Filipino Lee Van Corteza captures US 10-ball pool championship

Posted May 23, 2010 by Leo Reyes
Filipino cue artist Lee Van Corteza won the US 10-ball championship Saturday at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Filipino cue artist bagged the $20,000 top prize.
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Corteza defeated Chinese Hi We-lo 13-12 to bag the $20,000 top prize. The win push the Filipino pool player to 5th rank in the latest ranking of the World Pool Billiard Association (WPBA).
Earlier Corteza won the 1st Annual Hard Times-Mezz Cues 10-Ball Open title at the Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Chinese cue artist runner-up took the $12,500 prize while 3rd placer Boening got $8,500. Popular Filipino pool champion Francisco "Django" Bustamante, went home with $5,700.
Roberto Gomez , the 2007 World Pool finalist, suffered his second loss and bowed out of the tournament.
Gomez lost to Immonen (9-8) in the fifth round of the winners’ bracket after failing to sink the No.10 ball in the final racks. He lost again to American Shane Van Boening (9-8),
According to RP billiards spokesman Ramon "Maestro Monching" Mistica, over-all in three weeks time, the Filipinos captured four international title, two title courtesy of Corteza (LA and Las Vegas 10-ball), World Pool Masters contribute of Orcollo and Super Billiards League in Winnipeg, Canada won by Bustamante.