The opening rounds of action are underway the 2nd Annual Southern Classic. Incorporating the same format as the Derby City Classic, the nine-day all-around championship event, held at Harrah’s Resort & Casino in Tunica, MS, has brought in the greatest players in the world in the disciplines of 9-Ball Banks, One Pocket, 9-Ball, and 10-Ball. The event began on Friday, June 21, and will run through Saturday, June 29.
Many past champions of both the Derby City Classic and the first Southern Classic are in attendance at this event, including the two-divisional champion of the first Southern Classic, Justin Hall (in One Pocket and Banks) the reigning Southern Classic and DCC 9-Ball Champion Alex Pagulayan, and former Derby City Classic Champions Shane Van Boening, Francisco Bustamante, Efren Reyes, and Niels Feijen, to name a few.
The first division in the event to get underway was the 9-Ball Banks, which began it’s first day of play yesterday, Friday, June 22. Midway through competition on day two, four rounds of competition have been completed.
Accu-Stats is producing the live stream for the three headlining events (9-Ball Banks, One Pocket, and 9-Ball), which can be watched via PPV on Accu-Stats.com. Live match results can be found on the Southern Classic website, SouthernClassicTournament.com, along with the complete tournament information and schedule.
In the 5pm round of the live Accu-Stats stream, Efren Reyes narrowly won against emerging young player Skyler Woodward by a score of 3-2 after trading racks in the match and much back-and-forth play. Following that round, reigning Derby City Classic Banks Champion and BCA Hall of Fame inductee Francisco Bustamante defeated countryman Carlo Biado in the 6:30pm session.
Many of the top names in the banks division are yet undefeated, including Alex Pagulayan, former two-time DCC Banks Champion John Brumback, Lee Van Corteza, and Niels Feijen, along with a few top young guns including Justin Hall, Joey Gray, and U.K.’s Phil Burford.
The 9-Ball Banks Division will continue into Monday, when the finals will take place at 4pm Eastern time.
Meanwhile, the One Pocket division is set to kick off tomorrow, Sunday, June 23, with the draw for the event taking place at 2pm. The One Pocket will come to an end with the finals at 8pm on Thursday, June 27.
9-Ball will be the third and final event at the Southern Classic, and it will get underway on Wednesday, June 26, with the draw taking place at 1pm. The finals will conclude the 9-Ball at 8pm on Saturday. For more schedule information, visit SouthernClassicTournament.com.
The Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge is also underway at the Southern Classic, which is being streamed by Inside Pool Magazine. The event features $18,000 in added prize money and was limited to 32 players, with an entry fee of $1,000. Watch live for free at www.InsidePool.tv.
Ray “Bigtruck” Hansen of Pool Action TV is also streaming live matches of the action going on outside of the tournaments. Check out PoolActionTV.com for more information.
Stay on the NYC Grind for more updates as the Southern Classic progresses.