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Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Visits East Ridge Billiards This Weekend

Everyone,
 
Congratulations to our stop # 2, "The Hudson Valley Fall Classic IIII" champion, Jeremy Sossei ($1,000), second chance winner Tom Acciavatti ($180) & $1,600 Joss Cue raffle winner Frank Hernandez.
 
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour will be at East Ridge Billiards in Rochester NY, on Sat & Sun Oct. 5 & 6 for stop # 3 of our 2019/2020 season. The event will be $1,500/$500 added and as always is open to all players and is now a Banner Event. All winners will have their names hanging high on a beautiful banner at East Ridge forever. Our generous host at East Ridge is Chris Braiman who deserves our thanks for bringing the tour back to Western NY. East Ridge is the former home room of some of the best to ever play the game. Irving Crane, Larry Hubbart & Mike Sigel to name a few! East Ridge has recently completed renovations of a brand new bar and kitchen with fantastic food to meet all of our needs. The room now includes 8 of the Diamond pro tables used at one of our recent Turning Stone events, 2 Gold Crowns, 10 Diamond 7 footers, 9 Valley 7 footers. East Ridge will also be live streaming some of our matches and you can access them on Facebook at their group East Ridge Billiards Sports Bar & Lounge. Please join the group and share the stream. For more info, please contact East Ridge directly at 585-270-8215. So why not come on down and check us out and you might even win a $1,600 custom, engraved Joss Cue in our raffle. Anyone can participate and you do not have to be present to win. You can view this beautiful cue here:   
https://josscues.com/product/joss-northeast-9-ball-tour-cue-model-2019-20/
 
 
I have been asked to let you know that East Ridge will also be holding 8-man $50 mini tournaments on Friday night preceding our event. Start time is 7pm and early arrival is strongly suggested as there are already players entered. There will be as many minis as time and amount of players allows. Call 585-270-8215.
 
There is a reasonably priced Super 8 about 10 minutes away for those in need of accommodations. 2450 Empire Blvd, Webster NY 14580, 585-347-5983. No special rate has been negotiated but it is reasonable.
 
This event at East Ridge 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) only for those non pro level players eliminated from the main event on Saturday. 
 
For those of you coming to play, please arrive on Saturday October 5, BEFORE 11:30 AM, and in proper dress please. Jeans and sneakers are permitted in our billiard parlor events only. But please, NO T-shirts, No tanks, No shorts or No sweats. Complete tour info can be found on our site    www.joss9balltour.com
 
Our $25,000 Added Turning Stone Classic XXXIII 9-Ball Open, Mid Season Championship, to be be held on January 9-12, 2020 is already close to 3/4 full!! To enter you must contact me at 518-356-7163 or see me at any of our events Before the event is full at 128. I strongly urge everyone to act now if you are at all serious about playing in this great event!! 
 
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!! 
 
Thanks and I hope to see you all at East Ridge.
 
Mike Zuglan
 
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour Is Proudly Sponsored By;
 
Joss Cues – http://www.josscues.com
Turning Stone Resort Casino – http://www.turningstone.com 
Simonis Cloth – http://www.simoniscloth.com
Poolonthenet.com – http://www.poolonthenet.com
AzBilliards.com – http://www.azbilliards.com
Aramith – http://www.aramith.com
Billiards Press – http://www.billiardspress.com                 
World Class Cue Care – http://www.jnj-industries.com

 

Joss NE 9-Ball Tour at East Ridge Billiards This Weekend

Congratulations to our stop # 8, "Northeast 9-Ball Open XXXI" champion, Jeremy Sossei ($1,050), second chance winner Ben Werblow ($300) & $1,500 Joss Cue raffle winner Joey Berlin.
 
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour will be at East Ridge Billiards in Rochester NY, on Sat & Sun Feb. 23 & 24 for stop # 9 of our 2018/2019 season. The event will be $1,500/$500 added and as always is open to all players and is now a Banner Event. All winners will have their names hanging high on a beautiful banner at East Ridge forever. Our generous host at East Ridge is Chris Braiman who deserves our thanks for bringing the tour back to Western NY. East Ridge is the former home room of some of the best to ever play the game. Irving Crane, Larry Hubbart & Mike Sigel to name a few! East Ridge has recently completed renovations of a brand new bar and kitchen with fantastic food to meet all of our needs. The room now includes 8 of the Diamond pro tables used at one of our recent Turning Stone events, 2 Gold Crowns, 10 Diamond 7 footers, 9 Valley 7 footers. East Ridge will also be live streaming some of our matches and you can access them on Facebook at their group East Ridge Billiards Sports Bar & Lounge. Please join the group and share the stream. For more info, please contact East Ridge directly at 585-270-8215. So why not come on down and check us out and you might even win a $1,500 custom, engraved Joss Cue in our raffle. Anyone can participate and you do not have to be present to win. You can view this beautiful cue here:       https://josscues.com/joss-tour-2018-19-cue/
 
I have been asked to let you know that East Ridge will also be holding 8-man $50 mini tournaments on Friday night preceding our event. Start time is 7pm and early arrival is strongly suggested as there are already players entered. There will be as many minis as time and amount of players allows. Call 585-270-8215.
 
There is a reasonably priced Super 8 about 10 minutes away for those in need of accommodations. 2450 Empire Blvd, Webster NY 14580, 585-347-5983. No special rate has been negotiated but it is reasonable.
 
This event at East Ridge 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) only for those non pro level players eliminated from the main event on Saturday. 
 
For those of you coming to play, please arrive on Saturday February 23, BEFORE 11:30 AM, and in proper dress please. Jeans and sneakers are permitted in our billiard parlor events only. But please, NO T-shirts, tanks, shorts or sweats. Complete tour info can be found on our site    www.joss9balltour.com
 
Our $25,000 Added Turning Stone Classic XXXII 9-Ball Open, Season Finale, will be held on August 22 – August 25, 2019. I began taking entries just last month and it is already close to 3/4 full!! To enter you must contact me at 518-356-7163 or see me at any of our events Before the event is full at 128. I strongly urge everyone to act now if you are at all serious about playing in this great event!! 
 
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!! 
 
Thanks and I hope to see you all at East Ridge.
 
Mike Zuglan
 
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour Is Proudly Sponsored By;
 
Joss Cues – http://www.josscues.com
Turning Stone Resort Casino – http://www.turningstone.com 
Simonis Cloth – http://www.simoniscloth.com
Poolonthenet.com – http://www.poolonthenet.com
AzBilliards.com – http://www.azbilliards.com
Aramith – http://www.aramith.com
Billiards Press – http://www.billiardspress.com                 
World Class Cue Care – http://www.jnj-industries.com
FargoRate – http://www.fargorate.com

 

Strickland Wins Living Legends Challenge

Earl Strickland (Photo courtesy of Karl Kantrowitz)

The final day of the Living Legends Challenge at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ was a quick one. 
 
Going into the final day, Earl Strickland held a 5-3 lead over Mike Sigel. Strickland had dominated day one, winning 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball and Straight Pool, but Sigel came back on day two to win three of the four sessions played (One Pocket twice and the second Straight Pool session). 
 
Day three got underway with 8-Ball and if Sigel’s day two success did anything, it got Earl’s attention and he definitely brought all of his focus to the session. The result was a quick 8-1 win for The Pearl and Sigel knew he would have to sweep the remaining sessions of the day. 
 
Although Sigel gave it his all, he came up just short in the next session as Strickland scored an 8-6 10-Ball win for the final session win. 
 
With a final scoreline of Earl Strickland 7 – Mike Sigel 3, Strickland was crowned the 2018 Living Legends Challenge Champion.

Sigel Fights Back On Living Legends Challenge Day Two

Photo courtesy of Karl Kantrowitz

After dropping every session on day one of the Living Legends Challenge, Mike Sigel spent day two showing the fans at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ that he wasn’t just going to roll over for his opponent Earl Strickland
 
Even with that, the day didn’t start out very well for Sigel. After having lost matches in 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball and Straight Pool on day one, Single dropped the opening session of Bank Pool to Strickland 4-2. Although Strickland won the session, Sigel appeared to be showing signs of finding his game. 
 
Those signs were on full display in the second session of the day when Sigel just plain outplayed Strickland, defeated him in One Pocket 3-1 to close out the afternoon session. 
 
With Sigel trailing 5-1, he was able to choose the discipline they would play in the first evening session and Sigel went back to the game he had won earlier in the day, One Pocket. This match was more competitive than their earlier affair, but Sigel still edged out Strickland 3-2. 
 
Even with the win, Sigel still trailed 5-2 and was able to choose the final discipline of the night. Even though he had lost to Strickland 125-7 in Straight Pool on day one, Sigel went with Straight Pool and it was the right decision. This match was much more competitive with Strickland running 97 balls and Sigel running around 60. The match could have gone either way, but in the end it was Sigel edging out Strickland 125-123 for his third winning session of the competition.
 
Day three will get underway at 1pm EST and Sigel (by virtue of still trailing) has chosen 8-Ball to be the first discipline of the day. 
 
Fans can watch (and listen to) all of the action between these two living legends on Accu-Stat’s PPV stream at www.accu-stats.com.

Strickland Leads Sigel After Living Legends Challenge Day One

Earl Strickland (File photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)

Day one is complete at the Living Legends Challenge, being held in the Aramith/Simonis Arena at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison NJ, and Earl Strickland is putting on a dominating performance against Mike Sigel
 
Things got underway with 8-Ball, and they couldn’t have started much better for Strickland as he cruised to an 8-2 win. The rust was evident in Sigel’s game, and Earl’s continued top level tournament play showed right from the get-go. 
 
Even with the dominating result in 8-Ball, the 10-Ball was much closer. A Strickland miss on a game ball mid set seemed to energize Sigel’s game and he fought back to tie things at hill-hill. That would be as far as he would get though, as Strickland won the case game for a 2-0 lead at the end of afternoon play. 
 
The evening session got underway with Straight Pool, the game most fans thought Sigel would have the best chances in. That wasn’t the case though, as Sigel got one chance to put a run together and left himself no shot after a 7 ball run and break shot. Meanwhile, Strickland was stringing together multiple rack runs like they were nothing. The final scoreline showed Earl a 125-7 winner.
 
The final match of the night was 9-Ball, but by this time Sigel’s confidence level was definitely lacking. Earl took early control and ran away to a quick 8-3 win. 
 
Day two play gets underway on Saturday at 1pm EST with Banks and then One Pocket. By virtue of trailing in the overall score, Sigel will have his choice of disciplines for the 7pm session on Saturday.
 
Fans who can’t enjoy this match at Sandcastle Billiards can always watch the PPV stream at www.accu-stats.com

Strickland vs Sigel in Living Legends Challenge

Pool fans won’t want to make any plans this weekend, since all of the action will be at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ and on the Accu-stats pay per view stream as The Living Legends Challenge will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
 
If you look up “Living Legends” in your handy dandy pool dictionary, you will find pictures of both of these competitors with Captain Hook Mike Sigel taking on Earl "The Pearl" Strickland. Between them, they have eight US Open 9-Ball titles and are both members of the BCA Hall of Fame. 
 
Fans of any discipline of the game should be happy as these two players will battle it out in 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball, 14.1, Banks and One Pocket. All disciplines will be played twice, with one player needing to win 7 sessions to be crowned as the winner. As an added bonus, both players will be mic’d during the event. 
 
The action gets underway Friday the 23rd at 1pm EST with 8-ball and 10-ball and will continue until a winner is crowned on Sunday. If you live anywhere near Sandcastle Billiards, you will want to watch this match in person. For everyone else, go to accu-stats.com for information on the streaming coverage. 

Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, $1,500/$500 Added, Feb. 24 & 25, East Ridge Billiards, Rochester NY

Everyone,
 
Congratulations to our stop # 8, "Northeast 9-Ball Open XXX" champion Jeremy Sossei ($1,100), second chance winner Jared Zimmerman ($300) & $1,200 Joss Cue raffle winner Ryan Smith
 
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour will be at East Ridge Billiards in Rochester NY, on Sat & Sun Feb. 24 & 25 for stop # 9 of our 2017/2018 season. The event will be $1,500/$500 added and as always is open to all players. Our generous host at East Ridge is Chris Braiman who deserves our thanks for bringing the tour back to Western NY. FYI, East Ridge is the former home room of some of the best to ever play the game. Irving Crane, Larry Hubbart & Mike Sigel to name a few! East Ridge has recently completed renovations of a brand new bar and kitchen with fantastic food to meet all of our needs. The room now includes 8 of the Diamond pro tables used at one of our recent Turning Stone events, 2 Gold Crowns, 10 Diamond 7 footers, 9 Valley 7 footers and there will be an additional 10 Gold Crowns in an upcoming room expansion! For more info, check them out on Facebook and join their group for updates. So why not come on down and check us out and you might even win a $1,200 custom, engraved Joss Cue in our raffle. Anyone can participate and you do not have to be present to win. You can view this beautiful cue here: 
https://josscues.com/cues/custom/joss-custom-26/ 
 
For you bar box amateurs, there will be an in house B-level and below event held concurrently with our event on Saturday at 2 pm with a $30 entry fee. Please contact the room directly for more info. 585-270-8215
 
There is a reasonably priced Motel 8 about 10 minutes away for those in need of accommodations. 2450 Empire Blvd, Webster NY 14580, 585-347-5983. No special rate has been negotiated but it is reasonable.
 
This event at East Ridge 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) only for those non pro level players eliminated from the main event on Saturday. 
 
  For those of you coming to play, please arrive on Saturday February 24, BEFORE 11:30 AM, and in proper dress please. Jeans and sneakers are permitted in our billiard parlor events only. But please, NO T-shirts, tanks, shorts or sweats. Complete tour info can be found on our site    www.joss9balltour.com
 
Schedule Update: Please be advised that stop # 12 at King Smiley on March 17 & 18 has been cancelled due to the pending sale of the property. Please spread the word to avoid any confusion.
 
Our $25,000 Added Turning Stone Classic XXX 9-Ball Open, Season Finale, will be held on August 23 – August 26, 2018. I began taking entries just last month and it is already close to 1/3 full. To enter you must contact me at 518-356-7163 or see me at any of our events Before the event is full at 128. I strongly urge everyone to act now if you are at all serious about playing in this great event!! 
 
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!! 
 
Thanks and I hope to see you all at East Ridge.
 
Mike Zuglan
 
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour Is Proudly Sponsored By;
 
Joss Cues – http://www.josscues.com
Turning Stone Resort Casino – http://www.turningstone.com 
Simonis Cloth – http://www.simoniscloth.com
Poolonthenet.com – http://www.poolonthenet.com
AzBilliards.com – http://www.azbilliards.com
Aramith – http://www.aramith.com
Billiards Press – http://www.billiardspress.com                 
World Class Cue Care – http://www.jnj-industries.com

 

Davis wins third straight NC State 8-Ball Championship

Mike Davis, Jr.

If state pool championships are the measurement device, then Mike Davis is the best pool player in North Carolina. He owns back-to-back titles in the state’s 9-Ball Championships and on the weekend of November 4-5, he chalked up his third straight NC State 8-Ball title.
 
Say what you will about competing in a small field, Davis locked up his third 8-Ball title by defeating one of the game’s better known veterans, Mark Tademy, cited by The Hyper Texts (http://www.thehypertexts.com) as one of a list of “unknown monster players who could play with anyone on a given day.” A little over 10 years ago (2006), Davis and Tademy were among a  world-wide cast of the best in the International Pool Tour’s (IPT) North American Open Championship in Las Vegas. Finishing in the tie for 61st, and pocketing $5K, Tademy was in tied company with (among others) Keith McCready, Mike Sigel, George “Ginky” Sansouci, Shannon Daulton, Allison Fisher, Loree Jon Hasson, Jeremy Jones, Allen Hopkins and Gerda Hofstatter. Davis, who finished 121st, and pocketed $2K, was in tied company with (among others) Grady Mathews, Jose Parica, Mike Massey, Tommy Kennedy, Warren Kiamco, Ewa Mataya Laurance, Tony Robles, Shane Van Boening, Karen Corr, and Billy Incardona.
 
And so, the hot seat and finals of the 2017 NC State 8-Ball Championships, held under the auspices of the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, featured two of the sport’s more prominent competitors; one (Tademy), a little more old-school than the other (Davis). The $300-added event drew 23 entrants to Brown’s Billiards in Raleigh, NC. It should be noted that the weekend of November 4-5 played host to at least two other major 8-Ball Tournaments, which are about as rare as teenagers who don’t play video games – NYC’s BCA-sanctioned 8-Ball Championships, which drew 241 entrants (with some duplication over six separate events) and Maryland State’s 8-Ball Championships, which drew a full field of 128 entrants. North Carolina appeared to have drawn the ‘short straw’ on available 8-ball competitors.
 
The tournament did, however, draw two marquee players into its final two matches. Davis and Tademy met first in the hot seat match, once Davis had sent Jim Lewis to the loss side 7-3 in one winners’ side semifinal and Tademy had dispatched former NC State 9-Ball Champion Jeff Abernathy 7-4 in the other one. Davis claimed the hot seat 7-3 over Tademy and waited for round two.
 
On the loss side, Abernathy picked up Eddie Little, who’d gotten by Kenny Daughtrey 7-3 and Steve Page 7-4. Lewis drew Joshua Padron (winner of the 2016 Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour Championships this past January), who’d defeated Brown’s Billiards’ owner Dave Huffman 7-2 and Tyler Chappell 7-5.
 
Little and Padron eliminated winners’ side semifinalists Abernathy and Lewis, respectively; Little, 7-4 over Abernathy and Padron, 7-3 over Lewis. Little dropped Padron 7-5 in the quarterfinals that followed, before having his two-match, loss-side run ended by Tademy 7-3 in the semifinals.
The two veterans, Davis and Tademy, fought back and forth in the early going of the finals to a 5-5 tie. Davis, though, took command at that point and chalked up the next four in a row to win it and claim his third straight NC State 8-Ball title.
 
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked Brown’s Billiards’ owner Dave Huffman and his staff for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Delta 13 Racks, AZBilliards and Professor Q Ball. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for November 11-12, will be a $1,000-added event, hosted by Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, GA.

Jayson Shaw Takes Ownership of Turning Stone

Jayson Shaw

Jayson Shaw has just won the Turning Stone Classic for the fifth time in the last six attempts. We call that domination. And we call Jayson Shaw a player. Rarely do fans get to witness a player who is so hot. We saw it in Greenleaf and Mosconi back in their day, and more recently we saw it with Mike Sigel, Nick Varner, Johnny Archer and  Earl Strickland and most recently with Shane Van Boening (whose streak is coincident to Shaw’s.)  All of these players went through stages where they seemed to win everything they entered. And now we are seeing it with Jayson Shaw. The only question that remains is for how long he will be able to maintain this high level. Some burn out on it, others prosper in the heat.

Shaw defeated Rodney Morris in the finals of Turning Stone13-6. Rodney made a late comeback after trailing 7-1 but this one was in Shaw’s control the whole way. and with the exception of Shaw, Rodney Morris had a very good week. He defeated the likes of Dennis Hatch (9-7)  and Amar Kang (9-4). He then lost the hot seat match to Shaw (9-3) and that sent him way left to take down Dennis Hatch with a convincing 9-3.  

Then he had to go face Shaw again in the finals and that just didn’t work out well at all. Shaw jumped out to a large early lead and while Rodney fought back gallantly he just had too much road to get there by darkness and Shaw seated him in second place 13-6.

See more detailed coverage of this event in the upcoming Billiards Buzz.

Joss NE Tour to be at East Ridge Billiards

Everyone,

Congratulations to TJ's Classic Billiards, "Maine Event X" Champion, Mike Dechaine ($1,000), Second Chance winner Jeff Mosimann ($340) & our $1,500 custom engraved Joss Cue raffle winner CJ Farnum!

The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour will be at East Ridge Billiards in Rochester NY, on Sat & Sun Oct 1 & 2 for stop # 2 of our 2016/2017 season. The event will be $1,500/$500 added and as always is open to all players. Our generous host at East Ridge is Chris Braiman who deserves our thanks for bringing the tour back to Western NY. FYI, East Ridge is the former home room of some of the best to ever play the game. Irving Crane, Larry Hubbart & Mike Sigel to name a few! At East Ridge we will have 14, 9 footers all covered in 860 Simonis at our disposal. There is also a full kitchen with daily home made specials, and a beer and wine bar to satisfy any thirst. Once again there will be a $1,500 custom, engraved Joss Cue up for grabs in our raffle. Anyone can participate and you do not have to be present to win. You can view this beautiful cue here: 
https://josscues.com/joss-northeast-9-ball-tour-2016-17/  

This event at East Ridge 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. 

 
For those of you coming to play, please arrive on Saturday Oct.1st BEFORE 11:30 AM in proper dress of NO T-shirts, 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 11am on Sunday. 
 
For our complete Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour schedule, results and other pertinent tour info, please go to www.joss9balltour.com  or Facebook at – Mike Zuglan's Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour.
 
Please note that our $25,000 Added Turning Stone Classic XXVII 9-Ball Open (January 5-8, 2017) is fast approaching and will fill to capacity before you know it. If you would like to compete in this BCA, WPA & Official Mosconi 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 East Ridge, Mike Zuglan

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

Joss Cues – http://www.josscues.com 
Turning Stone Resort Casino – http://www.turningstone.com 
Simonis Cloth – http://www.simoniscloth.com 
Poolonthenet.com – http://www.poolonthenet.com 
AzBilliards.com – http://www.azbilliards.com

Aramith – http://www.aramith.com 
Billiards Press – http://www.billiardspress.com 
Heidrich Custom Cues – http://www.heidrichcustomcues.com                 
World Class Cue Care – http://www.jnj-industries.com