Sambajon wins best 2 out of 3 for Joss Tour Win

Mike Zuglan, Santos Sambajon and Steve Goulding

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour was in action with a field of 58 players competing for the $3000 in addded money at Snookers Cafe and Billiards in Providence, RI. Snookers is a former Billiards Digest Top 10 room and owners Steve and Regina Goulding always help to throw a top notch event.

Early favorites Mike Davis and Santos Sambajon proved to be the players to beat in this one, as they went undefeated to the match for the hot-seat. Santos came out on top in this match by the score of 9-6 and Davis moved to the one-loss side to try to earn a rematch with Sambajon in the finals.

Davis had his hands full on the one-loss side as Joe Dupuis from Brockton Mass. was making the most of this tournament. Dupuis had not competed in a Joss tour stop for quite some time, but he did not act like a newcomer to the tour as he took Davis almost all the way to the wire before falling short 9-6.

The wait in the hot-seat might have gotten to Santos as he came out looking a little tired in the finals. Davis took advantage and raced to an early 6-2 lead on his way to a 9-5 win in the first set of the finals.

Sambajon was the player to come out of the gate fast in the second set and he took a quick 5-1 lead. That lead would prove to be insurmountable for Davis as Sambajon held him off for a 9-5 win.

Sambajon earned $1750 for first, while Davis took home $1250 for second. Dupuis and Ed Vazquez filled out the top four spots.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Golden Cue Billiards in Albany, NY next weekend for another $3000 added event.

The Joss Tour Season Finale will be held this year at The Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY on August 18th - 21st. This $25,000 added event will be open to the first 128 paid players. Entry fees for the season finale are as follows: $135 for members who have competed in at least 3 regular 04-05 season events, and $335 for ALL others. Mike Zuglan can be reached at 518-356-7163 or by using our online player contact feature.

Complete Results:
1st Santos Sambajon $1750
2nd Mike Davis $1250
3rd Joe Dupuis $940
4th Ed Vazquez $700
5th/6th Dave Fernandez, Mike Zuglan $500
7th/8th Joey Korsiak, Frankie Hernandez $350
9th/12th Tony Ruberto, Jay Stevens, Bob Madenjian, Ray McNamara $225
13th/16th Ray Reyes, Steve Tavernier, Alvin Thomas, Vu Nguyen $100

Photo courtesy of Mitch Heydt