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Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Comes to The Spot in Nanuet, NY

Congratulations to our stop # 1, "Maine Event XI" winner, Nelson Oliveira ($1,000), second chance winner Ross Webster ($300) & $1,200 Joss Cue raffle winner Jordan Labbe
I am excited to announce stop # 2 of my Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, "The Hudson Valley Fall Classic", Sat & Sun Sept 30 & Oct 1 at our newest location, The Spot Billiards Cafe-Lounge in Nanuet NY.  The Spot has quickly become one of the east coasts premier rooms. Owners, Rhys & Lenore Donavan Chen, have succeeded in opening a very upscale room which caters to the needs of everyone. The Spot has 13 9 foot Diamond Pro Ams, 8 Diamond 7 footers and a Gold Crown for those Brunswick fans. There are pool and dart leagues 5 nights a week. There is also an arcade with all the latest games, a full bar, full pub menu with additional home made specials. They host live bands and events and even have an upper loft for special events, parties and pool action viewing from above. So please come down to show your appreciation to The Spot, to play or just watch another world class event. While you are there you could even win a $1,200 custom engraved Joss Cue in the raffle. Anyone can participate and you do not have to be present to win! The cue can be viewed here:    
There are many nearby motels for those in need. Candlewood Suites, 20 Overlook Blvd, Nanuet NY, 845-371-4445 is giving The Spot a $109 rate by using the code tge spot. These rooms even include small kitchens! For more info about other motels call The Spot directly at 845-623-7768. And don't forget to check them out and like them on Facebook.
FYI, The Spot is currently a receiving station and partner in a hurricane relief drive. They are accepting donations of various items to be sent to the the victims of the latest disasters. Please be generous and bring a donation! Contact The Spot at 845-623-7768 for more information.
This event at will consist of a $1500 added Saturday and Sunday Main Event (entry fee $120 for pro level – I will decide – or $70 for non pro level) and a $500 added second chance event on Sunday ($20 entry fee) only for those non pro level players eliminated from the main event on Saturday. All of our events are open to all players in good standing.
For those of you coming to play, please arrive on Saturday September 30 BEFORE 11:30 AM in proper dress of NO T-shirts & NO shorts or sweat clothes please. Jeans, sneakers and a shirt with a collar works just fine at all of our billiard parlor events! If coming to watch, play will begin after sign in on Saturday and at 11am on Sunday. 
For our complete Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour schedule, results and other pertinent tour info, please go to    
Our second "Joss Junior 9-Ball Championship" will be played at Sharp Shooters Billiards & Sports Pub in Amsterdam NY on Oct 21 & 22. There will be an 18 & under division and a 12 and under division. Please contact Mike Zuglan regarding entry and more details. 518-356-7163.
Please note that our $25,000 Added Turning Stone Classic XXIX 9-Ball Open (January 4-7, 2018) is fast approaching and will fill to capacity before you know it. If you would like to compete in this BCA, WPA & Official Mosconi Cup Team USA ranking event, NOW is the time to enter to avoid being shut out! To enter you must contact me at 518-356-7163 or see me at any of our events Before the event is full. I have been actively collecting entries since our last Turning Stone event so I strongly urge everyone to act now!! 
Please remember to spread the word to frequent your local billiard parlors and utilize the world class products of our most generous sponsors. They are the backbone of our sport and deserve our support!! Thank you & I will see you all at The Spot. Mike Zuglan
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Oliveira Kicks Off Joss Tour’s 21st Season With Win

Tom Theriault and Nelson Oliveira

Mike Zuglan kicked off the 21st season of the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour on September 23rd and 24th, with a field of 38 players competing in The Maine Event XI at TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville Maine. The tournament would come down to Nelson Oliveira winning by the narrowest of margins over Canadian Tom Theriault
Oliveira and Theriault were two of the players to emerge from Saturday matches undefeated, joined by Samoth Sam and Cody Francis. Sunday morning winner’s side matches saw Francis sneak by Sam 9-8, and Oliveira send Theriault to the one loss side by a 9-7 margin. Oliveira would then go on to defeat Francis 9-8 for the hot-seat. 
On the one loss side, both Sam and Theriault would bounce back from their earlier losses, with Sam eliminating Xavier Libby 9-2 and Theriault eliminating Matt Tetreault 9-7. Theriault would then go on to defeat Sam 9-1 and then Cody Francis 9-3, to earn a rematch with Oliveira in the finals. 
With the 9-7 scoreline in their earlier match, the finals were expected to be close, and they definitely were. Theriault ended Oliveira’s unbeaten streak 9-8 in the first set of the finals, and then Oliveira came back to defeat Theriault 9-8 in the second set for first place. 
The end of Sunday's 16 player second chance tournament looked very similar to the end of the main event with Ross Webster defeating Joe Darigis 3-2 for the hot-seat and then Darigis coming back to force a second set of the finals 3-1 before Webster scored a 3-2 win in the second set of the finals. 
Although he finished one out of the money in 9th place, Jordan Labbe was the winner of the $1200 custom Joss Cue at this event. 
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action on Sept 30th and October 1st at The Hudson Valley Fall Classic, held at The Spot Billiards Cafe in Nanuet, NY. 

Astle goes undefeated to win Stop #6 on the New England 9-Ball Series

Jeff Yerxa, Eric Nickerson and Aaron Astle

Eric Nickerson went at Aaron Astle twice during the sixth stop on the New England 9-Ball Series on Saturday, November 5; once in the hot seat match, and again in the finals. They fought to double hill both times, and Astle chalked up the deciding game both times to claim the event title. The $1,500-added event drew 35 entrants to Rack City in Bangor, ME.
Astle downed Ben Harvey 4-2 in one winners’ side semifinal, as Eric Nickerson sent Steve Smith to the loss side, double hill in the other. As the higher ranked player, Nickerson had to win seven games, before Astle chalked up four in their hot seat match. Astle did so and waited on Nickerson’s return from the semifinals.
On the loss side, Harvey picked up Ross Wheaton, who’d defeated Mark Pulsifer 4-2 and Jenn Brown 5-1 to reach him. Smith drew Jeff Yerxa, who’d eliminated Jordan Labbe 5-6 (Labbe racing to 8), and Chad Bazinet, double hill.
Harvey and Yerxa advanced to the quarterfinals; Harvey, 5-1 over Wheaton and Yerxa, 5-4 over Smith (racing to 6). Yerxa eliminated Harvey 6-3 in those quarterfinals, and then, in a straight-up race to 6, was himself eliminated 6-3. 
Nickerson came out gunning in the finals. He reached the hill ahead by 6-1. Astle, though, responded with three straight to claim the event title.
Stop #7 on the New England 9-Ball Series, scheduled for Sunday, November 20, will be hosted by Maxamillian’s Billiards in Tyngsboro, MA.
The New England 9 -Ball Series would like to thank everyone for their support in running this event and all its sponsors: Ozone Billiards, Molinari, Bert Kinister, AzBilliards, Inside English, Professor Q-ball’s National Pool and 3 Cushion News, Delta 13 Racks, Bob Campbell, Championship Cloth, and OTLVISE Billiard Mechanics of America. Many of these events would not be possible without their help. 

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.