World Pool Masters Moves to Final Day
Orcollo First Man Through to Semis
Action continued at the PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas as the final two quarter-finalists were determined and Dennis Orcollo became the first player to reach the semi-finals.
The standard of play was high throughout and in the opening match of the evening, Thomas Engert defeated Rodney Morris 8-5 to leave Charlie Williams the sole remaining US hope in the event. Engert, a two-time winner of this event in 2004 and 2007, clearly has the Masters mojo as he looked very comfortable throughout.
“That was the first time I’ve played well in this tournament. I broke well and the balls were on my side,” said Engert.
“Sometimes it wasn’t easy to run out – it’s never easy to run out against Rodney – but I took my chances. It was a good match for both of us.
“Last year I played maybe seven or eight tournaments and that’s not enough. But now I’m playing on the Euro Tour and here and getting some momentum.
“Every time I play I feel better at the table and felt much better than at the first match. I’m not thinking about winning it yet. Everyone wants to win and in pool you have to wait for your chances.”
It was an excellent show from Ortmann who came from 4-1 down to complete an outstanding 8-6 victory.
“I didn’t do anything wrong but I was down 2-1 and then 4-1, but I just tried to concentrate on my own game and I was playing ok so that was the point of the match. I took my chances and was happy to do so,” said Ortmann.
“At the end of the day the victory was right as I was playing good and he was a bit lucky.
“I’m focused and feeling pretty confident. I’m just trying to do what I can and I feel really confident at the moment.
“I’ve played well against Darren Appleton, well against Bustamante and well here and I definitely have a chance to win the tournament.
“Thomas Engert played great against Rodney Morris so it’s going to be a tough match but I think I will have my chances.”
In the final match of the evening, Dennis Orcollo continued his rich vein of form as he overcame Canada’s John Morra 8-3 to book his semi-final spot.
Morra didn’t have that many opportunities but Orcollo will be hard to stop as he chases his first Masters crown.
“I played really well and I did everything. I won the first four games and I felt comfortable every time as I always had a shot. I had a lot of chances to clinch the game so I did.
“The competition is really great and the World Pool Masters is a wonderful event with so many top players so it’s been very hard to go into the semi-finals.”
Play continues on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday Evening Results
Rodney Morris (USA) 5 – 8 Thomas Engert (GER)
Dennis Orcollo (PHI) 8-3 John Morra (CAN)
After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, is now a 64 player event and takes place over five days instead of three.
Working in conjunction with Cuesports International, the Masters takes place during the annual BCA National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool.
Television is produced by Matchroom Sport and will be seen as 15 x one hour programmes in 14 countries around the world with more to be added to the list.
The prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.
Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: email@example.com
Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,100 hours of original programming across a range of nine sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the World Pool Masters is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the Mosconi Cup.