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07-01-2019, 05:03 AM

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07-01-2019, 05:11 AM

UK based, so limited options, but have been to the masters, world cup and mosconi, as well as lots of snooker tournaments. From that selection, Mosconi was my favorite when it was at Blackpool, but the recent 2 in London were also good. Blackpool Mosconi comes second only to the World Championship Snooker at the Crucible when it goes down to single table set up from the semis onwards. Very different though, Crucible is quiet excitement whereas Mosconi was more raucous.
  
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07-01-2019, 06:58 AM

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Then it's probably Turning Stone.
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07-01-2019, 09:00 AM

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If you have any interest in 14.1, then Peter Burrows' American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship is the place. Table side seating to just about every match - even the finals. Total cost $0.
When and where is this being held. I would love to attend.

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07-01-2019, 09:15 AM

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What tournament would you guys consider the best to watch in person? From the videos I have watched, the DCC seems the best but wanted to know what you guys. Thanks. Charles
I went to the Derby City Classic 2019. Couple things I did not like about it. It is held at a Casino that is out in the boondocks so that if you do not have a car, you are forced to eat at the Casino. The food was not good and very expensive. Second, seating is very limited so you must stand in order to see. If you buy a reserved ticket to the T.V. table, your chair has your name on it on the back of the chair so others can not see it so they sit in your chair and you must find a vacant chair. I have no problem with doing it but for the finals I did not want to cause a scene and found a chair in not such a desirable location that I paid for. But after the dust settles, I did enjoy the tournament for the most part.
  
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07-01-2019, 09:30 AM

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... whereas Mosconi was more raucous.
Classic British understatement.

I was at York Hall twice -- amazing. In a way it's too bad they had to move to Alexandra Palace which has more seats and less reverberation.

But as to the OP, I think that if you really want to be close to the players a lot of the tournaments will work, except that single-table events like the Mosconi Cup don't let you get that close to the table.

The first three days of the US Open 9 Ball (Mandalay Bay) when they have 32 tables running and not that many spectators will let you have a front row seat to watch all the champions you have heard about. During the one-table part -- last three days -- you will still have pretty good seats but will be back 40 feet. You will have TV monitors to catch the closeups and different angles, though.

The Derby City Classic is a 5-ring circus and you get to sit on one of the rings. You might have to occasionally move to get out of the way of a shot. The main downside is you're stuck in the middle of nowhere if you don't have a car. Or maybe that's a feature.


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07-01-2019, 09:41 AM

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Any idea on the cost for rooms out there???
Perhaps $180 a night at Turning Stone but may be more in peak periods, but if cost is an issue, you can stay across the street at the LaQuinta and save some money.
  
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07-01-2019, 10:56 AM

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Perhaps $180 a night at Turning Stone but may be more in peak periods, but if cost is an issue, you can stay across the street at the LaQuinta and save some money.
Thank you sir.

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07-01-2019, 12:54 PM

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Any idea on the cost for rooms out there???
The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is about 35 miles from the Turning Stone Casino.

Hotels not far from Turning Stone include;

Fairfield Inn & Suites Verona
5280 Willow Place
Verona, New York 13478
Phone: (315) 363-8888
Fax: (315) 363-1828
Toll-free: (866) 580-6237


La Quinta Inn & Suites Verona
5394 Willow Place
Verona, NY 13478
Tel: (315) 231-5080
Fax: (315) 363-3536


Microtel Inn & Suites
5118 NY State Route 365
Verona, NY 13478
Tel: (315) 363-1850
Fax: (315) 363-1845


Super 8 Motel Oneida/Verona Area
215 Genesse Street
I-90 Exits 33 and 34
Oneida, NY 13421-2701
Tel: (315) 363-5168
Fax: (315) 363-4628


The Hotel at Vernon Downs
4229 Stuhlman Road
Vernon, NY 13476-4516
Phone: (315) 829-3850


Hotels in nearby Rome, NY (about 12 miles from Turning Stone) include;

Quality Inn
200 S. James St.at Erie Blvd.
Rome, NY 13440
Phone: (315) 336-4300
Fax: (315) 336-4492


Other hotels in nearby Utica and Syracuse, NY (about 30 minutes from Turning Stone) include;

Red Roof Inn Utica
20 Weaver Street
I-90 at Genesee Street, Exit #31
Utica, NY, USA, 13502
Inn Phone: (315) 724-7128
Inn Fax: (315) 724-7158

Red Roof Inn Syracuse
6614 North Thompson Road
I-90 at Carrier Circle, Exit #35
Syracuse, NY, USA, 13206
Inn Phone: (315) 437-3309
Inn Fax: (315) 437-7865

Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre
200 Genesee Street, Utica New York 13502, US
Reservations: (800) 333-3333
Telephone: (315) 797-8010 Fax: (315) 797-1490

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica
102 Lafayette Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: (315) 724-7829

Best Western Gateway Adirondack Inn
175 North Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: (315) 732-4121
Fax: (315) 797-8265

For more info on Hotels located in Syracuse, NY go to;

http://www.syracusehotels.worldweb.com/index.html
  
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07-01-2019, 01:34 PM

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When and where is this being held. I would love to attend.

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07-01-2019, 01:36 PM

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I agree that DCC is the best bang for the buck as a spectator.
...and some US Open 9-balls have been exciting.
But SJM has an excellent point...lotta factors make it extreme pool entertainment....
...I was glued to the stream for the last one...and thatís as a Canuck....
...Americans or Euros had to be freaking.

Not a tournament, but the best money match I saw was TRex and Dennis the first time...
....when Tony won 40-38....there has to be dull moments in a one-hole match race to 40...
....but I canít remember one.
Yea I was also thinking a tournament as an overall trip, a lot of great tournaments but in most you sit in a room and watch players. DCC and SBE have a lot of side stuff happening, which is why I would go to one of those over say the US Open as a one time trip, or Mosconi cup for the team and spectator atmosphere.


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07-01-2019, 01:42 PM

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Perhaps $180 a night at Turning Stone but may be more in peak periods, but if cost is an issue, you can stay across the street at the LaQuinta and save some money.
Or get room-mates. When l do pool trips I find another person or 2/3 to go with and we split a suite hotel with a couple of bedrooms or a nice living room with a pull-out. My go-to place has been Sonesta ES, stayed in 4 of those, two for SBE and a few for Jr Nationals, and all were great.


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07-01-2019, 01:58 PM

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Yea I was also thinking a tournament as an overall trip, a lot of great tournaments but in most you sit in a room and watch players. DCC and SBE have a lot of side stuff happening, which is why I would go to one of those over say the US Open as a one time trip, or Mosconi cup for the team and spectator atmosphere.
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....I canít afford to go there much...Iím like a kid in a candy store around all those gems.


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