The 32-year-old Orcollo, who plays for Bugsy Promotions, racked up an impressive 2,570 points in 8 WPA ranking events over the course of 2011, to grab the top honors in the world rankings of billiards. Yukio Akagariyama of Japan, who won the World 9-ball Championship in Qatar in June 2011, came in a close second with 2382 points. Darren Appleton of the United Kingdom, who won his second straight US Open title in October 2011, landed third with 2256 points. Filipino pool player Ronnie Alcano finished with 2063 points. Orcollo will receive a trophy and a Tag Heuer watch for the recognition.
Speaking over the phone, the Robocop says, "I am very happy with this honor! I dedicate this to all my fans, the fans of the sport, and for my country - the Philippines. With hope, I will continue playing my best in 2012."
The year 2011 will be remembered as the year that Orcollo snatched his first world championship when he won the coveted World 8-Ball title in February 2011, in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Other notable finishes include 7th in the 2011 Philippine Open, 5th in the World 10-Ball Championship, and 3rd in the World 9-ball Championship. Moreover, in January 2011, Surigao del Sur’s favorite son won the Derby City 9-ball division in Louisville, Kentucky, before playing 1st Runner-up to Ralf Souquet in the World Pool Masters held in September 2011. But wait! We’re not done yet. Bugsy’s number one pool player then captured the Philippine National 9-ball and the Predator International 10-Ball championships. Indeed! Orcollo’s star shone brightly in 2011.
Dennis Orcollo hails from Bislig, Surigao del Sur, Mindanao. He spent his childhood helping his father fish to feed the family. Orcollo’s father disappeared in a fishing accident when he was just 9 years old. The incident forced him to take over the grueling duties of fishing to keep the family fed.
Orcollo started to play pool during his free time from fishing chores. He instantly feel in love with the sport and never looked back. He followed his dream of becoming a world champion by traveling to Manila during his adolescent years. Hard work and perseverance, coupled with the guidance of Bugsy Promotion’s Perry Mariano, paid off handsomely for the Filipino pool player.
World Champion! Asia’s Money Game King! WPA 2011 Player of the Year! And more! Believe you me, Dennis Orcollo is it! Congratulations, Dennis! You made us all proud! Mabuhay!