Massive Numbers Flock to Derby City Billiards Event
Derby City Classic / Elizabeth, IN
The Derby City Classic began January 21 with a total of 386 players in the first division of the three-ring extravaganza, the 9-ball banks event. The 13th annual tournament is hosted by the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Elizabeth, IN, and is sponsored by Diamond Billiard Products, Inc., and Iwan Simonis.
Despite the inclement weather, the numbers are up from last year by over 50 players to vie for the $10,000-added prize purse. Defending banks champion and all-around winner John Brumback won his first match over Danny Hiner in a speedy 12 minutes, while former banks champ Stevie Moore bested Stephen Aylesworth in 14 minutes.
The familiar faces in banks are going strong with first-round wins. Shannon “The Cannon” Daulton bested David Maddux, Truman Hogue won over Joey Koontz, Cliff Joyner defeated David Hunt, Larry Price won his match with Eugene Tatum, and Louis D’Marco won over Mark Thwaites. Johnathan Pinegar upset former banks champion Jason Miller, and Brandon Shuff defeated former one-pocket division winner John “Mr. 400” Schmidt. Last year’s one-pocket winner, Scott “The Freezer” Frost, defeated Larry Howard in the first round.
An all-Filipino match-up between Francisco Bustamante and Warren Kiamco saw the most recent Hall of Fame inductee Bustamante advancing. Lee Van Corteza also made it through the first round undefeated with a victory over Sam Monday, and Ronato Alcano won his match over Evan Lundia. Efren Reyes, a frequent winner at the Derby City Classic, is not in attendance.
Jeanette Lee looks the strongest to contend for the female all-around title, winning over Michael Howard in the first round. First place in the female all-around will net $1,500 with a minimum of eight women participating.
Friday evening saw a six-person, short-rank banks ring game with John Brumback winning the winner-takes-all $9,000 prize and Shannon Daulton as runner-up. Rounding out the field were Jeremy Jones, Shannon Murphy, Mike Hughes, and Louis D’Marco.
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