Derby City Classic
The Derby City Classic is an annual pocket billiard convention held every January in Louisville, Kentucky. It is eight days long and offers various disciplines of pocket billiard competitions for pool players of all caliber. It is often referred to as the DCC.
The annual convention has been in existence since 1997. Diamond Billiard Products, manufacturer of Diamond-brand pool tables, the official table of the US Open Nine-ball Championship, is the title sponsor of the event, and the lead tournament promoter is Greg Sullivan. Over $100,000 is added to the tournament payouts.
During the eight-day-long convention, competition is held consecutively in three major disciplines, bank pool, nine-ball, and one-pocket. An All-Around Champion title is awarded each year to an individual player who participates in all three disciplines, and is determined by an ascending point scale and high quality of play, with a prize of $25,000.
The late "St. Louis" Louie Roberts, a legendary American player known for entertaining style of play and high-stakes gambling action, is memorialized by the annual Louie Roberts A&E Award, which stands for "action and entertainment". This is a contest attendees of the event vote, and the pool player who displays the most action and entertainment a la Roberts each year wins this award and is thereafter granted lifetime free entry to the Derby City Classic.
There are also smaller age-restricted competitions for under-16, over-21, over-62, and over-70 divisions, as well as a ladies-only tournament held. Pool industry members bring their wares to the DCC and set up vendor booths, providing a billiard expo for attendees. The vendor booths display a large variety of cue sticks, pool paraphernalia, billiard clothing, books, and instructional DVDs.
To commemorate the great one-pocket champions, OnePocket.org, a website dedicated to the pocket billiard game of one-pocket, hosts an annual dinner gala at the Derby City Classic and inducts two people each year into the One Pocket Hall of Fame.
A ring game run by Grady Mathews is another attraction, a ten-ball contest which consists of six players who post an entry fee of $3,000, winner take all. This is recorded live and broadcast via the Internet. Shane Van Boening won the January 2008 event.
- Derby City Classic, DerbyCityClassic.com, retrieved 24 May 2008
- Diamond Billiard Products website DiamondBilliards.net, Retrieved 24 May 2008
- "One Pocket Hall of Fame: Celebrating The Legacy of Pool in Action OnePocket.org, Retrieved 24 May 2008
- "Van Boening Wins 10-Ball Ring Game". AZBilliards.com: The A to Z of Billiards and Pool. Avondale, AZ: AZBilliards, Inc. January 5, 2008. pp. "Independent Event" section. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
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