Turning Stone Classic XV / Verona, NY
The Turning Stone Classic XV, one of the Northeast’s most highly anticipated events of the year, has kicked off with a full 128-player field at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. The event features a $25,000-added prize purse, and some of the top names in pool are in New York vying for their share.Defending champion Johnny Archer, who won the Turning Stone XIV in December 2009 over “Rocket” Rodney Morris in the finals, played his first-round match and survived. He found himself down 5-0 against William Oney in the race to 9. But the next thing Oney knew, Archer had not only drawn even to 5-all, he won the next four racks in a row to win the match 9-5. Archer’s next opponent will be New Yorker Tony Robles, who just defeated Ed Matushonek 9-4.
Fiddlestix Café owner Chris Szuter also won his first-round match, defeating Ronnie “Everything’s Funny When You’re Winning Big Money” Wiseman in a tight 9-7 victory. Szuter’s next match will be against Tim Parisian, who bested Ed SanSoucie 9-1 in the first round.
Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie, one of the Northeast’s top players, didn’t disappoint his fans in the first round, sending Dwight Dixon to the west side of the chart 9-1. Jeff Smolen will be Wilkie’s next opponent, as Smolen defeated Kevin Ketz 9-7.
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International players who are competing include Ralf Souquet, Thorsten Hohmann, Mika Immonen, Al Lapena, and Erik Hjorliefson. Dennis Hatch, who has never won a Turning Stone event yet, is in the field and will play Earl Herring in the first round. Other top names include Shane Van Boening, Mike Davis, Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez, Mike Dechaine, Stevie Moore, Rodney Morris, and Corey Deuel. A couple of ladies are also participating: Liz Ford and Jennifer Barretta.
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