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Derby City Classic XI

by InsidePOOL Staff

The 9-ball division of the Eleventh Annual Derby City Classic began Wednesday, boasting a field of 341 fine players from around the world. Defending champion Ralf Souquet has recovered from his runner-up finish last night in the Fatboy 10-Ball Challenge, while other players such as Johnny Archer, Mika Immonen, Marcus Chamat, Efren Reyes, Thorsten Hohmann, and Jeanette Lee are lining up to take his 2008 title.

The 9-ball matches were scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. but because of the inclement weather, this was postponed until 3:30 p.m. to allow for poor travel conditions.

Schmidt snared $2000 for his efforts in the Accu-Stats Game Show at the 11th Annual Derby City Classic.

Schmidt snared $2000 for his efforts in the Accu-Stats Game Show at the 11th Annual Derby City Classic.

In the one-pocket division, the field will be narrowed to approximately 20 players returning Thursday. Defending champion Gabe Owen has taken an early exit, and Efren Reyes, for the second year in a row, has not made it to the finals, having been defeated by David Vaughn and Jeremy Jones. Still alive are Johnathan Pinegar, Shane Van Boening, and Jones, among others. The one-pocket finals are scheduled for 9 p.m. Thursday.

There was a 16-player banks mini tournament Tuesday night that was won by Shannon Murphy of Cincinnati, OH. Kevin Nicholas of Louisville, KY, came in second, and third place was shared by Mark Jarvis of Northern Indiana and Butch Wolf of Cincinnati, OH.

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The Accu-Stats Gameshow was held Wednesday evening. It was a single-elimination, 16-player race to 1. The format was 9-ball, with the incoming player following the break having the decision which player pushes. Accu-Stats added $2,000 to the pot, with the winner taking home the entire amount. Some of the big names invited to play were Efren Reyes, Shane Van Boening, Mika Immonen, and Ralf Souquet. In the semifinal matches, John Schmidt bested Francisco Bustamante while Jose Parica ousted Johnny Archer to meet in the finals. In an entertaining final game, Schmidt defeated Parica to take first place in this unique event.

In today’s Straight Pool Challenge update, today’s highs are as follows: Thorsten Hohmann, 100; Johnny Archer, 83; Yannick Beaufils, 71. The current leader board is as follows: John Schmidt, 154; Corey Deuel, 153; Huidji See, 114; Darren Appleton, 114; Danny Harriman, 114; Thorsten Hohmann, 100; Beau Runningen, 100; Charlie Williams, 85.

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John Schmidt outlasted a field of 16 top professional players to win the Accu-Stats Game Show event at the Derby City Classic.

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Jimmy “Flyboy” Spears discusses his life after being inducted into the One ocket Hall of Fame for his lifetime of gambling.

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Jack Cooney discusses his life in pool, gambling and his recent induction into the One Pocket Hall of Fame.

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