By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas played host to this year’s US Open Championship with hundreds of entrants from all over the world joining the 10-day action-packed experience.
Dennis Orcollo, 34, once again proved to the world that Pinoys are among the world’s greatest cue artists when he beat former champion Corey Deuel to win the US Open One Pocket title.
“We are proud to be Pinoy. Whenever Dennis competes here, we come to support him even on a work day,” billiard fan Norman Banister said.
According to Orcollo, the One Pocket game is a crucial — and his least favorite — game as it requires a lot of tactical and premeditated thinking before shooting the ball.
“It’s very tough. I didn’t even expect to make it to the final stretch,” said Orcollo.
Although Orcollo didn’t take home this year’s US Open 10-Ball title, he still earned $8,500 by placing second in the 10-Ball tournament.
“I had hoped to make it in 10-Ball but competition was tough,” he said.
Overall, Orcollo bagged a total of $16,500.
Professional Pinoy billiard players traveling all the way from the Philippines are among the most watched cue stick players in this year’s tournament.
“Mabigat itong tournament na ito kasi nandito lahat, eh mga Taiwanese, nandito ‘yung mga Europeans, ‘yung pinakamgaling ng Americans nandito din. Lahat naman ‘yan magagaling. (This is a formidable tournament because all the good ones are here from the Taiwanese, Europeans and Americans.” said Francisco “Django” Bustamante.
Orcollo is scheduled to leave for Colombia to compete in the World Games 2013.