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  • Dave ‘Viffer’ Peat Wins the 2011 Louie Roberts Award

    Dave ‘Viffer’ Peat, AKA ‘Dippy Dave’ 2011 Derby City Classic Action/Entertainment Award winner After the votes had been tallied, David “Dippy Dave” Peat dominated in winning the 2011 “St. Louie” Louie Roberts Action and Entertainment Award at the Derby City Classic (DCC). In a world where there’s often more woof than bite, Dippy Dave’s action […]

  • 2010 Derby City Classic

    Frost Wins the Derby City One Pocket Title Scott Frost prevailed over from Texas, Sylver Ochoa.With Reyes falling in the earlier money rounds, and Bustamante in the semifinals, it felt a little like a new generation of players in the finals. Frost was heavily favored by the standing room only crowd (including the balconies!), someone […]

  • 2010 One Pocket Hall of Fame Dinner

    Diana Hoppe photo Congratulations to our new Hall of Fame inductees! The One Pocket Hall of Fame is pleased to announce this year’s class of inductees in the categories of One Pocket, Bank Pool and Lifetime Pool in Action. This year we have two One Pocket inductees, the well travelled professional player, Jose Parica, and […]

  • 2009 Hall of Fame votes are in!

    A younger Jose Parica competing back in the 80’s (Mike Haines/Bill Porter photo) The One Pocket Hall of Fame is pleased to announce this year’s class of inductees in the categories of One Pocket, Bank Pool and Lifetime Pool in Action. This January we will have two One Pocket inductees, the well traveled professional player, […]

  • Trick Shot Icon ‘Willie Jopling’ Dies

    Willie Jopling at the Derby City Classic, demonstrating one of his pet games, “Kiss Pool”, in which object balls are caromed off the cue ball in order to score. Born William Jopling Marshall, Jr. in Bedford, Virginia January 20, 1926, but better known in the pool world as ‘Willie Jopling’, Marshall died suddenly in his […]

  • Michael Surber, 1955-2009

    Mike competing at the Derby City Classic last year One of the top all-around players from Mississippi and beyond, ‘Biloxi Mike’ Surber, was found dead in his home earlier this week. Officials have ruled the cause of his death murder, and have named a “person of interest” in the case. Mike was a very popular […]

  • Galveston World Classic One Pocket

    Photo courtesy Ricky Bryant The Magician topped a field of 88 of very strong players to capture the inaugural Galveston World Classic One Pocket tournament. The Filipino and American players were very well represented at this event, with the conspicuous absences mainly from the European and Asian camps, which are not so well known for […]

  • Banks Legend Vernon Elliott Dead at 71

    Freddy ‘The Beard’ Bentivegna congratulates Vernon at his 2007 One Pocket Hall of Fame induction in the Bank Pool category Diana Hoppe photo The family of Banks legend Vernon Elliott sadly reports that Vernon died the afternoon of May 9, 2009, after suffering a heart attack following several recent surgeries. Vernon Elliott, like fellow Legend of […]

  • Jimmy Spears

    Photo courtesy Jimmy Spears The Lifetime Pool in Action honor this year goes to action legend, Jimmy ‘Flyboy’ Spears. Over his long career as player, Flyboy has been known as a determined competitor with a reputation for skills, extraordinary stamina and an eagerness to gamble, making him one of the best high stakes players of […]

  • Glenn Rogers

    Piggy banking out at the Derby City Classic 2010 Glenn ‘Piggy Banks’ Rogers was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, near the Bulls stadium. As a teenager, he had a good shoe shine business going, and when Glenn discovered pool, but was still too young to play in the poolroom, he convinced […]