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Marc Rochester Wins Simonis “Triple Crown Championship”

Marc Rochester

The conclusion of the…

Ride the 9 Tour’s
Inaugural Iwan Simonis
“Triple Crown Championship” Virtual Competition

(tour running for 13 consecutive years)

OVER $5200 in Cash, prizes, and giveaways!

Congratulations to all!

With yet another “OVER 100% PAYBACK Virtual Competition (VC)”, Gloria Jean’s Official Iwan Simonis Ride the 9 Tour has concluded the Elite 16 playoffs and we have our winners.

Originally over 70 participants from around the Nation competed in the qualifiers to make this VC a success.

Our Elite 16 played a single-elimination, bracket-style, progressive race format and an Action Match.

Our discipline for the Final 4, 10 ball and our discipline for 5th through 16th, and the Action Match, 9 ball.

Our original payouts were to the Final 4 (25% of the field). 

However, we paid out to 7th/8th.

Main Prizes and giveaways included 

-3 sets, yes 3, Aramith Black Balls
Kyle Boute, Brian Davis, Nate Johnson ($1200 value)
-Marty Cary Jump Q – Nate Johnson, MA ($170 Value)
Marty Carey Jump Q AND a 4 X 8 ACME Case – Brian Davis, NC ($380 Value)
McDermott Playing Cue NATE JOHNSON – ($550 Value)
-KAMUI Roku chalk
-Bulletproof break tips
-Iwan Simonis Mugs
-Masse Apparel t-shirts and towels
-Cue it Up t-shirts and patches

And much more!

We also added 

– 2, $25 cash payouts. Anyone who participated in this competition was eligible.
– A 30-minute coaching session, with Our Tour Ambassador, Charles “The Inventor” Lakey
– 4 baskets of items for significant others and friends who support the players. 

We included a sterling silver ring, bracelets, costume jewelry,  make-up, Victoria Secret’s sprays and cremes, and much more. Merely as a thank you! 

Over $400 in items!

If you are interested in an event, you can message Gloria Jean 

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-Tel – 401.999.TOUR (8687)

Gloria Jean
Founder & President
Gloria Jean’s Official Iwan Simonis Ride the 9 Tour

Laha downs Rentz twice to win GSBT stop

Shannon Daulton, Duke Laha, Rod Rentz, & Melanie Archer (owner of Marietta Billiard Club)

The Great Southern Billiard Tour settled in to Johnny Archer‘s Marietta Billiards Club, in Marietta, GA on the weekend of August 11-12. The $1,500-added stop on the tour drew 64 entrants to the club, through which Duke Laha worked to attain the event title, defeating Rod Rentz two out of three times; once in the battle for the hot seat, and again, in the second set of a true double elimination final.

The two winners’ side semifinals featured three A-rated players, and Toppy Athakhanh, a B player. Laha faced Athakhanh, as Rentz squared off against Tommy Najar. Laha moved into the hot seat match with a 9-2 victory over Athakhanh, and faced Rentz, who’d sent Najar west 9-3. In their first of three, Laha prevailed 9-3 and sat in the hot seat, awaiting rounds two and three versus Rentz.

Athakhanh moved over and picked up double-A Josh Roberts, who’d defeated Jeff Hooks 11-5 and Dylan Letchworth 11-1 to reach him. Najar drew Clay Fisher, who’d gotten by Mark Rochester in a double hill match and Mike Langley 7-2. Najar got back to winning with a shutout over Fisher, as Roberts was busy ending Athakhanh’s day with an 11-5 victory.

In the quarterfinals that followed, Najar defeated Roberts 9-6, and moved into a semifinal rematch versus Rentz. Najar managed a single rack more than he’d chalked up in their first meeting among the winners’ side final four, but Rentz prevailed a second time for his own re-match against Laha. In the opening set of the true double elimination final, a straight-up race to 9, the two battled to double hill, before Rentz forced a second set with the final rack win. Laha roared back in the second set, taking nine out of the 13 games, to secure the event title.

Tour directors Shannon and Marge Daulton thanked Archer and his staff at Marietta Billiards for their 20,000 square foot hospitality and Scorpion room, details of which can be found at The Daultons also thanked sponsors Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Tiger Products and Delat-13 racks.