Turning Stone Warm-up

Everyone, The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s last regular season event for the 2009/2010 season will take place on August 7 & 8, 2010 at Main Street Billiards (35 East Main St. Amsterdam NY 12010, 518-705-1173) with a $1,500/$500 added prize fund. I am calling this event the official “Turning Stone Warm Up Event”. Our hosts at Main Street are Robert and Ralph Parillo. They deserve our thanks for hosting what is sure to be another great event. The Parillo family also owns a couple of the best restaurants in the northeast, Parillo’s Armory Grill & La Cucina di Parillo. Both restaurants are within minutes of the room and specialize in Italian-American Cuisine. There will also be a variety of homemade food and beverages during the event. We will even be competing on tables previously used at a Turning Stone event. That is why this is the true TS warm-up tourney!  Robert has also arranged a discount rate of $65 per night at the nearby (walking Distance) Americas Best Value Inn. Call them at 518-843-5760 and mention the Joss Tournament at Main Street Billiards to get the rate.  This event will be played in our popular new format once again which is as follows: There will be a Sat & Sun $1,500 Added main event with entry fees of $120 for pro level players, and $70 for non pro level players. The tournament director will make the determination of pro vs non pro. I can tell you this much, if you have ever won a Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour event, or similar event, you amongst others, will definitely be pro level! On Sunday we will have a $500 added, double elimination, short race to 3 tournament for only those non pro level players that were eliminated from the main event on Saturday. The entry fee for this event is only $20!! Both events will run simultaneously on Sunday.  For those of you coming to play, please arrive by NOON on Saturday August 7 in Proper dress please!! For complete tour info including the new 2010-2011 season schedule, results, directions, dress codes etc. please go to www.joss9balltour.com For those of you coming to watch, play will begin on Sat at approximately 1pm and on Sunday at noon or earlier.  Don’t forget our season finale, The $25,000 Added Turning Stone Classic XV 9-Ball Open on August 19-22 2010 at the beautiful Turning Stone Resort & Casino (Verona NY). www.turningstone.com The field is full at 128 and spectator admission is once again FREE!! I will have more big news in a future email notice in a week or so.  I would like to remind all of you to please frequent you local billiard parlors and utilize our sponsors products. They need our support especially in these rough times. Remember it’s summer and the pool(hall) is open!! See you all at Main Street, Mike Zuglan  (518-356-7163) The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour is sponsored by;

Joss Cues – http://www.josscues.com
Webb Custom Cues – http://www.webbcues.com
Cameron Custom Cues – http://www.cameroncues.com
Zinzola Custom Cues – http://www.zinzola.com
Samsara Cues – http://www.samsaracues.com
Tiger Products – http://www.tigerproducts.com

The Billiard Press – http://www.billiardspress.com
Simonis Cloth – http://www.simoniscloth.com

World Class Cue Care – http://www.jnj-industries.com

TotalPool.info – http://www.totalpool.info
AzBilliards.com – http://www.azbilliards.com

Pool on the Net – http://www.poolonthenet.com

Turning Stone Casino – http://www.turning-stone.com

Joe Tucker – http://www.joetucker.net
Owen-Bunnell, Inc – http://www.obcues.com
Unique Billiard Products by CUE-Z – http://www.cuezctc.com

Cue Shark – http://www.cueshark.com

BilliardCommunity.com – http://www.billiardcommunity.com

Billiard Gods Productions – http://www.billiardgods.com

John Alicea Wins

John Alicea Wins His First Predator Event of the Season while Tony Robles Claims the Open/Pro 10-ball

By Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com

(photo: L-R 3rd Place: Jim Munak, Noel Bensurto, 2nd Place: Daniel Dagotdot and 1st Place Winner: John Alicea)

Hosting a field of sixty-seven players, the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour held its 11th stop of the 2010 season at the Amsterdam Billiard Club on July 24-25.  With a wide range of top NYC-area amateur players in the A/B/C/D 9-ball event, along with the eight-player Open/Pro 10-ball event, there was plenty of great play to be seen at Amsterdam Billiards on this weekend.  Top players in the amateur event included Michael Yednak, Victor Nau, John Alicea, Stewart Warnock, and Jerry Tarantola, along with three top female players, Emily Duddy, Diana Rojas, & Gail Glazebrook.

In this event, one of the New York area’s top young rising stars, John Alicea from Bayonne, NJ, would run to the top of the A/B/C/D 9-ball event.  John rolled through the winner’s bracket with wins over Peter Ziemak 7-5, Donald Chu 7-5, Tony Liang 7-6, Simon Lau 7-2, Daniel Dagotdot 7-3, and then defeated custom cue case maker Jim Murnak 7-4 to take the hot seat on day two. Jim Murnak won the top (C/D) bracket  while John Alicea took down the bottom (A/B) bracket to set up the match for the hot seat.

While Daniel Dagotdot has been showing impressive advances in his Predator Tour performances, he would make this event his best finish yet, eventually claiming 2nd place.  On day one of the tournament, Daniel claimed four winner’s side matches against Christian Smith (7-6), Stewart Warnock (7-4), Noel Bensurto (7-5), and John Ortiz (7-4) before his loss to John Alicea in the winner’s side final four.

On day two, Daniel went on to defeat Victor Nau (7-2), Alberto Estevez (7-5), followed by Jim Murnak in the semifinal (7-2) to move on for a rematch against John Alicea in the finals.  In the final match, Daniel Dagotdot came back from behind in a battle against John Alicea, but still fell short.  John completed his undefeated run through the event with a 7-6 final score, to win his first Predator Tour event of the 2010 season.

The top female finisher in this event would be longtime Amsterdam league player and reigning BCAPL National Champion Gail Glazebrook.  After winning her first-round against Ramilo Tanglao (7-5) Gail lost to Troy Deocharran (7-4), but came back on the one-loss side to defeat Chuck Giallorenzo (7-4), Suleyman Savci (7-5), and avenged her loss to Troy Deocharran (7-6) before falling to John Stiles (7-5) to finish tied for 13th. Strong performances were also seen from Mike Panzarella, Victor Nau, Jim Murnak, and Mathew Harricharan.

Congratulations to John Alicea for his dominant win in this event, along with Daniel Dagotdot for his strong runner-up finish!

Final Results:

1st: John Alicea – $1,000

2nd: Daniel Dagotdot – $650

3rd: Jim Murnak – $475

4th: Alberto Estevez – $325

5th/6th: Victor Nau, Mathew Harricharan – $215

7th/8th: Mike Panzarella, Luis Novas – $150

9th-12th: John Stiles, Simon Lau, Andrew Kane, John Ortiz – $100

13th-16th: Gail Glazebrook, Robert Plaut, Jerry Tarantola, Noel Bensurto – $75

Open/Pro 10-ball:

With Amsterdam Billiards being home to some of NYC’s top powerhouse players, pool fans who came out for this Predator Tour stop were due to see some great match ups.  Many of the notable players who played in this event also play in the leagues at Amsterdam, including George “Ginky” San Souci, Zion Zvi, Mike Miller, and House Pro Tony Robles.  Amsterdam 14.1 League Director Danny Barouty along with Connecticut top pro Jeremy Sossei also came to make their mark at this event.

“The Silent Assassin” Tony Robles was given a first-round loss from Jeremy Sossei, 8-4.  But, Tony then charged through the one-loss side with wins over Jose Cruz (8-5), Zion Zvi (8-5), Danny Barouty (8-5), then got retribution against Jeremy Sossei with an 8-2 win to move on to the finals.

Meanwhile, George “Ginky” San Souci was busy firing through the winner’s bracket, with wins over Ron Mason (8-4), Zion Zvi (8-2), and Jeremy Sossei (8-0) to claim the hot seat.  In the final match, Ginky faced Tony Robles in a match that Tony dominated.  Congratulations to Tony Robles for bouncing back to win this event.  Tony currently holds the #1 position on the tour’s rankings, while George San Souci trails at #2.

Tony Robles and the Predator Tour would like to thank their sponsors: Predator Cues, Poison Cues, Ozone Billiards, Delta-13 Racks, The Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Seminole Pro Tour, Poolonthenet.comAZBilliards.com, Digital Ink Printing, www.pool.bz, Billiards Press, Cuetable.com, Master Chalk, RJH Custom Cues, Webb Custom Cues, Jim Murnak Cue Cases, Go4Pool.netNYCgrind.com, Billiards Digest, Inside Pool Magazine, Pool & Billiards Magazine, Maxim Billiards & The Tournament Guide.

Final Results:

1st: “The Silent Assassin” Tony Robles – $700

2nd: “Ginky” George Sansouci – $400

3rd: “The Giant Killer” Jeremy Sossei – $150