Things got shaken up at the Rio for the players competing in the numerous pool events taking place on the evening of Friday, July 19. Las Vegas was struck by a severe thunderstorm with high winds and rain, which knocked out the power throughout the casino, and in other parts of Vegas as well. As a result, without having lights for the players to continue play, matches had to be postponed until power was restored.
Prior to the power outage, the US Open One Pocket Championship quarterfinal between former US Open champion Scott Frost and Filipino young gun Carlo Biado took place at 6pm. In this match, Biado went up 2-0…but Frost made a comeback to tie it 2-2. Unfortunately for Frost, he was unable to keep the momentum and Biado won the final rack to move on for a shot in the semifinals.
While the hot seat match began on Friday evening, it would end up being paused due to the outage and picking back up today, Saturday, July 20. The match-up to see who would lock up a spot in the final would be between top American pro & former US Open 9-Ball champion Corey Deuel and current US Open 10-Ball champion Dennis Orcollo, a relative newcomer to the game of One Pocket.
On Friday evening, Orcollo got out to a 2-0 lead. In the following rack, they would leave off with Orcollo leading in ball count, 5 to -1. Deuel picked up some momentum after they picked up the game at 10am on Saturday, and got out to a 6-3 lead in ball count. He made a key error at this point, and sold out a shot to Orcollo, leaving him to run out and go up 3-0. Deuel was not able to get his foot in the door in this match, and Orcollo swept it at 4-0.
The semifinal of US Open One Pocket Championships will commence this evening, and will feature Corey Deuel vs Carlo Biado at 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern time. Fans can watch the action live on www.theactionreport.com, or follow the live scoring updates on AZbilliards: http://www.azbilliards.com/tours_and_events/161-us-open-one-pocket-championship/5057-us-open-one-pocket-championship-2013/live/
The final match is scheduled for Sunday evening, the time is yet to be announced. Watch our Facebook page for the time announcement.
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