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Ridin' Derby: Pool's Ninth Annual Three-Ring Circus Begins Jan. 4
Jan 3, 2007, 10:09 AM

Pool players, cuemakers, jewelry hawkers, and spectators alike are flocking to Louisville, Ky., for the 9th Annual Derby City Classic, which has gotten bigger and better every year, and this year, it seems, is no exception.

The event begins on Jan. 4 with the 9-ball banks draw taking place on the Jan. 5. The one-pocket event gets underway on the Jan. 7 and the 9-ball event gets started on the Jan. 10.

Of course, the three main events are only a small portion of the experience of the Derby City Classic. Billiards Digest's own Bob Jewett will be conducting his Derby City Straight Pool Challenge for the second year running, which features $10,000 in added money. Players can pay either $50 or $100 to enter the event and take their shot at posting the largest 14.1 run. This event gets started on Jan. 7 with four days of qualifying rounds.

Paul Frankel with Professor Q-Ball will be in attendance again and holding the Three-Cushion USBA National Championships, starting with three qualifiers starting on Jan. 5.

This year's ring games will introduce nightly open 10-ball. Anyone can step up to the plate and play in these ongoing $100 a rack games.

At the end of all this polyathalon of cuesports, the Master of the Table award is awarded to the player who earns the most points competing in the three main events. The prize is a quick $20,000 in bonus money. This year will also see five new $1,000 bonus funds, also based on points earned in the three main events. The five new bonus rounds are "Under 16", Under 21", "Over 62", "Over 70" and "Females".

Another great part of the Derby City Classic is the annual Onepocket.org induction dinner. The dinner will take place on Jan. 9, and the players being inducted this year are John 'Rags' Fitzpatrick, Hayden Lingo, Melvin 'Strawberry' Brooks, Javanley 'Youngblood' Washington, Vernon Elliott and John 'Cannonball' Chapman.

Stay tuned to www.BilliardsDigest.com for up-to-date information.