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RailbirdJAM
01-31-2006, 04:55 AM
What a weekend it was at the 17th Annual Ocean State Championship on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, and you couldn't have asked for a better finals between New York City's George "Ginky" Sansouci and World-Class Champion Allen Hopkins. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

The $5,000-added event is a banner tournament, and the winner will have their name printed on a banner, the year that they won, which will hang over a pool table forever more at Snookers in Providence, RI, the host pool room. Steve Goulding, the owner and host, has recently renovated Snookers, and it is one of the BEST pool rooms on the East Coast. There is an outdoor wooden deck which has been designated as the smoking area, and inside there are 25 HDTVs arranged throughout the room. The bar enjoys state-of-the-art technology, with beautiful colored lights lit behind the liquor bottles which change colors, resembling a beautiful aurora borealis sky. And then there's the menu which features delicacies like Regina Goulding's homemade meatballs, my favorite! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

In recent times, Allen Hopkins is known for his first-class events such as Super Billiards Expo, Skins Billiards Championship, 7-Ball Challenges, et cetera. But make no mistake about it, he has not lost his touch on a field of green. The railbirds were treated to a first-class exhibition of pool at its finest when Allen Hopkins was shooting his way to the finish line this past weekend. He has an unusual stroke, kind of a short one-punch shot, and his expertise on a field of green came forth during the finals with Ginky. The Joss Tour is a double-elimination format, and Allen defeated Ginky in a hill-hill, which was the first round of the finals. However, Ginky was in the hotseat and had to be beaten twice. The second round, Sansouci never gave up and fought back, resulting in his THIRD Ocean State Championship title. /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

I had the opportunity to chat with Allen this past weekend and asked him about his renewed sense of interest in actively competing on the tournament trail. He said that he was, in fact, practicing and tweaking his game. With the IPT on the forefront of every pool player's mind in recent times, Allen is no exception. Even though he already has a long list of championship titles on his portfolio, Allen Hopkins, quite frankly, just loves to play pool. He's not only in tip-top shape, as exhibited by his second-place finish, but he's a straight-shooting son of a gun and will be a formidable opponent to anyone who faces him in the coming months. One trait that I truly admire about Allen Hopkins is that he NEVER has a bad thing to say about anything or anybody, and he will go down in the history books as being not only a world-class champion, but he is an asset to the sport, a gentleman who always brandishes a smile on his face when he's in the pit. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

It is always a joy running into Ginky on the tournament trail. His interest in pool too has been recently ignited by the IPT, and you can be sure that George Sansouci is here to stay. Always dressed to the nines, it is a true pleasure watching him play, and he was in dead punch this past weekend. Great win for the Ginkster. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Joe Tucker, the resident House Pro at Snookers, came in third place. He was phenomenal too when he was battling it out. Joe came in second place last year at the 16th Annual Ocean State, and it was difficult for me to pick a favorite to win this event. As most of us know, Joe Tucker is a master at breaking and racking, and his caliber of play is strong. I think I remember overhearing he ran a six-pack on one of his opponents this past weekend. Though he did come in third place, Joe Tucker is still a winner in my book. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Just as a reminder, the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour is going to have another great event in a few short weeks, February 16-19, 2006, at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Joss Tour TD Mike Zuglan told me that he already has 115 players signed up to play, to include Jennifer Baretta, Karen Corr, Julie Kelly, Johnny Archer, and Danny Basavich. This event filled up the last time, and it will be cut off at 128 players. I just got home from Providence, RI yesterday, and I can't wait to get back on the road again to Verona! /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

RailbirdJAM

wolfdancer
01-31-2006, 06:01 AM
Nice writeup !!!

Shorty
01-31-2006, 07:10 AM
Great report as always JAM...thanks!

Shorty

Rich R.
01-31-2006, 07:29 AM
Great report Jen. It is nice to read about players of the caliber of Allen and Ginky having a renewed interest in the game. It can only mean better competition in future tournaments. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

However, I also have to say, we missed you and Keith in Laurel. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

RailbirdJAM
01-31-2006, 01:43 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> Great report Jen. It is nice to read about players of the caliber of Allen and Ginky having a renewed interest in the game. It can only mean better competition in future tournaments. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif<hr /></blockquote>

Ginky, Allen, and quite a few players are revving up their engines, hoping to do well on the International Pool Tour (IPT).

Maryland Jump-Shot Mechanic Danny Green competed in the IPT qualifier held in Marietta, GA this past weekend, hoping to get his piece of the IPT pie. He didn't make it to the top two, but I have a feeling Danny is going to take another stab at another IPT qualifier, maybe Chelmsford, MA on February 24-26. I remember Danny growing up in Rockville, MD, when he first came into his game. Danny for sure is a member of the Tribal Nation of Pool. By his own admission, he lost interest and literally quit playing, out of frustration because pool just doesn't pay. Outside of going on the road and hoping to find a little action, a novelty in these times, it's darn near impossible to earn a living being a tournament soldier. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

However, the IPT, though it is a big controversy within our own pool culture, with strong opinions pro and con, is responsible for making pool exciting again for MANY within its culture, to include players, industry members, railbirds, and fans. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr>However, I also have to say, we missed you and Keith in Laurel. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif <hr /></blockquote>

I may have been in Providence, RI this weekend, but I can tell you that my mind was in Laurel, MD, wondering what was happening at the Tiger/Planet Pool Tour Season Opener. Great win for Shawn "The Shirt" Wilkie. This kid always rises to the top on the regional tournament trail, and he's got raw and natural talent. I'm glad the Marylander won the top cheese, keeping it here at home! /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

There's a Blaze (old Hampton Ridge) Tour tournament coming up February 12th, I think, being held at Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hills, PA. We're thinking about going, only a 2-hour drive. Maybe y'all can check it out. It usually draws quite a few heavy-hitters from the Philly locale. It'll be a good tune-up for Keith to prepare for the upcoming Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour $25,000-added Turning Stone Casino event, a few short weeks away. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

RailbirdJAM