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Pagulayan, Sullivan, Janscos Elected to Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame

Alex Pagulayan

The Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame will welcome a lion, an innovator and a pair of pioneering brothers to the class of 2019. The United States Billiard Media Association today announced that Filipino-Canadian Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan, table manufacturer and promoter Greg Sullivan and Johnston City Hustlers Jamboree promoters George and Paulie Jansco have earned induction into the sport’s most prestigious club.

Pagulayan, 41, earned election in a run-off against England’s Kelly Fisher, after the two had tied on the initial ballot. He will enter the Greatest Players wing of the BCA Hall of Fame, while Sullivan, 70, and the late Jansco brothers will be honored in the Meritorious Service category. All will be formally inducted during ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk, Va.

Born in the Philippines but raised in Toronto, Pagulayan is one of the game’s most expressive and entertaining players. But his reputation as a comic cut-up is second to his reputation as one of the game’s best all-around players. Pagulayan burst onto the scene as a 24-year-old in 2002 when he advanced to the title match of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, where he lost to Germany’s Ralf Souquet, 13-11. A year later, the impish Pagulayan, who is also known as “The Killer Pixie,” reached the final of the World Pool Championship, losing this time to Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann. In 2004, a 26-year-old Pagulayan broke through, winning the World Pool Championship in Taipei, defeating Taiwan’s Pei-Wei Chang, 17-13, for the title. In 2005, Pagulayan returned to the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships title match, this time claiming the crown. He has gone on win numerous major pro titles, including the World Summit of Pool, the World Pool Masters and is the only player to have won titles in all three main divisions of the annual Derby City Classic — One-Pocket, 9-Ball and Banks. He becomes the fourth Philippines- born player to be inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame.

“I don’t know what to say,” Pagulayan said after being informed of his election. “For a pool player, this is the ultimate accomplishment. And I’m happy to become the first Canadian in the BCA Hall of Fame.

“Being in the Hall of Fame never crossed my mind as a player until I started going to the annual banquet,” he added. “I started to wonder if my accomplishments were enough. Now, in some ways, this makes me feel old!”

Sullivan has made a lasting impact on pool as both an innovator and a promoter. The Indiana native is known as a friend to the players and as a man consumed with elevating pool to true sport status. As a poolroom owner, Sullivan used input from top players to help construct top- level tournament tables, thus launching Diamond Billiard Products. Sullivan is credited with introducing optical sensors to coin-operated tables so that standard cue balls could be used, putting professional-level equipment into the hands of casual and aspiring players. In the 1990s, Sullivan contracted the Pantone company to research the optimum color for pool cloth, resulting in the Tournament Blue prevalent in professional tournaments. As a lifelong fan of the Johnston City Hustler’s Jamborees of the 1960s and ’70s, Sullivan launched a similar multi- discipline event, the Derby City Classic, in 1998. The annual event has drawn thousands of professional and regional players to Southern Indiana for 21 years.

“I have to say, I’m in shock,” Sullivan said when informed. “My whole life has been about pool, just trying to turn it from a game to a sport. It’s all I’ve ever done.”

That George and Paulie Jansco should join Sullivan in the same Hall of Fame class is appropriate, since the Southern Illinois club owners founded the famed Johnston City Hustlers Jamboree and All-Around Pool Championship in the 1960s. The Janscos contributed to the pool’s romanticized image as a gunslinger’s activity. Their promotion of the gambling aspect of the sport contributed to its rise in popularity with the public, with their tournaments drawing media coverage from major television networks and national magazines like “Sports Illustrated.” So popular were the Johnston City events that the Jansco’s launched a second event, the Stardust Open in Las Vegas. The Janscos could also be credited with moving 9-ball and one-pocket into the game’s forefront during a time in which straight pool was considered the only professional game. They were also among the first promoters to welcome integrated fields, paving the way for players like African-American Cicero Murphy to compete for world titles. George Jansco passed away in 1969. Paul Jansco died in 1997.

About United States Billiard Media Association
Founded in 2007, the United States Billiard Media Association (USBMA) is a non-profit association dedicated to elevating the visibility and status of billiards in the media at large. The USBMA consists of professional print, radio, TV, public relations and Internet media persons who cover cue sports. One of the association’s main functions is electing of billiard media
members to the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame Board for the purpose of nominating and electing players and notable figures to the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.

About Billiard Congress of America
Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through Billiard Congress of America leadership. The Billiard Congress of America seeks to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards though educational, marketing and promotional efforts, annual industry trade shows and other programs designed to encourage billiards as a lifestyle and make pool everybody’s game. For more information, visit www.bca-pool.com or call 303.243.5070.

International 9-Ball Open Plays Down to Final Four

Justin Bergman (Erwin Dionisio)

Only twelve players remained alive in the International 9-Ball Open at the beginning of play on Friday. Both morning matches were on the one-loss side, so every game would be fought as a life or death battle. 
 
The TV match was between James Aranas and Dennis Orcollo, both of the Philippines. Orcollo got things started by winning the first rack easily, but after that it was all Aranas. Aranas controlled the table throughout and won eleven games in a row to take the win 11-1. Our other match was much more dramatic.  This one had Jayson Shaw facing Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz and they were always within a  game of one another until they were tied at seven games apiece. That was when Shaw managed to gain control of the table and take it home 11-7.
 
The next TV match featured Alex Pagulayan against Darren Appleton. This looked like it would be a runaway as Appleton leapt out to an early five game lead. Pagulayan dug deep though, and soon they were tied at six games each. Then seven games each. Then momentum went over to the Pagulayan corner and he got to the hill at 10-7. In the next rack, Appleton came to the table after Pagulayan had snookered him badly. He kicked off the side rail and the one ball rocketed into the corner pocket. Then he made a table-length back-cut  into the  far corner to send a message that he was on the attack. He was rolling through the rack but must have momentarily lost focus when he jawed the seven in the corner. A little luck got him a safety but Paguylayan safed him back, got a shot and ran out for the win.
 
On the side table, Thorsten Hohmann faced a very tough Justin Bergman. Bergman controlled the matches throughout, until he had a 10-0 lead. Hohmann fought back well but it was just too late and too big a hill to climb. Hohmann managed to move three beads to his side of the string before Bergman finished him off 11-3. 
 
Our two final day session matches were Alex Kazakis against Joshua Filler and Jayson Shaw facing  James Aranas. These two matches were considered toss-ups.  Any of the four could win on any given day. Aranas and Shaw traded racks  until they were tied up at five games each, then Shaw got on a roll and owned the table throughout the rest of the match to take it 11-5.
 
Kazakis and Filler took a similar route. They stayed tight early, were tied at five games apiece, and then Filler took control and won the next five racks to stand on the hill before Kazakis took rack #16 and got us to 10-6. Kazakis then made an illegal break as he didn’t drive 3 balls above the head string. Filer bounced to the table and eagerly took that gift all the way home to win 11-6.
 
After a very entertaining break to celebrate the induction of the Jansco Brothers, Greg Sullivan and Alex Pagulayan into the BCA Hall of Fame, the evening session of play got started. 
 
On the winner’s side, Ko Ping-Chung faced Max Lechner to determine who would take on Filler for the hot-seat on Saturday morning. This match was another demonstration of Lechner’s mastery of the break on this week. He consistently made the 1-ball in the side and had shape on the 2-ball. Lechner led 4-0 before Ko could win a game, and Lechner extended that lead to 9-1 before Ko would win his second game. Ko fought back to 9-4, but scratched on the break in rack fourteen and Lechner won from there 11-4.
 
Alex Pagulayan had to put the festivities off the Hall of Fame dinner behind him and take on Justin Bergman in the other 7:30 match. Alex had an early 3-0 lead, fell behind 6-4, came back on top 8-6 and then finally lost to Bergman 11-8. 
 
The next round won on the one loss side with Alex Kazakis playing Jayson Shaw. It was an interesting contrast as Kazakis was taking the same approach to the break that Lechner had been so successful with this week, and playing the 1-ball in the side and the 2-ball three rails for shape. In a possible case of “Dance with the one that brung you” though, Shaw was crushing the rack like he usually does, and leaving shape on his next ball to the pool gods. Neither approach seemed to be showing any benefit over the other as the players were tied at 3-3 and exchanged racks to the 7-7 mark. Shaw finally took his first multi rack lead at 9-7 and then went on to win the match 11-7.
 
The final match of the night was between Ko Ping-Chung and Justin Bergman. Bergman took an early lead, but while he was unable to build much distance between he and Ko, Ko was unable to take control of the match away from Bergman. Towards the end of the match, both players starting show fatigue and started struggling with outs that would have been routine earlier in the day. The turning point of the match appeared to happen in rack sixteen with Bergman leading 8-7. Bergman hung a 7-ball, but Ko made it and hooked himself on the 8. Bergman banked in the 8-ball, and then missed the 9-ball. Ko couldn’t capitalize though, and missed it himself. Bergman finally dropped the ball for the 9-7 lead. Ko did get back to 9-8, but Bergman slowed things down a notch and played through the fatigue to win the match 11-8. 
 
Bergman will face Jayson Shaw Saturday at 10:30, while Filler takes on Lechner for the hot-seat. You can follow the action all week long, with our online brackets and real time scoring. Select matches will also be streamed online as part of Accu-Stats PPV coverage of the event

BCA Hall of Fame Banquet Tickets Available

Alex Pagulayan (Photo courtesy of Shirley Ang – WPS)

Tickets are now available for the 2019 BCA Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for Friday November 1st as part of the International 9-Ball Open at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. 
 
The annual Hall of Fame Banquet experience is unlike anything that pro pool fans can experience. For one night, the top names in the game drop their killer instincts and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. With this year’s induction of Alex Pagulayan, there is no telling what will happen when he has a live mic in a room full of his peers. Alex will celebrate alongside his co-inductees, Greg Sullivan of Diamond Billiard Products as well as the memory of the promoters of the Johnston City Hustlers Jamboree and the Stardust Open, George and Paulie Jansco. 
 
Tickets are $55 each, with a discounted rate of $400 for a table of eight tickets. They are available online at http://usbma.com/halloffame2019/

Pagulayan, Sullivan, Janscos Elected to Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame

Alex Pagulayan

The Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame will welcome a lion, an innovator and a pair of pioneering brothers to the class of 2019. The United States Billiard Media Association today announced that Filipino-Canadian Alex "The Lion" Pagulayan, table manufacturer and promoter Greg Sullivan and Johnston City Hustlers Jamboree promoters George and Paulie Jansco have earned induction into the sport’s most prestigious club.
 
Pagulayan, 41, earned election in a run-off against England’s Kelly Fisher, after the two had tied on the initial ballot. He will enter the Greatest Players wing of the BCA Hall of Fame, while Sullivan, 70, and the late Jansco brothers will be honored in the Meritorious Service category. All will be formally inducted during ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk, Va.
 
Born in the Philippines but raised in Toronto, Pagulayan is one of the game’s most expressive and entertaining players. But his reputation as a comic cut-up is second to his reputation as one of the game’s best all-around players. Pagulayan burst onto the scene as a 24-year-old in 2002 when he advanced to the title match of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, where he lost to Germany’s Ralf Souquet, 13-11. A year later, the impish Pagulayan, who is also known as “The Killer Pixie,” reached the final of the World Pool Championship, losing this time to Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann. In 2004, a 26-year-old Pagulayan broke through, winning the World Pool Championship in Taipei, defeating Taiwan’s Pei-Wei Chang, 17-13, for the title. In 2005, Pagulayan returned to the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships title match, this time claiming the crown. He has gone on win numerous major pro titles, including the World Summit of Pool, the World Pool Masters and is the only player to have won titles in all three main divisions of the annual Derby City Classic — One-Pocket, 9-Ball and Banks. He becomes the fourth Philippines- born player to be inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame.
 
“I don’t know what to say,” Pagulayan said after being informed of his election. “For a pool player, this is the ultimate accomplishment. And I’m happy to become the first Canadian in the BCA Hall of Fame.
 
“Being in the Hall of Fame never crossed my mind as a player until I started going to the annual banquet,” he added. “I started to wonder if my accomplishments were enough. Now, in some ways, this makes me feel old!”
 
[photo id=51216|align=left]Sullivan has made a lasting impact on pool as both an innovator and a promoter. The Indiana native is known as a friend to the players and as a man consumed with elevating pool to true sport status. As a poolroom owner, Sullivan used input from top players to help construct top- level tournament tables, thus launching Diamond Billiard Products. Sullivan is credited with introducing optical sensors to coin-operated tables so that standard cue balls could be used, putting professional-level equipment into the hands of casual and aspiring players. In the 1990s, Sullivan contracted the Pantone company to research the optimum color for pool cloth, resulting in the Tournament Blue prevalent in professional tournaments. As a lifelong fan of the Johnston City Hustler’s Jamborees of the 1960s and ’70s, Sullivan launched a similar multi- discipline event, the Derby City Classic, in 1998. The annual event has drawn thousands of professional and regional players to Southern Indiana for 21 years.
 
“I have to say, I’m in shock,” Sullivan said when informed. “My whole life has been about pool, just trying to turn it from a game to a sport. It’s all I’ve ever done.”
 
[photo id=51215|align=right]That George and Paulie Jansco should join Sullivan in the same Hall of Fame class is appropriate, since the Southern Illinois club owners founded the famed Johnston City Hustlers Jamboree and All-Around Pool Championship in the 1960s. The Janscos contributed to the pool’s romanticized image as a gunslinger’s activity. Their promotion of the gambling aspect of the sport contributed to its rise in popularity with the public, with their tournaments drawing media coverage from major television networks and national magazines like “Sports Illustrated.” So popular were the Johnston City events that the Jansco’s launched a second event, the Stardust Open in Las Vegas. The Janscos could also be credited with moving 9-ball and one-pocket into the game’s forefront during a time in which straight pool was considered the only professional game. They were also among the first promoters to welcome integrated fields, paving the way for players like African-American Cicero Murphy to compete for world titles. George Jansco passed away in 1969. Paul Jansco died in 1997.
 
About United States Billiard Media Association
Founded in 2007, the United States Billiard Media Association (USBMA) is a non-profit association dedicated to elevating the visibility and status of billiards in the media at large. The USBMA consists of professional print, radio, TV, public relations and Internet media persons who cover cue sports. One of the association’s main functions is electing of billiard media
members to the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame Board for the purpose of nominating and electing players and notable figures to the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.
 
About Billiard Congress of America
Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through Billiard Congress of America leadership. The Billiard Congress of America seeks to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards though educational, marketing and promotional efforts, annual industry trade shows and other programs designed to encourage billiards as a lifestyle and make pool everybody’s game. For more information, visit www.bca-pool.com or call 303.243.5070.

Derby City Day Eight – Bustamante Wins One Pocket and Takes Master of the Table Lead

Francisco Bustamante – Photo courtesy of Dave Thomson – Mediumpool.com

Derby City Classic XX, January 19-27, 2018
 
LIVE from the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino, Elizabeth, IN
 
DCC ONE POCKET CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Let’s be frank and say it like it is. Francisco Bustamante’s One Pocket game has gotten better. Where has it improved? “I’m more aggressive,” he asserted. “To win, you must put pressure on your opponent.” 
 
In the opening game of the Final’s, Justin Bergman had made 6 and left the green Cyclop hanging in his pocket. Rather than just give it to him and leave the cue ball snuggled in Bergman’s pocket, the 54-year-old Filipino took on a three rail flier that would either make him or break him.
 
A stop shot would leave the cue ball in perfect position and allow the opportunity to get at least 4 more, but if he missed, with that dangling orb, Justin was surely out.
 
The three-railer took off the long rail and swept effortlessly into his pocket. He ran 6 to miss abruptly and they both needing 2.
 
He actually lost that game but that wasn’t the point. He feels that if he has an opportunity like that and doesn’t take it, that sends a message to the opponent that transfers the power to him. “If I’m gonna win, I win, if I’m gonna lose, I lose.”
 
Getting so close, also, gave Bustey the impetus to stick with the game plan; Keep applying the pressure.
 
He never looked back. His run outs were absolutely spectacular, his banking, superb, his defense–when it was the only option–so exceptional that he didn’t lose another game. And, most importantly, it catapulted the two-time Master of the Table into contention for a 3rd with an All-Around point total score of 198.5. 
 
Obviously disappointed, Bergman had had his best DCC finish yet. Today, he’d beaten past champion, Shannon Daulton, twice! He’d been bounced in and out of the Accu-Stats TV Table to play 9-Ball in the main arena where an additional 20 Diamond Tables were shimmering in a sea of Simonis Blue.
 
As the One Pocket runner-up and his high finish in Banks plus, his remaining buy-back in 9-Ball, he was looking strong in second place with an All-Around point total of 153.3. 
 
A quick recap of how we got to the finals would read: Tony Chohan was not intimidated by Kiamko’s earlier, stellar 17 ball run that, incidentally, initiated Bustey’s buy-back. Warren’s buy-back remains intact in the 9-Ball.
 
Bustey gave DeLuna his marching orders which allowed him to meet Tony in the semi’s #2 which had an interesting incident.
 
With tight, nip and duck strategy they were a tied at 2, In the deciding rack, Bustamante, aggressive as ever, led 7 balls to 1. Chohan, obviously pressured, needed all of them. Around the 4th ball, he lost his cue ball which headed off the short rail destined for the side pocket.
 
Sensing a scratch, Bustey, prematurely, sprang out of his seat. With ball-in-hand in the kitchen, he knew that he was surely out and into the finals.
 
“Oh yeah, Oh yeah,” he yelled, jumping up and down, hands in the air. But wait, whitey swerved slightly and rattled around the rim to settle table-top and leave Tony helpless.
 
DCC 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
363 entries vying for the $16,000 first place prize money.
 
The beauty, and blessing, of competing in any event at the Derby City Classic is that even though there are near 4-500 entries in any given division, the odds are that you are not going to draw a champion.
 
Virtually half the field is composed of B+ players who, by definition, occasionally break and run a rack of 9-Ball. if you can run two, odds are, you’re gonna go far, maybe, get close to the money, Then, if you do lose to a better class of opponent, it becomes mandatory that you use your buy-back privilege to protect your investment.
 
That’s the blessing, the beauty is that you can draw a Champion, either way, you leave with a tale to tell. Either way, you win.
 
“That’s the way of the Derby City Classic experience,” said Diamond’s Greg Sullivan, “I want everyone to leave with a story.”
 
Around 250 9-Ball players have been eliminated and 16 of the remaining 100, or so, are undefeated.
 
From Kuwait, Omar Al Shaheen, Justin Bergman, Marc Bijsterbosch, Gary Browning, John Brumback, Ruslan Chinakhov, Lee Vann Corteza, Josh Filler. Warren Kiamko, Chris Melling, John Morra, Dennis Orcullo, Alex Pagulayan, Jayson Shaw, and Shane Van Boening.
 
In summation, a truly International field of pool superstars and those are just the unbeaten. BIG Foot Gomez, Bank Champ Corey Deuel, Mika Immonen, Jeff DeLuna, Shannon Daulton, Jalal Yousif, Rob Saez, Fedor Gorst, John Schmidt, Justin Hall, Brandon Shuff, Ronnie Alcano…the list goes on.
 
In his match with Oklahoman Chip Compton, England’s Chris Melling put on a snooker clinic. “I didn’t get a look at a ball,” commented Compton.”Chris played great.”
 
The ladies, including Karen Corr and Loree Jon Hasson, are gone. Karen ran into Evan Lunda and Joey Gray.
 
What was of note with Loree Jon was that she had drawn Lee Vann Corteza. She was about to tie the match at 7 when she missed the 7. It could have cost her the match
 
Had she made it, Lee Vann confessed that it would have added serious pressure, “…as I had just came from 2-8 behind to escape the buy-back booth. When I saw how confident Loree Jon was, I started to get shaky. Lucky for me she missed.”
 
LIVE 9-Ball Play continues at Accu-Stats.com
 
Accu-Stats thanks its Arena Sponsors: Diamond Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Cyclop Balls, Lucasi Custom, MEZZ Cues, McDermott Cues, National Billiard Academy, and Samsara Cues
 
DCC BANKS RING GAME
 
The action packed 10-Ball Bank entertainment was in full swing at press time.
 
Bustamante had entered but, due to his exhausting day, decided to get some sleep and concentrate on his early morning 9-Ball match. He also, wants to protect those All-Around points.
 
Corey Deuel, Shannon Daulton, Jeremy Jones, Shawn Murphy, Billy Thorpe and Skyler Woodward are “all-in,” 
 
The 10-Ball Bank Ring Game, hosted by banking living legend, Truman Hogue began at $50 a ball. You can bet that it will be 10 times that by game’s end. We’ll keep you posted on the results, tomorrow,
 
 
 
 

A Brief History of the Derby City Classic

Dennis Orcollo danced through the field last year (Photo courtesy of Dave Thomson – Mediumpool.com)

In celebration of The Derby City Classic’s 20th anniversary, we thought that you avid pool fans might be interested in a few tidbits of its unique history, statistics, and hear what the sone of the past champions have to say about it all.
 
The “Derby” was sired by Diamond Billiards’ Greg Sullivan in 1999. 200 plus entrants vying for titles in three disciplines; Bank Pool, One Pocket, and 9-Ball graced Louisville KY’s Executive Inn. Due to DCC’s irrepressible growth, by 2009, the action was upgraded to the grander Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino, just across the border, in Elizabeth, IN.
 
Today, more than double that original amount are expected to participate. That stat makes it the most successful, competitively attended pro pool tournament in the world.
 
Greg’s ambition grew from experiencing the Johnson City hustler’s convention at the tender age of 16. He was immediately smitten, in fact, he still has his original entry ticket!
 
It was that passion for pool that eventually drove him to create the Diamond pool table to his exacting, standardized specifications that would catapult pool from a game to a sport.
 
The table’s success allowed Greg, with Chad in the background managing the numbers, to create a pool tournament which would attract the full gamut of cuemen. He wanted those who were funded by gambling on themselves and those who excelled in the immediacy of tournament action.
 
Sullivan beamed as he stated without the glimmer of a boast, ”The most satisfying compliment I’ve ever received is that DCC is like Johnson City…on steroids.”
 
2001 All Around Champion (also know as the Master of the Table) Shannon Daulton concurs. “Once a year, everyone from World Champions to the toughest money players on the earth come together for nine days of torture to see who comes out on top.”
 
Five time All Around Champion Efren Reyes dubs the Derby  his favorite tournament, ever. ”I got to spend time with my friends, now icons, like Earl and Nick (Varner). And, more recently, new friends I’ve made in all the events. It’s always been a gathering of the best players in the world.”
 
Another attraction; the moolah. Where else can one pool player, in one tournament, get the opportunity to cash $76,000? And that doesn’t include the extra curricular activities; nudge, nudge.
 
If he, or she, were to win the Bank Pool: $10,000, and the One Pocket; $12,000, then the 9-Ball; $16,000. All those points awarded for each win earn an additional $20,000 as the aforementioned Master of the Table.
 
Plus, let’s not forget DCC’s auxiliary enticements: The Diamond BIG Foot Challenge: $16,000, and the George Fels Memorial 14.1/Straight Pool, instigated by Billiards Digest columnist Bob Jewett and currently hosted by Dennis Walsh and Bill Maropulos: $8,000.
 
It all adds up to $76,000. That’s not a bad week’s wages.
 
In its evolution over the decades, as if the 9 days of dawn to dawn dueling weren’t murderous enough, more entertainment was added.
 
The Action and Entertainment" (A&E) commemorates the legendary “St.Louis” Louis Robert respected for his mesmerizing ability and high-roller attitude. As a matter of interest, in 2010, the entrancing Jeanette Lee robbed ‘em!
 
The event that is dearly missed was Steve Booth’s One Pocket and Bank Pool Hall of Fame Dinner. It was perhaps the most fun-filled night in Pool–never mind the Derby!
 
To hear the inductees be introduced by pool’s spellbinding raconteurs like the late Grady Mathews and Freddy “The Beard” Bentivegna was known to reduce some of these bad boys to tears.
 
The good news is that–it’s back! Jeremy Jones and the late Eugene 'Clem' Metz will be honored for One Pocket. And truly precocious Keith McCready for the “Lifetime Pool in Action Award! 
Wednesday, 24th, Jan. Doors open ar 6pm
 
It was in 2010 that the always entertaining Banks Ring Game was introduced.
 
In 2014, in celebration of the Diamond’s new 10’ table, the BIG Foot 10-ball Challenge was inaugurated. Always looking for innovation, Greg’s methodology was that the challenge of negotiating a 50 sq. ft. playing surface with the standard tight, pro-cut pockets would determine, indisputably, the best player.
 
The Derby City Classic All Around Champion is also the most bad-ass title to hold. Taking it means that you kick ass, not just in one of the disciplines, but at least 2, and arguably, all three. Hence, the All Around Champion is also recognized as Master of the Table, that’s why both titles are inscribed on the newly created, very elegant, crystal obelisk being presented to the 2018 points winner. Smaller obelisks will go to the winners of all 5 events.
 
Another interesting feature is that DCC is the only pool tournament where it costs more to enter the bleachers than it does to enter the arena. So, if you intend to attend the greatest pool show on earth and stand in awe of the international field of competitors, it will behoove you to play; It will certainly improve your speed plus, generate a tale or two for your grandchildren–especially, if you’re lucky enough to draw a champion!
 
In DCC’s first ever incarnation in 1999, Efren won the inaugural All Around event. The turn of the century, Dee Adkins had the honor, It took Shannon Daulton until 2001 to create his most treasured memory, in 2002 Jose Parica took the praise until Larry Nevel reveled in it in 2003. In 2004: The Return of Reyes: in the 4 years thru 2007, Efren was the “Master” three times: He “repeated” ’04 and ’05 and titled again in 2007. Incidentally, he won the One Pocket in all 4 of those years. Jason Miller interrupted in 2006.  2008 had fellow Filipino Francisco Bustamante, 2009, the brutal banker, John Brumback. In, 2010, guess who? Yup, Efren again! 2011 announced Shane Van Boening coming in to his own. He back-to backed thru ’12, The Filipino invasion was resuscitated as Francisco Bustamante titled again in ’13, Dennis Orcollo dominated 2014 then, Alex Pagulayan  paralyzed everyone, even Efren, in 2015 and ’16. Dennis danced thru the field again in 2017.
 
Alex reminisced, “Without a doubt, my best memory was winning the One Pocket in 2015. What I like about the DCC is that I really get to play some pool, I mean lots of pool, and in all those different discipline.”
 
John Brumback concurred, “I’ve had no greater feeling than when they announced my first win in Banks, then, the second I heard that I was the All Around Champion, wow, nothin’ better.”
 
So, in conclusion, who is the Master of the Table? Well, the stats don’t lie. As was once stated, “You can have your own opinion but, you can’t have your own facts!”
 
When you add up Efren’s attendance record, consider that he competed in only 11 years of the Derby and was the All Around Champion in 5 of them.That seems like an almost impossible statistic to repeat. Even in 2017, in his 60s, he was still pounding an Accu-Stats’ 9-Ball Total Performance Average (TPA) in the 890s and 900s.
 
We’ll see what future generations will accomplish as we are sure of one thing, DCC will be there for decades to come. DCC XXX will create some interesting search results.
 
Maybe Shannon said it best, “We really have to thank Greg Sullivan for taking such a chance 20 years ago. To this day, in my opinion, it’s our Greatest Show on Earth.”
 
Experience it for yourself: Get there, there is still time. Or view on accu-stats.com
 

Diamond Billiards Official Table Supplier For 2016 US Open 9-Ball Championship

Diamond Paragon

DIAMOND BILLIARD PRODUCTS INC. has been named the official table supplier for the US Open 9-Ball Championship. DIAMOND will supply (15) 9' DIAMOND Pro-Am model pool tables and will feature (1) DIAMOND Paragon pool table as the finals table. DIAMOND will also supply the Professional 9' lights and racks for the event.
 
"The US Open is the longest running, most prestigious event in the country, DIAMOND is very honored to be named the "Official Equipment" of this event, It speaks accolades to the quality and playability of our tables and equipment"- Greg Sullivan – President.
 
The equipment will go on sale with special pricing on 10/01/2016. A DIAMOND sales representative can be reached at (812) 288-7665 or go to www.diamondbilliards.com.

The Greatest Show On Earth

Photo courtesy of David Thomson -Mediumpool.com

At the impressionable age of 11 years old, I had the pleasure of witnessing the showing of a movie that I have never forgotten to this day – it was the blockbuster of 1957 called “The Greatest Show on Earth” starring Charlton Heston.
 
It was the story of a circus and life under the big top, highlighting all of the exciting acts being performed under one roof – Believe me, the excitement was electrifying!
 
Now fast forward 59 years to the Derby City Classic, the brain child of Greg Sullivan, (the owner and founder of Diamond Billiard Products) and let us look at the dynamics of this unique event – Greg decided back in 1999 that he wanted to run an event that catered to many disciplines, using the premise that the Bank Pool players would probably not show up for a One Pocket event, and likewise the One pocket guys would not show for the Bank Pool, and the 9 Ball players would certainly not show up for either of the other two disciplines.
 
But, if he offered all three disciplines under one roof (A stroke of genius) then maybe the Bank guys would brush up on their One Pocket game and likewise the One Pocket guys would start practicing a little more on their Banking skills – and even the 9 Ball Players would maybe reluctantly have a go at the other two.
 
The DCC started out in 1999 in its fledgling state at the EXECUTIVE WEST in Louisville, KY for its first 10 years, before moving on to its present location at HARAH’S HORSESHOE CASINO, IN, for the next 8 years, making this year the 18 th Annual DCC.
 
To give you an idea of how the event has gained popularity through the years, the entries for the Bank event last year was 411 – for the One Pocket 350 and for the 9 Ball 310. That’s a lot of serious players!
 
Well, there has been more than a few tweaks to the format of this event since its conception, but Greg’s second stroke of genius was the introduction of the prize for THE ALL AROUND TITLE, given to the player with the best score in all three events. This certainly got the players attention from the get go, especially the Bank's and One Pocket players, who honed their games ten fold.
 
They say “MONEY TALKS AND PLAYING ONLY ONE GAME WALKS”! (I made that up, but you know what I mean)
 
It has the three disciplines mentioned in detail above, and a few years ago added the BIG FOOT 10ft Table event to the proceedings – A $1,000 entry 16 man field (with $16,000 added) and a prize of $16,000 going to the winner!!!
 
Plus, for a few years now, the DCC also includes a high run Straight Pool event that goes on all week, with the top three high runs each day earning money, and the top eight high runs of the week playing a single elimination to find the winner!!
 
To witness all of these disciplines going on under THE BIG TOP that is supplied by Harrah’s, is electrifying to say the least – FIVE DISCIPLINES all captured by the professionalism of ACCU-STATS VIDEO PRODUCTIONS, and streamed around the world to eager fans that rarely see most of these disciplines.
 
THE DERBY CITY CLASSIC IS UNQUESTIONABLY “THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH” there is no other event that offers such a diverse array of disciplines. I am so excited about returning again this year, that I am getting there two days early to soak in the atmosphere of this fantastic venue and all that it offers.
 
Please note that all of the above events are PERFORMED WITHOUT A NET!
 
Below is a link to an interview that Greg Sullivan did a few years ago, where he talks about how he started his Diamond Table Company and his thoughts on how he came up with the concept for what is now known as the Derby City Classic.
 
http://youtu.be/qQCWA9LFhu0

Kiamco Wins Derby 9-Ball; Pagulayan Master of the Table

Warren Kiamco (Photo courtesy of David Thomson – Mediumpool.com)

LIVE from the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Resort and Casino, Elizabeth, IN
 
Diamond Derby City Classic XVII: 9-Ball Division: FINALS
 
Alex Pagulayan will go down in the annals of history as the first player to have won all 3 DCC disciplines and Master of the Table honors. A true career DCC Grand Slam.
 
Alex had won the One Pocket Championship, got close in Banks and even closer–to the finals no less–in 9-Ball. For his efforts he was awarded pool's biggest payday, $44,650, courtesy of Diamond Billiards Products, the promotor of this, the 17th annual Derby City Classic.
 
"If I won, I promised my kids I'd go see them in Hawaii." His eyes were off in the distance. You could see he was imagining being with them.
 
Then he switched gears; he was back in the moment. "Gad, I got so close." he sighed. The 120 pound, little ball of firepower had wanted it all.
 
After losing to Mika Immonen in the first round, Alex had battled back, with only one life–no more buy-back–to arrive at the Finals with the unbeaten Warren Kiamco, The way Alex performed, under pressure, he looked like he could have had it all. Warren felt it too.
 
When Alex was at the table, you could see the intensity in his eyes as, after every break, he searched the table for the one-ball.
 
Alex handily won the first set with Warren, 9-4, closing it out with a 3-pack.
 
Warren went buy-back. The mid 40's Filipino hadn't gotten to the finals since Galveston in 2009. He wanted this one badly. The crowd knew he was capable. He had just gone 13 rounds, unbeaten, with wins that included Efren and Carlo Biado…both champions.
 
Re-entering the Arena, Warren, usually stoic, had a fierce look of determination. He won the lag and reciprocated by opening the second set with a 3-pack of his own.
 
Alex got 2 more–it should have been 3 but he miscued. Warren punished him with another 2. 
 
Soon, Warren was on the hill and, with only 4 games, it looked like Alex, the little engine that could, finally, couldn't.
 
After 9-days of the most gruelling competition in cuesports, Alex, it seemed, had run out of steam. We could feel his dismay when he missed even a difficult shot that he felt he should have made. Despondent, he would walk wearily to his seat.
 
Running out the case game, and the title so close, Kiamco succumbed to an obvious scratch. 
 
Alex was out of his seat. The fire was back in his eyes. He ran the remainder of the rack: 8-5. Snap! 8-6. He ran another one: 8-7. Darn it! Dry break.
 
Warren, with even more pressure on him now, got out of line and left a ball hanging in the hole: Alex couldn't believe it, another chance. He couldn't believe it; he'd hooked himself.
 
Back and forth, they countered, until Kiamco, unwittingly, had left himself a 7-9 combo, The balls weren't so far apart but, he had to use the Filipino least favorite weapon of choice, the bridge. They'd rather stretch the length of the table than use it.
 
Warily, Warren took to the table. Cautiously, stroking back and forth, he let the arrow loose. Slowly, the 9 rolled into the pocket.
 
Kiamco collapsed on the table. It was over. Warren was sprawled there for what seemed an eternity. Alex ran over to genuinely congratulate his fellow Filipino friend, "Just checking that he hadn't fainted," he joked later.
 
Warren was ecstatic, even uncharacteristically effusive. "Have you any idea how difficult Derby City is to win? Over 300 players, and never knowing exactly when, or who, you are going to play until you see the draw," he related, his voice full of excitement. "I'm so happy to have survived."
 
After 9 days of brutal combat, there are others who deserve mention here, too.
 
Jeremy Sossei, a very capable Connecticut 9-Ball player, had sneaked quietly through the ranks all the way to meet Alex Lely in a bout to see who would face Kiamco, Both Sossei and the World Pool Master and EuroTour 8 & 9-Ball Champion had only one life. One of them had to go.
 
Alex, these days, is more of a coach than a competitor. As the current instructor to the Nederlands' team, some of  whom were in attendance, he outlasted all of them. And, to his credit, "walked the talk" as he dismissed Van Boening allowing him only to 5.
 
Jeremy wasn't intimidated at all. Still pumped up from his recent runner-up finish at Turning Stone and, incidentally, he also had had a 4th in DCC 2010, he attacked the table allowing Lely little opportunity. "After the break, everything just went my way," he reported, humbly."
 
Lely was happy with his fourth place finish. "When Jeremy had me in the seat for so long, that's when I realized how exhausted I really was." Welcome to Derby City.
 
Jeremy had earned that berth in the formidable Accu-Stats Arena. The bright lights posed additional intimidation for his encounter with the unbeaten legend, Kiamco.
 
Sossei got to 5. "My safety play let me down but, you can be assured that I'll be back next year. I really think I can pull a win out of here. Besides, I want my picture on the winner's wall along with my buddy Ginky," he laughed. The late George "Ginky" SanSouci won the DCC 9-Ball in its second outing in 1999.
 
By mid-afternoon, Efren, thanks to Kiamco, was done and Brumback was gone, too.
 
It was then apparent that Pagulayan's lead in All Around Champion points was insurmountable. 
 
You might think that Alex would relax, feeling secure with his additional $20,000 in cash. It was then that he drew Orcollo: Onward to the Accu-Stats Arena.
 
As this was not a full TV production match. It was available only to the arena and Internet Pay-per-View audience. Jim Fredricks, owner Pat Fleming's right-hand man, would handle the camera switching, remotely, back at Accu-Stats' world headquarters.
 
The reason being, how many hours do you think the Accu-crew can log? Or, should that be slog?
 
Down to three players; Alex, Jeremy, and Warren Kiamco–still with a buy-back, means that there are, potentially, four more matches. The crew had to conserve energy incase they had to pull an all-nighter.
 
'Tis a pity that there won't be a DVD on this one. Alex and Dennis really had the room on a hook. Back and forth the score mounted until Alex, again, coming from behind, clawed to hill-hill: Another dry break. 
 
Dennis faced an awkward one-ball and, compounded by difficult position for the 2, it jawed. Alex, never a doubt running out, had escaped another one. With his hill-hill loss, Dennis exited the building.
 
Pagulayan drew a bye and awaited the previously reported winner from the Sossei/Kiamco encounter.
 
What an event. There is nothing like it anywhere in the world. History was made, money was made, and it's memories are forever.
 
Founder Greg Sullivan's dream, of pool evolving from a game to a sport, has truly become a reality: The DCC is a staple embedded in Pro Pool consciousness, forever. He candidly deserves his coveted, Pool In Action Award, received earlier in the week from the One-Pocket Hall of Fame.
 
Diamond VP, Chad Scharlow, is also worthy of honorable mention. In their busiest weeks of the year, Chad still has to handle the day-to-day running of Diamond compounded with the logistics of coordinating 9 days of Murphy's Law. And, you can bet your bottom dollar that, on Sunday, he'll be out their with a drill, dismantling tables along with the crew.
 
The Master of the Table awarded 2nd highest point winner Efren Reyes, $3,000, and John Brumback, $2,000 for 3rd.
 
Shannon Daulton:  $10,000, Banks winner.
Warren Kiamco, $16,000, 9-Ball.
Shane Van Boening: $16,000, Diamond BIG Foot Challenge.
 
The Derby City Classic continues to gain prestigious, worldwide respect as pool's most arduous and punishing competitive arena. Where else can you guarantee an encounter with BIG Foot and Cyclop?
 
Kudo's to the Russia's ABNbilliards.com for creating a DCC qualifier event. The winner is awarded a free trip plus, entry into the Bank, 1-Pocket, and 9-ball divisions. Diamond congratulates this year's entrant, 16 year old, Maxim Dudanets. What an education he got!
 
But wait, there's more: The Dutch have a copy-cat, tribute event in Deurne City, Nederlands; The DC Classic. It doesn't quite last 9-days, only a long weekend. It will.
 
AZ would, sincerely, like to extend it's thanks to those you don't see: BADBOYS (and girl) Bonnie and Ric, Tourney officials Bret Baker and Bill Stock, and last but not least, Diamond Mike Smith. Without y'alls help, this editorial series would be severely lacking "Juice."
 
The George Fels Memorial Straight Pool Challenge: Semi Finals
 
1st: Ruslan Chinakhov – 125, $4000,
 
2nd: Jayson Shaw – 50, $2,500 (plus $1000 for his 227 high run bonus.
 
Diamond Billiards Products thanks Dennis Walsh, Bill Maropulis, and the scorekeepers that contributed to the success of the event. (The entrants doubled this year!)
 
Greg Sullivan acknowledged, "These guys worked as hard as anyone this week, and without them, there would be no 14.1 event."
 
They're will be a more complete report by AZ's own Jerry Forsyth in the days to come.
 
 
Diamond thanks its sponsors: The Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Cyclop Balls, Simonis Cloth, BCA Pool League, and BadBoys Billiard Productions.
 
Accu-Stats thanks its Arena Sponsors: Simonis Cloth, Cyclop Balls, OB Cues, Cue and Case, MEZZ Cues, Samsara Cues, and National Billiard Academy.

The Cannon takes Derby City Banks division

LIVE from the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Resort and Casino, Elizabeth, IN

 

Derby City Classic XVII, January 23-31, 2015

 

Diamond Derby City Classic XVII: Bank Pool Division: FINALS

 

From 413 entrants on Friday, tonight there were three: Efren Reyes, Shannon Daulton and John Brumback.

 

All had one loss. There would be no buy-backs. One of the them was going to get a bye.

 

In a unique way of picking who gets it, each player was asked to pick up one of 3 big boxes sitting on the Diamond table in the Accu-Stats Arena then, face the bottom of it to the audience.

 

Unbeknownst to the players, one of the boxes had BYE written on it. Much to his relief, Brumback had chosen it: He was sent swiftly into the Finals.

 

Efren and Shannon stayed in the Arena to determine who got 3rd.

 

If Efren won the semi's, then the finals, he would be the first man, ever, to complete the DCC career "Grand Slam" with wins in all 3 divisions. Banks, One-Pocket, and 9-Ball.

 

With a 2-0, and needing the case ball, Efren looked invincible. H even had a couple of attempts at it. Shannon reached for his cannon. Blasting back with some incredible shotmaking, the match was soon tied at 2. He was driven, but it wasn't over yet.

 

In the decider, Efren had 3 balls, Shannon had zero.  With more gut wrenching, inner strength,  Daulton caught a gear and now had 4. Efren, altho,' having showed moments of magic, was missing.

 

Shannon's opportunity arose when Efren left the 4-ball a couple of inches from the bottom rail. With incredible precision, Shannon crossed it the length of the table towards the opposite corner pocket.

 

As it passed the side, there was now doubt that it would run true. Daulton strode, with outstretched hand, toward Reyes as the ball dropped in behind him.

 

When The Cannon sank that last ball the exultation was written all over his face. He was ecstatic. So, were the hometown fans in the standing room only arena.

 

"I've been beaten so many times by Efren, including last year in the One-Pocket Finals," coincidently, the only division Shannon hasn't won.

 

"I really prepared for this. I've been going to sleep anywhere from 9-11, every night.

 

"I'm now 42 years old. You can either win upstairs, in action, or downstairs here on the TV table. In the TV table, you win forever."

 

No need for rest, he faced long time friend and fellow Southerner John Brumback. They grew up banging balls around together.  Both have many DCC titles. Money be-damned; There was nothing more important than garnering other one.

 

Shannon won the lag…broke, and ran 5 and out. They got down to one ball in the second game and Shannon sank that: 2-0.

 

Shannon stayed ahead and had opportunities to take it all but now the banks were eluding him. One even slow rolled to the hole only to tease him.

 

John stayed alive at 1-2 and took a time-out.

 

Yesterday, he and Shannon had been practicing together, for the same title, at a friend's house. Their deep-rooted friendship was most apparent when Shannon, with an energy drink in his hand, was late returning from the time-out.

 

John, mildly frustrated, said, " Where ya been? I've been waiting on you," Then he, nonchalantly, took Shannon's drink, sucked a long draft from the straw, and placed it back in his hand.

 

Shannon didn't even notice. "Go break, then," he said."

 

John did but to no avail. It garnered him only a ball.

 

Shannon showed the same form of the opening rack. Needing only one ball, he finally sank that elusive championship orb. They shared a congratulatory hug.

 

It'e easy to tell that these guys will be competitors and friends, in and out of the arena, for life. Today, they knew that it was just Shannon's turn.

 

On they go to the One-Pocket division.

 

See it LIVE at accu-stats.com

 

The One-Pocket Hall of Fame Banquet

 

Tuesday evening, Steve Booth hosted the most entertaining night at the Derby, The One

Pocket Hall of Fame Banquet in Legends Bar near the Horseshoe Southern Indiana food court.

 

The evening honored the life and times of the inimitable, sometimes notorious, Freddy "The Beard" Bentivegna. 1940-2014.

 

It was night full of sweet sadness, tears, spurious road stories, laughs–lots of laughs–and lastly, surprises–lots of surprises.

 

What night commemorating Freddy is not going to be filled with all of the above. Friends and family–his daughter Cat–came to honor him with tales portraying the man behind his infamous escapades to an audience transfixed.

 

Freddy's Chicago neighborhood friend of 43 years, John Bosnak, with the aid daughter Cat, dug into the archives to compile a slide show of pics that went as far back as the 40s.

 

The eerie the thing about John is not that only that he and Freddy looked like they were brothers, their voices, including intonation, sounded identical. So when John was commentating during the slide show, it sounded like Freddy was introducing himself.

 

"Yeah, we've been friends for so long that we started to be alike." John joked. Narrating the pics, he soon choked up as he was reminded that his dear friend was no longer with us. 

 

Scott Frost was first from the pool community to the podium. "Freddy told me that, 'If you stick with it, one day you will beat Efren.' The interesting thing is that I believed him. I really credit that his motivation contributed to my success today."

 

Billy Incardona and Danny Diliberto waxed eloquently stating that Bentivegna was one of pool's greatest characters and raconteurs.

 

Mary Kenniston, Nick Varner, and Efren Reyes were respectfully present.

 

Videographer Angel Levine stated that Freddy and his great friend George Fels (who had edited his recent, Encyclopedia of Pool Hustlers) were a profound influence in her life and, jokingly, referred to them as scoundrels and scholars. "As a teenager, hanging out in the pool room, they not only watched out for me, they were like father figures to me."

 

Freddy's daughter Cat has started a Freddy the Beard Facebook page and it already has 3000 "likes." She invites anyone to share their personal Freddy story.

 

"His philosophy was that, in life, everyone should strive to do what ever makes them happy," Cat reflected.

 

Accu-Stats commentator, and cue maker, Bill Gibbs donated a cue that he had made in 1989. In 2008 he started having all the One Pocket and Bank Pool legends sign it at the annual Hall of Fame Banquets. Today, it has a proud new owner.

 

Then came the surprises: The legendary  Marshall "Squirrel" Carpenter was in the house. Scott Frost returned to the mic and shared that The Tuscaloosa Squirrel was his first road partner. "And now, at 87, he's still matching up!"

 

"Do you have the nuts?" was hollered form the floor? "I never had the nuts, I just liked to crack 'em," he retorted.

 

Then Bank Pool Hall of Famer Hogue was back at the Podium preparing us for the evening's biggest surprise. it was time to honor the "Lifetime Pool in Action" award.

 

"When I was a kid, this man had so much faith in me that he took me on the road as my stake horse and it took me six months to book a winner. He always stood by me.

 

"His whole life has been dedicated to allowing people to see the beauty of Pool…"

 

Meanwhile, Greg Sullivan, Diamond's president and founder of the Derby City Classic turned to his wife Kay and whispered incredulously. "This sounds like me."

 

Hogue's deep, resonating voice was still bellowing into the microphone. "…Greg Sullivan," 

 

The room went crazy, Lifetime Pool in Action award? Greg's jaw dropped as, overwhelmed, he was dragged to the podium, "No, no, you take it. " he choked, "Give it to me later. I hate the limelight," tears now streaming down his face. 

 

Finally, somewhat composed, he graciously thanked everyone. "All I ever wanted to do was let pool evolve from a game into a sport." 

 

"Well, you've certainly done that," said Banquet founder, Steve Booth, closing the ceremonies. "Pool has always had two sides," Steve acknowledged, "The Tournament side and the Action side. Here at the Derby, Greg, you've brought them together."

 

Kay Sullivan was still sitting, observing all, from her setting at the table. She had known of her husband's surprise presentation, and kept it secret, for two terrifying weeks. Her face beaming with pride, still glistening from her tears.

 

Visit onepocket.org for more.

 

The George Fels Memorial Straight Pool Challenge

 

Action all day as daily bonuses are distributed to the top 3 high runs. $300, $200, $100.

 

No one has caught Jayson's 227 or Mika's 224.

 

When Orcollo heard that there was $1,000 prize for the tournament's highest run, he ran upstairs between one-pocket matches and, in his first inning, delivered a 197. That should ensure him a berth in the final 8. Can he repeat?

 

Nick Van Den Berg has a 149, Warren Kiamco, a 145. Mika struck an additional 112.

 

One more day of qualifiers before the top 8 high runners square off in single elimination. it looks like a lowly 100 might get you in there.

 

See it live at www.tvmike.tv

Diamond Derby City Classic XVII: One Pocket Division

 

352 One Pocket are now down to 70 As Morra, at 3-1, sent veteran Cliff Joyner to buy back. "John shot well," said Cliff. "I got distracted by all the action around me rather than focussing on the game."

 

"It was an interesting match coming from the pace of the Banks and 10-Ball," observed John, "The first game took 90 minutes, the last one, 90 seconds."

 

Frost lost 1-3 to World 14.1 Champion Stephan Cohen and Efren bought back after a second round loss to New Yorker, Jim Milazoo. Didn't that previously happen to him in the Banks too?

 

More One-Pocket Action in the Accu-Stats TV arena tomorrow starting with Efren and Shane at 10am EDT, He'd better get some rest after his Banks match. One more loss and he's gone.

 

accu-stats.com.

 

Diamond thanks its sponsors: The Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Cyclop Balls, Simonis Cloth, BCA Pool League, and BadBoys Billiard Productions.

 

Accu-Stats thanks its Arena Sponsors: Simonis Cloth, Cyclop Balls, OB Cues, Cue and Case, MEZZ Cues, Samsara Cues, and National Billiard Academy.