Orcollo leads Pinoys as they go for history in New York tournament
Orcollo came close with a bronze in 2007, with Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante both receiving silver medals in other attempts for the elusive gold (Photo courtesy of 28th SEA Games)
The Philippines' top player and former world champion Dennis Orcollo will be joining compatriots Warren Kiamco and Roberto Gomez as they go for Asia's first gold at the historic Andy Cloth 75th World Tournament of 14.1 in New York City on July 13 to 19, 2015.
The trio of Filipino champions will seek to make history for Asia as former 14.1 Bronze medalistÂÂÂ Orcollo, former quarterfinalist Warren Kiamco andÂÂÂ World 9-Ball silver medalist Gomez will seek to unseat the Europeans and Americans and do what no Asian has done before in 102 years: Become the World Straight Pool Champion.
Orcollo came close with a bronze in 2007, with Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante both receiving silver medals in other attempts for the elusive gold. No other Asian country has had as much success as the Philippines in the said tournament.
Each of the three players will each have to play six matches in the first stage of the championship. If they qualify from their respective groups, they advance to a double elimination knockout stage. If they advance again, they qualify for the final stage of 16 players in a single knockout stage, but with longer match races. The finals will be a race to 300 balls made first, which could take as long as 6 hours.
A star studded field is expected this year at Steinway Billiards Cafe, which is once more hosting this world class event organized by Dragon Promotions.