L-R 2nd Place Vinny Cimarelli 4th Place oe Hong, Owner Bob Maidhof, Winner Michael Praseutsy
Praseutsy Takes PA State 9-Ball Championship Title
Drexeline Billiards hosted the Mezz ABCD Pa 9 Ball State Championship on Oct 11-12, 2014. A strong field came out to play players like: Michael Praseutsy, Vinny Cimarell, Danny Bell, Billy Gallagher, Mohammed Alomni, Matt Baruck, Benn Keeper, Derek Schwager, Tony Long, and Tony Rudi to name a few.
I would like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Danny Bell with wins over Dan Zetts, 7-5, Tony Rudi 7-3, Pete Calabrese 7-2, Wes Dobson, 7-3, and Vinny Cimarell 7-6. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Michael Praseutsy with wins over King James 7-5, Kenny Rutman 7-3, Billy Gallagher 7-0 and Joe Hong 7-1.
Playing for the Hot seat was Danny Bell vs Michael Praseutsy this was a good match that had Michael Praseutsy pulling away late in the match to win 7-4 and sending Danny Bell to the one lost side. Making his move from the one lost side is Vinny Cimarell with wins over Billy Gallagher 7-5, Joe Hong 7-1. The match between Vinny Cimarell and Danny Bell never happened Danny Bell Forfeited and Vinny Cimarelli went straight to the finals.
In the finals it was Vinny Cimarell Vs Michael Praseutsy, This is a true double Elimination Vinny Cimarell would have to bet Michael Praseutsy twice in order to win the event. First set went hill hill and it was Vinny Cimarell coming away with the set 7-6 to force a second set. The second set went back and forth with Michael Preseutsy pulling away late to win the set 7-5 and the Mezz Amateur Pa 9 Ball state Championship.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play!!!!
I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, QPOD, JD Custom Cues,Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Michael Praseutsy $1300
2nd Vinny Cimarell $600
3rd Danny Bell $470
4th Joe Hong $150
5th Billy Gallagher $100
5th Wes Dobson $100
L-R Pat Fleming, 1st Jeremy Sossei, 2nd Phil Davis, 4th Caroline Pao, 3rd Travis McKinney owner Ed Liddawi
Sossei Takes NJ State 9-Ball Championship Title
Mezz Pro-Am Nj State 9 Ball State Championship made it way to Sandcastle Billiards in Edison Nj on Oct 4th & 5th. A Strong field came out to play players like: Jeremy Sossei, Matt Krah, Richard Broumpton, Travis McKinney, Phil Davis, Caroline Pao, Jennifer Barretta, Greg McAndrews, Mike Miller, and Daniel Dagotdot.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Travis McKinney with wins over Mark Horn Sr. 8-3, Muaz Arshad 8-5, Dinko Dusanich 8-7, Matt Krah 8-5 and Greg McAndrews 8-5. Leading ther bottom half of the bracket was Phil Davis with wins over Chris Taormina 8-4, Max Watanabe 8-4, Ryan McCreesh 8-0 and Mike Miller 8-6.
Plying for the hot seat was Travis McKinney Vs Phil Davis, this was a great match that went hill hill but when it was all said and done it was Phil Davis coming away with the win 8-7 sending Travis McKinney to the one lost side.
Waiting for Travis McKinney to the one lost side was Jeremy Sossei this to was a great match that went hill hill this time it was Jeremy Sossie coming away with the win 8-7 to get to the finals.
In the finals it was Jeremy Sossei Vs Phil Davis this event is a true double elimination but both players decide to play one race to 9. This was a good match but Jeremy Sossei pulled away to win the match 9-5 and the event.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play!!!!
I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, QPOD, JD Custom Cues Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Jeremy Sossei
2nd Phil Davis
3rd Travis McKinney
4th Caroline Pao
5th Mike Miller / Greg McAndrews
7th Matt Krah / Pete Calabrese
9th Daniel Dagotdot / Gerard Seriano / Ryan MrCreesh / Tony Maria
L-R 1st Billy Gallagher, 4th Michael Praseutsy, 2nd Al Tonelli, 3rd Eddie Sheahan.
Gallagher Goes Undefeated at Fat Alberts ABCD Event
Mezz ABCD Tour made its way to Fat Albert’s Billiards on Sunday September 14th. A strong field came out to play, Players like Jerry Dunne, Billy Gallagher, Al Tonelli, Mike Saleh, Eddie Sheahan, Bob Milane, Michael Praseutsy. Ralph Yenner. Bill Wilson and Ralph Lake.
I would like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading to top half of the bracket was Billy Gallagher with wins over Jack Brunkel 7-2, Jose Burgos 7-3, and Al Tonelli 7-4. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Eddie Sheahan with wins over Mark Horn Jr, 7-4, Mike Saleh 7-6, Jason Wells 7-4, and Pat Donaghue 7-6.
\Playing for the hot seat was Billy Gallagher Vs Eddie Sheahan This was a one sided match with Billy Gallagher coming away with the win 7-3 and sending Eddie Sheahan to the one lost side. Waiting for Eddie Sheahan on the one lost side was Al Tonelli. Eddie Sheahan Forfeited to Al Tonelli and settled for 3rd place.
In the finals it was Al Tonelli Vs Billy Gallagher, this is a true double elimination Al Tonelli would have to beat Billy Gallagher twice in order to win the event. It only took one set it was Billy Gallagher winning the match 7-5 and the event.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play!!!!
I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, QPOD, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Billy Gallagher $540
2nd Al Tonelli $340
3rd Eddie Sheahan $150
4th Micheal Praseutsy $120
L-R 3rd Michael Praseutsy, 4th Briana Miller, Owner Al Tonelli, 1st Jerry Dunne, 1st Shaun Dobson.
Dunne and Dobson Co-Champions at Fat Alberts ABCD Event
Mezz ABCD event made its way to Fat Albert Billiards in Sumerdale Nj. On Sunday August 10th. A strong field came out to play players like Jerry Dunn, Shaun Dobson, Briana Miller, Mike Saleh, Mark Horn Sr, Micheal Praseutsy, Carlo Faretto, Rick Miller, Will Bracey, Dana Armstrong and Kelly McDonaldto name a few.
I would like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading the top half of the bracket is Jerry Dunne with wins over Todd March 7-5, Rick Miller 7-1, Pat Donaghue 7-5 and Mark Horn Sr. 7-4. Leading the bottom have of the bracket was Michael Prseutsy with wins over Lou Katogir 7-6 Mike Saleh 7-5 Mohammed Kazan 7-4, and Shaun Dobson 7-6.
Playing for the hot seat was Jerry Dunne Vs Michael Praseutsy this was a great match that went back and forth with Jerry Dunne winning 7-5 and sending Michael Praseutsy to the one lost side. Waiting for Michael Praseutsy was Shawn Dobson this was a rematch from earlier that day. This too was a great match that went hill hill when it was all saidand done it was Shaun Dobson coming away with the win 7-6.
In the finals it was Jerry Dunne Vs Shaun Dobson both players decided to be co-champions.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play!!!!
I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, QPOD, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Jerry Dunne $880
1st Shaun Dobson $600
3rd Michael Praseutsy $275
4th Briana Miller $250
5th Mark Horn Sr. $60
5th Mike Saleh $60
L-R 4th Mike Saleh, 1st Bob Maidhof, 3rd Jeremy Sossei 1st Matt Krah
Krah and Maidhof Co-Champions at Drexeline
Mezz Pro-Am made its way to Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hill Pa. on July 27,2014. A Strong field came out to play players like: Matt Krah, Bob Maidhof, Jeremy Sossei, Mike Saleh, Shaun Wilkie, Sam Monday, Mike Veasey, Michael Wong, and John Talamini to name a few.
I would like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Bob Maidhof with wins over Ed Culhane 7-2, Phil Davis 7-2, Rob “40” Hart 7-1, and Jeremy Sossei 7-6 Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Matt Krah with wins over Owen Collins 7-1, Michael Wong 7-6,Mike Veasey 7-6 and Mike Saleh 7-2.
Playing for the hot Seat was Matt Krah vs Bob Maidhof this was a one side match, with Matt Krah taking control from the start and winning easily 7-2 and sending Bob Maidhof to the one lost side. Waiting for Bob Maidhof on the one lost side was Jeremy Sossei this was a rematch from earlier that day. This was a good match when it was a said and done it was Bob Maidhof coming away with the win 6-4 to get to the finals.
In the finale it was Matt Krah Vs Bob Maidhof, this is a true double elimination event Bob Maidhof would have to beat Matt Krah twice in order to win the event. Both players decided to be co-champions.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Kumi Chalk Gamblin Clothing, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues &Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Matt Krah $700
1st Bob Maidhof $375
3rd Jeremy Sossei $300
4th Mike Saleh $200
5th Shaun Wilkie $140
5th Sam Monday $140
7th Mike Veasey $100
7th John Talamini $100
L-R 4th Michael Praseutsy, 1st Jerry Dunne, owner Al Tonelli, 3rd Tony Rudi, 1st Caroline Pao
Pao and Dunne Co-Champions at Fat Alberts
Mezz ABCD Handicap NJ State 9 Ball Championships ABCD Handicap event made its way to Fat Alberts Billiards Billiards in Somerdale Nj on Sunday July 13th. A strong field came out players like: Jerry Dunne, Caroline Pao, Billy Kirschner, Toni Rudi, Tony Rudi, Derek Schwager, Michael Praseutsy, Denise Reeve and Bob Milane to name a few I would like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Jerry Dunne with wins over Shawn Jackson, 7-3, Melvin Garcia Jr.7-4, Rick Miller7-3, Mark Horn 7-5, and Caroline Pao 7-6. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Tony Rudi with wins over Tony Vesti 7-3, Danny Gonzales 7-2, Peter Calabrese 7-3, Todd March 7-4 and Michael Praseutsy 7-6.
Playing for the hot seat was Tony Rudi vs Jerry Dunne this was a one sided match with Jerry Dunne winning easily 7-1 to get the hot seat and to send Tony Rudi to the one lost side. Waiting for Tony Rudi on the one lost side was Caroline Pao this was a good match but it was Caroline Pao coming away with a 7-5 win to get to the finals.
In the finals it was Caroline Pao Vs Jerry Dunne, Caroline Pao would have to beat Jerry Dunne twice in order to win the event. Both players decided to be come co-champions. Congratulations to both players. I would also like to congratulate Coen Bell on become the newest member of the Mezz family.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Billiard Life, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Caroline Pao $1100
1st Jerry Dunne $900
3rd Tony Rudi $475
4th Michael Praseutsy $325
5th Jose Espinal $150
5th Tony Long $150
7th Bob Milane $120
7th John Talamini $120
9th Danny Gonzales $80
9th Todd March $80
9th Lou Katogir $80
9th Mark Horn Sr. $80
L-R 2nd Al Waldo, Jeremy Stacy 1st Bob Milane, 3rd Brett Stottlemyer,
Erin Stacy, 5th Mike Miller and 4th Matt Krah
Bob Milane Goes Undefeated in Rack for a Cure Charity Event
Mezz Pro-Am teamed up with Jeremy and Erin Stacy and TAP League of Bucks County for the first annual “RACK FOR A CURE” Charity event at Warrington Billiards in Warrington Pa on Saturday June 28th. A strong field of 124 came out to play players like: Bob Milane, Al Waldo, Brett Stottlemyer, Matt Krah, Mike Miller, Pete Calabrese, Steve Lillis, Rob Gorski, Alex Calabrese, Emily Duddy, Nicole “the Master” Nester, Colleen Shoop, Denise Reeve, and Kia Sidbury to name a few.
I would like to thank Jereny Stacy and his wife Erin Stacy for organizing this event They both worked hard and long hours leading up to the event and raised over $4500 for Cancer Research great job guys. I would also like to thank Rob Gorski and Lisa Gorski Owner of the TAP league in bucks county For donating $2000 in prizes and for their hard work as well with this event. A special thanks to my staff Bob Milane and Al Waldo for helping me run the event 124 players in just under 12 hours sweet.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Bob Milane with wins over Nicole Webb, Angela Yu, Chris Cicero, Edson Chinchilla, Mike Saleh, and Al Waldo. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Brett Stottlemyer with wins over Wes Dobson, Emily Duddy, Brian Joanni, Jimmy Cole, and Matt Krah.
Playing for the hot seat was Bob Milane vs Brett Stottlemyer this was a great match that went hill hill and when it was all said and done it was Bob Milane coming away with the win and sending Brett Stottlemyer to the one lost side. Waiting for Brett Stottlemyer on the one lost side was Al Waldo this to was a good match it was Al Waldo winning the match to get to the finals.
In the finals it was Bob Milane vs Al Waldo a rematch from earlier that day. This is a true double eliminations, Al Waldo would have to beat Bob Milane twice in order to win the event. But this day belonged to Bob Milane as he beat Al Waldo to win the event in the first set.
Like to thank all the players that played or just donated without you guys this wouldn’t be possible so thank you to the following players. Tim Arentzen, Jason Bensinger, Rick Calef, Michael Callanan, Tim Callanan, Michael Calvanese, Jesse Chapman, Edson Chinchilla, Chris Cicero, Chris Cholaj, Matt Cholaj, Jack Collins, Jesse Collins, Tony Darling, Joe Dauber, Brian Delong, Wes Dobson, Chuck Donal, Patrick Epps, Joe Esterzon, Lance Fessier, John Friemann, Loe Gomez, Brian Gould, Medford Green, Chris Grey, Mike Halczk, Adam Hebert, Tim Hubosky, John James, Brian Joanni, Henry Kallas, Travis Kalbach, James Keegan, Jack Karcher, Jeremy Kerlin, Leo Khazanov, John Kiley, Nick Labowsky, Erik Lynch, Kevin Mealey, Frank Micel, Kyle Newman, Rick Miller, Gary Mills, Robert Murphy, Jeremy New, Eric Perry, Jeff Pierce, Kevin Randis, James Rearick, William Reiman, Chris Richter, Chris Sides, Joe Sotack, Austin Splitler, Kevin Stier, Jayme Stier, Alex Tavares, Steve Walcott, Jason Wells, Travis Wiley, Brandon Williams, Scotty Williams, Christopher Zuk, Karen Barr, Alex Calabrese, Nicki Cicero, Emily Duddy, Shyvonne Glessner, Jeannie Horning, Jess Hosford, Beth Miller, Nicole “The Master” Nester, Jeri Pearson, Denise Reeve, Jenna Roland, Jenn Seddon-Richter, Katie Shallcross, Kia Sidbury, Jennelle Simpson, Colleen Shoop, Samantha Stacy, Jamie Gerber, May Washington, Nicole Webb, Angela Yu, Ron Alzert, Peter Calabrese, Kenny Carfagno, Jimmy Cole, Vinny Deichi, Jerry Dunne, Rich Ganther, Joe Gates, Rob Gorski, John Graziano, Neil Hebert, Joe Hong, Larry Ingram, Shawnn Jackson, Bill Kirschner, Matt Krah, Ralph Lake, Steve Lillis, Bob Madara, Todd March, Brian Marshall, Bob Milane, Mike Miller, Joe Pearson, Derek Schwager, Stacy Snyder, Jon Spencer, Jeremy Stacy, Rob Palm, Mike Saleh, Frank Sicllia, Brett Stottlemyer, Taylor Talbot-Carter, Joey Testa, Curtis Taylor, Al Waldo, Gary Washington.
Like to thank the following sponsor for making this event a huge success:
Mezz Cues, TAP Revolution, Mike Missanelli 97.5 The Fanatic, Cue & Case Sales Incorporated, Warrington Billiards Club, Harrigan’s Pub, 92.5 XTU – Philadelphia’s Country Station, Premier Urgent Care, Schwarz & Schwarz, P.C. – Trial Attorneys, Spitfire Tactical, The Home Depot, Raylon Corporation, Taste - Sand Castle Winery’s Gourmet Experience, Warrington AmeriKick, Wariminster, East West Karate, Warminster, Philadelphia Soul, Philadelphia Union, Reading Fightin’ Phils, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Esther Trexler, Thirty-One Gifts Consultant.
Complete Payouts:
1st Bob Milane
2nd Al Waldo
3rd Brett Stottlemyer
4th Matt Krah
5th Mike Miller/ Mike Saleh
7th Derek Schwager/ Steve Lillis
9th Kia Sidbury (Top Female)
L-R 2nd Place Michael Wong, 4th Jeff Crawford, 1st Joey Testa, 3rd Joe Hong
Testa and Wong Co-Champions at Mainline
Mezz Pro-Am made its way to Mainline Billiards in Frazer PA. A strong field came out to play players like: Matt Krah, Dominic Noe, Rob “40” Hart, Michael Wong, Joe Hong, Ed Culhane, Denise Reeve and returning back to the game Joey Testa.
Mezz Pro-Am has picked a charity for this year it’s the “Rack For A Cure” A 10% of the tour funds will be given to this charity also I would like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Joe Hong with wins over Bob Giandomenico 7-6, Bill Wilson 7-1, Bob Madara7-5 and Tom Zippler 7-6. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Joey Testa with wins over Joe Gates 7-3, Mike Saleh 7-2 and Jeff Crawford 7-5.
Playing for the hot seat was Joe Hong Vs Joey Testa this was a great match that went hill hill but it was Joey Testa coming away with the win 7-6 and sending Joe Hong to the one lost side.
Waiting for Joe Hong on the one lost side was Michael Wong this too was a great match that went hill hill it was Michael Wong coming away with the win 6-5 to get back to that finals.
In the finals it was Joey Testa Vs Michael Wong both players decided to be co-champions. Joey Testa would like to thank his sponsor Lucasi Cues for there on going support.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Kumi Chalk Gamblin Clothing, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues &Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Joey Testa $715
2nd Michael Wong $500
3rd Joe Hong $280
4th Jeff Crawford $150
5th Tom Zippler $100
5th Vinny Cimarelli $100
L-R Tony Robles of the Predator Tour, Mike Dechaine (1st), Mika Immonen (2nd), Adam Smith (3rd),
John Leyman of The Tri-State Tour
Photo by Claude Gregoire / Story by Story Alison Fischer NYC Grind
Mike Dechaine Strikes Again – Wins 2nd Ginky Memorial Title at Steinway
On Sunday, May 25, 2014, the Open/Pro 10-Ball division of the 4th Annual George “Ginky” SanSouci Memorial got underway at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY. The three-day event, presented jointly by the Predator Pro/Am Tour, The Tri-State Tour, and The Mezz Pro/Am Tour, had started off with the handicapped Amateur 9-Ball division on the previous day, Saturday, May 24, and both events continued into their completion on Monday, May 26.
Joining the tour directors and staff at Steinway were the teams from AZBtv and NYC Grind, who collaborated together to co-produce a live stream of feature matches, free to view on the AZBtv Ustream Channel. Matches from the event will also be available to watch at any time, on the AZBtv YouTube Channel.
The fans and supporters at Steinway, included some of Ginky’s family members, were treated to a lineup of some of the Northeast’s most notable names, many of whom were personal friends of his. Included among the top-rate players were 2011 Champion Mike Dechaine, former World Champion Mika Immonen, 2013 Empire State Champion Jayson Shaw of Scotland, BCA Hall of Famer “The Irish Invader” Karen Corr, top Virginia-based player Danny Mastermaker, Ohio-based touring pro Adam Smith, Boston’s Jarrod Clowery, Florida’s Hunter Lombardo, WPBA touring pro Emily Duddy, and Predator Tour owner Tony Robles.
Through the two-day run of action at Steinway, Mike Dechaine would forge through the winner’s bracket to capture his second Ginky Memorial title. On his way to the top, Dechaine took out Travis McKinney (8-5), Joe Dupuis (8-5), Rich Britt (8-1), Karen Corr (8-2) on the live stream table, and Danny Mastermaker (8-5), which sent him into the hot seat match.
Coming from the upper half of the winner’s bracket into the hot seat match was Adam Smith, whose run included wins against Jarrod Clowery, Mika Immonen (8-6), and Steinway player Mhet Vergara (8-5) in the final four. However, in the hot seat match, Dechaine held Smith to only four games, for a final score of 8-4, which sent Dechaine into the final.
Following his upset loss to Adam Smith, Mika Immonen charged back through the one-loss bracket, with wins against Society Billiards house pro Johnathan Smith (8-6), Hunter Lombardo (8-1), and Danny Mastermaker (8-5) to get to the quarterfinal.
Meeting up with Immonen in the quarterfinal was Jayson Shaw, who had previously taken wins against New Yorkers Frankie Hernandez (8-4) and Mhet Vergara (8-2). The quarterfinal between Shaw and Immonen was a close one, and had Shaw reaching the hill first. However, Immonen mounted a comeback, and tied it 7-7. In the final rack, Immonen played a good safety, which resulted in Shaw jumping to hit the four ball. Shaw contacted the four, but being that it was close to the rail, the ball flew off the table, and Immonen had ball in hand to run out the rack.
Immonen then moved on to his semifinal rematch against Smith, who he had played the previous day. While Smith got out to an early 4-1 lead, the tide turned in Immonen’s favor, and he would eventually win by a score of 8-6. The modified extended-race final between Immonen and Dechaine could not have been more exciting. The players exchanged racks, staying nearly-tied the entire time, until it was 10-10. With the entire event on the line, Dechaine broke, and the ten ball was kicked into a position in front of the side pocket. Dechaine successfully banked the one ball into the ten to capture the win in the case game, securing a second Ginky Memorial title to add to his collection of honors.
Complete Payouts:
1st: Mike Dechaine – $2,000
2nd: Mika Immonen – $1,500
3rd: Adam Smith – $1,000
4th: Jayson Shaw – $700
5th/6th: Danny Mastermaker, Mhet Vergara – $500
7th/8th: Hunter Lombardo, Frankie Hernandez – $320
9th-12th: Johnathan Smith, Karen Corr, Mustafa Dikilitas, Brian Deska – $200
L-R Tony Robles of the Predator Tour, Christian Smith (3rd), Kapriel Delimelkonoglu (1st), John Ortiz (2nd),
John Leyman of The Tri-State Tour
Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYC Grind
Kapriel Delimelkonoglu Scores the Amateur 9-Ball Title at the 4th Annual George “Ginky” SanSouci Memorial
The 4th Annual George “Ginky” SanSouci Memorial has reached its conclusion on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 at Steinway Billiards (Astoria, NY). The first of the two divisions featured in the event to complete was the Amateur 9-Ball, where a full field of 128 players fought to make it to the top on the third and final day.
Collaborating together in this celebration of one of New York’s most accomplished players in professional pool, were the area’s three top amateur and pro/am tours, The Tri-State Tour, Predator Pro/Am Tour, and Mezz Pro/Am Tour, which include top players from around the regional.
Emerging as the victor of this event was Predator Pro/Am Tour & Tri-State Tour player Kapriel Delimelkonoglu, who could not be contained by any of his opponents, and earned undefeated status at Steinway. Only recently, Delimelkonoglu (rated with a ‘B’ handicap) had his first Predator Tour win at Cue Bar in Queens in April of this year. At the Ginky Memorial’s start on Saturday, May 24, Delimelkonoglu began his route to the top, defeating Jack Cuomo (7-6), Kevin Cheung (7-6), Julie Ha (7-4), his friend Joe Wilson-Torres (7-6), Chris Karp (7-4), and Glenn Ramsey in the final four.
Kapriel "Kapo" Delimelkonoglu in the finals. (Photo: Claude Gregoire)
While Delimelkonoglu held down the lower bracket (comprised of B/C/D players), his contender in the hot seat match reigned supreme in the B+ through A++ bracket. John Ortiz, an ‘A’ rated player based in New Haven, CT, would clear the upper bracket with a run that included a 7-6 win over former tour winner James Stevens and a 7-4 win over Christian Smith to meet up with Delimelkonoglu in the hot seat match. In the match for the hot seat, which took place on day three, Delimelkonoglu had a solid 9-4 win over Ortiz to secure his place in the final match.
In the rounds to complete on the final day, four players on the one-loss side joined the last two who were undefeated. In the ‘final four’ of the one-loss, Glenn Ramsey defeated Thomas Rice in the lower side, while Christian Smith had a 7-5 win over Lidio Ramirez. Smith and Ramsey then met up in the quarterfinal, which was soundly won by Smith at 7-3.
In the semifinal, Smith took on John Ortiz in a hard-fought battle that went to hill-hill. After Ortiz led 6-5, Smith bumped the score to 6-6. In the final break of the match, Smith came up empty, and Ortiz ran out the rack to take a 7-6 win.
This win would make for a rematch in the final between Ortiz & Delimelkonoglu. The final would be a modified “extended-race” format, where Delimelkonoglu would win if he reached nine first, but if Ortiz got to nine first, the race would go on to eleven games. While Delimelkonoglu got out to an initial lead, Ortiz stayed close behind. However, Delimelkonoglu pulled ahead to to secure a 9-7 victory to take the match.
You can watch the final match, as commentated by Upstate Al, Ed Culhane, and Larry Ross here in the video player below, from the AZBtv YouTube Channel.
Kapriel “Kapo” Delimeklonoglu, who is originally from Turkey and came into pool with a three-cushion background, has had big improvements in his game in recent years, and went from a ‘C’ handicap to a ‘B’ in a short period of time. Following his performance in the Ginky Memorial, his tour handicap will be raised to a ‘B+’.
This win for Kapo was a significant one. “I came back to playing pool after a nine-month break, and made the goal of winning the Ginky Memorial when I started to play again,” said Kapo.
“As an amateur in the Tri-State area, in pool, there is no better accomplishment as a goal. Ginky was a great player,” he went on to say.
Steinway owner Georgios Nikolakakos & Kapriel Delimelkonoglu (Photo: Alison Fischer)
Runner-up John Ortiz is among the contingent of Connecticut players who compete on the Predator Pro/Am Tour, and he also finished in the top of the rankings at Steinway in the 2013 tour season opener, in the third place position.
New Jersey-based third semifinalist Christian Smith has also been a notable name on both the Predator and the Tri-State Tours for a number of years, and this finish marks a highlight of his 2014 tournament showings. Fourth place was also an outstanding finish for Steinway Billiards regular Glenn Ramsey, who won the Megabucks League Straight Pool playoffs at Steinway earlier this year.
Tony Robles of the Predator Tour, Christian Smith (3rd), Kapriel Delimelkonoglu (1st), John Ortiz (2nd), John Leyman of The Tri-State Tour (Photo: Alison Fischer)
A strong showing of sixteen New York area female competitors were included in the 128-player lineup at the Ginky Memorial, and NJ-based player Julie Ha would have the top finish of the women, tied for 9th-12th place. Ha, who was notably the 2013 and 2014 Super Billiards Expo Amateur Women’s runner-up, was one of three women who finished in the money rounds, along with Erin Bechner (25th-32nd) and myself, Alison Fischer (17th-24th).
Tour directors Tony & Gail Robles, Todd Fleitman, John Leyman, and Jose Burgos earned credit for a very smooth-running three days of competition, and had the support of the hard-working staff and owners of Steinway Billiards.
“Upstate Al” Leon was in the commentating booth throughout the weekend for the free live stream co-produced by AZBtv & NYC Grind, and was joined by me and special guests attending the event. Al’s son Joey was also on-site to assist him, and a network of online supporters helped to get the word out about the stream.
Other people on the scene who should be recognized include Jimmy Martinez and David Padilla, who produced the Ginky Memorial shirts. Part of the proceeds for the shirts went toward a breast cancer awareness charity, selected by Ginky’s family members, who were at Steinway to support the event and players throughout the weekend. New York-based Focused Apparel, a Predator Tour affiliate, was also on-site throughout the event.
Complete Payouts:
1st: Kapriel Delimelkonoglu – $2,000
2nd: John Ortiz – $1,500
3rd: Christian Smith – $1,000
4th: Glenn Ramsey – $750
5th-6th: Thomas Rice, Lidio Ramirez – $460
7th/8th: Scott Bannon, Chris Karlp – $300
9th-12th: Julie Ha, Dan Faraguna, James Stevens, Doug Youmans – $200
13th-16th: Meshak Daniel, Ed Culhane, Sanjay Sachdeva, Koka Davladze, Sam Islam – $150
17th-24th: Alison Fischer, Bogie Uzdejczyk, Joe Wilson-Torres, Dean Selvey, Ron Mason – $125
25th-32nd: Erin Bechner, Andre Ramos, Brian Hunter, Todd Trent, Scott Murphy, Greg Antonakos, Sookdeo Ramkissoon, Juan Guzman – $100
L-R Winner Mike Dechaine, owner Scott Murphy, 2nd Earl Strickland, 3rd Jayson Shaw
Mike Dechaine Takes Down Strickland and 10-Ball Championship Title
Mr. Cue Billiards hosted The Mezz NY State 10 Ball Championships on May 3rd. A strong field came out to play players like Mike Dechaine, Earl Strickland, Jayson Shaw, Matt Krah, Jarrod Clowery, Oscar Bonilla and Michael Wong.
Like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events a Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading the top have of the bracket was Mike Dechaine with wins over Joey Korsiak 9-2, Matt Krah 9-2 and Jarrod Clowery 9-4. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Earl Strickland with wins over Evan Broxmyer 9-1, Mike Ettl 9-2, and Jose Burgos 9-4.
Playing for the hot seat was Earl Strickland Vs Mike Dechaine this was a good match that went back and forth but it was Earl Strickland coming away with the win 9-7 and sending Mike Dechaine to the one lost side.
Waiting for Mike Dechaine on the one lost side was Jayson Shaw this was a great match that went back and forth It was Mike Dechaine winning 7-5 to get back to the finals for a rematch against Erarl Strickland.
In the finals it was Earl Strickland Vs Mike Dechaine both players decided to play one race to 9 This was a good match that had Mike Dechaine pulling away late and winning easily 9-6 to win Mezz Pro-Am NY State 10 Ball Championships.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Kumi Chalk Gamblin Clothing, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues &Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Mike Dechaine $1100
2nd Earl Strickland $650
3rd Jayson Shaw $400
4th Matt Krah $250
5th/6th Jose Burgos, Jarrod Clowery $100
L-R Owner Al Tonelli, 3rd Mark Nanashee, 4th Vinny Cimarelli, 1st Mike Saleh, 2nd Carl Morgan
Mike Saleh Goes Undefeated at Fat Alberts ABCD Stop #5
Mezz ABCD Tour made its way to Fat Alberts in Somerdale Nj on Sunday April 13th. A strong field came out to play player like: Mike Saleh, Carl Morgan, Mark Nanashee, Shaun Dobson, Mark Horn Sr., Ralph Lake and Denise Reeve.
Like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events a Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading the top have of the bracket was Mike Saleh with wins over Bob Milane 7-6, Carl Morgan 7-4 and Mark Horn Sr. 7-0. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Mark Nanashee with wins over Kelly McDonald 7-3, Rocket Man 7-0, Geovoni Hosang 7-1 and Vinny Cimarelli 7-5.
Playing for the hot seat was Mike Saleh Vs Mark Nanashee this was a good match that had Mike Saleh pulling away late in the match to win 7-4 and sending Mark Nanashee to the one lost side.
Carl Morgan made its way through the one lost side with wins over Mike Tuzzi 7-5, Vinny Cimarelli 7-3, Shaun Dobson 7-6. Then is was Mark Nanashee Vs Carl Morgan this was a great match that went hill, hill when it was all said and done it was Carl Morgan coming away with the match 7-6.
In the finals it was Mike Saleh Vs Carl Morgan, Morgan would have to beat Saleh twice to win the event. This day belonged to Mike Saleh as he won easily 7-2 to win the event. Congratulations to Mike Saleh on his first win.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Mike Saleh $570
2nd Carl Morgan $350
3rd Mark Nanashee $250
4th Shaun Dobson $100
L-R Owner Bob Guerra (5th) Jerry Ritzer (2nd), Mike Saleh (3rd) Kenny Rutman (1st)
Kenny Rutman Takes Down an Undefeated Mezz ABCD Win at Rockaway Stop #4
The Mezz Tour’s ABCD amateur division made its was to Rockaway Billiards in Rockaway, NJ on Sunday, March 30. This was the tour’s fourth amateur-only event of the season. Some of the top in the running at the event included Kenny Rutman, Al Waldo, Jerry Ritzer, Ed Culhane, Rick Shellhouse, Paul Spaanstra, and Mike Saleh.
Leading the top have of the bracket at Rockaway was Kenny “The Russian” Rutman, with wins over Bob Guerra 7-1, Paul Spaanstra 7-4, and Al Waldo 7-4. Meanwhile, the bottom half of the bracket taken over by Jerry Ritzer, who scored wins over Tri Chau 7-2, tour director Jose Burgos 7-5, Ed Culhane 7-3, and Mike Saleh.
Kenny Rutman and Jerry Ritzer were then paired up in the hot seat match. This was a closely-contended fight that would have Rutman pull away late to win it 7-5, while Jerry Ritzer would go to the one-loss side to play the semifinal.
Waiting for Ritzer on the one-lost side of the bracket was Mike Saleh. This semifinal was a rematch from earlier in the day. This was another great match that went all the way to hill-hill, but Jerry Ritzer walked away with the deciding game to win it 7-6 to get to the finals.
Jerry Ritzer earned his spot to take on Kenny Rutman once again in the final. As Mezz Tour events feature a true double-elimination format, Ritzer would have to beat Rutman twice to win the event. But, Rutman would prevail out of the gate, as he won the first set 7-3 to take the event.
Mezz Tour staff would like to thank all the players that came out to play, along with the following sponsors: Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing, Kamui Chalk, Allen Hopkins’ Super Billiards Expo, John Barton – JB Cases, JAB Cues & Things, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
The tour would also like to thank Tom and Kelly of Gamblin Clothing, for awarding the winner of this event (and winners of future events) a Gamblin shirt.
Complete Payouts:
1st: Kenny Rutman – $725
2nd: Jerry Ritzer – $360
3rd: Mike Saleh – $250
4th: Al Waldo – $120
5th/6th: Bob Guerra, Paul Spaanstra – $80
L-R Picture 3rd Mike Saleh, 4th Brian Maher, 1st Scott Evans,
1st Kenny Rutman owner of Sandcastle Billiards Ed Liddawi
Evans and Rutman Co-Champions at Sandcastle ABCD Event Stop #3
Mezz ABCD tour made its way to Sandcastle Billiards in Edison Nj on Sunday March 23rd. A strong field came out to play players like Scott Evans, Kenny Rutman, Mike Saleh, Kyle Bubet, Brian Maher, Mike Johnson and Jeremy Stacy.
Like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events a Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Scott Evans with wins over Tom McDonald 7-4, Taylor Carter 7-2, Mike Saleh 7-2 Brian Maher 7-2. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Kenny Rutman with wins over Wootang 7-1, Wes Dobson 7-6 Jose Burgos 7-5 and Kyle Bubet 7-6.
Playing for the hot seat was Kenny Rutman Vs Scott Evans this was a one sided match that had Scott Evans dominating Kenny Rutman by beating him easily 7-2 and sending Kenny Rutman to the one lost side.
Making his move through the one lost side was Mike Saleh with wins over Joe Hong 7-2, Scott Abanowitz 7-1, Kyle Bubet 7-2, Brian Maher 7-3. Then Mike Saleh ran into Kenny Rutman this too was a one sided match, it was Kenny Rutman winning 7-3 to get to the finals.
In the finals it was Kenny Rutman Vs Scott Evans this is a true double elimination Kenny would have to beat Scott Evan twice in order to win the event. Both players decided to be co-champions.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Scott Evans $665
1st Kenny Rutman $575
3rd Mike Saleh $240
4th Brian Maher $150
5th Kyle Bubet $100
5th Mike Johnson $100
Darren Appleton Takes the 2014 NJ State 8-Ball Championships
The Mezz Pro-Am New Jersey State 10 Ball was hosted by Sandcastle Billiards March 8th & 9th. A Strong field came out to play. Players like Darren Appleton, Adam Kielar, Matt Krah, Josh Brothers, Daniel Dagotdot, Dennis Spears, Caroline O’Neil, James Conn, and Travis McKinney.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Adam Kielar with wins over Antonio G 9-7, James Conn 9-3, Lee Holt 9-8 and TJ Moore 9-5. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Darren Appleton with wins over Mike Couvetter 9-5, Ed Culhane 9-4, Dennis Spears 9-5, and Matt Krah 9-9.
Playing for the hot Seat was Adam Kielar vs Darren Appleton this was a great match that went hill hill but it was Appleton coming away with the win 9-8 and sending Kielar to the one lost side, Waiting for Kielar on the one lost side was Krah this was a good match that had Adam Keilar pulling away half way through the match to a 9-5 win and a rematch with Darren Appleton.
In the finals it was Adam Kielar VS Darren Appleton this event is a true double elimination so Kielar would have to win 2 set in order to win the event. It only took Appleton one sett as he won easily 9-5 to capture 2014 NJ State 10 Ball Championships.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Darren Appleton $1000
2nd Adam Kielar $450
3rd Matt Krah $375
4th TJ Moore $200
5th Mike Delawder $150
5th Travis McKinney $150
7th Antonio G $100
7th Jayson Wells $100
9th Lee Holt $50
9th Andy Suttler $50
9th Dennis Spears $50
9th Rob “40” Hart $50
L-R 3rd TJ Moore, 1st Shaun Wilkie, 2nd Josh Brothers 4th Matt Krah
Mezz Pro-Am Tour Stop #3
Wilkie Goes Undefeated at Mainline
Mezz Pro-Am made its way to Mainline Billiards in Frazer Pa on Sunday February 23, 2014 A strong field came out players Like Shaun Wilkie, Matt Krah , Josh Brothers, Gary Serrano, Tj Moore, Wes Dobson and ED Culhane.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Shaun Wilkie with wins over Brian Gould 7-2, Jay Brotherton 7-1 Matt Krah 7-5 and Kenny Carfagno 7-6 Leading the bottom half of the bracket was TJ Moore with wins over Ted Sroka 7-1 Chris Garrett 7-5 Lou Patrikio 7-2 and Wes Dobson 7-4.
Playing for the hot seat was Shaun Wilkie Vs Tj Moore this match was all Shaun Wilkie winning easily 7-3 and sending Tj Moore to the one lost side. Making his way thru the one lost side was Josh Brothers with wins over Curtis Taylor 7-6, Jay Brotherton, 7-2, Jon Spencer 7-3 Ed Culhane 7-2 and Kenny Carfagno 7-3 then Josh Brithers ran into TJ Moore this was a good match that had Josh Brothers pulling away late in the match to win 7-5.
The Finals it was Shaun Wilkie Vs Josh Brothers, this is a double elimination event Brothers would have to beat Wilkie twice in order to win the event. But the day belonged to Shaun Wilkie as he won easily 7-1.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Shaun Wilkie $700
2nd Josh Brothers $350
3rd Tj Moore $200
4th Matt Krah $150
5th Wes Dobson $100
5th Kenny Carfagno $100
L-R 2nd Kyle Coleman, 1st Michael Praseutsy 3rd Vinny Cimarelli Owner Al Tonelli
Mezz ABCD Tour Stop #2
Micheal Praseutsy Comes From Behind to take Fat Alberts
Mezz ABCD made it way to Fat Alberts in Somerdale Nj on Sunday February 16th. A strong field came out to play players like: Michael Praseutsy, Kyle Coleman, Billy Gallagher, Jim O’Hara, Rob “40” Hart, Carlo Faretto and Bob Milane to name a few.
Like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of the this event and winners of future events a Gamblin Clothing apparel.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Kyle Coleman with wins over Rob “40” Hart 7-4, Rick Rosado 7-6, Anthony Vesti 7-5, Jim O’Hara 7-5 and Carlo Faretto 7-2. Leading the bottom half the bracket was Michael Praseutsy with wins over Billy Gallagher 7-5, Wes Dobson 7-5, Justin Verna 7-5 and Vinny C 7-5
Playing for the hot seat was Michael Praseutsy Vs Kyle Coleman, this was a good match that went back and forth but when it was all said and done it was Kyle Coleman coming away with the win 7-5 and sending Michael Praseutsy to the one lost side. Waiting for Michael Praseutsy on the one lost side was Vinny Cimarelli but this match belonged to Michael Praseutsy as he won 7-5 to get to the finals.
In the finals it was Michael Praseutsy VS Kyle Coleman this is a true double elimination event so Michael P has to beat Kyle Coleman twice in order to win the event. First set was all Michael Praseutsy as he went on to win 7-4 to force set two. In the second set it went back and forth it was tied at 5’s when Michael Praseutsy took control by winning the next to gams to win the set 7-5 and the event.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Micheal Praseutsy $900
2nd Kyle Coleman $600
3rd Vinny Cimarelli $300
4th Billy Gallagher $150
5th Jim O’hara $120
Carlo Faretto $120
7th Mark Nanashee $80
Mark Horn Sr $80
9th Carl Morgan $50
Mark Horn Jr $50
Justin Verna $50
Gary Serrano $50
L-R 3rd “40”, 2nd Matt Krah, 1st Josh Brothers
Mezz Pro-Am Tour Stop #2
Brothers and Krah Co-Champions at Drexeline
Mezz Pro-AM made its way to Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hill PA on Sunday Feb 9. A Strong field came out to play with players like Josh Brothers, Matt Krah, “40”, Shaun Dobson, Eddie Abraham, Shawn Jackson, and Raphael Saldana to name a few.
Leading the top have of the bracket was Josh Brothers with wins over Wes Dobson 7-5, Rapheal Saldana 7-6 and “40” 7-2. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Matt Krah with wins over Eddy Epperson 7-4, Bob Burt 7-4, Bob Maidhof 7-1 and Shuan Dobson 7-6
Playing for the hot seat was Matt Krah Vs Josh Brothers this was a good match that went back and forth but it was Josh Brothers pulling away late to win the match 7-5 and send Matt Krah to the one lost side. Waiting for Krah on the one lost side was “40” this was a one sided match with Matt Krah winning easily 7-5
In the finals it was Matt Krah Vs Josh Brothers Krah would have to beat Brothers twice in order to win the event. This was a rematch from the hot seat match. This match did not take place both players decided to be co-champions
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Kumi chalk Gamblin Clothing, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, Jab Cues &Thing Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Josh Brothers $800
2nd Matt Krah $400
3rd Rob Hart $200
4th Shaun Dobson $150
5th Eddie Abraham $100
5th Rapheal Saldana $100
L-R Owner Ed Liddawi, 3rd Brian Maher, 2nd Mike Couvertte, 1st Borana Andoni and 4th Wes Dobson
Borana Andoni Goes Undefeated to Take the 2014 ABCD Season Opener
Mezz ABCD tour made its way to Sandcastle Billiards in Edison NJ on Sunday Jan 26th. A strong field came out to play with players like Borana Andoni, Scott Simonetti, Mike Couvertte, Brian Maher, Wes Dobson and Scott Abramowitz.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Mike Couvertte with wins over Mitch Bogda 7-5, Dinko Busanich, 7-6, and Brian Maher 7-2, Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Borana Andoni with wins over Rob Palm 7-6, Bob Mapes 7-5, Angie Tran, 7-2 and Scott Simonetti 7-2.
Playing for the hot seat was Mike Couvertte Vs Borana Andoni this was a good match that went back and forth but it was all Andoni pulling away late in the match to win 7-5 and sending Couvertte to the one lost side.
Waiting for Mike Couvertte on the one lost side was Brian Maher this was a rematch from earlier that day. Once again it was Mike Couvertte coming away with the win 7-2.
In the finals it was Mike Couvertte Vs Borana Andoni, Couvertte would have to beat Andoni twice in order to win the event. But it only took one set for this event to be over as Borana Andoni won 7-3 and the event.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Kumi chalk Gamblin Clothing, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, Jab Cues &Thing Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Borana Andoni $560
2nd Mike Couvertte $340
3rd Brian Maher $190
4th Wes Dobson $100
L-R Owner Ed Liddawi 3rd Huigi See, 1st Dennis Spears 2nd Frankie Hernandez
Spears Goes Undefeated to Take the 2014 Pro-Am Season Opener
Sandcastle Billiards Hosted the Mezz Pro-Am season opener on Jan 19, 2014. A strong field came out to play players like Francisco Bustamante, Hunter Lombardo, Dennis Spears, Huigi See, Frankie Hernandez, Jennifer Barretta and Gregg McAndrews.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Dennis Spears with wins over Jennifer Barretta 7-5, Frankie Hernandez 7-6 and Hunter Lombardo 7-3. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Huigi See with wins Joe Mazzeo 7-3 Rob “40” Hart 7-3 Gregg McAndrews 7-5.
Playing for the hot seat was Dennis Spears Vs Huigi See this was a great match that went back and forth till the hill when it was all said and done it was Dennis Spears winning the hot 7-6 and sending Huigi See to the one lost side.
Waiting for Huigi See on the one lost side was Frankie Hernandez, after losing to Dennis Spears 7-6. Frankie Hernandez went on a tare beating Joe Mazzeo 7-0 John Spencer 7-1, Gregg McAndrews 7-4 Hunter Lombardo 7-4 and Huigi See 7-6 to get to the finals.
In the finals it was Dennis Spears Vs Frankie Hernandez. Hernandez would have to beat Spears twice in order to win the event. The first set was very exciting Spears jumped to a 6-2 lead and Hernandez came right back to tie it up at 6-6 but the day belonged to Dennis Spears as he pulled out the first set 7-6 and the event.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Kumi Chalk Gamblin Clothing, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues &Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Dennis Spears $670
2nd Frankie Hernandez $380
3rd Huigi See $240
4th Hunter Lombardo $125
L-R Bob Maidhof 2nd Karen Corr, 3rd Josh Brothers winner Matt Krah
Krah Goes Undefeated in 2013 Season Finale
Mezz Pro-Am finale was held at Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hill Pa on Jan 11th & 12th. A Strong field of 47 came out to play players like : Matt Krah, Karen Corr, Josh Brothers, Mike Miller, Oscar Dominquez, Bob Maidhof Trenton Marty, Matt Douglas, and Dominic Noe to name a few.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Josh Brothers with wins over James Keegan 7-0, Michael Praseutsy 7-6, Bob Madara 7-5, Don Montalvo 7-3, and Bob Maidhof. 7-6 Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Matt Krah with wins over Joe Kearney 7-2, Steve Pulla 7-2, Vinnie Cimarelli 7-2, Shawn Jackson 7-2, and Oscar Dominquez. 7-6
Playing for the hot set was Matt Krah Vs Josh Brothers this was a a great match that went back and forth but it was Matt Krah coming away with the win 7-5 an sending Josh Brothers to the one lost side.
Making the move on the one lost side was Karen Corr after losing to Mike Miller 7-2 she beat Jose Burgos 7-3, Trenton Marty 7-4, Don Montalvo, 7-2 Dominic Noe, 7-1 Oscar Dominquez 7-2, Mike Miller 7-1, Josh Brothers 7-3 to get to the finals.
Playing the finals it was Matt Krsh Vs Karen Corr this is a true double elimination in this first set Matt Krah jumped to a 6-0 lead then Karen started to come back by winning the next 3 games but it was a little to late it was Matt Krah winning by a score of 7-3 and winning the Mezz Pro-Am Finale.
I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Kumi chalk Gamblin Clothing, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, Jab Cues &Thing Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Matt Krah $1500
2nd Karen Corr $730
3rd Josh Brothers $575
4th Mike Miller $220
5th Oscar Dominguez $170
5th Bob Maidhof $170
7th Dominic Noe $120
7th Matt Douglas $120
9th Don Montalvo $75
9th Shaun Dobson $75
9th Shawn Jackson $75
9th Bill Smith Jr. $75