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Dana Bufalo
02-08-2006, 01:23 PM
The upcoming $25,000 added Turning Stone Classic VI 9-Ball Open (http://www.azbilliards.com/2000storya.cfm?storynum=3081) is now full at 128 players.

Some notable players are highlighted in bold lettering on the list below.

Who is your pick to win?

I picked Dennis Hatch to win the last event held at Turning Stone (http://www.turning-stone.com/) but he came up a little short (2nd place).., I say he'll be tough to beat again while playing in his neck of the woods so I'm picking Hatch.., again!


Acciavatti, Tom
Aiello, John
Alfonso, Mike
Allen, Tim
Antonakos, Greg
Archer, Johnny
Barretta, Jennifer
Basavich, Dan
Begey, Bob
Boemmels, Brent
Boyle, Ed
Broxmeyer, Evan
Cappotto, Dick
Carelli, Mike
Carroll, Bruce
Chin, Holden
Christman, Keith
Conn, Jim
Conte, Victor Jr.
Corr, Karen
Cotter, John
Crowe, Gerald
Cuillerier, Rodney
Cunningham, Bob
Cutler, Redgie
Czetli, Aaron
D'Alfonso, Tom
Davenport, Kim
Davis, Mike
Dechaine, Mike
Deuel, Cory
Dipietro, Joe
Dixon, Dwight
Dryden, Paul
Empey, Gary
Fagan, Dave
Fernandes, John
Fernandez, Dave
Ferrell, Samuel
Forsythe, Jim
Fuller, Robert
Garman, Andrew
Genovese, Pete
Gokhul, Ramesh
Grasman, Eric
Hart, Mike
Hatch, Dennis
Heidrich, Dan
Henderson, Mike
Hewitt, Dan
Hohmann, Thorsten
Holmes, Brian
Hopkins, Allen
Houppert, Mike
Hundal, Raj
Hurley, Mike
Immonen, Mika
Jackson, Shawn
Jecen, Jed
Kelly, Julie
Kerner, Ken
Ketz, Kevin
Kolacz, Dan
Kong, Joe
Korsiak, Joe
Krah, Matt
Labonte, Randy
Lapena, Al
Leal, Chris
Lillis, Steve
Lloyd, Gary
Lord, George
Macias, John
Maidhof, Bob
Manzi, Rick
Martin, Sean
Matarazzo, Rick
Maxwell, Tom
McCready, Keith
McCreesh, Ryan
McNamara, Ray
Michas, Jason
Morgan, Sean
Mougey, Tony
Murphy, Steve
Nakajima, Shinji
Nowlan, Ashley
Orem, Rich
Owen, Keith
Pantovic, Mark
Parisian, Tim
Patrikios, Elias
Peacock, Dave
Petrov, Ivaylo
Pole, Robert
Pomainville, Norm
Putnam, Shawn
Renshaw, Mike
Roberts, James
Robichaud, Jason
Romanowski, Jim
Ruberto, Tony
Sansouci, George
Sauve, Pierre
Schneiderman, Keith
Schwager, Randy
Schwartz, Ben
Shattell, John
Slivka, Jerry
Smith, Adam
Smith, Jonathan
Smith,Jack
Souquet, Ralf
Speedwell, Trystan
Staskowski, Rob
Stevens, Jay
Swain, Eric
Szuter, Chris
Szydlowski, Walter
Tucker, Joe
Varano, Dave
Vazquez. Eddie
Vergara, Mhet
Vickery, Howard
Vidal, Marc
Wallace, Mike
Wuethrich, Kent
Zuglan, Mike

Tournament action starts on Thursday, February 16th and continues thru Sunday the 19th at the beautiful Turning Stone Casino (http://www.turning-stone.com/) in Verona, NY..,admission to watch the event is FREE.

Remember, the Turning Stone (http://www.turning-stone.com/) is a non-alcohol serving casino which means you only need to be 18 to play in the tournament or gamble on the casino floor and again, spectator admission is FREE.

Schmohawk
02-08-2006, 03:59 PM
Dana- You accidently bolded Evan Broxmeyer and Steve Lilis.

Bill O
02-08-2006, 04:25 PM
Marty, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Jam, I don't know Marty, nor do I agree with his ethnic characterizations, but I would like to know how he really feels and why ;)

As far as the Joss tour though, I have been at and played in a few Joss events and heard more than one player complain about the skim. Especially the calcutta which IMHO should be left alone. My reasoning is that the prizes at most events barely cover expenses for a player who makes his living at pool (that's 1st place money). I also know of at least one room that was a regular Joss stop that has no more association with it.

Next Joss event that KM plays in bring a calculator and add the calcutta bids and then compare that to the payouts.

JAM
02-08-2006, 04:51 PM
Jam, I don't know Marty, nor do I agree with his ethnic characterizations, but I would like to know how he really feels and why ;)

Bill O, I don't think it would be worth your while to find out how Marty Herman feels because he is emotionally unstable and sometimes cannot control his actions.

As far as the Joss tour though, I have been at and played in a few Joss events and heard more than one player complain about the skim. Especially the calcutta which IMHO should be left alone. My reasoning is that the prizes at most events barely cover expenses for a player who makes his living at pool (that's 1st place money).

Well, Bill O, I get around to a whole bunch of tournaments of various sizes, and suffice it to say, I am of the opinion that the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour has the HIGHEST payouts with the most money falling in the players' pockets on the regional tournament trail.

I also know of at least one room that was a regular Joss stop that has no more association with it.

And as well, I know of MANY pool rooms which continue to host Joss Tour events at their pool rooms because it is popular with their patrons.

Next Joss event that KM plays in bring a calculator and add the calcutta bids and then compare that to the payouts.

Believe me, my counterpart would be the first one squawking if there was anything funny going on with the money, and he isn't afraid to voice his opinion. :o

JAM

JAM
02-08-2006, 05:15 PM
You know, I don't know what it is lately, but one week, it's kick the pro, the next week, it's kick the moderator, and now it's kick the tournament directors. :(

Back to the topic of the thread...

Who is your pick to win?


Acciavatti, Tom
Aiello, John
Alfonso, Mike
Allen, Tim
Antonakos, Greg
Archer, Johnny ALWAYS strong in any event he enters
Barretta, Jennifer Can't wait to see her play
Basavich, Dan Kid Delicious is always one of my favorites to win
Begey, Bob
Boemmels, Brent
Boyle, Ed
Broxmeyer, Evan
Cappotto, Dick
Carelli, Mike
Carroll, Bruce
Chin, Holden
Christman, Keith
Conn, Jim
Conte, Victor Jr.
Corr, Karen This lady is knocking down left and right. Watch out for Karen to rise to the top
Cotter, John
Crowe, Gerald
Cuillerier, Rodney
Cunningham, Bob
Cutler, Redgie
Czetli, Aaron
D'Alfonso, Tom He's been on the road in recent times and can hold his own against ANYBODY
Davenport, Kim Kim played well in Turning Stone last time and is comfortable in the tournament environment
Davis, Mike Mike is capable of getting to the winner's circle
Dechaine, Mike
Deuel, Cory There is a golf course as Turning Stone (LOL)
Dipietro, Joe Veteran player and a formidable opponent
Dixon, Dwight
Dryden, Paul
Empey, Gary
Fagan, Dave
Fernandes, John
Fernandez, Dave
Ferrell, Samuel
Forsythe, Jim
Fuller, Robert
Garman, Andrew
Genovese, Pete
Gokhul, Ramesh
Grasman, Eric
Hart, Mike
Hatch, Dennis Came in second last year and can win
Heidrich, Dan
Henderson, Mike
Hewitt, Dan Focused player and tough as nails
Hohmann, Thorsten YIKES! He's the one to watch!
Holmes, Brian
Hopkins, Allen Allen has been practicing and he's back
Houppert, Mike
Hundal, Raj Coming all the way from England, he's going to come out of the gate with both pistols
Hurley, Mike
Immonen, Mika Mika is on a roll lately and he's in dead punch
Jackson, Shawn
Jecen, Jed
Kelly, Julie
Kerner, Ken
Ketz, Kevin
Kolacz, Dan
Kong, Joe
Korsiak, Joe
Krah, Matt
Labonte, Randy
Lapena, Al
Leal, Chris
Lillis, Steve
Lloyd, Gary
Lord, George
Macias, John
Maidhof, Bob
Manzi, Rick
Martin, Sean
Matarazzo, Rick
Maxwell, Tom
McCready, Keith Of course, he's my top favorite, if I can keep him away from the casino games
McCreesh, Ryan Second-Place Finisher at another Joss Turning Stone event. Has a good shot at winning
McNamara, Ray
Michas, Jason
Morgan, Sean
Mougey, Tony
Murphy, Steve
Nakajima, Shinji
Nowlan, Ashley
Orem, Rich
Owen, Keith
Pantovic, Mark
Parisian, Tim
Patrikios, Elias
Peacock, Dave
Petrov, Ivaylo
Pole, Robert
Pomainville, Norm
Putnam, Shawn Shawn Putnam is a tournament machine and always rises to the top
Renshaw, Mike
Roberts, James
Robichaud, Jason
Romanowski, Jim
Ruberto, Tony
Sansouci, George Ginky has returned to the sport and is stronger than ever
Sauve, Pierre
Schneiderman, Keith
Schwager, Randy
Schwartz, Ben
Shattell, John
Slivka, Jerry His break is devasating, and he runs out from nowhere
Smith, Adam
Smith, Jonathan
Smith,Jack
Souquet, Ralf He's disciplined and is the man to beat
Speedwell, Trystan
Staskowski, Rob
Stevens, Jay
Swain, Eric
Szuter, Chris
Szydlowski, Walter
Tucker, Joe Joe showed me something a few weeks ago in Providence. The dark horse of the tournament
Varano, Dave
Vazquez. Eddie
Vergara, Mhet
Vickery, Howard
Vidal, Marc
Wallace, Mike
Wuethrich, Kent
Zuglan, Mike A New York champion, always a tough competitor on a field of green


JAM

cueball1950
02-08-2006, 05:32 PM
Hi Jen.... see you and Keith at Turning Stone Casino next week...gonna be fun................................mike

Dana Bufalo
02-08-2006, 07:17 PM
You know, I don't know what it is lately, but one week, it's kick the pro, the next week, it's kick the moderator, and now it's kick the tournament directors. :(

Back to the topic of the thread...

Who is your pick to win? JAM
Nice post JAM.., great input on those notables!.., See you at Turning Stone!

Koop
02-08-2006, 07:23 PM
My pick is Thorsten Hohmann.

And yes, I am very pissed that I can't make it because he is one I have yet to see in person :mad:

I'm counting on you JAM for your great coverage as always :)

sjm
02-08-2006, 07:44 PM
I'll pick Ralf Souquet, who recently found his top nine-ball form at the Derby City Classic. Hohmann and Immonen always have to be reckoned with. My dark horses are Chris Szuter and Tom D'Alfonso.

DUOBIS
02-08-2006, 08:41 PM
I am going to pick George Sansouci. I would love to see him make a great comeback! My second pick would be myself!!lol. Just kidding, I will be happy to make 13-16 or better.

jay helfert
02-08-2006, 11:14 PM
You know, I don't know what it is lately, but one week, it's kick the pro, the next week, it's kick the moderator, and now it's kick the tournament directors. :(

Back to the topic of the thread...

Who is your pick to win?



Acciavatti, Tom
Aiello, John
Alfonso, Mike
Allen, Tim
Antonakos, Greg
Archer, Johnny ALWAYS strong in any event he enters
Barretta, Jennifer Can't wait to see her play
Basavich, Dan Kid Delicious is always one of my favorites to win
Begey, Bob
Boemmels, Brent
Boyle, Ed
Broxmeyer, Evan
Cappotto, Dick
Carelli, Mike
Carroll, Bruce
Chin, Holden
Christman, Keith
Conn, Jim
Conte, Victor Jr.
Corr, Karen This lady is knocking down left and right. Watch out for Karen to rise to the top
Cotter, John
Crowe, Gerald
Cuillerier, Rodney
Cunningham, Bob
Cutler, Redgie
Czetli, Aaron
D'Alfonso, Tom He's been on the road in recent times and can hold his own against ANYBODY
Davenport, Kim Kim played well in Turning Stone last time and is comfortable in the tournament environment
Davis, Mike Mike is capable of getting to the winner's circle
Dechaine, Mike
Deuel, Cory There is a golf course as Turning Stone (LOL)
Dipietro, Joe Veteran player and a formidable opponent
Dixon, Dwight
Dryden, Paul
Empey, Gary
Fagan, Dave
Fernandes, John
Fernandez, Dave
Ferrell, Samuel
Forsythe, Jim
Fuller, Robert
Garman, Andrew
Genovese, Pete
Gokhul, Ramesh
Grasman, Eric
Hart, Mike
Hatch, Dennis Came in second last year and can win
Heidrich, Dan
Henderson, Mike
Hewitt, Dan Focused player and tough as nails
Hohmann, Thorsten YIKES! He's the one to watch!
Holmes, Brian
Hopkins, Allen Allen has been practicing and he's back
Houppert, Mike
Hundal, Raj Coming all the way from England, he's going to come out of the gate with both pistols
Hurley, Mike
Immonen, Mika Mika is on a roll lately and he's in dead punch
Jackson, Shawn
Jecen, Jed
Kelly, Julie
Kerner, Ken
Ketz, Kevin
Kolacz, Dan
Kong, Joe
Korsiak, Joe
Krah, Matt
Labonte, Randy
Lapena, Al
Leal, Chris
Lillis, Steve
Lloyd, Gary
Lord, George
Macias, John
Maidhof, Bob
Manzi, Rick
Martin, Sean
Matarazzo, Rick
Maxwell, Tom
McCready, Keith Of course, he's my top favorite, if I can keep him away from the casino games
McCreesh, Ryan Second-Place Finisher at another Joss Turning Stone event. Has a good shot at winning
McNamara, Ray
Michas, Jason
Morgan, Sean
Mougey, Tony
Murphy, Steve
Nakajima, Shinji
Nowlan, Ashley
Orem, Rich
Owen, Keith
Pantovic, Mark
Parisian, Tim
Patrikios, Elias
Peacock, Dave
Petrov, Ivaylo
Pole, Robert
Pomainville, Norm
Putnam, Shawn Shawn Putnam is a tournament machine and always rises to the top
Renshaw, Mike
Roberts, James
Robichaud, Jason
Romanowski, Jim
Ruberto, Tony
Sansouci, George Ginky has returned to the sport and is stronger than ever
Sauve, Pierre
Schneiderman, Keith
Schwager, Randy
Schwartz, Ben
Shattell, John
Slivka, Jerry His break is devasating, and he runs out from nowhere
Smith, Adam
Smith, Jonathan
Smith,Jack
Souquet, Ralf He's disciplined and is the man to beat
Speedwell, Trystan
Staskowski, Rob
Stevens, Jay
Swain, Eric
Szuter, Chris
Szydlowski, Walter
Tucker, Joe Joe showed me something a few weeks ago in Providence. The dark horse of the tournament
Varano, Dave
Vazquez. Eddie
Vergara, Mhet
Vickery, Howard
Vidal, Marc
Wallace, Mike
Wuethrich, Kent
Zuglan, Mike A New York champion, always a tough competitor on a field of green


JAM

Very strong field here. Many good players. You got to like Johnny, Thorsten, Ralf and Mika, the class of the field. I'll take these four and you can have all the rest. lol

ribdoner
02-09-2006, 12:07 AM
the scorpion is primed to sting

Michael Webb
02-09-2006, 12:59 AM
McCready, Keith if I can keep him away from the casino games

I like my odds here, Are you taking bets. What are the odds.
Jam, you know I had to. But it's all out of love.

JAM
02-09-2006, 02:07 AM
McCready, Keith if I can keep him away from the casino games

I like my odds here, Are you taking bets. What are the odds.
Jam, you know I had to. But it's all out of love.

LOL, Mike!:D Keith absolutely adores Turning Stone Casino. There's no stopping him from going to the casino games. He's like a kid in the candy store when it comes to throwing those dice. Frankie White from New Jersey, who's coming, and Keith at the craps table is a two-man show. The pit bosses know them both on a first-name basis. :p

This tournament is going to be FANTASTIC. For anybody who has never been to Verona, NY, you are in for a treat. The staff at the Turning Stone really do like pool people and treat everybody like kings and queens. The rooms are so comfortable, AND there is a Starbucks Coffee store right there in the main lobby. The buffet, one of the many restaurants, is the best, no canned food here, everything FRESH and delicious, especially the Prime Rib. YUMMIE! :)

Man, I just hope Mother Nature is good to us next week for the drive up from D.C. However, my Alpine-equipped front-wheel drive Volvo handles snow better than an SUV or truck, a great snow car.

Picture taken at last Joss/Turning Stone $25,000-added tournament in August of 2005, Frankie, Keith, and Young Gun Mickey enjoying themselves to the fullest!

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 02:16 AM
...And as well, I know of MANY pool rooms which continue to host Joss Tour events at their pool rooms because it is popular with their patrons....

Here's a nice little snapshot taken last year on the Joss tournament trail of Keith, Bob Maidhoff (owner of Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hills, PA) who plays GREAT and did well last year at Turning Stone on a field of green and the Blackjack tables, and Allen Hopkins. Bob Maidhoff is an asset to the sport, always supporting regional tours at his pool room, and this man can play!

If Allen is hitting 'em like he was a few weeks ago at the Joss event in Snookers in Providence, RI, he's going to be one tough cookie. Allen is back and will be a formidable opponent whoever he faces in the pit.

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 02:22 AM
Here is another Joss Tour player, Pete Genovese, owner of Ultimate Billiards in Berlin, CT. Pete has a state-of-the-art pool room and continues to host great events on the Joss tournament trail. He will also be competing at the Turning Stone Casino next week.

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 02:31 AM
Michael Webb, a strong Joss Tour supporter, and Keith at the Turning Stone Casino. Mike will be providing on-site cue maintenance and repair, and he stays busy 24/7.

Picture of Mike looking at Keith's Willeecue. The players trust Mike's work to the fullest and depend on his expertise to keep their weapons of mass destruction in tip-top shape. :)

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 02:38 AM
Their Irish eyes are always smililing. This is one of my favorite pics of Julie Kelly, Keith, and Karen Corr. Julie and Karen both enjoy the Joss Tour throughout the year and are always a crowd favorite.

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 02:44 AM
Liljon is making the trek from Hattiesburg, MS to Verona, NY for the $25,000-added Joss/Turning Stone event. With Liljon gearing up for the IPT tour this year, I have a feeling he's going to be in dead punch and will be putting on a grand performance.

It is always a pleasure running into John Macias on the tournament trail.:)

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 02:51 AM
Shawn Putnam may be known as the Love Sponge, but when he's on a field of green, he is a mean machine, knocking my horse in the tub last year. His break in 9-ball is powerful, and he runs out like a bandit.

Shawn rose to the top like a rocket last year in this event, and I thought he was going to win the whole shebang. Look for Shawn to be fighting a bloody battle on his way to the winner's circle!

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 02:59 AM
Joe Tucker, though an author, inventor, and instructor, also packs a mean punch. Joe really impressed me a few weeks ago, coming in third place to Ginky and Allen Hopkins at the Ocean State Championship at Snookers in Providece, RI, and my eyes will be glued to his table next week. He's playing GREAT! He'll be the one to watch!

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 03:07 AM
Here comes JOHNNY, from Georgia to New York, and what a year he's having so far. Snapping up the Glass City Open title, the Scorpion will be zeroed in on this $25,000-added event. Always a pleasure to see excellence and an American pool champion! Johnny is so nice to railbirds like me, allowing me to snap this picture with Keith. Johnny is truly an asset to this sport, and he'll go down in the history books as a gentleman player. He always takes time out to speak to his fans. He's one of the good guys!

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 03:20 AM
Here's a picture of the homeboys in my neck of the woods, Mike Davis, Ryan "Genie Man" McCreesh, and Keith.

Ryan came in second place at the Turning Stone a year ago and is in his realm at his homestate of New York. Mike Davis is comfortable in a tournament setting and is another player who will be very tough to beat.

JAM

JAM
02-09-2006, 03:31 AM
My pick is Thorsten Hohmann.

And yes, I am very pissed that I can't make it because he is one I have yet to see in person :mad:

I'm counting on you JAM for your great coverage as always :)

I'm bringing my laptop and will have no trouble hooking up. There is a business center right next door to the tournament room which has a HIGH-SPEED connection, too. This is going to be a great event, and I can't wait to get on the road again. I am so much looking forward to it.:)

Seems like just yesterday we were all hanging out in the "Hallway of Echos" there at the Turning Stone. That hallway was COOL! One of the BEST things I like about AzBilliards is getting the opportunity to meet people like you, Koop! You will be missed.

JAM

bud green
02-09-2006, 06:25 AM
1. Johnny A
2. Mika
3. Kid D
4. Putnam

I'd still like Kim D to snap it off but I think he needs a little more time before he starts playing like the old kimmer.

Koop
02-09-2006, 06:45 AM
That hallway was COOL! One of the BEST things I like about AzBilliards is getting the opportunity to meet people like you, Koop! You will be missed.

JAM

Yes it was JAM. I felt like my son walking through there all the time. He likes to hear his voice echo :)

Matt and I will see you in Valley Forge and like last time, tell Keith we'll have plenty of beverages :D

Koop

iacas
02-12-2006, 11:40 AM
I'm picking Corey Deuel. But what do I know? :)

stick8
02-12-2006, 12:04 PM
i GOT MY MONEY ON ARCHER AND COVERING ALL [stick}

JAM
02-12-2006, 12:20 PM
This is a hard pick, this tournament. I have a feeling the super stars of today, like Thorsten Hohmann, Mika Immonen, Corey Deuel, and Johnny Archer will all rise to the top. Shawn Putnam played EXCELLENT at the last Joss/Turning Stone event, and he'll be there giving it his all, believe me. Danny "Kid Delicious" Basavich is due for a big win, but that casino evironment with all of its ding-ding-dings, bells, and whistles can be VERY distracting for a few of my FAVORITE players. :o

You never know what game the veteran players will bring, and recently, I've witnessed a couple of them play phenomenally. I mean eye-opening and mouth-dropping match-ups, shots that most can only dream about, i.e., Kim Davenport, Allen Hopkins, George "Ginky" Sansouci, and Mike Zuglan. These gentlemen have shot so many balls in their lifetime that they don't have to practice every day to play well, but when they do practice and get in stroke, be prepared for them to snatch a championship every now and then. They're bred for it, these thoroughbreds, and the closer they get to the winner's circle, the better they play.

There are some dark horses in this race, Tommy "Shorty" D'Alphonso (just off a long road trip and in dead punch), Joe Tucker (breaking and racking expertise, also in stroke), and though Dennis Hatch certainly is not a dark horse, I think sometimes his name gets shoved under the rug because he's not a frequent flier on the tournament trail these days, but definitely a New York favorite.

So there you have it, my tout sheet! Remember, you heard it here first! :D

JAM