T-Rex, The Warrior & Mr. Smooth Take New Orleans

Tony Chohan and Scott Frost

Twenty of the top one pocket players on the planet and 101 nine-ball players stampeded to Buffalo’s On Bloomfield in Jefferson, LA for their Sixth Annual Pro Classic. There were three events: the $10,000 added Pro One Pocket event, a $500 added One Ball One Pocket Mini and the $3000 added Open Nine-Ball tournament. The double elimination one pocket event had a $2000 entry fee with all races to five. The mini had a $200 entry – limited to 32 players. Single elimination – race to three. The nine ball event was double elimination with a $100 entry fee with races to seven – alternate break.

Wednesday night, before the main event started, OnePocket.org honored John Henderson with their Lifetime Pool In Action award. Since John wasn’t able to attend, it was hosted by Steve Booth and Mary Kenniston and live streamed for all to witness.

This was followed by the One Ball One Pocket mini-tournament. Including the players auction, there was a total purse of 15K. It was the first time for this format and everyone – players and fans alike – loved it! When the smoke cleared, it was John Morra and Jason Brown in the finals. Jaybird played great but it was Mr. Smooth who added another one pocket notch in his belt. Congratulations, John! Good tournament, Jason!

Thursday evening, the double elimination one pocket event opened with a rousing player auction and followed by a players meeting and draw. Play began and everywhere you looked, there was world class one pocket being played.

By Sunday, Tony Chohan and Scott Frost had torn through the field undefeated and met in the hot seat match. As with the previous matches, top-notch one pocket skills were displayed by both players and Chohan edged out the match 5-4 to claim his spot in the finals.

On the west side of the chart, Justin Hall defeated Dennis Orcollo leaving Dennis in fourth place. With both players looking to get into the finals, Scott and Justin duked it out. After an extremely long match, it was Scott who emerged the victor leaving Justin in third place.

The finals began with Tony Chohan rocketing out to a 4-1 lead – it looked like victory was imminent! However, Scott wasn’t done yet and clawed his way back to tie it up at 4-4. If Scott could win, he’d force a second set in the true double elimination format!

However, it wasn’t meant to be as they battled down to the last ball and Tony – Buffalo’s House Pro – pocketed it to take down the title!

Congratulations to Tony for a well-earned victory as he went undefeated – not to mention winning on home court! Great tournament, Scott!
Saturday was opening day for the Open Nine Ball event. When the smoke cleared on Sunday afternoon, it was an all-Filipino final four – Carlo Biado, Roland Garcia, Warren Kiamco and Edgie Geronimo!!! Warren was the last man standing after defeating Roland in the final match. Congratulation, Warren! Great job, Roland!

PoolActionTV.com would like to thank James Leone – owner of Buffalo’s Billiards – and his staff for going the extra mile to show players and fans the Big Easy spirit. Tournament Director Jason Hill did a great job delivering a well run event – thank you, Jason! Thanks to sponsors Attorney Joseph Long, Action Palace, Enviroassessments, Chris Renfro of Outsville, ArtCo, Wade Allemand, Iwan Simonis, Aramith, CR’s Sportsbar, Action 24/7, JB Cases and, of course, Buffalo’s Billiards, for their support.

We’d also like to thank Larry Schwartz, Billy Incardona, Tom Wirth, Jeremy Jones, Josh Roberts, Alex Pagulayan and Mary Kenniston for their expert commentary.

Thanks to custom cuemaker Steve Lomax of Lomax Cues for donating another beautiful $2700 cue!

And, last but not least, thanks to all our fans and sponsors for another great event. Our sponsors include Lomax Custom Cues, Aramith, JB Cases, Hanshew Custom Cues, Durbin Custom Cues, Simonis, Diamond Billiard Products, Action Palace of Dayton, OH, CR’s Sports Bar and Fort Worth Billiards Superstore of Fort Worth, TX.

Our next event is the $14K added Eighth Annual Big Tyme Classic in Spring, TX – June 10th-13th. Hope to see you there!