Former world champion Dennis Orcollo survived Roberto Gomez in an all-Filipino final via a 9-8 decision to pocket the 2016 Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament crown in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 37-year-old Orcollo will be going home with a whopping $5,000 while Gomez settled for the $2,500 runner-up purse.
Orcollo advanced to the finals by beating compatriot Warren Kiamco, American Mitch Ellerman and Marc Vidal Claramunt of Spain while Gomez toppled Americans Scott Frost and Jeff Schilder, and Hungarian Vilmos Foldes.
Kiamco, for his part, wound up third overall for $1,600 consolation prize.
It was Orcollo’s fourth title this year after ruling the Derby City Classic 14.1 Challenge; Sidepocket’s Open 9-Ball Championship and the Challenge Match Versus Ko Pin Yi earlier.
He also had runner-up finishes in the 2016 Master of the Table and 2nd Texas 10-Ball Championship.
So far, Orcollo has already earned $34,225 to take the sixth spot in the AzBilliards Moneymaker List.
Chinese players Shi Han-Qing ($92,217), Chen Shiming ($61,816) and Yang Fan ($54,839) are occupying the top three positions followed by Mick Hill of Great Britain ($46,362) and Filipino-Canadian Alex Pagulayan ($42,987).
EMIL C. NOGUERA