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When money is at stake, Dennis Orcollo is the best pool player on the planet

Updated: May 8, 2012, 12:21 PM ET
By Brett Forrest | ESPN The Magazine

MANILA IS HUMID. A pungent, fruity odor works its way into the pool hall from a canal beyond the door. A man in a sweat-stained dress shirt breaks a 9-ball rack, and a cracking sound filters through the room. As the balls come to rest, so does their clatter, and in a far corner of the parlor, the best player in the world silently levels his stick above the green felt. He shoots. And he misses. The few fans around the table trade looks with one another. This isn't what they expect. ...

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