Orcollo reaches last 32 of $275K China Open

FILIPINO Dennis “Robocop” Orcollo made it into the last 32 of the $275,000 total purse China Open event for Men and Womens at the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium in Suburban Shanghai in Shanghai, China.

The reigning WPA (World Pool-Billiard Association) World 8-ball champion Orcollo, one of the top players of Perry Mariano’s Bugsy Promotions, defeated Zhao Feng Bang (Chao Fong Pang) of China, 9-2, and Chan Kweng Kwang of Singapore, 9-4, respectively in Group A on Thursday.

“Kumpiyansa ako na magiging maganda ang performance ni Dennis (Orcollo) sa China Open.” said sportsman/ businessman Ceferino “Perry” Mariano of Bugsy Promotions who bankrolled the trip of Orcollo.

According to the organizing committee, a total of 64 men and 48 women are competing in the third annual 9-ball event, which is a WPA ranking tournament. The men have been divided into 8 groups of 8, while the women have been put into 6 groups of 8. The players are playing a double elimination format in the group stage, with the top 4 from each group moving on to the single elimination knockout stage of the tournament. The men are playing race to 9 alternate break, the women race to 7 alternate break. The China Open, now in its third year, offers one of pools biggest prize funds; $162,800 for the men, and $112,800 for the women.

Joining Orcollo in the final 32 will be Corey Deuel of the United States, who beat Kenichi Uchigaki of Japan, 9-3, and Neils Feijen of the Netherlands, 9-8, in Group A.

Also through to the final 32 is Fu Che Wei of Chinese-Taipei, who nipped Antonio Lining of the Philippines, 9-3, then edged former WPA World 9-ball ruler Daryl Peach of Great Britain, 9-8, in Group B. Not to be outdone is Murni Ahmad Taufiq of Brunei, who outplayed Ceri Worts of New Zealand, 9-5, and Lo Li-wen of Japan, 9-2, in Group B.

WPA World 9-ball and 10-ball champion Mika Immonen of Finland and Chris Melling of Great Britain hurdle their respective assignment in Group C. Immonen dealt Oliver Ortmann of Germany, 9-8, and Chang Jun-lin of Chinese-Taipei, 9-8, while Melling routed Toh Lian Han of Vietnam, 9-7 and John Salazar of the Philippines, 9-5. Other players who won two in Group D and have qualified for the final 32 are Wang Ming of China and Yukio Akakariyama of Japan. Ming defeated Scott Higgins of Great Britain, 9-8, then smashed Vu Trong Khai of Vietnam, 9-1, while Akakariyama crushed Ke Bingzhong of China, 9-4, then upset another former double world champion Efren “Bata” Reyes of the Philippines, 9-5.

In women’s play, world women’s 10 ball champion Rubilen “Bingkay” Amit of the Philippines took a bye in the first round but bowed to Li Jia of China, 7-3, in the second round.

The Cebuana native Amit needed to win her all remaining games in Group E to progress.

Long-time billiards patron and Billiards and Snooker Congress of the Philippines (BSCP) president Sebastian “Baste” Chua flew to China to give moral support to the Filipino cue masters.

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