Billiards Tours Join Efforts for Ginky Memorial Event

Billiards Tours Join Efforts for Ginky Memorial Event

I am very proud to announce a special collaboration of three tours to honor the late George “Ginky” Sansouci!

The Amsterdam Billiard Club in NYC will be hosting the 1st Annual George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial Tournament on Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26, 2011. The Predator Pro Am Tour, Mezz Tour & Tri-State Tour will be joining forces to honor New York City’s greatest champion!

Many thanks to Gail Glazebrook, William Finnegan and the Predator Tour along with John Leyman, Todd Fleitman, Bill Focaccia, Mark & Patti Ursel of the Tri-State Tour as well as Jose Burgos, Caroline Pao and Mika Immonen of the Mezz Tour for helping to put this soon to be a classic memorial tournament together!

The Amsterdam Billiard Club in NYC will be hosting the 1st Annual George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial Tournament on Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26, 2011.

The Amsterdam Billiard Club in NYC will be hosting the 1st Annual George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial Tournament on Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26, 2011.

A special thanks goes out to Rob Staskowski of for creating the Ginky Memorial logo as well as a special tournament chart that will be used for this amazing event! A special thanks also goes out to Jamie Wollens for printing these beautiful charts.

As most of you know, the ABCD field is now full with 96 players! The player list can be viewed on our site

I have 8 open spots left for the Open/Pro event which is limited to 32 players and starts on Sunday, June 26th. If anyone is interested in playing in the Open/Pro, please contact me immediately at or call me on my cell at 917-202-2750.

The entry for this event is $110 regardless of your skill level. All entries should be dropped off at Amsterdam Billiards & Bar in NYC in a sealed envelope with your name on it addressed to:

“Ginky Memorial”
Attn: Tony Robles

The following Open/Pro players are confirmed to attend the Ginky memorial:

Jennifer Barretta, Zion Zvi, Mike Fingers, Jeremy Sossei, Dennis Hatch, Mike Dechaine, Shaun Wilkie, Jun Almonte, Matt Krah, Sean Morgan, Flaco Rodriguez, Joey Korsiak, Frankie Hernandez, Oscar Bonilla, Mike Miller, Jorge Rodriguez, Jeff Beckley, Ray Romanski, Mhet Vergara, Rob Omen, Steve Lillis, Dave Ascolese, Ramon Mistica & Tony Robles.

Please make sure to get in touch with me first before you drop off your entry at Amsterdam to confirm that I have a spot for you. Entries will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Entries are due by no later than Wednesday morning.

VERY IMPORTANT: The draw for the ABCD event will be done at Amsterdam on Wednesday, June 22nd between 6-7PM. Once the draw is done, entry fees are non-refundable! Due to limited table availability, all matches will start at 10AM sharp on Saturday, June 25 as well as Sunday, June 26! Please do not pre-pay your entry if you know that you can’t play at 10AM sharp on both days. If you do pay your entry and do not show up on time you will forfeit your match. If you try to call and cancel, you will forfeit your entry fee. No Exceptions! So please do not pay your entry fee unless you know that you will be there to play on Saturday & Sunday at 10AM sharp.

The draw for the Open/Pro will be done as soon as the field is full.

Here’s what everyone involved had to say about George Sansouci:

“George Ginky Sansouci was not only a great friend and godfather to my son. He was an inspiration to players of all levels and taught us that there is no limit to what we can achieve on the green felt as long as we are willing to go that extra mile. I am truly honored to do this for George and his family as he always was and always will be a legend and an inspiration to all of us.”

Tony Robles – Predator Tour

“Amsterdam Billiards is proud to join the Predator, Tri-State, and the Mezz tours in announcing the 1st Annual George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial Tournament. With at least $5,000 Added, this tournament may be the biggest tournament held in NYC in years. George “Ginky” Sansouci was not only a great player, he was also smart, witty, supportive, loyal, and a great ambassador for the game of pool. This tournament will be a fitting tribute to one of New York’s greatest pool players.”

Greg Hunt – Amsterdam Billiards

“Ginky was one of our most accomplished players winning more Open events than any other player in our history and winning the coveted Player of the Year 4 consecutive years in the 90’s. And so it is with mixed emotions, both grief and pride, that we partake in the cooperative effort to memorialize George “Ginky” SanSouci; an offspring of the Tri-State Tour, who matured into the great player we all loved.”

John Leyman – Tri-State Tour Director

“Ginky was a good friend and a remarkable player who will be missed greatly. It is an honor for Mezz USA and the Mezz Tour to be a part of a memorial tournament to tribute all that Ginky has given to the game of pool and New York City.”

Caroline Pao – Mezz USA & Mezz Tour

Special thanks to a couple of Ginky’s closest friends Gregg McAndrews, Joel Schapiro and Harold Siegel for stepping up to add $1,000 each and to Amsterdam Billiards owner Greg Hunt for adding $2,000 to make it a $5,000 added event! $2,500 will go towards the ABCD event and $2,500 will go towards the Open/Pro.

My goal was to make it a $5,000 added or more event. If anyone is interested in adding more money to this special event, please contact Tony Robles at

Ginky’s family will be there at some point on Saturday to watch the event.

My good friends below will be at the event selling Ginky Memorabilia.
David Padilla will be selling the Ginky armbands that have become very popular. Anyone interested in ordering some armbands prior to the event should contact David immediately at

Jimmy Martinez will also be there to sell limited edition Ginky shirts.
“R2BR which stands for Refuse 2 be Regular is truly honored to produce the commemorative t-shirt for George ‘Ginky’ SanSouci in limited edition. This shirt will be the first in a series for a newly launched NY Pool design line. Ginky represented the best that the New York City pool scene has to offer and was an individual that pushed the envelope from regular to extraordinary. R2BR has captured that spirit in a distinctive design.”

Jimmy Martinez

All player handicaps will be determined by their ranking on other tours as well as the Predator Tour and all of the tour directors. If a player is ranked higher on the Tri-State i.e. a B and is ranked a C+ on the Predator Tour, that player will play at their highest ranking. I highly recommend that a player not pay their entry fee if they are unhappy with their handicap or if they cannot play at 10AM sharp on both days as they will automatically forfeit their entry fee if that player decides to drop out or forfeit their match if they do not show up on time.

Players participating in the Ginky Memorial event will receive 25 points towards all three tours regardless of your finish. Players who are on the alternate list and do not play in the event will receive 15 bonus points. The alternate list will be limited to 32 players for the ABCD and 16 players for the Open/Pro.

No registration fees will be charged for this event by any of the tours.

Since this was originally scheduled as a Predator Tour stop, we will be using the Predator Pro Am Tour rules which can be found at

The Predator, Tri-State and Mezz Tours reserves the right to deny anyone entry for this event. Please be advised that the added money is subject to change if a sponsor decides to pull out.

The entry fees for the 1st Annual George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial are as follows:

$110 for Open/Pro
$85 A+
$80 A
$75 B+
$70 B
$65 C+
$60 C
$55 D+
$50 D

The reason for the higher entry fees for this event is to ensure that all of the tours director fees are covered.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 25th!

Tony Robles
Tour Director
Predator Pro Am Tour

1st Annual George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial Tournament
June 25-26
Amsterdam Billiards & Bar
110 East 11th St.
New York, NY 10003

ABCD Event Format:
96 Player Limit
AB Side and CD Side
Double Elimination
Races to 7
You must call the 9-Ball
Rack Your Own
Winner Breaks
Jump Cues Allowed
No Soft Breaks Allowed
Doors Open at 9:00AM
Matches Start at 10AM Sharp
Click here to view the Predator Tour Amateur Handicap Chart

Open/Pro Format:
32 Player Limit
Winner Breaks
Call Shot/Safety
Double Elimination
Races to 7
Finals One Race to 9
Rack Your Own
Jump Cues Allowed
No Soft Breaks Allowed
Doors Open at 9:00AM
Matches Start at 10AM Sharp

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