View Full Version : The Inaugural Gulf Coast Classic

12-16-2004, 04:24 PM
Grady is having a problem with his 'puter and asked me to post this info on the GCC held last week at the Event Center of the Grand Casino in Gulfport, Mississippi. This was a super facility with 38000 sq feet so there is plenty of room for this tournament to grow into a major event.

The Gulf Coast Classic

This was the best tournament I have ever produced, for various reasons, not the least of which was the wonderful volunteer help. Rick Lowell, James Brown and Travis Dennis worked long hours and did much to enhance the workings of a difficult event, what with no less than four divisions and a poker tournament.
My wife Randi worked sixteen hour days, Marie Mathews toiled late at night and of course, we had the U.S. Open’s talented doorman, “Pineapple”.
There were four less of the terrific Diamond smart tables than we had planned on and that made the scheduling nearly impossible. We did wade through it though and the gracious attitude of most of the players helped a lot.
The collective caliber of play of the gathered attendees was magnificent. John Schmidt won the 9 Ball, Marco Marquez the One Pocket and Buddy Hall the Bank Pool. Shannon Daulton was victorious in the $18,000 Bank Pool Ring Game and I must say that this was more exciting than any ring 9 or 10 Ball game I have ever witnessed. There were two runs of 8 banks, one of 7, two or three 5’s and 6’s and lots of 3’s and 4’s. These six special bank pool champions left their own mark on Pocket billiard history with their historic performances. If you didn’t already know, their names are Jason Miller, Tony Fargo, Truman Hogue, Glen “Piggybanks” Rogers, John Brumback and Shannon Daulton. Hear me closely, pool lovers at the Pro level, this was the best pool I have ever seen and I’ve seen plenty.
The 9 Ball division featured “Grady’s Rules”. John Schmidt, Shannon Daulton, Martin Rimlinger and almost every other player said they loved these rules and why, for heaven’s sake, weren’t all 9 Ball tournaments graced with these great rules. Next time I am, after consulting with several players whose opinions I respect , going to address the racking problems associated with pro 9 Ball, but any 9 Ball event I ever do will have “Grady’s Rules“.
I am also doing the Derby City Classic Ten Ball Ring Game, followed by a Bank Pool ring game the second night. Anyone, be he (or she) player or sponsor can contact me for info. Later I will compose a longer posting concerning these games and what we’d like to do next year.

12-16-2004, 11:30 PM
Who won the Hold'em tourny???

Anybody know???

Scott Lee
12-16-2004, 11:39 PM
Rick...Wow! Sounds like it was a 1st Class event! Sorry I had to miss it...that must have been some great pool to sweat! How many players were involved?


12-17-2004, 05:48 AM
Pelican failed to mention of course that he did a heck of a job helping Grady out himself, including technical assistance for the ring game...

I've put up a few photos on OnePocket.org if you are interested: