Inaugural George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial Tournament

Inaugural George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial Tournament
Press Release by Tony Robles, Predator Tour

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

A special thanks goes out to Rob Staskowski of PoolOnTheNet.com for creating the Ginky Memorial logo as well as a special tournament chart that will be used for this amazing event!

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!

George "Ginky" Sansouci was not only a great friend and godfather to my son.

George "Ginky" Sansouci was not only a great friend and godfather to my son.

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!

“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 (and probably more – stay tuned), 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 Mark Pantovic 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 money to this special event, please contact Tony Robles at TonyRoblesNYC@aol.com.

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 davidpadilla714@gmail.com

Jimmy Martinez will also be there to sell limited edition Ginky shirts.

“R2BR which stands for Refusing to 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
Email: letsgo.jim@gmail.com

Andrew Cleary will also be there to sell limited edition Ginky shirts designed by him as well for this event and volunteered to give a part of the proceeds to the tournament. You can reach Andrew at norkafilms@gmail.com

Very Important: Due to the expected size of the field and limited table availability, there will be a 96 player limit for the ABCD event (48 AB & 48 CD players) which starts on Saturday, June 25 at 10AM sharp.

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.

The Open/Pro will be limited to 32 players and will start at 10AM sharp on Sunday, June 26. 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.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! This will be a pre-paid tournament only! Players will have to PAY THEIR ENTRY FEE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! The field is almost completely full and I will take players on a first come, first serve basis. The draw which was supposed to take place on Friday, June 24th will be done a lot sooner since the field is almost full.

I will only accept cash for all entry fees. No checks or money orders will be accepted. Players interested in paying their entry fee for the ABCD or Open/Pro event should contact me first to make sure there is an open spot available. Please feel free to contact me at 917-202-2750 or e-mail me at TonyRoblesNYC@aol.com ASAP.

I will put players names on a list I’ve composed on a first come first serve basis and only when I have your entry fee. All entry fees must be dropped off at Amsterdam Billiards in a sealed envelope with your name addressed to the Ginky Memorial Attn: Tony Robles. Please do not drop off your entry fee unless you’ve confirmed a spot with me first.

Once the field is full, I will start putting names on an alternate list just in case someone drops out before the deadline which is Wednesday, June 22.

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!

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 http://www.predator9balltour.com/rules.asp

The Open/Pro starts at 10AM sharp on Sunday, June 26. Open/Pro players will have first dibs to enter this event and will also have to contact me immediately to pre-pay their entry as the field is filling up very quickly. The draw for the Open/Pro will take place as soon as the field is full. I will also have an alternate list for this event just in case a player drops out before the deadline. The alternate list for the Open/Pro will be limited to 16 players.

Once again this will be a $5,000 added event ($2,500 for the ABCD and $2,500 for the Open/Pro) and possibly more. If you know of anyone who is interested in adding money to this special event, please contact me ASAP.

The Predator Tour 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
www.PredatorProAmTour.com

1st Annual George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial Tournament
June 25-26
Amsterdam Billiards & Bar
110 East 11th St.
New York, NY 10003
212-995-0333
www.amsterdambilliardclub.com

ABCD Event Format:

96 Player Limit
AB Side and CD Side
Handicapped
9-Ball
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
10-Ball
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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