The Galveston World Classic kicked off today at Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston, TX with the One-pocket, Women’s Open 9-Ball and the Amateur 9-Ball divisions.

The One-pocket event drew 88 players, including an extensive list of Philippino stars, top professionals from around the globe and well known road players. The depth of talent at this event rivals that of the Derby City Classic with almost all former DCC Champions in attendance including Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante, Alex Pagulayan, Shane Van Boening, John Schmidt, Larry Nevel & Jose Parica. First round matches are now complete and there are already a number of must-see matches slated for tomorrow. Matches include Efren Reyes vs. Jose Parica, Shane VanBoening vs. Francisco Bustamante, Ernesto Dominguez vs. Tony Chohan, Gabe Owen vs. Santos Sambajon Jr. and Shannon Daulton vs. Rodolfo Luat.

The Women’s Open 9-Ball event is comprised almost entirely of WPBA pros including Allison Fisher, Gerda Hofstatter, Monica Webb, Iris Ranola and Vivian Villarreal. With $10,000 in first place prize money and 29 women in attendance, there are already a number of top professionals who have been sent to the 1-loss side. Monica Webb came from behind to defeat Iris Ranola in the first round and Vivian Villarreal put away Gerda Hofstatter to secure her spot in the second round of the winner side.

Reyes will face off against Parica in the 1PM CST free live strean from the Galveston World Classic.

Reyes will face off against Parica in the 1PM CST free live strean from the Galveston World Classic.

The Amateur 9-Ball event drew 135 players and a slew of top regional players. Still on the winners side are Former Oklahoma State 8-Ball Champion Shane McMinn, Former Texas BCA State 8-Ball Champion Sean Black, top Fast Eddies Tour player James Davis Sr., and last week’s Texas Open 9-Ball Championships Runner-up Justin Hall.

The FREE online steam will begin Saturday, September 12th at 1PM with the Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante followed by Ronnie Alcano vs. Sylver Ochoa who defeated Danny Harriman today in a hill-hill thriller. The live stream and image galleries can be found at Inside POOL Magazine Video.

The Galveston World Classic web site will provide live scoring, image galleries, tournament brackets, and live streaming of the event.