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Mazin Shooni Wins Dennis Dieckman Memorial 3 Cushion Tournament

Mazin Shooni

Thirty three players representing at least 10 different states converged at Amazin Billiards in Malden, Massachusetts for four days of 3 cushion billiards in honor of the late Dennis Dieckman, a friend of all in the billiard world.

The main event, a handicapped tournament, pitted the players in a round robin format fielding three flights of seven and two flights of six players.

In addition, the evening brought about a Scotch Doubles tournament featuring eight teams (16 players in all) that battled over three nights.
In the main event format, the top two players advanced to a single elimination final. In addition, the two best 3rd place finishers advanced to ensure 12 players into the final round. The top four finishers from the prelims, however, were granted byes, forcing the bottom eight to square off, with the top four joining the top four byes in a true single elimination round to the final game.

The top 4 finishers were:
Kris Kwon – record 5 & 0 averaging 1.069
Ian Mckelvey – record 5 & 1 averaging .654
Vicke Pineda – record 6 & 0 averaging .973
Joe DeAmato – record 5 & 0 averaging .921

Cleiton Rocha won his flight with a 5 & 1 record averaging .668, but was forced to play in the first round featuring eight players.
The other seven players were:
Mazin Shooni – 5 & 1; 1.171
Luis Aveiga – 4 & 1; 1.524
Ray Glennon – 3 & 2; .681
John Johnson – 4 & 2; .432
Ricardo Carranco – 5 & 1; .920
George Couture – 4 &2; .624
John Guldali – 4 & 1; .785

The charts will tell the tale from here but let’s mention a few notable happenings:

Mazin Shooni. First and foremost he was the emerging champion of this handicapped event. Mazin’s recent play had dipped just below the 1.000 average, but for this tournament his play brought back to memory the performance that won him the 2006 National Championship title. Mazin played many games over 1.400. He is, of course, the room owner, host of this event and is frankly responsible for the many tournaments happening around the country for several years now with more to come. Congratulations to our champion, Mazin.

Cleiton Rocha. Despite Mazin defeating him and knocking him into second place, he had a wonderful wonderful tournament. An established pool player, Cleiton took on and defeated many more experienced 3 cushion players, albeit playing at a handicap he’s not likely to ever see again thanks to his finishing average. Great playing Cleiton.

Luis Aveiga. Another highlight of the event happened in a preliminary match between Luis Aveiga and Richard Falanga. Luis was the top dog handicap wise, playing to 40, while Richard was playing to 20 points. With 20 points to start the match, Richard had a lead of 29-13 and seemed as though he might just hand Luis an early loss would not bode well for the highly-rated player’s chances. Then Luis stepped to the table and put together a high run the likes of which patrons of Amazin Billiards had never seen in tournament play before. Luis ran a 21, running the score to 34-29 in just a matter of minutes. Awesome work Luis.

Ian Mcklevey. How about Ian finishing 5 & 1 in his first ever tournament at Amazin Billiards and averaging .654 in doing so? You don’t see that too many times for a tournament newbie. He too may see a different handicap number in the future as well but so be it, congratulations on a fine showing.

Ben Sutherland. I also have to mention Big Ben Sutherland – not only for delivering once again a high quality live stream throughout the event, but also for winning two games in his flight. Ben’s a true beginner in the 3 cushion discipline, though it’s quite apparent that his cueing ability from playing pool is enhancing his promise. He loves the game and we love him, congrats Ben.

Ricardo Carranco. This gentleman is a highlight unto himself. In the eyes of many, myself included, he is the preeminent tournament director in the country. The fact that he plays in the tournament alongside running everything is a wonder in itself. Finishing 5 & 1, averaging 1.00 and being 5th overall while running the event? Awesome job. Congratulations and a big thank you from all.

Vicke Pineda. Vicke went 6 & 0, besting his friend Ricardo 40-39 and then losing in the semi-final match to his Boston friend, Mazin Shooni. Nice tournament Vicke.

Kris Kwon. He went undefeated in his flight, averaging over 1.00 and he too lost to the eventual winner Shooni in a single elimination match. Nice play Kris.

Joe DeAmato. Joe informed me that his own personal highlight was besting Master Champion Luis Aveiga in a quarter-final match and finishing 3rd overall with Mr Pineda.

John Guldali. He played superbly throughout, also losing to the eventual champion in the single elimination round.

Terrific showings also from Ray Glennon, George Couture and John Johnson in making the 12 man final round.

The Scotch Doubles winner was the team of Luis Aveiga and Mickey Campbell. Luis and Mickey beat a team comprised of Shooni and Falanga 30-14 to take the title.

Thanks and congratulations to all 33 players for making this 4th annual Dieckman memorial tournament a reality and special thanks once again to Ben Sutherland for stellar live streaming, to Ricardo Carranco Jr. for being the most efficient and approachable tournament director and to Mazin Shooni whose time, effort, money and dreams continue to make tournaments like this a reality and a memory for all its participants. A big thank you to Amazin Billiards Staff – Stevie Roy and Al Buontempo – who kept the play running smoothly with clean tables and balls.

Mazin and his organization, ‘3 cushion USA’ will be moving on to Tucson, Arizona in January. Visit the Amazin Billiards website or for posted details and stay tuned for updates.

Joss Tour’s Kevin Ketz 9-Ball Open on March 21st – 22nd

Players & Fans,
Congratulations to Stop # 9 winners, Rodney Morris ($1,450 & 11th New England Pool & Billiard Hall Of Fame 9-Ball Open Champion), Cleiton Rocha ($310 second chance), John Beaver ($1,600 Joss cue raffle winner). Also congratulations to Jeremy Sossei (entry into the Super Billiards Expo pro event generously provided by Allen Hopkins for being our 2018/2019 Tour Point Champion) & all of this years New England Pool & Billiard Hall Of Fame Inductees!
On March 21 & 22, stop # 10 of The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, the "Kevin Ketz 9-Ball Open" will be at Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub in Clifton Park (near Albany) NY. Our hosts Tim & Julie Berlin deserve many thanks from all of us for their continuing support and having already hosted 3 events this season at their other room, Sharp Shooters Billiards & Sports Pub!!! Thanks again Tim & Julie!! Trick Shot is a full service room with everything needed for a great time of pool and fun anytime. It is complete with a delicious full food menu and a separate full service bar where you can watch all of your favorite teams in action. Trick Shot has also become one our areas premier places for bands and entertainment with a recently completed major addition allowing for outside as well as inside gatherings. So come on over to Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub to play in or just watch yet another of our great events. While there, you could even win a gorgeous, custom, engraved, Joss Cue valued at $1,600 by participating in Trick Shot's cue raffle. Anyone can participate  and you don't have to be present to win! The drawing will be just prior to the final match of the main event on Sunday. This amazing cue that will be given away at Trick Shot can be viewed here:       
For more info about Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub, or to get directions and nearby motel info, please call them directly at 518-383-8771. Or visit their site at
This event at Trick Shot will consist of a $1500 added Saturday and Sunday Main Event (entry Fee $120 for pro level or $70 for non pro level) and a $500 added second chance event on Sunday ($20 Entry Fee) for those non pro level players eliminated from the main event on Saturday.
For those of you coming to play, you must arrive on Saturday March 21, BEFORE 11:30 AM, and in proper dress please. Yes, jeans and sneakers are permitted in our billiard parlor events. But please, NO T-shirts, tanks, shorts or sweats. Complete tour info can be found on our site
Lastly, I can't stress enough how important it is for all of you to please frequent your local billiard parlors and utilize the services of our most generous sponsors who are the backbone of our sport. These are the ones who keep our sport alive. So get out and play! 
Mike Zuglan
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour Is Proudly Sponsored By;
Joss Cues –
Turning Stone Resort Casino – 
Simonis Cloth – – –
Aramith –
Billiards Press –                 
World Class Cue Care –


Rocket Wins New England Hall of Fame 9-Ball Open

Mike Zuglan, Rodney Morris, Suad Kantarevic and Snooker owner Steve Goulding

The stars were out at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour’s 2020 New England Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame 9-Ball Open on March 7th – 8th, and it was “The Rocket” Rodney Morris that was the brightest star of them all.

A field of eighty two players were in attendance at Snookers in Providence, RI to witness the induction of David Wright, Chris Leal, Mike Rinella, Jay Stevens, Cleiton Rocha, Pete Genovese & Ivan Lee into the New England Pool & Billiards Hall of Fame. If the list of inductees wasn’t strong enough, the field of players in the weekend even included such notables as BCA Hall of Famers Johnny Archer, Mika Immonen, Rodney Morris and Pat Fleming, as well as Jeremy Sossei, Frankie Hernandez, Ron Casanzio and Joey Dupuis.

An early Hall of Fame battle on Saturday between Immonen and Archer saw Archer sent to the left side of the board 9-5. Immonen followed that up with a 9-1 shellacking of Hernandez in his next match. He would then defeat Dupuis to remain undefeated on Saturday. He was joined on the winners side at the end of the day by Morris, Sossei and local hero Suad Kantarevic. Kantarevic is a regular at Snookers, who was having the tournament of his life on this weekend. His undefeated streak on Saturday had already guaranteed him his best career Joss Tour finish.

Sunday morning kicked off with Immonen beating Kantarevic 9-7, while Morris sent Sossei to the one loss side by a slightly more comfortable 9-5 scoreline. Morris and Immonen are certainly no strangers to each other, facing off in many tournaments throughout their Hall of Fame careers. What might have been a tough match to pick a favorite in, turned out to be a lopsided win as Morris got into his groove and raced to a 9-1 win.

On the one loss side, Dupuis ended Sossei’s day in 5th place in a 7-2 match. Meanwhile, Kantarevic was proving his day one results weren’t a fluke. He had three straight 7-5 wins, eliminating Steve Tavernier, Dupuis and then Immonen in the semi-final match.

Kantarevic wasn’t through though, as he came from the left side of the board and grounded Morris for a 9-2 win in the first set of the finals. Morris quickly regrouped and scored an equally dominating 7-1 win over Katarevic in the second set for the tournament win.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Rocha celebrate his Hall of Fame induction by coming out of the one loss side to double dip Nick Coppola in the finals 3-0 and 3-0 to take first place.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is back in action on March 21st – 22nd for the Kevin Ketz 9-Ball Open at Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY.

11th NE Pool & Billiard Hall Of Fame 9-Ball Open at Snookers on March 7-8

Congratulations to stop 9 winners, Qays Kolee (Northeast 9-Ball Open XXXII Champion, $1,150), Geoff Montgomery (Second Chance Event, $320) & Kayla Riccio , ($1,600 Joss Cue Raffle Winner)

Snookers Billiards Sports Bar & Grill (Providence R.I.) and Mike Zuglan“s Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour are proud to present the 11th Annual New England Pool & Billiards Hall Of Fame Ray Desell Memorial 9-Ball Open. In addition to the actual tournament which will take place on Saturday March 7 & Sunday March 8, there will also be a Hall of Fame presentation ceremony on Friday evening March 6 at 6pm. Congratulations to this years inductees, David Wright, Chris Leal, Mike Rinella, Jay Stevens, Cleiton Rocha, Pete Genovese & Ivan Lee. All inductees will receive plaques in the New England Pool & Billiards Hall Of Fame located at, maintained by, and funded by Snookers. This is just one more way that our hosts Regina & Steve Goulding continue to show their devotion and generosity to our sport. Also, Tom McGonagle deserves much credit for his time and effort in gathering the information, pictures and supervising the inductee process. You will be able to view the entire weekend’s events via a free live stream for the Hall Of Fame ceremony on Friday and the tournament on Saturday & Sunday on Facebook at snookers live.

Snookers is also one of the best restaurants in the Providence area. Check them out at and thanks again to Steve & Regina for putting up the $3,000 added, and once again allowing us the use of their great room for our event. Trophies will be awarded to the top finishers in the main event. Also, Whether you come to play, or just watch, you will have the opportunity to win a gorgeous, custom, engraved Joss Cue, valued at $1,600, by participating in Snookers cue raffle. Anyone can participate  and you don’t have to be present to win! The drawing will be just prior to the final match of the main event on Sunday. So come on down and play and win, watch for free, have some great food and drink, and take a chance at a $1,600 Joss Cue.

This gorgeous raffle cue can be viewed here: 

Snookers has arranged a special rate of $149 + Tax  at the Marriott Downtown (across the street), 1 Orms St, Providence RI 02904 401-272-2400. OR $89 + Tax (1 bed), $99 + Tax (2 beds) at Woodspring Suites, 181 Corliss St, Providence RI 02904, 401-519-9641.Mention Snookers to get these rates. All are based strictly on availability!

This event at Snookers will consist of a $2,500 added Saturday and Sunday Main Event (entry Fee $120 for pro level or $70 for non pro level) and a $500 added consolation event on Sunday ($20 Entry Fee) for those non pro players eliminated from the main event on Saturday

For those of you coming to play, please arrive on Saturday March 7 Before 11:30 AM, and in proper dress please. Yes, jeans and sneakers are permitted in our billiard parlor events. But please, NO T-shirts, tanks, shorts or sweats. Complete tour info can be found on our site

Our season finale, the $25,000 Added Turning Stone Classic XXXIV 9-Ball Open, scheduled for September 3-6, 2020 is Full. If you would like to be placed on my waiting list, please call me at 518-356-7163 or email me at with your current phone number. Then if a spot opens up for you, I will call you immediately. Our Turning Stone Classic XXXV 9-Ball Open is scheduled for January 7-10, 2021. I will begin taking entries for that event at our September 2020 Turning Stone event and not before!

Lastly, I can’t stress enough how important it is for all of you to please frequent your local billiard parlors and utilize the services of our most generous sponsors who are the backbone of our sport. These are the ones who keep our sport alive. So get out and play!

Mike Zuglan
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour Is Proudly Sponsored By;

Joss Cues –
Turning Stone Resort Casino – 
Simonis Cloth – – –
Aramith –
Billiards Press –
World Class Cue Care –

Stars Collide in Norfolk

Day two of the U.S. Open Championships had more of the top dogs scrapping. Two of the top Brits, Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes, had to mix it up last night and both men played well but Appleton seems almost infallible at the Open (he has won it twice on the trot in the past) and he was not to be denied as he took the win 11-7.


Then Ching Shun Yang had to face young Ko. The Ko brothers have been paving their own road into pool history and no one can just expect to win against either of them. But Yang has his years of experience to kneel on and he prevailed 11-9.


Amar Kang had a brilliant match against Konstantin Stepanov of Russia where Kang took control early and just kept stretching out his lead until he emerged victorious 11-5. But that match took a lot out of him and he did not shine so brightly against Brandon Shuff as Shuff rolled out to an 11-7 win to send Kang over the left side of the charts.


Shane Van Boening had a narrow escape Monday evening. John Morra took him all the way to the hill before Van Boening could take the win 11-10. Another hill-hill bout found Mark Gray coming out on top of Mike Davis.


Raj Hundal finally got a chance to warm his arm after he took a forfeit from So Shaw in the opening round and had a fight on his hands to beat Cleiton Rocha 11-9. But then he seemed to find his gear as he took down Thorsten Hohmann 11-7.


Alex Pagulayan had a nervous night as J.H Dang took him to the hill before Pagulayan took control of the final rack for the win. Hall of Fame inductee Rodney Morris was having a fine time this week as he first defeated Oscar Dominquez 11-9 and then dismantled Rob Hart 11-1. But then he ran into Jayson Shaw and Shaw turned up the heat to win that one 11-6.


Niels Feijen and Albin Ouschan had an exhausting three hour match that wound up with Ouschan winning 11-9. Then Ouschan had to play Ramil Gallego and his spirit must have been used up as Gallego trounced him 11-3.


Other matches of note included Farncisco Sanchez-Ruiz defeating Nick Van Den Berg 11-9, Ko Pin Yi besting Skyler Woodward 11-7 and Lee Van Cortezza besting Mika Immonen 11-9. Y.L.Cheng was able to get by Chezka Centeno 11-8 and Carlo Biado came out on top with Johnny Archer 11-7. Dennis Orcullo got surprised by M.Fortunski 11-8 and David Alcaide beat Nikos Ekonomopoulos 11-9.


Play begins at 10:30 AM today and Accu-Stats has replacement equipment coming in today to get your stream going once again. We are not aware of how long it will take to unhook the malfunctioning gear and get the new stuff going but they are confident that the stream should resume today. Check with the Accu-Stats website during the day and they will let you know when they are ready to once again roll out the streams of the worlds best players. And be sure to follow all of the action with our Live Scoring page and our interactive brackets.

Deja Vu X 6 for Dechaine at Joss Tour Opener

Tom Theriault, Mike Zuglan and Mike Dechaine

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour kicked off their 2016-2017 season  on September 24th – 25th at the same place and the same way it has kicked off the past nine seasons. Since 2007, the tour has held their first event of the year at TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville, Maine. Considering that TJ’s is the homeroom for Mike Dechaine, it will come as no surprise that he has won the season opener on the tour every year since 2011. 
This year, Dechaine held off a field of 52 other players to notch win #6. Dechaine beat Canadian Tom Theriault 9-7 for the hot-seat, in a match that saw Theriault miss a relatively easy shot that would have allowed him to get to hill-hill against Dechaine.
Theriault made quick work of Corey Payer in the semi-final match, where he posted a 9-2 win to send Payer home in third place.
Dechaine’s win in the first set of the double elimination finals was a much more comfortable one, with him defeating Theriault by a 9-5 scoreline. 
Sunday saw 22 players come back for the $500 added second chance event, where Jeff Mosimann came back from the one loss side to defeat Cleiton Rocha twice in the finals. Rocha defeated Jordan Labbe 3-2 for the hot-seat, but Mosimann then eliminated Labbe 3-1, before defeating Rocha 3-2 and 3-0 in the finals. 
The lucky winner of the raffle for the $1500 custom Joss cue was local player CJ Farnum.
The Joss NE 9-Ball tour will continue their new season at East Ridge Billiards in Rochester, NY on October 1st and 2nd. Tour director Mike Zuglan pointed out that January’s Turning Stone Classic XXVII is filling fast and will undoubtedly fill up again. Players should contact Zuglan at 518-356-7163 to lock up their place in the event. 

Turning Stone Classic XXVI – Cleiton Rocha vs Brandon Shuff

Turning Stone Classic XXVI Day Two

Maxim Dudanets

After two days of play, the 128 player field at the Turning Stone Classic XXVI has been cut in half, with 48 players on the one loss side. 


One name that fans might not be all that familiar with on the winner's side is that of 17 year old Russian champion Maxim Dudanets. Fresh off his victory at the Atlantic Challenge Cup, Dudanets is in the states for one more week and hopes to add the Turning Stone Classic Title to his American resume. Dudanets had back to back 9-7 wins over Shaun Wilkie and Tom D'Alfonso on Friday, and is guarantee a cash finish in his first Turning Stone Classic appearance. Preparing for the life of a professional pool player, Dudanets plans on returning to Europe for the Eurotour's Dutch Open in late September and then returning to America for the US Open. He will face Rick Scarlato Saturday afternoon for a spot in the final eight on the winner's side. 


Joining Dudanets and Scarlato on the winner's side are the usual field of world beaters. Three time champion Jayson Shaw has lost a total of four games in his first three matches, but Ernesto Dominguez will look to change things for Shaw. Canadian Champion Danny Hewitt will face Joss Tour points leader Jeremy Sossei, Earl Strickland will take on Rodney Morris, Mike Dechaine will play Cleiton Rocha and Karen Corr will do battle with Canadian Alain Parent iin select matches.


Players still fighting on the one loss side include Joey Dupuis, Sean Morgan, Eric Hjorliefson, Ron Casanzio, Shaun Wilkie, Brandon Shuff, Jorge Rodriguez, Luc Salvas, Tom D'Alfonso and Zion Zvi.


Our online streaming coverage of this event will kick off at noon EST, and run until the final 10 pm round. We also have real time scoring and online brackets available at

Mike Davis Wins Series VII American Rotation Championship

Mike Davis

Yet another final match with the Touring Pro vs. the Working Joe. Mike Davis vs. Kevin West might have played the best final match we’ve seen yet, certainly the most dramatic with a final score of 138-140.
22 Players across the country as far away as Lee Ladouceur in Vermont to Max Adams in Alaska qualified for 2016 Derby City Finals. Play began one day prior to the 9 Ball Banks event with every player playing four 120 point round robin matches on Thursday to determine our top 8 on Friday. 
Shannon Fitch of Gate City Billiards Greensboro NC coming back to the game after more than a 10 year layoff had everyone saying “Who the hell is that guy?” topped Mike Davis & Johnny Archer for the #1 seed with a 4-0 record and point differential of +193, defeating his opponents by the average score of 48 points in a race to 120 points, very impressive.
Making the top 8 Single Elimination stage was:
1 Shannon Fitch NC 4-0 +193
2 Mike Davis NC 4-0 +152
3 Johnny Archer GA 4-0 +139
4 Kevin West MD 3-1 +146
5 Rob Hall AL 3-1 +141
6 Chris McDaniel CO 3-1 +119
7 Cleiton Rocha MA 3-1 +75
8 Jody McLaughlin IA 3-1 +14 
Just missing the cut at 3 wins 1 loss and a -21 ball count was Brady Norris also of Gate City Billiards. 
Players finishing with 2&2 records were;
Tom Zippler Magic 8 Cue Club Baltimore MD
Tom D’Alfonso Snookers Providence RI
Scott Rohleder Park Avenue Billiards Jacksonville FL
Tommy Najar Marietta Billiard Club Marietta GA
Tanner Nickels Teacher’s Billiard St Louise MO
Quarter final matches on Friday 
Jody McLaughlin (Runner up at last year’s Derby Finals) 140-123 over #1 Seed Shannon Fitch
Kevin West (Sponsored by Black Boar Custom Cues) 140-90 over #5 Seed Rob Hall Bumpers AL
Mike Davis 140-108 over Cleiton Rocha (Sponsored by J Pechauer Custom Cues)
Johnny Archer Marietta Billiard Club & Player of TWO Decades 140-106 over another player who had many wondering who the heck he was, #6 Seed Chris McDaniel Denver CO.
Semi Final matches guaranteed that would see a working man vs touring pro finals; 
Kevin West Great Slates Billiards MD vs Jody McLaughin Big Dog Billiards IA
Johnny Archer Marietta Billiard Club vs Mike Davis Brass Tap, Bucks & Brown’s NC!
While Kevin and Jody battled back and forth Mike Davis got the jump on Johnny and held it throughout the entire match. 
The final match was not looking good for our working man who also happens to be a Type 1 Diabetic. Mike started strong taking a 64-16 lead in a race to 140. American Rotation is a very tough game to come back in so we actually started to lose some spectators as they believed Mike would continue on as he did in his earlier match with Johnny. Many would soon return when somehow Kevin came back strong to make the match 90-90 & 102-98. From there both players scored exactly 20 points to make the score 118 Kevin 122 Mike with Kevin’s turn to break. He did what we all hope to do in that position, broke the 15 balls and ran them all perfectly in rotation to score 20 points making the score 138-122 and now Mike’s break. Who would rather be? The player needing just 2 points sitting in the chair or the player needing 18 but has break ball in hand? Mike broke a table that looked very difficult from the 5 ball on out. He ran 1-4 and played position for a preplanned safety on the 5. It worked as Kevin missed an off angle kick that required just the right amount of spin. Even with ball in hand on the 5 Mike still has his work cut out for him. The 6-7 were tucked under the 14 ball and would require Mike to shoot the 5 ball six feet up the left side rail while moving the cue ball forward and across a position zone about 6 inches wide and 5 ft away. The entire room was pressure packed and wondering what he was going to do and would he succeed or not. Iron Mike did no disappoint. After rebridging several times he struck it perfectly and fell on the only spot on the table where the 6 could be pocketed. From there on out we simply held our breath the see if Mike could run the rest of the table to nab the Series 7 title. Iron Mike came through with a 140-138 victory! 
All 22 players received travel money for attending and our top 8 earned additional money
$2,500 & Series VII Champion Mike Davis
$1,500 & a Great performance Kevin West
$1,000 each of 3rd 4th Johnny Archer & Jody McLaughlin
$500 each Shannon Fitch, Rob Hall, Cleiton Rocha, Chris McDaniel 
Series VII Finals was an awesome experience for all of us. The American Billiard Club helped put $25,000 in the pockets of some aspiring players and some pro players while they attended what is probably the greatest pool show of the year, The Derby City Classic. 
We thank all the players there and all the players at home who competed in their local 10 week Series. We thank Diamond Billiards for allowing us to come in one day early, the use of the tables, for making us feel welcome and for putting on such a great event. 
We thank BadBoy Billiard Productions for working with us on Friday while juggling our finals with the 9 Ball Banks Tournament, which had a record 385 players. 
We thank TVMike for doing a live free stream with picture in picture video allowing fans to watch 2 tables simultaneously. You really do have to watch these last 3 racks of the finals, the best finish to date. Final match is located on our Vimeo page here; Finals Mike Davis Kevin West 
Semi Finals Jody McLaughlin vs Shannon Fitch has been speed edited Semi Finals 
Semi Finals Johnny Archer Mike Davis coming soon.
As tour coordinator I can tell you, it’s a pretty nice feeling living up to the American Billiard Club’s mission of helping tour pros cover expenses while also helping aspiring players get to national events like Derby City for the very first time!  We absolutely love seeing these players who EARNED their way to these events.
The plan for 2016 is to allow just 32 clubs to qualify 2 players each (March-June & Aug-Nov) so we can have a 64 player Series VIII Championship at the 2017 Derby City Classic. Please email Joe Tucker at to support a fantastic format and to secure your clubs spot as we are shutting it down to just 32 clubs, some of which will be coming from different countries 😉

Dechaine double-dips Rodriguez to reclaim New England Pool & Billiards Hall of Fame title

Steve Goulding, Jorge Rodriguez, Mike Dechaine and Mike Zuglan

Corr is among inductees to Hall of Fame
It was almost a storybook ending. The Joss Northeast 9-Ball's 6th Annual New England Pool & Billiards Hall of Fame/Ray Desell Memorial 9-Ball Open, held on the weekend of February 27-March 1, included, on Friday, the induction of nine candidates into the New England Hall of Fame. Among them were Karen Corr, who made it to the semifinals of the $2,500-added 9-ball event that drew 88 entrants to Snookers in Providence, RI. She was defeated in those semifinals by Mike Dechaine,  who won five on the loss side to meet and twice defeat hot seat occupant, Jorge Rodriguez, and reclaim the title he'd last won in 2013. It was Dechaine's third win on the tour, dating back to October.
Dechaine's victory carried echoes of the 5th annual event, in which Joey Dupuis came from the loss side and defeated Dechaine in the finals. This time, it was Dechaine on the loss side, after a 9-6 loss to Nelson Oliveira in a winners' side quarterfinal. Oliveira advanced to meet Corr, while Rodriguez and Jeremy Sossei, looking for his third Joss win of the 2014-2015 season, met in the other winners' side semifinal.
Rodriguez and Sossei battled to double hill before Rodriguez prevailed for a spot in the hot seat match. He was joined by Corr, who'd dispatched Oliveira 9-6. Rodriguez sent Corr to the semifinals 9-3 and waited in the hot seat for Dechaine.
Over on the loss side, Dechaine was at work. He defeated Pete Bowman and Cleiton Rocha 9-6 to draw Sossei; they'd met last in the finals of the Ocean State 9-Ball Championship in November. Oliveira picked up Ryan Lineham, who'd gotten by Mark Creamer 9-5 and Paul Dryden 9-7.
Lineham brought Oliveira within a game of double hill, but it was Oliveira advancing to the quarterfinals. Dechaine had somewhat of an easier time against Sossei, defeating him 9-2 for a shot against the man who'd sent him to the loss side. Dechaine chalked up another 9-2 win, dropping Oliveira into fourth place, and turned to face Corr in the semifinals. 
Having given up three or less racks during his four loss-side matches, Corr proved to be a little more resilient. She battled Dechaine and chalked up seven, before Dechaine pulled ahead to win it.
It was clear from the outset in the double elimination finals that Dechaine was on a mission. While both players exhibited signs of fatigue as Sunday, March 1, turned into Monday, March 2, Dechaine jumped out of the gate and claimed the opening set 9-5. Rodriguez came out just as determined in the second set, taking an early 4-0 lead. Rodriguez would continue to creep forward, but by rack #12, Dechaine had tied things up. He would go on to win the next two and stood on the brink of claiming the title. Rodriguez, though, battled back to tie things, double hill, and then, just as he stood on the brink of claiming the title, he scratched on the final break. Dechaine closed it out around 2 a.m. to claim the 6th Annual New England Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame/Ray Desell Memorial title.
A $500-added Second Chance tournament, saw Justin Muller go undefeated, downing Bob Madenjian in the finals. Ed Loring finished in third place, after defeating Phil Davis, who finished fourth. Tim Perry and Clyde Matta tied for fifth place.
In addition to Karen Corr, the New England Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame inducted Grace Nakamura, “Upstate Al” Leon, Shayne Cote, Philip Capelle, Steve and Tammy Reynolds, Bart Rivezzi, and Nick Scofield at the ceremonies on Friday evening, February 27. The next stop on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for March 28-29, will be the Northeast 9-Ball Open XXVIII, and will be hosted by Golden Cue Billiards in Albany.