9-Ball Player Entry


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9-Ball – January 25th, 2023

  • Players Meeting, Noon; Draw immediately following
  • Match Play begins at 1:00 pm
  • Total Purse, $77,500* approximate
  • Guaranteed Added $25,000
  • Entry Fee $160** • Buy-In Option – $100
  • Single Elimination w/ 1 Buyback Option
  • Race to 9
  • Express Rules, BCA/WPA Points Event
  • Spouse wristband $50 

*Total Purse based on the field of 350 players (max 400)
** Entry fee includes a $10 registration fee

The Billiard Congress of America and Diamond Billiard Products are pleased to announce this Derby City Classic 9-Ball Tournament will be a BCA/WPA points ranking event.

Lag for Opening Break

The winner of the lag decides who breaks first. Coin toss is acceptable if both players agree.

The Rack

Nine balls are racked in a diamond pattern with the 1-ball in front and the 9-ball in the middle. The remaining balls are random, except the 2-ball cannot be on the back of the stack. Pattern racking is not allowed. The 9-ball is racked on the spot. Must use the Outsville Accu-Rack template rack. Once the balls are placed inside the template, do not touch the front balls, only push from the back balls. If the template is not straight, call for a re-rack.

Winner Breaks

The winner of the previous game decides who breaks the next game.

Legal Break

The cue ball begins in hand completely behind the head string and completely inside the Break Box. The Break Box is one diamond each side of the head spot. The EDGE of the cue ball must be fully behind the head string and fully inside the Break Box. An Open Break is required. A legal open break requires you to contact the 1-ball first and either pocket a ball or drive at least 4 object balls to the cushions. Failure to do so is a foul, and counts as the first foul of the 3-foul rule. No push out option is allowed on an illegal break. The 9-ball made on an illegal break, spots up immediately.

Push Out

Push out is allowed on the shot immediately after the break, except on an illegal break.

Scratch or Foul

Any scratch or foul results in cue ball in hand.

3-Foul Rule

If a player commits 3 successive fouls in one game, it is loss of game. The opponent must notify the shooter that they are “on 2” fouls, immediately before the shooter’s next inning.

Winning The Game

Object balls must be shot in rotation. The first player who legally pockets the 9-ball, including 9 on the break or combination shot on the 9, wins the game.