Orcollo wins Hard Times 9-Ball Division

Dennis Orcollo and Gandy Valle

It was yet another perfect event for Filipino sensation Dennis Orcollo at the Hard Times Summer Jamboree 9-Ball Division as he went undefeated to take first place.

Orcollo's path to the hot-seat started with wins over Don Olson and David Reljic by a combined score of 18-5. That was just the beginning though, as Orcollo then scored back to back 9-3 wins over Amar Kang and One Pocket Division winner Tony Chohan. Orcollo's next match was WPBA star Melissa Little who was having a great tournament with wins over Deo Alpajora and Chris MacDonald to her credit. Little's run on the winners side would be brough to an abrupt stop by Orcollo with a 9-2 victory.

The match for the hot-seat saw Canadian Tyler Edey stay with Orcollo up to the 7-7 mark when Orcollo ran the last two racks to win the match.

One of the players to fall to Edey on the winners side was Filipino Gandy Valle. Valle came back through the one loss side with wins over Mark Haddad, Edwin Montal, Melissa LIttle and Santos Sambajon to earn another shot at Edey in the semi-finals. Valle got his revenge with a 9-2 win over Edey to earn his place in the finals.

Valle had defeated some top players to get to the finals, but Orcollo would not be denied in this event and an 11-7 win was Orcollo's final match to earn the first prize of $3500. Valle settled for $2200 in prize money.

At the same time the 9-Ball division was being held, Hard Times also ran a $1500 added Women's Only event with a field of 25 players including Melissa Little, Megan Minerich, Rachael Abbink and Michelle Rakin. The hot-seat match in that event saw Michelle Rakin defeat Rachael Abbink.

On the one loss side, Melissa Little bounced back from an early loss to Abbink and cruised to a rematch with Abbink in the semi-finals. Little won that battle 7-5 and then went on to defeat Rakin 9-5 in the finals for first place.

9-Ball Payouts:
1st Dennis Orcollo $3500
2nd Gandy Valle $2200
3rd Tyler Edey $1500
4th Santos Sambajon $1000
5th/6th Melissa Little, Warren Kiamco $700
7th/8th Edwin Montal, Tony Chohan $500
9th/12th Rommel Roque, Mark Haddad, Chris MacDonald, Rudy Jerez $350
13th/16th Jim Fabionar, Trevor Smith, Danny Petralba, Tommy Soria $250

Women's Event Payouts:
1st Melissa Little $550
2nd Michelle Rakin $400
3rd Rachael Abbink $300
4th Eleanor Collado $250
5th/6th Megan Minerich, Revelina Morales $190