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Orcollo, Biado line up for possible all-Filipino finals in US Open Pool

JR Isaga
Orcollo, Biado line up for possible all-Filipino finals in US Open Pool

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Veteran cue artists Dennis Orcollo and Carlo Biado look to arrange an all-Filipino title showdown

Pinoy power is still in full force in the 2021 US Open Pool Championship as Dennis Orcollo and Carlo Biado clinch two of four semifinal spots on Friday, September 17 (Saturday, September 18, Manila time).

The 42-year-old Orcollo will face Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp in the semis on Saturday, 10 pm, Manila time, while Biado will face Japan’s Naoyuki Oi, setting up a possible All-Filipino clash in the finals for a $50,000 (P2.5 million) grand prize.

As it is, this semis cast already guarantees the first all-Asian US Open Pool finals in its 45-year history.

However, the all-Filipino finals is far from certainty as Yapp already downed Pinoy cue artist Rodrigo Geronimo, 11-6, in the quarterfinals. 

Meanwhile, Oi is riding on high momentum after downing 2019 World Champion Fedor Gorst on his side of the bracket, 11-9.

Still, the unbeaten Orcollo, after an 11-7 win over Austria’s Max Lechner, will prove to be a tough out for Yapp and his aspirations to take down his second straight Pinoy.

On the other side, the 37-year-old Biado will also be riding his own wave of momentum after scraping by compatriot Johann Gonzales Chua, 11-10.

No matter where they end up in the tournament, both Orcollo and Biado are already guaranteed to take home at least $12,000 (P600,420) each from the $300,000 (P15.01 million) total prize pool. – Rappler.com