Dennis Orcullo Wins Predator 10-ball Title
Dennis Orcullo capped off a great weekend for the Filipino contingent out in Vegas by lifting the Predator International 10-ball title.
In the semi finals Orcullo was joined by compatriats Warren Kiamco and Alex Pagulayan. Orcullo himself beat Kiamco 7-4, whilst the only European left in the field, Ralf Souquet, beat Pagulayan 7-1.
In the final Orcullo breezed past Souquet with an 8-3 victory to lift yet another title.
It is an interesting result for Orcullo as we head into the first WPA Ranking event the Philippine Open next week – an event that is also 10-ball.
As a Brit I must also mention the strength that we showed as a nation as both Karl Boyes and Imran Majid both made the quarter finals. It bodes well for the British players as we move to the new World Ranking system.
The 9th Annual Predator International 10-ball Pool championships, being held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is well underway.
The event won by Tony Drago in 2008 is a favourite amongst pool players and has once again attracted a very high quality field of international pool playing stars.
The tournament is split into two sections the double elimination concluded last night and play will resume today from the Last 32 single elimination stage. The defending champion is through on the winners side and is joined by a whole host of British players, including Darren Appleton, recent winner of the World Pool Masters.
The last 32 Draw is as follows (British players in Bold):
- Gomez (PHI) v Williams (USA)
- Schmidt (USA) v Alcaide (SPA)
- Drago (MAL) v Orcollo (PHI)
- Folan (GBR) v Luat (PHI)
- Deuel (USA) v Peach (GBR)
- Majid (GBR) v Hohmann (GER)
- Van den Berg (HOL) v Morris (USA)
- Kiamco (PHI) v Takenaka (JAP)
- Immonen (FIN) v Ortmann (GER)
- Moore (USA) v Souquet (GER)
- Putnam (USA) v A. Fisher (GBR)
- Gama (POR) v Archer (USA)
- Boyes (GBR) v Ouschan (AUT)
- Robles (USA) v Cha (KOR)
- Appleton (GBR) v Dominguez (USA)
- Pagaluyan (PHI) v Facquet (FRA)
One interesting point to make is that three female players have made it through on the losers side to qualify for the knockout stages. Britain’s Alison Fisher, Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan and Korea’s Yu Ram Cha.
Updates over the weekend.