The Magician topped a field of 88 of very strong players to capture the inaugural Galveston World Classic One Pocket tournament. The Filipino and American players were very well represented at this event, with the conspicuous absences mainly from the European and Asian camps, which are not so well known for their One Pocket anyway.
With the true double elimination format, Reyes had to beat Shannon Daulton twice to claim the One Pocket championship. Just two nights earlier, Daulton had defeated Reyes on the winner’s side, with Shannon displaying superb play and confidence. But after dispatching with Cliff Joyner for the right to face Daulton again, Reyes elevated his game a notch, and took advantage of Daulton 3-1, 3-2 to capture the title.
The World Classic was presented by a new name in tournament promotion, Taylor Road Productions and hosted at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. In its first year, the organizers had to overcome their share of predictable first year challenges, with some set-up problems and technical difficulties, but they seemed to get stronger by the day, and reports have been nothing short of enthusiastic for this event going forward.
All photos courtesy Ricky Bryant with a little editing by Steve Booth