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Juszczyszyn Leads the Way on Big Foot Challenge Day Two

Konrad Juszczyszyn (David Thomson – Medium Pool)

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

Caesars Southern Indiana, Elizabeth, IN

It’s official, DCC’s registration has broken all past records: 497 in Banks, 500 in 9-Ball, and 400 in One-Pocket. Did someone say shot-clock?

A plethora of wait listed players is begging to compete. The logistics of increasing the entries are a nightmare. Ask “Bad girl” tourney coordinator Bonnie Jones. When Diamonds’ Julie Creamer (you know, the curly blonde at the registration desk) called her to see if it was feasible, Bonnie responded, “Maybe, if you bring a gun to the tournament room, point it my head, and threaten to shoot me!”

You know what, when the impossible needs to get done, you want these ladies on the team.

Diamond BIG Foot Challenge

$32k prize fund. 1st: $16,000. 2nd $8k, 3rd/4th; $4k each

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.

Mosconi Cup captains Jeremy Jones and Mark Wilson are mostly in the Accu-Stats’ commentary booth. Occasionally they have guests. Shannon Daulton has shared his expertise and a some favorite road stores.

Reminder: when you see the balls bobbling or bursting out of the jaws, remember that BIG Foot’s biting, pro-cut pockets are now tighter – 4 1/8” tight!

Day 2. 1st round cont’d

Mika Immonen vs. Mieszko Fortunski

The match was progressing favorably for both players until Mika missed a simple 6-ball. Then things sped sideways for him. Now down 6-9, Mika found his feisty side and seized the next 2 games. He really looked like he’d overcome his earlier misstep.

Unfortunately, we’ll never know as Fortunski, constructing a fearless .883 TPA, respectably advanced to the semi’s.

Roland Garcia vs. Lee Vann Corteza.

As fellow Filipinos, these guys have grown up conferring, competing, even practicing together. Pool is in their DNA. The challenge now is to forget all that camaraderie stuff and deliver the death blow. There are 16 thousand on the line. Plus, bragging rights.

I guess Garcia didn’t get the memo. Lee Vann did: He was off and running…out! His TPA approached 900. Roland’s – in the low 7s.

Their friendship was more than apparent when, after delivering the death blow, Roland hit the floor and bowed at Corteza’s feet. Now that’s bragging rights!

John Morra vs. Konrad Juszczyszyn

Konrad and John have been BIG Foot contenders for around 5 years now. Their tenacity keeps them coming back. There is also nowhere on the planet to experience the BIG Foot “Challenge.” 

John wasn’t on form today. His challenge was to find that Mr. Smooth moniker he had so righteously earned. And Konrad more confident than ever, capitalized on most slips presented to him.

Previously, John had the better performance average of the two.

Today, their roles were reversed. Konrad was the smooth one and needed two games. John’s “heart” has never been in question. His come-from-behind record compares with the best.

Summoning his firepower, he drove a distant long shot into BIG Foot’s jaws, then drew the cue ball back to leave perfect position on the far, far away short rail:  Mr. Smooth was back. They were soon tied at 9 and looking for 2.

Konrad was not impressed. He was first on the hill. When John had the opportunity to join him, he uncharacteristically fumbled shape.

The Pole’s .851 had overpowered John’s .828.

Elated, Konrad finally had a toehold in BIG Foot.

Joshua Filler vs. Jesus Atencio

The 24-year-old Venezuelan was not at ease. The tight pro-cut pockets were not accepting his forced stroke-shots when he applied extra power to achieve prime position. The result was Jesus Atencio was leaving German Joshua Filler easy finishes.

The result, Joshua soon had an insurmountable lead. The cause, Jesus wasn’t getting out when he should have.

Joshua’s comfort zone on BIG Foot certainly can be intimidating: His poise, his superb ball-pocketing prowess, his mature shot choices. No more firing at fantasies. Patience was now part of his arsenal.

At one point a safety battle ensued. And Atencio was on the wrong end of it.

Yet, under fire, he could make some courageous decisions.

He summoned the gusto to just go for it. The object ball found its pocket. Buoyed, for an instant, he soon ran into trouble on the run-out.

Jesus later confessed that, in his eight years as a professional, he had never felt such fear; His hands were shaking and so wet with sweat that his cue actually fell from his slippery grip.

Joshua, to his credit, felt no sympathy. He wasn’t pussyfooting around, he wanted BIG Foot on his cv.

Mika Immonen vs Mieszko Fortunski; 11-8

Roland Garcia vs Lee Van Corteza; 11-2

John Morra vs  Konrad Juszcyszyn; 9-11

Joshua Filler vs Jesus Atencio; 11-5

BIG Foot Schedule for Sunday, Jan 22: 1, 3:30, 7, and 9:30PM

Jayson Shaw vs. Shane Van Boening

Roberto Gomez vs. Fedor Gorst

Mieszko Fortunski vs. Lee Vann Corteza

Konrad Juszcyszyn vs. Joshua Filler

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


Short Rack. Race to 3, Round 4.

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.

Konrad Juszczyszyn was served his second defeat by Mosconi Cup star Tyler Styer who since has lost a life.

Roland Garcia put Efren’s Bank title in jeopardy, 2022 titlist Fedor Gorst handed Dee Adkins his first loss. Corey Deuel, Ike Runnels, Tyler Styer, also have been sent to the buy-back booth. 

Jesus Atencio, Mitch Ellerman, Brandon Shuff, Joshua Filler, Mieszko Fortunski, Roland Garcia, Glenn “Piggy Bank” Rogers, Lee Vann Corteza, Richie Richeson, Anthony Meglino, Tony Chohan, Alex Pagulayan, Tyler Styer, Shane Wolford, Billy Thorpe, Shannon Daulton, Justin Hall, Mika Immonen, Muqaddim Abdulhaqq, and Skyler Woodward are still undefeated.

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Diamond Derby City Classic ONE-POCKET 

The event, being capped at 400 entries, gets underway today!

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 are 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.

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