by Inside POOL Staff
The much-anticipated Eleventh Annual Derby City Classic began January 23, with 398 scheduled to compete in the $10,000-added, 9-ball banks event that kicks off the three-event shindig. Following the banks event will be the $15,000-added one-pocket event, which begins January 25, and capping it off will be $25,000-added 9-ball division, which starts January 28. The Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Elizabeth, Indiana, is the host for the first time.
The all-around champion will earn a $25,000 bonus, while the female all-around winner will earn $1,500 (she must play in all three events). Matches are played on 9-foot Diamond Smart Tables with Tour Blue Simonis cloth and Super Aramith Pro balls.
Defending 9-ball banks champion Larry Price forfeited his first match, and several unsubstantiated reports have indicated that he is experiencing health problems that may have prevented his appearance. Banks champ from 2007, Steve Moore is on hand and looking to reclaim his title, but he’ll have stiff competition.
Defending one-pocket champion Gabe “The Babe” Owen has been spotted, as well as myriad other players, including defending 9-ball champion Ralf Souquet, defending all-around champion Francisco Bustamante, recent Music City Open winner Johnathan “Hennessee From Tennessee” Pinegar, Rodolfo Luat, Shawn Putnam, Sylver Ochoa, Mika Immonen, and Shane Van Boening. Some of the ladies who will be competing are Karen Corr, Sarah Rousey, and Jeanette Lee.
Because of the new venue, the dress code is being strictly adhered to—no backward or sideways hats, and no tee shirts. The casino rules state that side betting is prohibited, and anyone who violates this policy is subject to arrest.
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