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NEWS PROVIDED BY: The International Open

  • The 2023 International Open will be in Norfolk, Virginia, USA at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel for six days, October 30 – November 4, featuring players from all over the world competing in a variety of disciplines.
  • In addition to the traditional 9-Ball, this year’s contests will continue to include the 10-Ball “Big Foot Challenge” and Juniors 9-Ball. The 9-Ball Open will field 128 players, the 10-Ball Invitational will field 16, and the Juniors 9-Ball will field 16 males and 8 females.
  • Jayson Shaw will be there to defend his International 9-Ball title, with Fedor Gorst defending all others in the Diamond Big Foot Challenge.
  • In addition to those serious disciplines, we’ve again added some special competitions to entertain the crowd and have a few more players earn some more money. For the second time at the Open, we will feature a Race to One 9-Ball contest with 16 players. There will be no entry fees, and $2,000 will go to the winner. All told, the International Open will have $60,000 in added money and a total purse of $132,000.
  • The very best equipment is being provided by Diamond Billiard Products, Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls, and Outsville Accu-Rack. There will be no excuses here.
  • The venue is exquisite. The Sheraton Waterside Hotel and the city of Norfolk, Virginia are ready for the eighth time to host a world class pool tournament. Raised Reserved Seating, as in previous years, will allow great viewing. Large TV monitors will be above every pool table displaying the players’ names and their scores.
  • The competition gets better every year, and this year won’t be any different. The 9-Ball Open awards points for Matchroom’s Nine Ball program, so the best will be here.
  • The BCA Hall of Fame Banquet will once again be hosted at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel on Friday, November 3.
NINE BALL (Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, 2023, Mon-Sat)
The $50,000 added 2022 International 9-Ball Open will feature 128 players in a double elimination format with the final 16 advancing into a single elimination round. $30,000 will be going to the winner. The $114,000 purse will be shared by the top 32 finishers.

TEN-BALL (Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2023, Mon-Wed)
The Diamond Big Foot Challenge, 10-Ball on a 10-foot table, is a special three-day event featured in the Simonis Arena and has always been a favorite discipline at the Derby City Classic. We invited 16 of the best players to participate. The winner of this single elimination 10-Ball event will take home $8,000 in which the top 4 finishers will share the $16,000 purse.

JUNIORS (Nov. 2-4, 2023, Thu-Sat)
In addition to two major pro events at the International, Ra Hanna, of On The Wire Creative Media, is bringing us the best 16 men and 8 women to complete for their Junior International Championship. Diamond Billiard Products and Accu-Stats is very proud supporting the next generation of professional pool players.

Once again, the Simonis Arena will be the center stage for this week’s action. The enclosed arena will feature raised reserved seating for great viewing. General admission will be available on a daily basis. Daily and multi-day packages will be available to accommodate anyone’s schedule. Tickets will go on sale April 15, 2023. Visit to view the seating chart and reserve your seat.

This year’s show will be six days long and a large crowd is expected. Interested vendors can sign up and reserve vendor space here:

The Sheraton is honoring discounted pricing for not only the contestants, but for anyone attending our event, including vendors, volunteers, and spectators. The discounted rate is $122 per night plus tax. Fortunately, this discounted price was locked in last year with our contract. Considering hotel room rentals have gone sky high all over the country, we’re in a good place.

We will be providing Live Streaming on all thirteen pool tables. For those in attendance, we are providing large monitors above each pool table for displaying the players’ names and current score.

For more information on the 2023 International Open, visit our website at

Quick International Open Details
  • Play Dates: October 30-November 4, 2023
  • Site: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
  • Discounted Hotel Rate: $122 plus tax for a single or double
  • Diamond Pool Tables, Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls and Outsville Accu-Rack
  • TV Arena Seat Reservations available
  • Live Scoring by
  • Pay-Per-View
  • Website:

9-Ball Open
  • Play Dates: October 30 – November 4 (Monday thru Saturday: 6 days)
  • Entry Fee: $500
  • Size of Field: 128
  • Format: Double Elimination, Race to 10
  • Format: Single Elimination for final 16 players
  • Alternate Breaks and Neutral Rackers
  • NO 3-Point Rule on Break Shots
  • Official rack: Outsville Accu-Rack 9-Ball Rack Template
  • Added Money: $50,000 Guaranteed
  • First Place: $30,000 Guaranteed
  • The $114,000 Prize Fund Breakdown with 128 players:
  • 1st: $30,000 9-16th: $2,000
  • 2nd: $18,000 17-24th: $1,250
  • 3-4th: $9,000 25-32nd: $750
  • 5-8TH: $4,000

10-Ball Invitational: Diamond Big Foot Challenge
  • Play Dates: October 30 – November 1 (Monday thru Wednesday: 3 days)
  • Entry Fee: $500
  • Size of Field: 16
  • Format: Single Elimination, Race to 10.
  • Alternate Breaks, Referee Racks
  • Official rack: Outsville Accu-Rack 10-Ball Rack Template
  • Added Money: $8,000
  • First Place: $8,000
  • The $16,000 Prize Fund Breakdown with 16 players:
  • 1st: $8,000
  • 2nd: $4,000
  • 3-4th: $2,000

Junior Division
  • Play Dates: November 2-4 (Thursday thru Saturday: 3 days)
  • Size of Junior Men’s Field: 16
  • Size of Junior Women’s Field: 8
  • Format: Double Elimination, Race to 9, Alternate Breaks
  • Single Final Match: race to 10

There are several ways to pay your entry fee.
  • Pay online with a debit/credit card or PayPal:
  • OR mail check or money order payable to:
    International Open
    Addressed to:
    International Open, PO Box 299, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
  • OR we accept payments through Zelle using 973-615-3519
  • Pay on site with cash (only if the field is not full)
$122 Discount Rate, Single or Double

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 16, 2023


10-BALL: October 30-November 1, 2023 (3 days, Mon-Wed)
9-BALL: October 30-November 4, 2023 (6 days, Mon-Sat)
JUNIORS: November 2-4, 2023 (3 days, Thu-Sat)

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