Mike Zuglan's Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
2022-23 Season

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 Souvanthong.

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 4th place.

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.

- by AzB staff
Complete Results:
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L-R Pat Fleming, Snookers room owner Paul Troxell and Jeremy Sossei

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 set.

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.

- by AzB staff
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L-R Nick Charette and Ron Casanzio

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 – 19th.

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.

- by AzB staff
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Connor and Jayson Shaw

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 to 9-4.

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 title.

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 list.

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!

Complete Player List

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, Greg Bombard

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, Suzzie Wong
$1,900 Joss Cue raffle winner, Tim Spohr

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Main Event Results
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L-R Carlo Biado, Holden Chin and Mika Immonen

Lukas Fracasso-Verner’s 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 rematch. .

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.

- by AzB staff
Complete Results:
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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.

- by AzB staff
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Stop #5
L-R Ron Casanzio with room owner Andrea Duvall and Alex Bausch
Stop #6
L-R Ron Casanzio, Brickhouse Billiards Manager Chloe Romanyk and Kyle Akaloo
Stop #7
L-R Dave Hall, American Pool & Billiards Owner Jerry Giutard and Ray McNamara

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 match.

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.

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- by AzB staff
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L-R Qais Kolee and Bucky Souvanthong

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 finals.

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 added event.

- by AzB staff
Complete Results:
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L-R Carlo Biado, Holden Chin and Mika Immonen

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 prevailing 9-7.

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 tournament.

- by AzB staff
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Kevin Guimond

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.

- by AzB staff
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L-R TJ’s Classic Billiards owner Steve Reynolds, Alex Osipov, Dave Hall and GM Howard Fogg Jr.

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 Dave Hall.

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, Ct.

- by AzB staff
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