Defending champion Dennis Orcollo posted three straight victories to advance to the fifth round of the 15th US Open One Pocket Championship being held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada.
Orcollo drew an opening round bye then toppled Richard Wideman (4-1) in the second round, Mike Pankoff (4-2) in the third and compatriot Warren Kiamco (4-3) in the fourth of the tournament which employs a double-elimination format.
The 35-year-old Orcollo arranged a fifth-round meeting with American Shane Van Boening, who defeated Jesse Engel (4-0), Brian Butler (4-1) and Jeffrey Leonards (4-1) and Robert Hart (4-0).
Kiamco made it to the fourth round by routing Frost Scott, Harry Platis and Steve Smith in the early rounds before succumbing to Orcollo. He needs to win all his remaining games in the losers’ bracket to stay in contention.
Carlo Biado was the first Filipino casualty as he lost to Justin Brgman in the opening round (2-4) and Mika Immonen (0-4) in the losers’ column.
The champion gets $5,700 cash prize.
Orcollo has so far won five titles this year—Derby City Classic 2014 Master of the Table, Derby City Classic 2014 9-Ball Banks Division, Derby City Classic 2014 14.1 Challenge, 2014 Jay Swanson Memorial and The Action Report 38.