MANILA, Philippines – Dennis “Robocop” Orcollo added the 2010 Party Poker World Pool Masters to his growing list of tournament achievements when he won on Sunday (Monday in Manila) at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Orcollo defeated Toru Kuribayashi of Japan, 8-3, to win the top prize of $20,000. His Japanese foe, on the other hand, received the runner-up prize of $10,000.
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.
The losing semifinalists, Gomez and Ortmann, got $5,000 each.
“‘Yung laro ko kay Kuribayashi ay ganoon din ang laro ko kay Gomez na naunahan agad ako sa umpisa. Ang hirap humabol kasi race-to-8 lamang ang laro at winner’s break format pa. Buti na lamang pumabor ‘yung bola sa sumunod na tagpo,” said Orcollo, who won the 2008 Qatar 9-Ball International Open and 2009 International Predator 10-ball.
Kuribayashi jumped to a 3-1 lead in the race-to-8 winner’s break format but Orcollo came back and never looked back.
Earlier, Gomez, got past World 9-ball and 8-ball champion Ralf “Kaiser” Souquet of Germany, 8-5, in the quarterfinals to arrange an all-Filipino semifinal affair.
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.
Ramon “Maestro Monching” Mistica, who acted the spokesman of the Philippine contingent, said that Filipino pool wizards will resume their quest for honor and glory when the inauguration of US 10-ball tournament unfolds on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) at the same venue. – by Marlon Bernardino