Former double world champion (WPA 9-ball and WPA 8-ball) Ronato "Volcano" Alcano yielded to eventual champion Mika "The Iceman" Immonen of Finland, 13-7, in the finals of this year’s US Open 9-Ball Championship held at the Chesapeake Convention Center in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, over the weekend.
Alcano, who was also the runner-up in the last year's edition, received the second place prize of $20,000 for his effort.
Immonen, meanwhile, took the crown and the $40,000 top prize after trouncing Alcano in the $250,000- tournament which lured 238 players from around the globe.
Alcano earlier brought down Immonen, 11-6, during their hot-seat match in the winner's brackets to advance in the championships' round.
With the loss, Immonen was relegated to the one-loss side where he beat Warren "Warrior" Kiamco, 11-9, to forge a rematch with Alcano.
Before losing to Immonen, Kiamco ousted lone American survivor Johnny "The Scorpion" Archer, 11-4. He pocketed the third place prize worth $10,000 while Archer settled for $8,000.
Other Filipinos who saw action were former world no.1 Francisco "Django" Bustamante, Japan based Ramil "Bebeng" Gallego, Jose "Amang" Parica, Lee Vann "The Slayer" Corteza, Rodolfo "Boy Samson" Luat, Leonardo "The Rattle Snake" Andam, Joven Alba, Edwin Montal and Danny Petralba.
The Filipinos' performance this year was a contrast to the 2005 edition, where Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan emerged as champion, Parica and Bustamante settled at second and third places, respectively.
The weeklong- tournament is the longest running 9-ball event in the States with the title being the most sought after crown in Men's Professional Pool.