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Hewitt goes undefeated in debut stop on 2020 Predator Quebec Pro Am Tour

David Deschenes (TD), Danny Hewitt and Yan Ialande (TD)

Like everybody else, Canada’s Danny Hewitt’s been on a bit of a hiatus from the pool tables. Last ‘seen’ on the roster of Turning Stone XXXIII back in January, when he finished in the eight-way tie for 17th place, Hewitt returned to the tables on Sunday, September 20 at the debut stop on the 2020 Predator Quebec Pro Am Tour. Hewitt went undefeated through a field of 16 entrants at the $1,300-added event which was hosted by Billard-Lounge L’Abasie in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. The field of 16 was populated by eight of the top-ranked Canadian players, combined with four players each from two qualifying tournaments held the day before at separate locations. 

Hewitt opened his undefeated campaign with a 7-1 victory over Rene Brind’Amour and followed it with a 7-5 win over Vincent Beaurivage. This set Hewitt up in a winners’ side semifinal match against Martin Daigle. In the meantime, Sylvain Gringas got by Harold Rousseau 7-2 and Tommy Cayer, double hill, to arrive at his winners’ side semifinal match against Tom Théiault.

Hewitt sent Daigle to the loss side 7-3 and in the hot seat match, faced Gingras, who’d defeated Thériault 7-5. Hewitt and Gingras battled to double hill before Hewitt prevailed to wait in the hot seat for what turned out to be the return of Francis Crevier.

Crevier, who’d won his opening match 7-5 over Jonathan Gavreau, was sent to the loss side by Thériault in a winners’ side quarterfinal. On the loss side, he downed Brind’Amour and Cayer, both 7-4 to draw Daigle. Thériault picked up Alain Martel, who’d lost his opening match to Cayer and was in the midst of a three-match, loss-side winning streak that was about to come to an end. He’d recently eliminated Sebastien Laramée 7-3 and Beaurivage 7-5.

Thériault and Crevier earned their rematch. Thériault survived a double hill match versus Martel. Crevier came within a game of double hill against Daigle, but prevailed 7-5. Crevier had a successful rematch against Thériault, eliminating him 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

Crevier completed his five-match, loss-side winning streak with a 7-4 victory over Gingras in the semifinals. Hewitt, though, apparently unaffected by his wait in the hot seat, completed his five-match, winners’ side streak with a 7-5 win over Crevier that earned him the debut event title.

Tour owners and directors David Blanchett, David Deschenes and Yan Ialande thanked the ownership and staff at Billard-Lounge L’Abasie for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Predator Cues, Arcos II Billiard Balls and Poison Cues. Stop #2 on the 2020 Predator Quebec Pro Am Tour, scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 26, will be hosted by Dooly’s in St. Hyacinthe, about 33 miles east of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Sossei Wins Seventh Straight and Then Drops Final Match to Souvanthong

Jeremy Sossei, Sharpshooters Manager Kayla and Bucky Souvanthong

Jeremy Sossei didn’t compete in the October 5th / 6th Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Stop, but he was back in action the last two weekends where he earned his seventh straight title and then finally lost in a final match.
The tour stop at Utica Billiards on the Boulevard on October 12th & 13th saw Sossei run through the field undefeated, beating Ron Casanzio for the hot-seat 9-7 and then Brad Guthrie in the finals. Sossei had defeated Guthrie in the final four on the winner’s side Sunday 9-4 and then did so again 9-2 in the finals. 
The next stop, October 19th & 20th at Sharpshooters Billiards and Sports Pub, was looking like yet another Sossei victory as he went through Saturday matches against Bob Nerkert, Chris Braiman and Bruce Carroll undefeated. Sunday was more of the same, with Sossei defeating Danny Hewitt 9-5 and then Qais Kolee for the hot-seat 9-4. 
Bucky Souvanthong had dropped a late Saturday match to Kolee, but ran through the one loss side with a Saturday night win over Ben Werblow and then Sunday wins over Ron Casanzio, Hewitt and Kolee to earn his place against Sossei in the finals. 
Souvanthong is the only man to have won a Joss Tour Stop this season, aside from Sossei, and he won that stop on the one weekend that Sossei was not in attendance. He proved that he was more than capable of a tour stop win, with or without Sossei in the field, as he double dipped Sossei 9-3 and 7-5 in the finals for first place. 
The October 13th second chance tournament saw Fred Gokey drop the hot-seat match to Nick Coppola and then come back to defeat Coppola twice in the finals for first place. The October 20th second chance tournament saw Bruce Carroll with an undefeated run that included 3-1 wins over Norm Vernon for the hot-seat and again in the finals. 
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action this weekend at Brickhouse Billiards in Syracuse, NY for another $1,500 added main event and $500 added second chance event. 

Turning Stone Classic XXXII – – Mika Immonen vs Danny Hewitt

Strickland’s Win Over Van Boening highlights Turning Stone Classic Day Three

Earl Strickland (Erwin Dionisio)

Earl Strickland proved that he has more than enough firepower to compete with the top players in the game, with his 9-5 win over Shane Van Boening on the streaming table Saturday night at the Turning Stone Classic XXXII in Verona, NY. 
The crowd was anticipating a battle, but they might not have been ready for the intensity and focus that Strickland brought to the match. Strickland took an early 5-0 lead, and the players exchanged multiple table runs, capitalizing on any opportunity that the other player allowed them. Strickland’s last obstacle before the hot-seat match will be Thorsten Hohmann, who has been (as he usually does) quietly winning matches. Hohmann already has wins over Billy Thorpe and Shaun Wilkie in this event, and a win over Strickland would leave him facing either Jayson Shaw or Brandon Shuff for the hot-seat. 
Meanwhile, on the one loss side, Thorpe will face Frankie Hernandez. Hernandez has been away from the big stage for a while, but his stroke appears to still be the same. He lost a third round match to Shaw hill-hill, but has already won five straight matches on the left side of the board, including wins over Donnie Mills, Qais Kolee and Loree Jon Hasson. The other match on the one loss side will see Van Boening face Rafael Dabreo. Van Boening came back from his loss to Strickland with a 9-4 win over Len Gianfrate, but Dabreo has been having a great tournament with wins over Danny Hewitt and Wilkie to his credit. 
All of the action gets underway at 11:00 Eastern Time and we have complete coverage of the event with Upstate Al providing a free stream, while we provide online brackets and real time scoring for the event. 

Turning Stone Classic XXXII Underway

Jayson Shaw (File photo courtesy of Dave Thomson – Medium Pool)

The Turning Stone Classic XXXII kicks off today at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. 
Reigning champion Jayson Shaw is once again in attendance, along with four time winner Shane Van Boening, six time winner Johnny ArcherMika Immonen, Earl Strickland, Thorsten Hohmann, Brandon Shuff, Danny Hewitt, Frankie Hernandez and Erik Hjorleifson.
Brackets are online and we will be covering this event with real time scoring all weekend long. For those who can’t make it to Turning Stone, Upstate Al will be providing a free live stream of feature matches for the entire event. 
Today’s streaming matches are:
4:00 PM Matt Tetreault vs Zion Zvi
6:00 Chris Pyle vs Earl Strickland
8:00 Frankie Hernandez vs Matt Krah
10:00 Len Gianfrate vs Loree Jon Jones

Hewitt over Sossei for win at Kevin Ketz Memorial

Jeremy Sossei, Trick Shot Billiards Owner Tim Berlin and Danny Hewitt

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour’s Kevin Ketz Memorial on March 9th and 10th at Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY came down to Canadian Danny Hewitt and Jeremy Sossei, two players very familiar with what it takes to get to the Joss Tour winners circle.
Both players went through Saturday play undefeated and were joined on the winners side on Sunday by Bucky Souvanthong and Dave Grau. Hewitt sent Grau to the left side of the board 9-1, while Sossei had a much tougher time with Souvanthong, beating him 9-8. This led to the showdown for the hot-seat, where Hewitt won 9-4. 
After wins over Mark Creamer and Greg Antonakos on the one loss side, Souvanthong was ready for the rematch with Sossei. This match didn’t go much better for Souvanthong though, losing 7-5 to leave him in third place.
Sossei came out on fire in the first set of the finals against Hewitt, and raced to a dominating 9-0 win to force a second set. Hewitt turned the tables in the second set of the finals though and quickly took a 5-0 lead. Sossei fought back and was able to tie the score at hill-hill, but that was when Hewitt put the tournament away with the 7-6 win. 
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Tom Acciavatti go undefeated with wins over Spencer Auigbelle for the hot-seat and again in the first set of the finals. 
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour now takes the weekend of March 16th – 17th off, but will be back in action at Union Station Billiards in Portland Maine for a rare handicapped Joss Tour stop. 

Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Handicapped Event March 23 – 24

Congratulations to stop # 11 winners, Danny Hewitt ($1,050 main event), Tom Acciavatti ($340 second chance) & our $1,500 Joss Cue raffle winner Kevin Gray.
Stop # 12 of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour's 22nd season will be at Union Station Billiards in Portland Maine on March 23 & 24 for our first ever handicapped event!. This will be our second of two stops at the Station again this season. Owners Mary and Phil Harju are our most generous hosts for what promises to be another great event and they deserve our thanks for hosting our tournaments. Union Station Billiards, one of the largest rooms in New England, boasts 18 Gold Crowns plus a new 9ft Diamond Pro all covered in 860 Simonis (The Cloth Of Champions). They also have a pub style restaurant with great food and a full bar, ping pong, foosball, air hockey and video games. So lets show the Harjus a big Joss Tour welcome by coming up to play or just watch what promises to be yet another great 9-ball event. You could even win a $1,500 custom engraved Joss Cue in the raffle. Anyone can participate and you do not have to be present to win. The drawing for the cue will be on Sunday March 24 immediately prior to the final match of the main event. For more information about Union Station Billiards, check them out on Facebook or call them at 207-899-3693.
The raffle cue can be seen here:
For those in need of motel accommodations, there is a nearby La Quinta, 340 Park Ave, Portland ME. 04102. 207-871-0611, or call Union Station for more info.
SPECIAL FORMAT FOR THIS EVENT ONLY: This event will be a special FargoRate Handicapped Event. We will be using the R7 Medium FargoRate races on our standard double elimination chart. We will also be using both established and non established ratings for all players. We will do our best to "rate" any players who have no FargoRate rating to the best of our ability. Should we feel an adjustment to any non rated player is warranted, it will be made on the spot. For more FargoRate info, go to and watch their very informative videos. For this event, ALL players Will Pay the same entry fee of $70 (plus any applicable tour fees) as it is, in my opinion, already handicapped by the spotting of games making all players equal going in. The main event will be a $1500 added Saturday and Sunday, with a $500 added standard Non Handicapped 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, please arrive on Saturday March 23, 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 $25,000 Added Turning Stone Classic XXXII 9-Ball Open (August 22 – 25) is currently full pending many checks in the mail to me. If you would like to be added to our waiting list you must contact me immediately at 518-356-7163 
Please remember to spread the word to frequent your local billiard parlors and utilize and promote the world class products of our most generous sponsors. They are the backbone of our sport and deserve our support!! 
Thanks, and I hope to see you all at Union Station Billiards.
Mike Zuglan
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Turning Stone Classic XXXI – Danny Hewitt vs Thorsten Hohmann

Turning Stone Classic XXXI Final Day

Tommy Tokoph (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)

The Turning Stone Classic XXXI will crown a winner on Sunday and the final day of play sees a field of eight players remaining with a chance to earn this title. 


Enjoying his first even Turning Stone Classic, America's Tommy Tokoph is still undefeated after wins over Jia Li and Denis Grabe on Saturday. Tokoph will face Jeremy Sossei on the winner's side Sunday morning. Sossei too the better part of a year away from the game but isn't showing any rust from his time away. The other winner's side match will pit four time Turning Stone Classic Champion Shane Van Boening vs Finland's Petri Makkonen. On the one loss side, five time Turning Stone Classic Champion Jayson Shaw will play Zion Zvi and Canadian Danny Hewitt will take on Grabe. 


AzBilliards has online brackets and real time scoring for the duration of the event, and Upstate Al is streaming the event on Facebook. All of the links are available on our live page


Turning Stone Classic XXXI Day One Complete

Jeremy Sossei (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)

Day one is complete at the Turning Stone Classic XXXI, and every player has played one match. Day one action went pretty much according to plan, with most of the tournament favorites advancing to round two undefeated. While not truly an upset, Jeremy Sossei's first round win over Mika Immonen drew some attention from the fans. 


Other notable players who took early trips to the one loss side include Jennifer Barretta, Michael Yednak, Ron Casanzio, Matt Krah and Danny Hewitt.


AzBilliards will have online brackets and real time scoring for the duration of the event, and Upstate Al will be streaming the event on Facebook. All of the links are available on our live page