It is no secret for serious players in Chicago that Red Shoes consistently hosts some of best tournaments in the city. If you are from out of town and will be in Chicago on April 26th I highly recommend this tournament. Even if you go just looking for action you are sure to find someone at Red Shoes that will be willing to match up with you.
April 26th, 2014
9-Ball – Double Elimination
$500 Added – Based on a Full Field
Sign-Up Time – NOON
$50 Entry Fee – Includes Green Fees
The Derby City Classic Pool Tournament is taking place at the end of this month from Jan. 24 – Feb. 1. If you have a chance to play or go see this event I highly recommend that you do. Below is some of the previous match play video from previous Derby City action.
Derby City Classic 10-ball ring game. This is a fun one to watch with Alex Pagulayan, Rodney Morris, and Corey Deuel. This is fun to watch but unfortunately even though it is a BCN video it does not have Billy Incardona commentating which would have made this much more fun to watch.
If you’re like me you probably made a new year’s resolution to exercise more. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that one of my favorite activities which is of course playing pool has excellent health benefits. I think that pool is not often thought of in a positive light when it comes to your health because people are still thinking of poolrooms as smoke filled environments. In today’s world we’re seeing less and less public places tolerate smoking which has changed the dynamic of the poolroom.
I was pleasantly surprised when I went on health status.com typed in my weight and clicked billiards for activities and found out that if I play pool for 3 hours I will burn approximately 770 calories. That was great news to me because when I go to a tournament I always practice for at least an hour before the tournament and hopefully will win a couple of rounds before getting knocked out. I would say an average tournament night results in my playing at least 3 hours of pool. That means if I play only two tournaments a week I would be burning enough calories to lose over a pound every month.
It’s great that pool burns calories but we all know that that’s not the only secret to staying healthy. Pool also consists of a lot of stretching that a person would not normally do. It also requires you to stand on 1 foot at times helping you with your balance and leg strength. I’m not trying to convince anyone that playing pool is the equivalent of going to the gym and running on the treadmill but it’s definitely a little more exciting.
For those of you that are very serious about pool, you may want to consider meditation and stretching to help push yourself to the next level. Cardiovascular training can also be very helpful because in the competitive pool world being physically fit can give you a distinct advantage over your opponent. Many pool tournaments are packed into one weekend and require players to compete in several matches sometimes ranging over 12 hours or more each day. You’ll find the most pool players at the top of their game are also exercising regularly both their bodies and their minds. The next time you’re watching the semifinals or finals of a multi-day tournament ask yourself how many people there look like they are in poor shape. You can also look at the top players in the world and see that most of them appear to be in very good shape.
It’s a shame that the promoters of pool have yet to figure out an effective format to really emphasize just how exciting pool can be, it seems like the marketing ideas are stuck in the 1980s. Tournament directors are still requiring pool players to wear collar shirts, dress pants, and dress shoes. When I walk into a poolroom today rarely will I see people wearing clothing that they would wear to church unless it’s Sunday afternoon and they couldn’t wait to get to the poolroom. Most of the time I see people wearing comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes. People dress this way because pool can be hard to play in constricting clothing, pool is a sport and bending over and reaching across a table can be difficult to do with a collared shirt that is tightly tucked into your dress pants. It makes perfect sense to wear comfortable shoes instead of slippery dress shoes when you know you may be on your feet for hours and sometimes balancing on 1 foot to reach a shot. It would be really nice to see a company like Nike take notice of the pool world.
Maybe tournament directors are putting a dress code in place because they are thinking of pool as a respectable game instead of a competitive sport. If you have walked into a poolroom in the last 10 years you know that the look and feel of poolrooms has changed. Pool rooms have come a long way since the dark, dingy, thumb breaking pool rooms of the Hustler era. Today poolrooms are usually well-lit, comfortable and inviting to people from almost every walk of life. Rooms today are filled with great equipment, flat screen TVs, tables that are kept in good condition and wall to wall carpeting. Also they usually are often combined with a restaurant type setting which is excellent for players in tournaments who would like to grab a bite to eat in between matches. When a new room opens these days it looks like a lot of money has been spent to make sure that it is a nice place that will attract customers both serious and recreational.
Why aren’t promoters encouraging pool players to wear clothing that is more suitable to the game? I think one of the greatest things about pool is that it’s a sport defined by individuals. Is it because promoters are trying to copy England’s snooker players? Snooker draws much more sponsorship in England than pool does here but I would be really freaked out if I walked in the pool room and saw a bunch of people wearing black tuxedos to play a tournament! One of the best things we do in America is allowing people the freedom of expression. Wouldn’t it be more fun to allow players to express who they are, couldn’t this attract new sponsors and players alike? I do understand that it wouldn’t be good to have vulgar language on shirts and that some type of dress code would need to be in place but why have such strict guidelines.