Turning Stone Classic XXV 9-Ball Open
January 7-10, 2016
Mike Zuglan’s Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour and Turning Stone Casino Resort are proud to present The $25,000 Added “Turning Stone Classic XXV 9-Ball Open”. Turning Stone has once again most generously invited us to compete in their beautiful and spacious Event Center which is one of the best arenas in the world. There is not a bad seat in the house and multiple matches can be viewed comfortably from everywhere. The intimate layout in this world class arena allows you to mingle with your favorite players and lets you feel like you are a part of the action as well. Turning Stone Resort & Casino is a full service resort with everything needed for a relaxing, fun filled and enjoyable experience. Check them out atwww.turningstone.com
Here is a little history of our great events at Turning Stone. To date we have held, in order of added money, one $15,000 added 96 player event, two $20,400 added 32 player Invitationals, twenty-one $25,000 added 128 player and one $50,000 added 128 player events. All fields were filled to capacity with a waiting list. Now for the 25th time, there will again be a full roster of 128 players competing for the title. As always, the field includes a wide range of talent from our regular tour players to some of the best in the game. The complete current list (subject to change) is now available on our site www.joss9balltour.com . There you will also find our current 2015-2016 season schedule, results and all other pertinent tour information. Our next regular season event will be stop # 9 at Salt City Billiards in Syracuse NY immediately following XXV on January 16-17, 2016, and our regular season will continue on from there until June. Our $25,000 added “Turning Stone Classic XXVI 9-Ball Open”, Season Finale, will be August 25-28, 2016. I will begin taking entries for that event at this event in January and not before. FYI, there is every reason to believe that the August 2016 Season Finale will fill to capacity many month prior to the event, so seriously interested players need to pay their entry fee to avoid most definitely being shut out.
Once again at Turning Stone there will be a “second chance” tournament on Sunday January 10th at 10AM. This is an event for those Non Pro level players (I will decide) eliminated from the main event. The event format will be as follows: $60 Entry Fee – 32 Player Max – same rules as main event – Single Elimination – Races to 4, best 2 of 3 sets, with the deciding set being a single game sudden death. This means that if each player wins a race to 4, there will be a lag for the break and a 1 game playoff to determine the match winner. Entries will be taken for this tournament as players are eliminated from the main event and will be treated as first paid – first in until the event is full.
The equipment for our world class event will once again be 16 Diamond Pro tables covered with 860 Simonis (“The Cloth Of Champions”) tournament blue cloth. We will again be using the new Aramith Tournament balls with Pro Cup cue balls. And you can thank Aramith and specifically Ivan Lee for stepping in to most generously provide us with the best balls on the planet! All items are for sale in tournament used condition, and only seriously interested parties are urged to contact Mike Zuglan immediately at 518-356-7163 for info and pricing.
As always, fans coming to Turning Stone for our event will be treated to Free Admission, Free collectible posters, which have all the previous winners listed (while supplies last & can be viewed now at www.joss9balltour.com and on Face Book at Mike Zuglan’s Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour page), $10 casino Free Plays to players and fans, and some of the best pool you will ever see. All of this is brought to you courtesy of Turning Stone Resort & Casino and the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour!
Included in the Event Center at Turning Stone is a full service snack bar serving all of our favorite foods and adult beverages. There will be billiard product vendors and on site cue repairs available for all your needs. CJ and Peggi Wilkinson of www.baltimorecitycues.com will be here with their extensive cue, case and supplies display, Dan Dishaw, www.dishawcues.com will be on hand with his cues and expert on site cue repairs, and Ira Lee of www.molinaribilliards.com with his line of Molinari products. There is still time and room for new vendor or two at a mere fraction of what you would pay elsewhere. Interested parties should contact me at 518-356-7163 immediately.
Dan, Debbie and Stephen Janes of Joss Cues, have once again upped the ante and provided us with two gorgeous, custom engraved cues for raffle. The cues are valued at $1,700 each and will be raffled off on Saturday just before the 8 PM matches, and the second will go on Sunday immediately prior to the final match at approximately 7 PM. These beautiful cues can be viewed here:
In addition to the cues, I will once again give away the Aramith Pro Cup cue ball used in the final match, autographed by the winner, to some lucky fan by combining all of the Saturday and Sunday raffle tickets and picking the winner from them.
So, we invite everyone to come to Turning Stone Resort & Casino January 7-10, 2016 for a great experience and 4 full days of some of the best pool you will ever witness. If for some reason you are unable to make it, there will be a free live stream expertly provided by Alan Leon, aka Upstate Al, www.azbilliards.com (Mike Howerton & Jerry Forsythe), The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour and Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Unfortunately because Mike and Jerry are unable to make it this time, there will be no live scoring this time. Match times are as follows: Thursday at 4,6,8 & 10pm. Friday at 10am, noon, 2,4,6,8 & 10pm. Saturday at 10am, noon, 2,4,6,8 & 10pm. Sunday at 11am, 1,3,5 & the final match at 7pm. The second chance tournament on Sunday will begin at 10am and run continuously until completed.
I would like to ask all of you to please publicize our event through social media etc. so more people may be informed about this great and free event. And, as always, I remind all of you how important it is to please frequent your local billiard parlors and promote and utilize the fine products of our most generous sponsors listed below. They are the backbone of our sport!
I hope to see all of you at Turning Stone