The third stop of the Atlantic 9 Ball Tour is now complete! Another full field of 64 of the Atlantic Provinces best 9 ball players competed from 22-24 Jan 16. The staff at Almon Billiards refinished their existing 8 tables and added 2 more tables in time for this stop. Great job to everyone involved including Dick Barker, TJ Martin and the table repair crew. There is even more great news on top of this. Almon Billiards will be adding another 2 tables in the very near future, hopefully in time for the next event. Due to this fact and the incredible amount of interest that is surrounding this tour TJ Martin has decided to increase the field to 96 players. The last piece of amazing news is that the 96 player field is already full and a waiting list has been started!
There are only 2 events left between now and March of 2016. Each of these events has a $1000 in added money. Also 1st place in each event is guaranteed $1000. The Grand Finale event will have a minimum of $10,000 in added money and is scheduled for April 2016. You must have played in 3 events in order to qualify for the Grand Finale!
The format is fantastic as far as I’m concerned. It is a double knockout event with a race to 9 on both sides. The finals will be one race to 13. Magic racks are mandatory and there is also a soft break rule. This rule is 2 balls must either be pocketed, go past the headstrong or a combination of these two.
Entry fees are staggered at $100 for an “A” player, $80 for a “B” player, $60 for a “C” player and everyone must pay a one-time $10 membership fee. The membership also entitles the player for a 10% discount on a billiard shop purchase! The different player classes are determined by the tournament director.
Each of the events will begin on Friday night at 7 pm and finish on Sunday and the number of players has just been capped at a maximum of 64 players. Mr. TJ Martin has also decided to provide further incentives for participation in the following 5 unique ways:
- He has chosen to pay the top “B”, “C” and female player a $100 bonus at each of the 5 events.
- He has chosen to pay the top points leaders after the 5 events. The top “A” players will receive a $500 bonus. The top “B” player will receive a $400 bonus. The top “C” player and the top female player will both receive a $300 bonus.
Players must participate in 4 of 5 events to be eligible for these bonuses.
As another incentive, female players are eligible for both the “C” player and top female bonuses!
Women only require 3 of 5 events to qualify for the bonuses.
If there are 8 women who qualify for the Grand Finale event there will be a separate $1000 added event for the ladies.
- For the rest of these tournaments there will be a second chance tournament held on Sunday with $200 in added money (minimum of 8 players). Entry fee is $25 with the format being single knock out race to 9 with the same rules as the main event.
- For the rest of these tournaments each event will have a Calcutta paying 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
- For the rest of these tournaments there will be a “Last Man Standing” Event and here is how it works:
A person has 5 options to participate in the “Last Man Standing” Event. He or she can pay $20, $40, $60, $80 or $100 to enter.
If you decide to pay $60 for example and lose your first match $30 of this money goes to the final pot for the “Last Man Standing”. If you win this first match you just continue on.
Once you meet up with another player who has entered, the winner of this match will get up to 1/2 of their money back as soon as that match is over. Here are a few scenarios:
A $20 player beats a $20, $40, $60, $80 or $100 player they get $10.
A $40 player beats a $40, $60, $80 or $100 player they get $20.
A $60 player beats a $60, $80 or $100 player they get $30.
An $80 player beats an $80 or $100 player they get $40.
A $100 player beats another $100 player they get $50.
If a higher paid player beats a lower paid player they get 1/2 of that player’s money. As an example a $100 player beats a $20 player they get $10 and so on.
Once the “Last Man Standing” has been determined the money remaining in the pot is given out according to the player’s entry. For example if a $100 player is the “Last Man Standing” he or she gets all of the money left in the pot because their percentage is 100 %. If a $20 player is the “Last Man Standing” they get 20% of the pot and if the next person is a $100 player or an $80 player they get the rest. Another example would be if a $60 player is the “Last Man Standing” they would get 60% of the pot and if the next person was a $20 player they would get 20% and the other 20% would go to the next player in line.
This is a fabulous format to generate excitement, interest and a little extra incentive to win!
Here are all of the exciting results of the Atlantic 9 Ball Tour Event # 3 held on 22-24 January 2016!
1st – Chris Dempsey $1000
2nd – Chris Penny $600
3rd – Brad Doyle $500
4th – Bernard Al Chaar $400
5th/6th – Adam Cormier, Colin Macdonald $300 each
7th/8th – Robert White, Pat Briand $200 each
9th/12th – Kyle Richard, Richard Young, Dale Young and Rocky Johnson $150 each
13th/16th – Ashley Nowlan, Doug Brown, Brian White and Bruce Lilly $100 each
Second Chance Event (10 players and a total of $500)
1st – Stephan Doiron $250
2nd – Chris Goodie $150
3rd – Kayle Goodwin $50
4th – Dave Boone $50
Top B Player – Adam Cormier $100
Top C Player – Dan Buchanan $100
Top Female – Janet Ritcey $100
Poison jump cue giveaway (valued at $149) winner – Bruce Lilly
The Pro Shop gift card ($20 each) winners – Kyle Richard, Adam Cormier and Justin D’Eon.
The Calcutta had a total of $3665 for 32 groups of players!
1st – $1650
2nd – $985
3rd – $650
This “Last Man Standing” Event had a total of $840 for just 13 players!
(I can’t wait to see when there are 30-40 players in this one)
Here is where the money went!
“Last Man Standing” – Chris Dempsey $580
Match Winners – TJ Martin $20, Adam Cormier $20, Dwayne Thompson $20, Chris Penny $20, Adam Cormier $20, Chris Dempsey $30, Chris Penny $20, Kyle Richard $30, Chris Penny $20, Chris Dempsey $20, Chris Penny $20 and once again Chris Penny $20.
Chris Penny $40
Kayle Goodwin $40
TJ Martin $80
Kyle Richard $60
Christian Coffey $40
Doug Brown $40
Dave Boone $100
Greg Wilson $60
Dwayne Thompson $40
Adam Cormier $40
Ashley Nowlan $100
Bernard Al Chaar $100
Chris Dempsey $100
Congratulations to all of match winners and to Chris Dempsey ($100), who was the “Last Man Standing”, winning the remainder of the pot which was $580.
Special thanks to the event host and sponsor, Almon Billiards (owner Mr. Dick Barker) as well as all of the other sponsors: The Billiard Shop, Bargain Auto Parts, MPR Painting and Decor, MPR Construction, Dulux Paints, Onyx Property Management and Willman’s.
Also Thanks to the new sponsors Ultimate Roofing Systems, O’Brian’s Mobile Wash and A. Gannon Painting and Décor.
Special thanks to Mr. TJ Martin for developing this tour! Thanks to TJ Martin and Bruce Lilly who assisted me as the tournament directors for this event. This event and all future events will be live streamed on YouTube!
Please visit the Atlantic 9 Ball Facebook page for further details and I look forward to seeing everyone at the next event on 26-28 February 2016!
Due to the increased amount of interest I would suggest paying your entry fee as soon as possible, if you already haven’t, to guarantee your spot for the next event! The draw will be completed prior to the event starting next time and the first 12 matches will have a scheduled start time.
There is an early bird event, with $200 added, on Thursday evening starting at 7 pm. Anyone, including people not playing in the main event, are eligible to play. Entries are A $40, B $30 and C $20. Format is race to 9 single knock out and the final is one race to 9.
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming events please contact Mr. TJ Martin at 1-902-402-7954 or myself at 1-506-440-5590.
Bring your best game, cues, money, patience and a little luck and I’ll see you at the next event!
Thanks to all the players who have supported the first 3 events!