Carlo Biado did not let a slow start deny him of his dream.
Figuring in an early deficit, Biado stormed back against Aloysius Yapp in the race-to-13 final of the 2021 US Open Pool Championship, taking a 13-8 victory to take down the tournament, Sunday morning (Manila time) at the Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
This is the first time a Filipino won the tournament since Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes did so back in 1994.
Like his climb back from the loser’s division, Biado’s resolve and determination proved to be the difference against the Singaporean.
Down 3-8, Biado showed nerves of steel took 10 straight racks to stun the Singaporean.
“I’m very happy because this event is one of my dreams,” said Biado, a former golf caddie.
“Thank you to everyone who watched me even if there is a pandemic.”
Biado reached the final after turning back Japanese cue artist Naoyuki Oi.
Dennis Orcollo missed on the opportunity of making it an all-Filipino finale but suffered his first loss of the tournament against Yapp, 6-11.
Biado took home $50,000 (P2,502,750.50).