-’21).
Echoes of this history for both of them had to have been
on their minds as they stepped to the tables for the opening
set of this 2023, double-elimination final. They silenced
those echoes as best as they could and got down to business.
Those echoes likely got louder when Madenjian chalked up the
9-5 win in the opening set. The ‘prize’ they’d
both been after for nearly a quarter of a century was now
right there in front of them, one match away. The race was
reduced to 7 for the second set and for whoever happened to
be there, the immediate-event stakes were evident. It was
likely not a surprise to anyone there that the second set
went double hill.
However that final set turned out, it was going to be the
best (recorded) finish on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour for both
of them; a repeat ‘best finish’ for Belliveau
if it turned out that way. It didn’t. Belliveau dropped
the last 9-ball in the double-hill match to claim his first
Joss Tour title.
A $500-added Second Chance event drew 16 entrants and was
won by Veronique Menard, who went undefeated. She was challenged
in the finals by Steve Edmiston, who’d capped a five-match,
loss-side winning streak with a victory over John Dennis in
Players were reminded in May that the $25,000-added Turning
Stone XXXVII in late August, early September was already sold
out. Tour director Mike Zuglan advised players who wished
to be included on a waiting list to reach him at 518-356-7163.
Replies and inquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Zuglan thanked the ownership and staff at Snooker’s
for their hospitality, along with title sponsor Joss Cues,
Turning Stone Resort Casino, Simonis Cloth, poolonthenet.com,
AZBilliards, Aramith, Billiards Press and World Class Cue
Chad Bazinet, Mike Zhu, Steve Sutton and Amazon Billiards Manager
ZHU CROWNED MASSACHUSETTS STATE 9-BALL CHAMPION
Mike Zhu got off to a slow
start at the Massachusetts State 9-Ball Champion, held as
part of the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour at Amazin Billiards in Boston
on May 20th – 21st, but once he got things going, he
was impossible to beat.
Zhu got his event started with a one-sided 9-2 win over Luca
Bares, but then things took a poor turn for him. After a hill-hill
loss to Jay Aliomer, Zhu found himself on the one loss side
and tied hill-hill with Dev Bhattacharya. Zhu got himself
out of that jam, and won the match hill-hill, before taking
off on an undefeated run through the left side of the board.
Zhu won three matches on Saturday with wins over John Morlock,
Rich Howard and Craig Boaman. He then kicked off his Sunday
with back to back 7-5 wins over Dan Sharlow and Francisco
Cabral, before a 7-0 drubbing of Alex Gurevich.
Back on the right side of the board, Chad Bazinet was beating
Steve Sutton for the hot-seat 9-4.
Zhu went on to defeat Cleiton Rocha 7-4 and then Sutton 7-5
to earn his place in the finals against Bazinet.
After his nine match winning streak on the one loss side,
two more matches were no big deal for Zhu, as he defeated
Bazinet 9-8 and 7-4 for the win and his first Joss NE 9-Ball
Beau Power’s path to the win in Sunday’s second
chance tournament was a much shorter one, as he ran through
four matches undefeated to score the win over Bill Gallager
in the finals 3-2.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will finish off their regular season
on June 3rd – 4th at Snookers in Providence, RI.
OVER VERGARA FOR JOSS NE 9-BALL TOUR WIN
L-R Mhet Vergara and Jeremy
Sossei with Raxx room owner Holden Chin
Jeremy Sossei scored back to back wins over
Mhet Vergara to earn first place at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour
stop at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY on May 6th –
Sossei had Saturday wins over Jim McManus, Dan Shawlow, Max
Watanabe and Tom Zippler, while Vergara got past Ricky Motilal,
Mike Salerno and Pat Fleming on Saturday.
Sunday started for Sossei and Vergara with a matchup for
the hot-seat, which Sossei won 9-5.
On the one loss side, Sunday kicked off with Zippler defeating
Mike Yednak and Fleming beating Watanabe. Zippler then eliminated
Fleming in 4th place with a 7-5 scoreline. Zippler dropped
the semi-final match to Vergara 7-4, setting up the rematch
with Sossei in the finals.
Unfortunately for Vergara, he didn’t have any more
answers as to how to beat Sossei in the finals, as Sossei
took the first set 9-4 for first place.
In Sunday’s second chance event, Mike Salerno took
the hot-seat with a hill-hill win over Dan Sharlow and then
eliminated Sharlow in the first set of the finals, with another
hill-hill victory, for first place.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action this weekend,
for another $1500/$500 added event at Amazin Billiards in
Martin Daigle, Utica Billiards on the Boulevard owner Andrea
Duvall and Nick Charette
NOTCHES THIRD STRAIGHT JOSS TOUR STOP IN UTICA
Nick Charette made it three
in a row, with another win on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour at Utica
Billiards on the Boulevard on April 29th – 30th, and
it looked an awful lot like the first win in this series of
A month and a half ago, on March 18th – 19th, Charette
won the first of these three straight tour stops at Brick
House Billiards in Syracuse, NY. He won that event with an
undefeated run to the hot-seat, like he did this time. The
Brick House hotseat was at the expense of Ron Casanzio, while
this hot-seat was earned with a win over fellow Canadian Martin
Daigle. Charette was leading the match at 5-2 when Daigle
decided he had seen enough and unscrewed his cue.
Daigle brought his frustration under control pretty quickly
and defeated Casanzio in the semi-finals. Casanzio had lost
his second match of the weekend to Qays Kolee, before winning
eight straight matches on the left side of the board. Casanzio’s
run was ended by Daigle by a 7-4 scoreline.
In the finals of the aforementioned event at Brick House
Billiards, Charette had faced off against Daigle, and he found
himself facing off with him again in the finals on this weekend.
Just like the finals before, Daigle scored a convincing win
in the first set of the finals. This weekend, it was by a
9-3 scoreline. That set up a second set and just like at Brick
House Billiards, the second set of the finals went to hill-hill
before a winner was crowned. That winner, just like at Brick
House Billiards, was Charette with the hill-hill win in the
Sunday’s second chance tournament was a miniature version
of the main event, with Joe Whiteley taking the hot-seat with
a 3-2 win over Jamie Gauthier, and then dropping the first
set of the finals, in a lopsided 3-0 match against Jordan
Turner. Just as Charette did in the second set of the main
event, Whiteley went hill-hill with Turner in the second set
of the finals, before pocketing the case 9-ball for the win.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour was back in action on the weekend
of May 6th – 7th at Raxx in West Hempstead, NY.
WINS THIRD CAREER, AND SECOND STRAIGHT, JOSS NE 9-BALL TOUR
L-R Jeremy Sossei, Billiards
on the Boulevard Owner Andrea Duvall and Bucky Souvanthong
Now he’s just showing off. Nick Charette
came into the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop on April 1st –
2nd with his first two career Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop titles
under his belt this year. Two days later, Charette has earned
his third career title with an undefeated run through a field
of 70 players at Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT.
Charette had Saturday wins over Ranulf Tamba, Gene Hunt and
local young gun Lukas Fracasso-Verner. Sunday saw a 9-7 win
over Steve Mack and then a 9-5 win over Yesid Garibello for
Garibello would not get another shot at Charette at this
event, as Christoph Neumayer extended a six match winning
streak on the left hand side of the board to seven, defeating
Garibello hill-hill in the semi-final match.
In the double elimination finals, Neumayer was looking for
his first career Joss Tour title, while Charette has now “been
there, done that” himself. Charette wasted no time,
defeating Neumayer in one set 9-6, for his third career (and
second straight) Joss Tour win.
Sundays second chance tournament was won by Nate Marshall,
who went undefeated and beat Bruce Carroll in both the hot-seat
match and the finals.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be Utica Billiards on the Boulevard
on April 29th – 30th, for it’s next tour stop.
Pat Fleming, Snookers room owner Paul Troxell and Jeremy Sossei
CHARETTE WINS SECOND CAREER JOSS NE 9-BALL TOUR STOP AT BRICK
HOUSE BILLIARDS IN SYRACUSE
As the old adage goes, the
first time doing something is the biggest challenge, and it’s
supposed to be easier after you have proven that you can do
it. That is apparently the case for Nick Charette as he won
his first career Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop a month ago in Amsterdam,
NY and now he has added his second title on March 18 –
19 at Brick House Billiards in Syracuse, NY.
Charette ran through Saturday undefeated, with wins over
Andrea Duvall, Demian Provost and Tom Cayer. Charette kicked
off his Sunday with a 9-6 win over Nate Marshall to get to
the hot-seat match against Ron Casanzio. Charette’s
aforementioned win back in February was earned by defeating
Casanzio in the finals. Just like winning events, apparently
Charette just needed to do it once and he was set, as he defeated
Casanzio for the hot-seat this time 9-7.
Casanzio would not get another shot at Charette on this weekend,
as he then dropped the semi-final match to Martin Daigle.
The win over Casanzio was Daigle’s fifth straight win
on the left side of the board, and he extended that streak
to six matches with a 9-3 win over Charette in the first set
of the double elimination finals. The deciding second set
of the finals came down to hill-hill, with both players missing
what could have been the case 9-ball, before Charette finally
pocketed the elusive ball for his second career Joss Tour
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Dan Sharlow drop
the hot-seat match to Aaron Greenwood, before coming back
to double dip Greenwood in the finals 3-0 and 3-1 for the
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is back in action this weekend with
another $1500/$500 added event at Yale Billiards in Wallingford,
WINS SECOND STRAIGHT JOSS TOUR STOP
L-R Jeremy Sossei, Billiards
on the Boulevard Owner Andrea Duvall and Bucky Souvanthong
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour travelled to Utica,
NY for its 12th stop of the season at Utica Billiards on the
Boulevard on March 11th – 12th, where Jeremy Sossei
scored his second consecutive tour title.
Sossei advanced through a field of 59 players, with an undefeated
run on Saturday. To no one’s surprise, Sossei was joined
in the final four undefeated players by the top 3 players
on the tour points list, Ron Casanzio, Ray McNamara and Bucky
Sossei defeated Casanzio in his first Sunday morning match
9-6, while Souvanthong upended McNamara 9-4. Souvanthong then
defeated Sossei for the hot-seat in a hill-hill match.
On the one loss side, the story was Bruce Carroll. Carroll
had lost his first match of the event to Nick Coppola, but
had bounced back with nine straight match wins on the left
side of the board. After a hill-hill win over McNamara, Carroll
was finally stopped by Casanzio 7-1, and had to settle for
The semi-final match was a repeat of their match earlier
in the day, and Casanzio still didn’t have an answer
as to how to beat Sossei. The rematch went hill-hill, before
Sossei pocketed the final ball.
While Casanzio had not been able to avenge his loss to Sossei,
Sossei was able to avenge his earlier loss, as he defeated
Souvanthong in the first set of the finals 9-7. The second
set was a 7-0 whitewash, with Sossei scoring the win and earning
his second straight tour title.
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Mehdi Bahloul
drop his second match of the day to Tito Ortiz, before coming
back for a nine match winning streak of his own. Bahloul defeated
Nate Marshall in the double elimination finals 3-1 and 3-0,
for his first Joss Tour second chance event win.
Pat Fleming, Snookers room owner Paul Troxell and Jeremy Sossei
HOLDS OFF PAT FLEMING AT SNOOKERS IN PROVIDENCE
When Pat Fleming first announced
that he wanted to step away from the “day to day”
workings of Accu-Stats Video Productions, one of the reasons
that he cited was the desire to spend time working more on
his pool game. Apparently that work is paying off, as Fleming
cruised through day one of last weekends New England Pool
& Billiard Fall of Fame 9-Ball Open at Snookers in Providence,
Rhode Island on March 4th – 5th undefeated.
Fleming made his way through day one of the field of 109
players with convincing wins over Dave Fontaine, Luca Bares,
Steve Tavernier and Jim Prather. Sunday matches were looking
like a repeat of the day one performance, as Fleming defeated
Kevin Bauccio and Pete Genovese to get to the hot-seat match.
The hot-seat match turned out to be a clash of two different
types of “experience”. Fleming used to run 100
balls every day in practice, but that practice was many years
ago. Sossei has “current experience” on the Joss
Tour, with well over 30 tour stop wins under his belt. Sossei
came out on top of the hot-seat match with a 7-2 win to send
Fleming to the one loss side.
On the left side of the board, Fleming ran into another tour
regular, in the form of tour points leader Ron Casanzio. Casanzio
has even more Joss Tour titles than Sossei, and just keeps
winning. Fleming came through in the semi-final match though,
and eliminated Casanzio in 3rd place 7-6.
The rematch between Sossei and Fleming in the finals looked
to be just about complete with Sossei holding a 6-4 lead.
Fleming wasn’t done though, as he came back to win three
straight games, to win the first set 7-6. Sossei took a break
and gave himself a pep talk. “ I took a bathroom break
after the first set and I was thinking to myself if I play
solid I will win” Sossei remembered. Sossei indeed did
play solid and he did win, by the score of 7-4 in the second
Looking back after the event, Sossei had nothing but compliments
for Fleming’s play all weekend. ““Pat was
playing very solid. I don’t really remember him missing
many balls on that tight table” said Sossei. “I
hope when I’m his age, I’m playing half as good
as he is”.
In Sunday’s second chance event, Jordan Emerson went
undefeated through a field of 21 players to win his first
career second chance title. Emerson defeated Mike Salerno
for the hot-seat 3-1 and then defeated Brian Tierney 3-2,
in the first set of the finals.
CHARETTE GOES UNDEFEATED FOR FIRST CAREER JOSS TOUR WIN
L-R Nick Charette and Ron
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour kicked off the second
half of it’s 2022/2023 season with a field of 51 players
competing at the Northeast 9-Ball Open XXXIV at Sharpshooters
Billiards and Sports Pub in Amsterdam, NY on February 18th
The field included four of the top five players on the tour’s
points list, with only 4th place Nate Marshall missing. Even
with that firepower in the event, it was Canada’s Nick
Charette who advanced through the field undefeated to score
his first career Joss NE 9-Ball Tour title.
Charette made it clear that he meant business this weekend
with his first three match wins (Brian Namulik, Aro Majumder
and Ed Culhane) coming with a combined score of 27-3. He was
tested in his next two, but still scored comfortable wins
over Jordan Turner and #3 on the points list, Bucky Souvanthong.
Charette really made a statement on Sunday with a 9-0 whitewash
over Dan Sharlow for the hot-seat.
On the one loss side, Ron Casanzio was showing everyone why
he is the #1 player on the points list this season. After
dropping a hill-hill match against Geoff Montgomery on Saturday,
Casanzio strung together nine straight wins on the left side
of the board to earn his shot at Charette in the finals.
While on paper, most would have considered Casanzio a big
favorite, simply based on his experience in Joss Tour finals,
Charette was not to be denied as the cruised to a 9-6 win
in the first and only set of the finals.
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Rohit Aggarwal
hold off a charge from Joe Wysocki to win the second set of
the finals 3-1 for first place. Wysocki lost to Mike Renshaw
in the final four on the winners side, but won four straight,
including a 3-2 decision against Aggarwal in the first set
of the finals. It wasn’t enough though, with Aggarwal
following up his hot-seat win over Renshaw with a second set
in against Wysocki and first place.
and Jayson Shaw
SHAW WINS RECORD NINTH TURNING STONE TITLE
With a much tougher field to battle
with this time, Jayson Shaw still persevered to win a record
9th Turning Stone Classic as the Turning Stone Classic XXXVI
in Verona, NY on January 5th – 8th.
Shaw saw his route to a 9th title getting
a bit tougher, early on the final day, after he dropped a
9-6 match to Skyler Woodward. While this match was going on,
Jeremy Sossei was making quick work of Joss Tour regular Kevin
West. Sossei would find himself on the wrong side of another
quick match in the next round, dropping a 9-1 decision to
Woodward for the hot-seat.
Shaw got to work on the left side of
the board, where he eliminated Japan’s Naoyuki Oi 9-6.
It was in the next round that Shaw truly got into his usual
dominating style at the table. He beat Fedor Gorst for the
second time in the event, this time by a lopsided 9-2 scoreline.
In the semi-final match, he handed Jeremy Sossei an identical
9-2 beating, to secure his rematch with Woodward in the finals.
The finals were one race to thirteen
and Woodward came out of the gate strong, and quickly held
a 3-0 lead. A three rack lead is nothing to players of this
level, and Shaw made up the 3 rack deficit to tie the match
at 3-3. Woodward scratched on the break at 4-4 and Shaw made
him pay for that mistake in a big way as he ran out to a 7-4
lead. Woodward played a great 3-9 combo in the twelfth rack,
only to see the cue ball follow the 9-ball into the pocket.
That mistake cost him two racks as Shaw extended the lead
Woodward won two racks to claw back
within three racks at 9-6, but a missed 2-ball by Shaw in
the sixteenth rack led to another three racks for Shaw and
he held the lead at 12-6. Woodward got one more opportunity
when Shaw failed to get out in the nineteenth rack. He made
the most of that opportunity as he ran that rack out for a
12-7 scoreline. Woodward then broke and ran the following
rack. And the next. And the next. Before the fans in attendance,
and watching the live stream online, knew it, the score was
tied at 12-12, with Woodward breaking. Woodward would not
be able to complete the comeback though, as he missed a touchy
six-ball, leaving Shaw a relatively simple four balls to run
for his third straight, and ninth overall, Turning Stone Classic
Shaw celebrated with the $10,000 first
place price, while Woodward settled for $6,500 in second place
prize money, as well as a nice bump on the Nineball Rankings
Sunday also included the second chance
tournament, that saw Landon Hollingsworth defeat Dave Fernandez
in the finals for first place.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will kick off
the second half of the 2022/2023 with the Northeast 9-Ball
Open at Sharpshooters Billiards in Amsterdam, NY on March
4th – 5th. The next Turning Stone Classic event is scheduled
for August 31st – September 3rd, once again at the Turning
Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.
Here is the complete order of finish
for Mike Zuglan's Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour's, "Turning
Stone Classic XXXVI 9-Ball Open", which was held January
5 - 8, 2023. The event was $25,000 added with a total prize
fund of $47,000. There was a full field of 128 players. All
players were paid in cash immediately upon their elimination
from the event!
1st $10,000 Jayson Shaw
2nd $6,500 Skyler Woodward
3rd $4,000 Jeremy Sossei
4th $2,700 Fedor Gorst (Rus)
5/6th $2,000 each - Kevin West, Naoyuki Oi (Japan)
7/8th $1,600 each - Mika Immonen, Vitaliy Patsura (Ukraine)
9/12th $1,200 each - Thorsten Hohmann, Billy Thorpe, Dan Hewitt
(Can), Johnny Morra (Can)
13/16th $950 each - Hunter Lombardo, Mieszko Fortunski (Pol),
Shane Wolford, Dylan Spohr,
17/24th $599 each - Carlin Sanderson (Can), Jesse Engel, Johnny
Archer, Nick Charette (Can), Donny Mills, Frank Hernandez,
Bart Czapla (Pol), Erik Hjorleifson (Can)
25/32nd $400 each - Matt Krah, Earl Herring, Bucky Souvanthong,
Oscar Dominguez, Lukas Fracasso-Verner, Nick Antonakos, Ron
Casanzio, Demetrius Jelatis
33/48th - Tony Antone,
Jimmy Rivera, Holden Chin, Landon Hollingsworth, Jonathan
Smith, Yesid Garibello, Alain Gelinas (Can), Dominic Byrne
(Can), Josh Thiele,
Kevin Guimond, Kristina Tkach (Rus), Troy Deocharran, Dave
Dreidel, Greg Antonakos, Suad Kantarevic, Tom Zippler
49/64th - Kyle Akaloo (S.A), Kerry McAuliffe,
Tom McGonagle, Ray McNamara, Len Gianfrate, Alvin Thomas,
Rich Britt, Barry Hetherington (Can), Brian Vu, Caroline Pao,
Shawn Wilkie, Drew Herbert, Brent Boemmels, Nick Copploa,
Mike Yednak, Randy Labonte
65/96th - Dave Fernandez, Joey Cicero (Can),
Willy Oney, Pat Fleming, Ed Culhane, Larry Phlegar, Derek
Cunningham, Jerome Rockwell, Paul Rozonewski, Henry Cha, Sean
Santoro, Tom Acciavatti, Dave Shlemperis, Del Sim, Gene Hunt,
Dave Callaghan, Shawn Jackson, Jed Jecen, Jesse Docalavich,
Marko Kam, Fred Gokey, Alan Gordon, Garrett Vaughan, John
Vitale, Eric Cloutier (Can), Nate Marshall, Aaron Greenwood,
Brad Guthrie (Can), Matt Harricharan, Dave Mills, Paul Dryden,
97/128th - Andrea
Duvall, Brandon Shuff, Tom Brinton, Tom Gildea, Steven W Smith,
Jim Kearney, Mike Giurleo, Bobby Hilton, Dave Copperwheat,
Ray Carey, Bruce Gordon. Don Polo, Brian Tierney, George Poltorak,
Mike Toohig, Jordan Turner, Jim Udischas, Connor Vandreason,
Dave Powis, Grayson Vaughan, Jim Prather, Marc Dionne, Shawn
Wescott, Rick Bentley, Bob Cunningham, Frank Wolak, Linda
Cheung, Suzzie Wong, Glen Van Court, Jacques Bouchard (Can),
Rick Miller, Jay Chiu
Our Second Chance event had a field of 21 players
with a total prize fund of $1,100.
1st $500 Landon Hollingsworth
2nd $300 Dave Fernandez
3/4th $150 each - Drew Herbert, Tom Zippler
$1,900 Joss Cue raffle winner,
$1,900 Joss Cue raffle winner, Tim Spohr
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Carlo Biado, Holden Chin and Mika Immonen
STOPS LOSS-SIDE CHALLENGE BY SOUTO TO CLAIM OCEAN STATE 9-BALL
victory at the 34th Annual Ocean State 9-Ball Championships,
held under the auspices of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
at Snooker’s in Providence, RI this past weekend (Nov.
12-13), put him over the top, making 2022 his best earnings
year since his recorded earnings began seven years ago. Though
he didn’t have to face the event’s defending champion
and winner of the previous stop (#8) on the Joss Tour, Bucky
Souvanthong, he did have to contend with Spain’s Jonas
Souto, who was defeated by Souvanthong in a winners’
side quarterfinal and came back to challenge Fracasso-Verner
in the finals. Souto was looking for his first reported (to
us) win, anywhere, even though entering the tournament, he’d
already earned (primarily in Europe) over three times the
amount that Fracasso-Verner has earned in 2022. The $5,000-added
event ($500 to a Second Chance Tournament) drew a full field
of 128 entrants to Snooker’s.
Fracasso-Verner’s seven-match trip to the winners’
circle got him by Ashley Benoit, Derek Cunningham, Ray McNamara
(double hill), Barry Hetherington and Mhet Vergara, before
coming up against Bob Forchilli in one of the winners’
side semifinals. Jared Demalia, in the meantime, defeated
Mike Zhu, Mike Crema, Chad Bazinet, Moritz Neuhausen and Matt
Jarrell to arrive at his winners’ side semifinal versus
defending champ, Souvanthong, who had just sent the eventual
runner-up, Souto, to the loss side 7-4.
Fracasso-Verner gave up just one rack to Forchilli in advancing
to the hot seat match. Demalia gave up four to Souvanthong
and joined him. In the first of two straight double hill matches
that he faced to claim the title, Fracasso-Verner first claimed
the hot seat over Demalia.
On the loss side, Souvanthong ran into Germany’s Neuhausen,
who, earlier in the month, had finished 9th in both the American
14:1 Straight Pool Championships and the following week’s
International Open, before packing his bags and heading north
to New England. Neuhausen had followed his loss to Demalia
with victories over four opponents by an aggregate score of
20-4; Beau Powers (5-2), Frank Hernandez (1), Mhet Vergara
(1) and Suad Kantarevic (1).
Jonas Souto had followed his loss to Souvanthong with victories
over Jaydev Zaveri (1) and Tom Zippler (2) to pick up Forchilli.
He downed Forchilli 5-1 to draw Neuhausen, who’d battled
Souvanthong to double hill before spoiling the potential Souto/Souvanthong
There was a bit of an exclamation point to the two matches
that eventually put Souto into the finals against Fracasso-Verner.
He arrived at the final match having not given up a single
rack to either of his previous two opponents, shutting out
Neuhausen in the quarterfinals and Jared Demalia in the semifinals.
He battled to double hill in the finals but Fracasso-Verner
dropped the last 9-ball and claimed the event title, his second
of the Joss NE Tour’s 2022 season.
Tour director Mike Zuglan thanked Regina and Steve Goulding,
along with their Snooker’s staff for their hospitality,
ongoing support of the tour and the live stream that was provided
for this event. He also noted the continuing support of title
sponsor Joss Cues, Turning Stone Resort Casino, Simonis Cloth,
Poolonthenet.com, AZBilliards, Aramith, Billiards Press, and
World Class Cue Care.
The 34th Annual Ocean State 9-Ball Championships were the
last 2022 event of the ‘22/’23 season. The next
stop on the tour, scheduled for the weekend of January 5-8,
2023 will be Turning Stone Classic XXXVI, as always, hosted
by the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. The
field for this event is full, but Mike Zuglan is taking names
on the waiting list, for players interested in competing in
this Matchroom Pool Nineball Ranking event. Zuglan can be
reached at 518-356-7163.
WINS FIRST JOSS TOUR STOP OF NEW SEASON
L-R Nate Marshall, Diamond
Billiards Owner Fran Imburgia and Bucky Souvanthong
Bucky Souvanthong returned to the Joss NE
9-Ball Tour’s winners circle with an undefeated run
through a field of thirty five players at Diamond Billiards
in Rochester, New York on November 5th – 6th.
Souvanthong’s path on Saturday included wins Frank
Wolak, Nabil Lazouzi and Sean Zeng. Souvanthong had three
matches again on Sunday, with two of them against Nate Marshall.
The first match against Marshall was a 9-6 win for the hot-seat,
and after Marshall eliminated Ron Casanzio in the semi-final
match 7-4, the second match against Marshall was a 9-5 win
in the final match.
In the second chance tournament on Sunday, Rohit Aggarwal
won two out of three matches against Tito Ortiz, once in the
hot-seat match and two more times in the finals where they
split two 3-1 matches.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Snookers in Providence,
RI for the 34th Ocean State 9-Ball Championship.
L-R Ron Casanzio with room owner Andrea Duvall and Alex
L-R Ron Casanzio, Brickhouse Billiards Manager Chloe Romanyk
and Kyle Akaloo
L-R Dave Hall, American Pool & Billiards Owner Jerry
Giutard and Ray McNamara
AKALOO AND MCNAMARA WIN JOSS TOUR TITLES
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is on a roll with a new winner each
week. Different than previous seasons where one or two players
dominated the season with multiple title wins, the 2022 /
2023 Joss NE 9-Ball Tour has seen a different winner at each
stop. That record continued through October with Alex Bausch
winning his first career tour stop at Utica Billiards on the
Boulevard on October 15th – 16th, Kyle Akaloo earning
his first career tour stop win at Brickhouse Billiards in
N. Syracuse on October 22nd – 23rd, and then Ray McNamara
winning his first title of the year at American Pool &
Billiards on October 29th – 30.
Alex Bausch’s win on October 15th – 16th kicked
off with an undefeated run to the hot-seat match, where he
beat Dan Sharlow 9-5. Sharlow would not make it back to face
Bausch in the finals, as Ron Casanzio was tearing through
the one loss side and defeated Sharlow 7-5 in the semi-final
Casanzio had lost to Bausch early in the day on Saturday,
but won seven straight matches to get to the double elimination
finals. Casanzio quickly extended that run of wins to eight,
with a 9-2 win over Bausch in the first set of the finals,
but Bausch took control in the second set and scored a 7-2
win for his first career Joss Tour Stop.
The October 22nd – 23rd tour stop at Brickhouse Billiards
looked a lot like the event a week before. This time, it was
South Africa’s Kyle Akaloo who defeated Casanzio on
Saturday as part of his run to the hot-seat match. Akaloo
defeated Qays Kolee for the hot-seat 9-6, and Kolee found
Casanzio on another winning streak on the left side of the
board. This time, Casanzio’s run was only five consecutive
wins, including a 7-2 win over Kolee, to put Casanzio in his
second final match in as many weeks.
Casanzio won the first set of the finals 9-7, but faltered
again in the second set, dropping that match 7-3 for Akaloo’s
first career Joss Tour win.
The October 29th – 30th tour stop at American Pool
& Billiards in Portland Maine saw Dave Hall run through
the right side of the brackets and score a 9-3 win over Shane
Cote to take the hot-seat.
Cote, then dropped a heart-breaking 7-6 match against tour
regular Ray McNamara, who had lost his Saturday match against
Hall 9-8. McNamara strung together five straight wins on the
left side of the board and got the finals underway with a
9-4 win over hot-seat holder Hall. While two players had been
unable to complete the double dip the previous two events,
McNamara was successful in his attempt this time, with a 7-5
win over Hall in the second set of the finals for McNamara’s
first win on the tour since June of last year.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Diamond Billiards in Rochester,
NY this weekend for tour stop number 8, with another $1500
added main event and $500 added second chance tournament.
WINS SECOND CAREER JOSS TOUR STOP AT SHARPSHOOTERS IN NEW YORK
L-R Qais Kolee and Bucky
Four events into last season on the Joss
NE 9-Ball Tour, Bucky Souvanthong had played in all four final
matches and won half of the stops. This season is a different
story though, as the tour crowned a fourth different champion
at Sharpshooters Billiards & Sports Pub in Amsterdam,
NY on October 8th – 9th.
Souvanthong did go through Saturday without a loss, joining
Ron Casanzio, Qais Kolee and Nate Marshall on the winners
side on Sunday morning. Souvanthong sent Casanzio to the left
side of the board 9-6 on Sunday morning, while Kolee did the
same to Marshall 9-4. The hot-seat match went to Souvanthong
9-6 and it looked like he might notch his first tour stop
of the season.
Nate Marshall was waiting for Kolee on the one loss side
after wins over Barry Hetherington (who had been riding a
four match winning streak) and Casanzio, but Kolee made quick
work of him 7-2 to book the rematch with Souvanthong in the
The final match was not just a rematch from the hot-seat
match, but it was also a rematch from the final match of the
Northeast 9-Ball Open XXXII at Sharpshooters back in February
of 2020, when Kolee beat Souvanthong in the first set of the
finals 9-4 for his first Joss Tour win. The first set of the
finals this time was also a 9-4 scoreline with Kolee winning
again. That left one race to seven to determine the winner,
and it was Kolee with a hill-hill win for his second tour
stop win and first of the new 2022/2023 season.
Sundays second chance event saw Tom Acciavatti get off to
a slow start with a 3-0 loss to Aaron Greenwood in the first
round, but Acciavatti quickly got things under control and
rattled off eight straight wins, including back to back wins
over Mark Creamer in the finals, for the tournament win.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Utica Billiards on the
Boulevard in Utica, NY this weekend for another $1500/$500
Carlo Biado, Holden Chin and Mika Immonen
OVER BIADO AT ALL STAR JOSS TOUR STOP
Mika Immonen won an all-star
Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop over the October 1st/2nd weekend
at Raxx Pool Room & Grill in West Hempstead, NY.
With the US Open and International 9-Ball events coming up
later in the month, some of the best players in the world
are making their way to the east coast, and this event saw
it’s fair share of them. Immonen was joined by World
Champion Carlo Biado, recent Michigan Open runner-up Robbie
Capito and Predator Canada Open Champion Chia Hua Chen (Amber)
just to name a few.
Capito won his first match, a 9-6 decision over room owner
Holden Chen, but then dropped a hill-hill match against Nick
Torraca. Torraca would then lose his next one to tour regular
Mhet Vergara 9-2. The win over Torraca moved Vergara into
Sunday’s matches undefeated, where he joined Immonen,
Biado and Chen.
Immonen had scored four comfortable wins on Saturday, with
the most games he allowed to any one opponent being the five
racks that South Africa’s Kyle Akaloo won in the last
match of the day. Sunday proved to be a bit more challenging
for Immonen as Vergara took him to hill-hill on Sunday morning
before Immonen could pocket the case 9-ball. In the other
winner’s side match on Sunday morning, Biado scored
a one-sided 9-4 win over Chen. The clash between Immonen and
Biado for the hot-seat was another close one, with Immonen
On the one loss side, Chen defeated reigning Under 23 World
Champion Moritz Neuhausen from Germany, 7-3 and then defeated
another tour regular, Alex Osipov, 7-5. Her next match, against
Biado in the semi-final, didn’t go any better than their
first meeting, with Biado winning 7-3.
Fans in attendance might have been expecting another epic
battle between Immonen and Biado in the finals, but Immonen
had other ideas. He took complete control of the match early
and ran away to a 9-3 win in one set.
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Holden Chin with
an undefeated run to first place. Chin had wins over Mikhail
Kim, Pat Byrne, John Francisco, America’s #1 WPBA player
Caroline Pao and Mike Renshaw by a combined scoreline of 15-3.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action this weekend
at Sharp Shooters Billiards & Sports Pub in Amsterdam,
NY for another $1500/$500 added main event and second chance
GUIMOND SCORES FIRST CAREER JOSS TOUR WIN
With two events in the books for the 2022/2023
Joss NE 9-Ball Tour season, the tour has now crowned two first
time event winners. Kevin Guimond avenged a hot-seat match
loss to local young gun Lukas Fracasso-Verner to set him up
for the double dip win in the finals of the September 24-25
tour stop at Yale Billiards.
Guimond went undefeated on Saturday with comfortable wins
over Joe Raccio, Mike Toohig, Marc Dionne and Rick Matarazzo.
Coming back on the winners side on Sunday were Guimond, Ray
McNamara, Aaron Greenwood and Fracasso-Verner. Guimond scored
a 9-5 win over McNamara and Fracasso-Verner scored a 9-2 win
over Greenwood. The hot-seat match went to Fracasso-Verner
by the score of 9-4.
Alex Bausch was waiting for Guimond on the left side of the
board. Bausch had lost to Fracasso-Verner in the last round
of matches on Saturday, but put together a three match winning
streak to get to the semi-final matchup with Guimond. This
match would be the end of the run for Bausch, with Guimond
scoring a 7-3 win.
Guimond won the first set of the double elimination finals
by the same 9-4 scores from his earlier match with Fracasso-Verner
and then finished off the double dip with a 7-5 win in the
second set to earn his first career Joss NE 9-Ball Tour win.
Sundays second chance tournament also saw a double dip in
the finals, with Steve Mack coming back from a second round
loss to Mike Renshaw to score a total of seven straight wins,
including back to back 3-2 wins over Steve Sutton in the finals.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is back this coming October 1 –
2 weekend at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, New York.
TJ’s Classic Billiards owner Steve Reynolds, Alex Osipov,
Dave Hall and GM Howard Fogg Jr.
WINS FIRST JOSS TOUR TITLE AT MAINE EVENT XIV
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour kicked
off their 2022/2023 season with The Maine Event XIV at TJ’s
Classic Billiards in Waterville, Maine on September 17th –
18th, and crowned a first time tour stop winner in local favorite
Hall, from nearby Portland Maine, is one of the top players
in the area and always does well when the Joss Tour comes
to town. With all of that success though, he still had yet
to win a tour stop. Hall kicked the weekend off with a hill-hill
win over Doug Brown, and then got comfortable with wins over
Mike Perry (9-1), Cody Porter (9-4) and Ray McNamara (9-5)
to finish undefeated for the day.
Sunday kicked off with Hall taking on Alex Osipov for the
hot-seat. In another hill-hill thriller, Osipov sent Hall
to the left side of the board 9-8.
Ray McNamara was waiting for Hall on the one the loss side
but was still unable to win more than five racks in their
rematch, and lost the semi-final match to Hall 7-5. That set
up Hall and Osipov for a rematch in the finals.
Being a true double elimination tournament, Hall would have
to beat Osipov twice if he wanted to win his first Joss Tour
title, and he did just that. Hall won the first set 9-7 and
then the second set 7-5 for the tournament win.
Sunday’s second chance event saw Jeff Mosimann hold
off an attempt by Doug Brown to duplicate Hall’s double
dip. Mosimann took the hot-seat with a 3-0 win over John Francis.
Brown won the first set of the final match 3-1, but dropped
the second set 3-2 for Mosimann’s victory.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action this weekend
with stop 2 of the 2022/2023 season at Yale Billiards in Wallingford,