Filipino cue master Dennis Orcollo wins world pool title

Posted May 17, 2010 by Leo Reyes
Filipino cue master Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines won the 2010 Party Poker World Pool Masters title Sunday at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Filipino cue masters Dennis Orcollo with Amang Parica
Filipino cue masters Dennis Orcollo with Amang Parica
Orcollo, also know as "Robocop", pocketed the top prize of $20,000 after defeating challenger Japanese cue wizard Toru Kuribayashi with a score of 8-3.
En route to the finals, Orcollo edged back Roberto “Pinoy Superman” Gomez, 8-6, in the semifinals while Kuribayashi beat former World 9-ball champion Oliver Ortmann of Germany, 8-3.
Other Filipinos who competed in the $100,000 total pot prize tournament were Efren “Bata” Reyes, Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Ronato “Volcano” Alcano and Lee Van “The Slayer” Corteza.
At the 2002 WPA World Nine-ball Championship, he unexpectedly beat champion Ralf Souquet 9-8 in the last 64, but eventually lost 6-9 to Efren Reyes in the last 32.
In 2006, Orcollo began his campaign in the U.S. winning a number of tournaments, including the Reno Open, the Hard Times Nine-ball Tournament and two bar table events.
.In 2007, Orcollo made an unsuccessful attempt at winning the prestigious WPA World Eight-ball Championship but was edged out by fellow Filipino cue master Renato Alcano. He ended up as runner-up in the popular event.
On July 6, 2008, Orcollo defeated Niels Feijen to win the inaugural World Nine-ball Open held in Qatar. He earlier beat Ralf Souquet In the semi-finals he defeated Ralph Souquet to pocket the $ 40,000 prize from the president of Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation in Doha, Qatar. Feijen received $ 20,000