Joss Finale underway

Earl Strickland sent Mike Davis to the one loss side on Thursday

The 2004 Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Finale is underway at Spot Shot Billiards in Portland Maine with 71 players facing off for the $25,000 in added prize money.

What the tournament may lack in numbers, it more than makes up for in quality players. Top 9-ball talent including Rodney Morris, Alex Pagulayan, Earl Strickland, Keith McCready, Karen Corr, Danny Basavich, Mike Davis, Danny Hewitt and Charlie Bryant are in attendance at the event.

Two rounds of winners side action are complete with a handful of stars already on the left side of the board. Danny Hewitt dropped his first match to Frankie Hernandez and then Hernandez fell to Dave Hall in round two. Mike Davis had the misfortune of drawing Earl Strickland in the second round and lost 9-7. Julie Kelly lost to Marty Carey in the second round too. Another second round loss was taken by Ryan McCreesh who dropped a 9-7 match to Luc Salvas.

Complete brackets from the event are online as well as a photo gallery from Diana Hoppe who is at the event. We will have complete coverage all weekend long including brackets and more photos.

Photo courtesy of Diana Hoppe - Pool Pics by Hoppe