The Queen City Classic was started in 2009, driven by a strong local pool community. It began as an APA-based team event that attracted 17 teams to start (just 85 players). By 2012 the tournament included minis to kicked off the team and Scotch Doubles events. Despite perceived interest in the Queen City Classic, the team count did not grow as expected. In 2013, a new tournament committee took over with renewed drive to grow the event. In 2014 the rules and handicapping systems were changed to Legendary Billiards systems.
The Legendary Billiards organization was established to create rules and utilize a handicapping system that could unify players from any league for tournament action. This included tournament rules specific to Legendary Billiards events and methods for converting various league handicaps to a new standard. Aligned with this new foundation was a passion for producing higher quality tournaments.
Leveraging the Legendary format opened the Queen City Classic up to members who did not play in the APA and set the stage to grow the tournament at a faster rate. Since that time, the tournament has added a new singles event called the Action Series and expanded the Scotch Doubles events to run every night. Additionally, the Queen City Classic events are now streamed and broadcasted on the internet. Team counts have tripled and word is spreading fast to surrounding states that Cincinnati is growing a tournament that is fun, competitive and worth the time and travel.
To accommodate the demand for the Queen City Classic, a second event was added to the calendar in October of 2015. For the second year, the tournament is semi-annual and continues to add new, exciting elements to the format.