Yang Wins Money Game King Showdown

Ching-Shun Yang

Ching-Shun Yang continued his domination of the uncharacteristically hapless Dennis Orcollo on Saturday to close out their race-to-60 Money Game King showdown with a 60-42 rout at the Gateway Mall's Trade Hall in Cubao, Quezon City.

The win awarded Yang the $10,000 purse, the unofficial title as the “money-game king of the world”, and the admiration of the pool-crazy people from the so-called “epicenter” of the sport.

The 29-year-old 1998 Bangkok and 2002 Busan Asian Games gold medalist picked up where he left off Friday, when he outscored Orcollo, 21-8, to blow the game open, as he displayed the same wit that earned him the moniker “Son of Pool.”

After allowing Orcollo to take the final day's opening rack that sliced his 40-28 overnight lead a bit, Yang strung up a match-high eight consecutive racks to further pad his lead to 48-29.

Orcollo, the acknowledged money-king of the Philippines, struggled in shifting from hard break to soft break and by the time he found the right stroke, Yang had already zoomed to his biggest lead at 58-34.

The 28-year-old reigning World Pool League titlist racked up eight straight racks to close in at 58-42, missed a tough-angled shot of the black-8 in the 101st rack.

Yang didn't waste time in pocketing the striped-9 to reach the hill, and then ran out the succeeding rack to close out the match co-organized by the Bugsy Promotions and Rocketman Enterprises, and presented by San Miguel Corp., Solar Sports and the Quezon City government headed by Mayor Sonny Belmonte and its city council led by Majority Leader Ariel Inton.