Dennis Orcollo Tops Qatar World 9-Ball Open; Pockets $40,000

Dennis Orcollo

Add "Qatar Open Champion" to the resume of Dennis Orcollo.

The Bislig, Surigao native, winner of the 2006 World Pool leaque and 2007 BCA Championship, added the inaugural Qatar World 9-Ball Open to his growing list of tournament achievements Saturday night at the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation in Al Muntazah Road in Doha, Qatar.

The 29-year-old Orcollo, fondly called "Robocop" in the pool world, bested veteran European player Niels "The Terminator" Feijen 13-5, in the finals to bag the title and the top purse of $40,000. Feijen, received the runner-up prize of $20,000.

Losing semi-finalists were reigning World 8-Ball Champion Ralf "Kaiser" Souquet of Germany and current US Open 9-Ball titlist Shane "The South Dakota Kid" Van Boening of the United States. Souquet and Van Boening each received $10,000 in prize money.

This was the second major title for Orcollo this year, as he won the Japan 9-Ball Open last March, beating Japanese pro player Ryoji Aoki, 9-2, in the finals to bag the title and the two million yen (P835,127) top purse.

On the road to the race-to-13 finals, Orcollo stunned Souquet 11-8, in the final four while Feijen stopped the winning run of Van Boening, 11-4, in other semi-final match.

Other Filipinos who competed in this $150,000 total pot prize tournament were Efren "Bata" Reyes, Francisco "Django" Bustamante, Alex "The Lion" Pagulayan, Ronato "Volcano" Alcano, Lee Vann "The Slayer" Corteza, Warren "Warrior" Kiamco, Ramil "Bebeng" Gallego, Antonio "Ga-Ga" Gabica,  Marlon "Marvelous" Manalo, Jeffrey "The Bull" De Luna, Roberto "Pinoy Superman" Gomez, Joven "The Shark" Bustamante and Middle East based Pinoy---Allan "Surigao" Cuartero and Ruben Cuna.