Gorst Remains in Big Foot Form at Derby City Day One

Fedor Gorst (David Thomson – Medium Pool)

Diamond Derby City Classic XXIV, January 20-28, 2023

Caesars Southern Indiana, Elizabeth, IN

Are you ready? it looks like we’re in for a raucous week.

To Diamond’s delight, the Derby’s demand has surpassed recent records as 497 Bank Pool competitors have deposited their entry fees.

If that isn’t enough, Wednesday’s 9-Ball has a waiting list as the 500 maximum was met…by Friday!

Logistics personnel Bonnie and Julie are in search of a solution.

We can bet that former World Champion Dynamite Darren Appleton, a huge fan of DCC, would have attended.

Daz you are conspicuous by your absence. We all wish you the speediest of recoveries. See ya next year!

Speaking of surgery, America’s #1 Shane Van Boening’s Cuetec was swinging confidently after a troublesome lump was removed from his bicep without incident.

He and Max Eberle were the opening act of the 2023

Diamond BIG Foot Challenge

LIVE from the Accu-Stats TV Arena.

Format: Race to 11, single elimination, alternate break, foul on all balls, no jump cues.10-Ball does not win on the break tho’ beware, caroms and combos do win.

Mosconi Cup captains Jeremy Jones and Mark Wilson are in the Accu-Stats’ commentary booth. Who better to impart the nuances of our sublime sport?

One more thing; BIGFoot’s tight, pro-cut pockets are now tighter – 4 1/8” tight! Do not try this at home!

OK, back to the opening round action.

Still swinging, Shane strode into a comfortable lead.

Max, soon swooning, struggled to get going. Sadly, he never quite caught the gear that led him toward the hill against Mika last year.

 At 11-4, Shane is now in the quarterfinals.

The second pairing was pitted Jayson Shaw and Skyler Woodward.

Woodward hasn’t tasted much success against Jayson in recent BIG Foot encounters.

Unfortunately, today was no exception. Sky seemed unfocused; he missed makable balls. Maybe, the 4 1/8” pockets were the distraction.

Accu-Stats Total performance Averages(TPA)s of .910 and .768 told all.

Now it’s Shaw vs. Shane in the quarters: Not to be missed.

What about the Filipino contingent? 6 of the 16 BIGFoot competitors are represented. 

There probably would have been more but, sadly, Bustamante, Aranas, and Orcollo all have US immigration issues.

Alex Pagulayan and Roberto Gomez led the fray.

Until 6-6, Pagulayan was pulling his weight. But not the weight that had held every discipline at the Derby. Alex is the only player to have won every title

Gomez, also an entertainer, always likes to please the crowd with his power draws and superlative shotmaking.

The jaws of these diminishing pockets started spiting balls back onto the tabletop. When have you seen Alex’s TPA under 800? Gomez’s respectable .853 certainly won him the match.

One bonus was their multi-series exchange demonstrating their expertise of getting out of a snooker by laying a snooker – The Filipino kick-safe technique. Check it out.

Now to the last match for today.

The Billion-buck question on most minds was whether Fedor Gorst could replicate the 900+ TPA consistency that he dominated BigFoot with last year.

Alex DeLuna is no slouch. He’s also got a sledgehammer break.

The Break Demon speed tester software was capturing the action all day. FYI: No one got to 23 miles per hour.

Sure the break is important but not so much against Gorst. His cueball-on-a-string theory is truly mesmerizing. The beauty of his speed control as his orb spins 3 rails…to land perfectly on the necessary position to complete the rack.

De Luna couldn’t compete. Nor could his .694 with Gorst’s .939.

At 11-1, the question of the day was answered.


Shane Van Boening vs Max Eberle; 11-4

Jayson Shaw vs Skyler woodward; 11-4

Alex Pagulayan vs Roberto Gomez; 11-8

Fedor Gorst vs Jeffrey De Luna; 11-1

BIG Foot Schedule for Saturday, Jan 21: 1, 3, 5, & 7PM

Mika Immonen vs Mieszko Fortunski; 11-5

Roland Garcia vs Lee Van Corteza; 11-5

John Morra vs  Konrad Juszcyszyn; 11-5

Joshua Filler vs Jesus Atencio; 11-5

The Accu-Stats PPV OnDemand service has all of the above entertainment available for your viewing pleasure. 


Short Rack. Race to 3.

497 entrants stormed the Derby City battlements. In this territory, Bank Pool’s popularity knows no bounds.

With the DCC one-time Buy-Back formula, after every round, entrant’s names are reshuffled then redrawn. As DCC events are not seeded means that you could run into anyone.

How about this for first-round Karma: Joshua Filler over John Morra, Gomez got Juszczyszyn: Welcome to the buy-back Booth.

Big name, Day One winners: Tony Chohan, Alex Pagulayan, Scott Frost, Tyler Styer, Ike Runnels, Shane Wolford, Billy Thorpe, Shannon Daulton, Justin Hall, Mika Immonen, Skyler Woodward, the mighty David Matlock, and, of course, the even mightier, EFREN!

Yes, EFREN REYES, The 5-time DCC All-Around Champion and 6-time One-Pocket Champion refuses to retire: He has one accomplishment missing from his DCC career resumé; The elusive Bank Pool title.

Here’s how the action-packed week will continue.

DIAMOND BIG FOOT 10-BALL CHALLENGE: Fri. Jan. 20 – Sun. Jan 22. 2023.

Diamond Derby City Classic BANK POOL Championship: Fri. Jan. 20 – Sun. Jan. 22. 2023. Semis and Finals in the Accu-Stats TV Arena: Tuesday evening, Jan 25.

Diamond Derby City Classic ONE-POCKET Championship: Sun Jan. 22 -Wed. Jan. 25. Semis and Finals in the Accu-Stats TV Arena, Thursday evening, Jan 26.

Diamond Derby City Classic 9-BALL Championship: Wed. Jan 25 – Sat. 28.

Friday Night Ring Game: Jan 27.

The captured match-ups are available via the Accu-Stats Pay-Per-View OnDemand, 4-camera HD production. Approximately, 60 action-packed hours of pro-pool is projected, PLUS reruns. After each match concludes, it is uploaded and available for your viewing pleasure. With PPV OnDemand, you choose when you watch, no matter what you’re timezone.

Don’t miss a stroke: Visit accu-stats.com. Enjoy.

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