Tour stop #9 of the Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour was hosted by Pool Table Magic in Windsor Locks, CT on Saturday January 16th with a strong field of 28 players. The tour would like to extend a big thank you to owner Mark Kulungian and the great staff for being a fantastic host once again!
A contingent of regular tour players including Steve Parise, Brandon Charin, Dave Walsh, Rodney Polak, Chuck Hill, Mike Esposito, Ryan Bijur, Mike Wheeler, Gene Hunt and Pete Brown were in attendence. Many new faces were also in attendence including Lorenzo Reyes, Vishal Bajag, Rich Senna, Bud Rabideau, Nick Conner and Ron Neubauer. Janet Tycks was the lone women in the field taking advantage of the free entry for all women, we also wished Janet a happy birthday as she was celebrating her 29th!. Players came from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island in attempt to capture the title of tour stop #9.
The top half of the winners side brackets saw former tour stop winner Phil Davis make his way to the hotseat match with closely contested matches over Adam Blair, Janet Tycks, Jason Noble and Lorenzo Reyes. On the bottom half of the winners side chart tour newcommer Nick Conner was playing steady and fought his way to the hotseat match with wins over Ryan Bijur, Rich Senna, Mark Kulungian and Steve Parise. The hotseat match between Phil Davis and Nick would see Phil display his shotmaking skills and come out on top to advance to the finals. Nick Conner would take his seat on the 1 loss side and wait for an opponent to come through and try and get another shot at Phil Davis in the finals.
Tour newcommer Rich Senna would be the player that made his way through the 1 loss side to meet up with Nick Conner and play for a spot in the 1 race to 5 finals against Phil Davis. Rich was also sent to the 1 loss side earlier by Nick Conner, so Rich was looking to avenge that earlier loss. This match went back and forth in a closely contested battle, but in the end it was Nick coming out on top once again over Rich Senna. This set up the rematch between Phil Davis and Nick Conner in the race to 5 finals. Congrats to Rich Senna on a strong 3rd place finish!
The finals kicked off about 9pm for the 1 race to 5 finals. The final match would see Phil Davis take full advantage of all opportunities and grab an early 3-1 lead. The players then traded the next 2 games to make the score 4-2 in favor of Phil Davis and putting Phil on the hill. But Nick was unphased and proceeded to run the next 2 racks to bring the match hill/hill. The final game would see the players trade an opportunity at the table, after Phil jawwed the 8 ball Nick was left with either a difficult long bank or a tricky long safety. Nick went for the bank after contemplating the situation but came up dry. Phil was able to get out from the table layout and take home his second Dominiak Cues Tour Stop of the season. Congrats to Nick Conner on a very strong 2nd place finish!
Rodney Polak held the winning ticket for the new beautiful Dominiak Cue. Every player entered receives a raffle ticket for a new Dominiak Cue at every tour stop this season.
On behalf of all the players we thank Bill Dominiak www.DominiakCues.com for his support in sponsoring the tour with adding a new Dominiak Cue to each tour stop.
1st place - Phil Davis $225
2nd place - Nick Conner $165
3rd place - Rich Senna $100
4th place - Eric Tang $75
5th/6th - Lorenzo Reyes $35
5th/6th - Steve Parise $35
7th/8th – Jason Noble $20
7th/8th – Mark Kulungian $20
The tour will be in Clifton Park, NY Sunday January 31st, hope to see you there!