Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Rack-M-Up Billiards:Disotell Wins Holiday 8 Ball Event

Jacques Sauve, Clayton Disotell, Doug Disotell. 

By: Loreen Toutant

On  Tuesday December 27th 16 players battled for prize money totaling over $1200 (including Calcutta money) at Rack-M-Up Billiards in Cornwall, Ontario. This was a modified tournament with all players able to lose their first match but from the second round on regardless of which side of the bracket you are on the tournament changed to single elimination. The entry fee was handicapped and races were "straight up" general consensus was that it was fun and feedback was positive.

Former owner of Rack-M-Up Billiards and long time pool enthusiast Clayton Disotell took first. What makes this win even sweeter for Disotell, it came against long time friend and rival Jacques Sauvé. These two have battled for friendly $20's off an and on for years and for the last little bit Sauvé has been getting the better of him. Disotell blanked Sauvé 5-0 in the final.

 Tieing in the 3/4 places were Matt Cook/Mike Mitchell. There was a 10 ball break and run contested and it was quickly won by Chase Sunday taking home an extra $53 for his awesome runout!  Tournament play started just after 10:30 am and finals were complete before 5 pm.

Many thanks to Doug and Amanda for hosting this event


1 Clayton Disotell $296 + $216 Calcutta 

2nd Jacques Sauvé $222 + $162 Calcutta 

3/4 Mike Mitchell/ Matt Cook $111 each + $81 each Calcutta

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Tailgators: Ottawa BarBox Championships Announcement

Press Release

With the new year quickly approaching, it means we are now just a few short weeks away from the annual Ottawa BarBox Championships January 12-15. Tailgators located in Ottawa hosts this event and it is easily one of the biggest barbox events in the province if not the country.

This event is very popular as it offers something for everyone and usually sells out, There are 6 team divisions based on skill level and 4 division of single events. It is recommended to sign up early. For questions or concerns contact Curtis Houlden through Facebook or by Email If you are familiar with the ranking system you can register directly now at the following link

Friday, 25 November 2016

Big Red Qualifies for World Series of 8 Ball

By: Markus Noé

This past weekend The Corner Bank afforded the players of Toronto a chance to qualify for the inaugural World series of 8 ball to be held January 14-17 at Steinway billiards in New York. The series of 4 events was announced this fall and is being promoted by multiple time World Champion Darren Appleton. It is an invitational event with the top 32 on the WPA points list, 32 american players and 32 international players on the original 96 player invite the list. 32 Qualifying spots have also been made available and qualifiers have been run all over the world. The main event will carry a $20 000 first prize and a healthy payout throughout the 128 player field.

The qualifier at the Corner Bank was played in accordance with the world 8 ball series rules which are similar to WPA rules with a few changes.
#1 Players must shoot the balls they make on the break, for example if only a solid is pocketed on the break the player must continue shooting solids
#2 Players must break outside the box 
#3 Three foul rule is in effect

In my opinion rules 1 and 2 are very good rules because it makes offensive play more of an accomplishment rather than a given. Breaking from outside the box makes it less likely to pocket a ball on the break and the closed break rule forces players to play more skilled run outs in some cases. This is similar to the breaking rules we saw at the U.S. open this year which made the break tougher and i think in this aspect pool is moving in the right direction.

In an effort to draw a good crowd the Corner Bank priced the entry at $30 for the qualifying event, imagine a chance to qualify for a WPA event for $30 that is only a two hour flight away. Unfortunately the turn out for this event was only 14 players, again by no fault of the Corner Bank who made the entry affordable and promoted the event to the best of their ability. This is a reflection  years of handicap play in the Toronto scene and the resulting culture of players who are not able to see the bigger picture. It is a very frustrating subject for me personally but I will leave that one for another day.

The 14 players were separated into two groups of seven playing a round robin format with 3 of those 7 players advancing into a single knockout stage. The winners of each group received a bye into the semi finals and the other four would play off into those winners.
After the round robin stage 8 ball specialist Brian Belobradic won his group and top Ontario Adam Monture also won his group.
The other four players that qualified for the single knockout stage included myself, Adil Q, Alex Marsilli and Dylan from Lindsay, Ontario.

Semi Final Results:
Erik Hjorleifson 9 Brian Belobradic 4
Adam Monture 9 Alex Marsilli 5

The finals was one race to 10 with the winner receiving the qualifying spot for New York. After a couple of early errors by Monture i played strong in games 4-9 and was able to take a 7-2 lead. Monture however played excellent in the next 6 games pulling the score to 8-7. In the following game i had a dream break and ran out to get to the hill, Monture missed a very tough 8 in the next game and i was able to run out for the win.

Special Thanks to the Corner Bank for hosting the event.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Ottawa/Gatineau: ABO Dates & Words from the President

Next ABO tournaments at Dooly’s Ottawa this coming Saturday, November 5th.

A and B (9 Ball)
Semi-Pro and Pro (10 Ball)

Doors open at 9:30 A.M. Play starts at 10:30      
NEW  There will be a free second chance mini tournament in the A and B class for players who have lost their first two matches.

NEW Any player can play in the season Finals in another class than his own provided he or she has played in at least 3 tournaments in the other class.


Prochains tournois ABO au Dooly’s d’Ottawa samedi le 5 novembre.

Tournoi A et B (jeu du 9)
Tournoi Semi-Pro et Pro (jeu du 10)

Les portes ouvrent à 9 h 30 et le tournoi commence à 10 h 30

NOUVEAU Il y aura une consolante gratuite dans la classe A et B pour les joueurs qui auront perdu leurs deux premiers matchs.

NOUVEAU Tout joueur peut participer à la finale de saison d’une autre classe que la sienne, pourvu qu’il ou elle ait joué 3 tournois dans cette autre classe.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Gatineau: Terminus to Host Falcon Tour Qualifier this weekend!

LAST MINUTE 9-ball tournament Where :Terminus in Hull When: Final Registration is at 12 pm-15 october 2016 Cost : 30$ Format ( thursday night style at terminus ) -Race to 6, double elimination, 9-ball, 1 spot handicap/ranking difference max 3 *Prizes : 1 entry to FALCON TOUR EVENT + $$$ tournament purse. For every 7 players registered, there will have a entry to the falcon tour ( 21 players = 3 entry ) highest in ranking in the tournament will win the entry prize. * falcon entry fee are for 3A and under only, and rankings in the scab will be used to determine if your eligible to win a Falcon entry. More details will be provided at registration, or you can contact me This is an open tournament so all are invited Administrator : Sly

Monday, 26 September 2016

ABO AA-AAA Results from Gatineau

By: Jacques Roy, President, ABO

With the help of Monique Thibert and François Leblanc I ran the AA and AAA tournament on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at Billard Le Huit in Gatineau. There were 18 players, not bad on a beautiful sunny day. This was a season premiere for many.

It should be noted that five or six players traveled 14 to 16 hours from communities in Northern Québec to play in the tournament. These persons have been regulars in ABO tournaments for many years. The winner, Sam Matthews, was one of them and others were in the money or very near.

Another notable fact was the performance of Jessie Langelier who had not played an ABO tournament for many years. He came back from the losers' side to finish in position 3-4. It was a stressful day for him in his own words, but very satisfying.

Newcomer to ABO was Guillaume Sylvestre who reached a respectable 5-7 position with veteran Dan Desjardins. It was a high level tournament , exciting, full of surprises and a lot of evident effort from all players. Competition was noticeable but very gentlemanly from its early beginning at 10:30 AM to 8:15 PM.

ABO wants its tournaments to finish at a reasonable time in the early evening to, among other things, allow room owners to service their evening clientele adequately.

Mission accomplished thanks to an early start at 10:30 AM and double elimination up to the last four players with single knockout thereafter. Several evening hours are thus saved. Races to 7 for all matches obviously accelerate play, as well as increase spectator interest.

Payouts were good with the winner getting $ 300, the finalist had $ 200 and the 3-4 position got $ 90 each.

Thank you to our host Martin Lafrenière of Bar-Billard Le Huit. Tables were good and several had new cloth. Thank you also to the always obliging and affable Mélanie at the bar.

Next ABO tournaments at the Terminus on October 1st and 8, 2016

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Falcon Pro Tour: The "Dancing Bear" Continues his Fall Feast With Third Win in a Row

Winner Alain Martel with director Alain Parent

By: Markus Noé

The weekend of September 17-18 the beautiful venue of Dooly's Valleyfield was taken over by the Falcon Cues Quebec Pro Tour. This is the second year of this tour which has stops in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick and has been met with open arms by professional players. With handicap tours on the rise combined with the trend of tournaments not allowing Pro's to play this circuit is greatly needed in this area.

On this occasion 35 players came to partake, with this stop being so close to Montreal and Ottawa I expected around 60 players for this event. Unfortunately there is just too many tournaments in the area for amateurs to play in, and they did not show up in the numbers I was hoping for. That being said this was still a talent packed field with most of the top players in Québec participating.

Favourites going into this tournament were Danny Hewitt, Luc Salvas, Harold Rousseau, Sylvain Grenier, Martin Daigle and of course Alain Martel. Martel who is always a threat and did win last year, seems to have found another gear to start this season. It is my understanding that Martel had some nagging health issues and to a certain extent it showed last season. As a pundit it is most likely an unfair comment however whenever someone is as dominate as Martel has been for decades now even the sightless drop off is noticeable.

That being said any concerns are long forgotten as Martel looks better than ever at the moment. He has started off the season winning the first two stops on the Falcon Tour and it was hard to believe that anyone was going to keep him from winning three in a row. He began his quest for a three-peat against two of the best players from my home room of Rack-M-Up Billiards in Cornwall, Ontario. First up was Jody Roy a solid AAA who Martel dispatched 9-2, next up was local Pro Jared Amyot who after a 3 year absence has come back to the scene. Amyot did what he could but it was a tough task and he fell 9-5. Top player from Mascouche Québec Joey Cicero who lost 11-10 to Martel in the first final of the season was the next challenge. Martel never seemed in trouble against the young upstart and won 9-4.
Micheal Donnelly 
On the other side of the winners bracket a new edition to the Falcon Tour was causing a stir. Michael Donnelly from Heuvelton New, York came in as an unknown to the players of Québec, but after beating well known local pro Norm Pomainville 9-4 he got a few peoples attention. Martin Daigle did end his run on the winners side in the next match 9-3. Donnelly was not done just yet however beating a very strong Semi-Pro Sebastien Laramée 9-7 in the last match of the day on the losers side.

The returning final 8 on Sunday included 4 Canadian legends. Former Canadian Champion Harold Rousseau faced off against Danny Hewitt in the winners side final 4. Alain Martel was in the other final 4 match against Daigle and home town favourite and room owner Luc Salvas was also still alive on the losers side.

Harold Rousseau 
Donnelly looked poised to make a run at the title defeating Cicero 9-2 in his first match of the day. However in his next match he faced Rousseau who was just defeated by Hewitt. Rousseau played well in this match and took advantage of a couple errors by Donnelly and ended his impressive run in the 5/6 position 9-2. On the other side of the losers bracket Salvas was making a charge knocking Michael Bernier and Daigle out. He then went on to lose to Rousseau 9-7.

Danny Hewitt 
In the winners side final it was an intriguing match up between two of Canada's best Danny Hewitt and Alain Martel. It is always a coin flip between these two and it usually comes down to a few finer points. In this case I noticed that Hewitt seemed to have an edge on the break and ended up winning 9-5.  In the losers side final Martel made quick work of Rousseau 9-2 and gave the crowd the rematch they wanted.

In the final I noticed Martel was trying a few things with his break, one being a soft cut break. In the end he went back to his patent big break and that seemed to work the best. He mounted a 7-1 lead at one point and looked to be on his way. However Hewitt was not done yet getting the score back to within one. In the end Martel did what he needed to and got the win 11-9 and continued his hot streak. Congratulations to all the winners, I would like to thank tournament organizers Danny Hewitt and Alain Paremt. As always they are a class act and provided everything I needed to cover this event. Make sure to follow along at Cue Sport Nation for all the results of the 2016-2017 season. For full results and dates for upcoming events please go to

Armand Fradette 
It should also be mentioned that strong AAA player Armand Fradette also has a three-peat of his own. As he has won each of the second chance tournaments this year which is an impressive feat in its own right.

Pay Outs 

1. Alain Martel $ 1000

2. Danny Hewitt 755$

3. Harold Rousseau $ 550

4. Luc Salvas $ 400

5-6th  Mike Donnelly and Martin Daigle $ 300

7-8th Michael Bernier and Joey Cicero $ 200

9-12th Pierre Normand, Maxime Villeneuve, Eric Cloutier and Sebastian Laramée $ 100

13-16th Norm Pomainville, Jared Amyot, Jody Roy and Eric Hamel $ 50

Friday, 16 September 2016

Roy Wins Rack-M-Up Summer Series Grand Final

Winner Mark "Roll" Roy , Runner Up Kirk Pawis owner Doug Disotell 

By: Markus Noé

Sunday September 11th my home room Rack-M-Up Billiards in Cornwall, Ontario hosted  the Grand Final for its handicapped Summer Series. This was the third edition of this circuit which has become very popular. There are many competitive players in the area who have no tournaments to play during the summer months because the circuits in Montreal and Ottawa go on hiatus, therefore the summer series has become very popular.

There was eight qualifiers with the first one being in May. Roughly every two weeks since then there was another qualifier. Each one allowed a maximum of 16 players, this allowed tournaments to be completed in a timely manner. To the credit of Doug Disotell the main organizer of this circuit each event sold out. Players interested in qualifying for the grand final had to play in four out of the eight tournaments. A portion of each entry fee was held and was added to the grand final prize pool, in the end two thousand dollars was added. There was also a "calcutta" which is a player auction where people can place a wager on who they think will win the tournament. This added another two thousand to the prize fund for the top 4 players.

26 players ended up qualifying for the grand final. There was a buzz in the air as it is not everyday you get a shot at a $4,000 prize pool in this area. The draw-sheet for the tournament was completely random which means some of the favourites to win could end up drawing each other early on and this did happen. Jody Roy and Justin Miller two of the highest ranked players in the field ended up squaring off right away, with Miller winning 7-6.  Myself and Jayson Hall who both won a qualifier and were favourites to do well in this event ending up meeting in the first round as well. I was fortunate to get a good start and went on to win 7-3. I won my next match against Eric Mallet another winner on this years circuit. Kirk Pawis ended my run on the winners side of the bracket 7-5.

The biggest surprise of the tournament was the success that new comer to 9 ball Joe Herne had. He is a well known bar box 8 ball player but has had very little experience playing on 9 ft tables and playing the game of 9 ball. Herne made it all the way to winners side final guaranteeing him a 3rd place finish. In the winners side final Pawis barely edged out Herne 7-6 booking his spot in the final.

On the losers side of the bracket in the 5/6 spot I met up once again with my road partner Jayson Hall. It is never fun or easy playing one of your friends especially one you traveled all over with playing tournaments. Hall got his revenge on me in this match 7-3 and moved on to the 4th place match. There he met up with Mark Roy who after losing to Herne beat a very tough Jay Cuggy who was one of only two players to win multiple qualifiers this season.

In the final few matches of the tournament it was clear that fatigue was becoming a big factor. Hall did not look like the same player in the 4th place match as he was making uncharacteristic errors  and Roy took full advantage winning 7-6. Roy went on to beat Joe Herne to book his spot in the final match.

Roy was in stroke from his previous matches on the losers side as Pawnis had to wait a few hours to find out who he would play in the final. In the end Roy was just two much and handed Pawis is only loss of the tournament 7-5 and thus being crowned the Rack -M-Up Summer Champion. Congrats to Roy and Pawis who played great in this event and all season. Thank you to the owners of Rack-M-Up Billiards Doug Disotell and Amanda Collins for hosting this series. There are rumors that the first Winter Series will take place this year, make sure to follow along at the Rack-M-Up Billiards Facebook page for details. The fall pool leagues are about to get underway if you are interested please call 1-613-933-9362 and ask for Doug.

Tournament Payouts 

1.Mark Roy $750
2. Kirk Pawis $460
3. Joe Herne $305
4. Jayson Hall $200
5/6 Markus Noé/Jay Cuggy $125


1. $792
2. $594
3. $396
4. $198 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

New TV Series About Snooker Coming

New Television Series About Snooker Coming!

Submitted by: 
The game of snooker is about to experience a lot more visibility in 2017, as a new television series is on the horizon.
“The Art of Snooker” is a new show that will be produced by Rogers TV and will be aired beginning in January on a weekly basis.
“We are thrilled about this new project” says Snooker Canada president Patrick Guigui.  We have been trying to get our game on the Canadian airwaves for a long time.  Last year’s brief stint with the Richler Cup is what got our foot in the door, now it’s time to kick it down”.The show will be about the game of snooker, and will feature a combination of snooker matches, interviews, the history of the game in Canada, the game’s similarities to other precision sports including golf, darts and other forms of cue sports.
The executive director of the show is Snooker Canada’s director of marketing, Gord Mewhiney, who will be working alongside, Rob DeCator, Photographer / Videographer.
If anyone wants to be part of the show, drop us a line.  Whether you are a snooker player, fan, billiards related business or have any other interest in being involved, we look forward to seeing you during production.
A studio will be set up at the Royal Canadian Legion in Cambridge, and shooting will take place next month on October 15, 16 & 17 (SSM).
FREE Admission , Lots of Parking
Contact us today!  888-487-7506 or

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Falcon Tour Stop #2: The "Dancing Bear" Wins Again!

Danny Hewitt, Alain Martel, Alain Parent. Photo by Marie-France Blanchette

By; Markus Noé

This past Labour Day weekend O'Black Jack Pool hall in Edmunston New Brunswick hosted the second stop of the 2016-2017 Falcon Tour. 15 players from Quebec joined another 15 local players to see who would take home top prize.

Favourites in this field were Alain Martel, Danny Hewitt, Joey Cicero Tommy Theriault, Jeff Blais and Martin Daigle just to name a few. Three time World Speed Pool Champion and Canadian Champion Luc Salvas has been struggling a bit of late and did not have an easy first round draw. He was up against the resurgent Alain "The Dancing Bear" Martel who has been playing well and won the first stop of this tour. It was a close match but in the end Martel won 9-6.

Throughout the first few rounds there was not to many surprises as the cream floated to the top of the bracket as usual in these events. In the third round winners side there were two notable matches to speak off. The first one was Jeff Blais vs Martin Daigle. Both hail from Quebec City and have met each other countless times in competition. Daigle got the nod here 9-8.

Another match that could have gone either was was Tommy Theriault up against Joey Cicero. This match was intriguing as it pit two young pro's Cicero from QC and Theriault from NB against one another. Both players have the talent to be included in the handful of players in Canada that can be a threat internationally in the future. This match did not disappoint as it went right down to the wire with Theriault winning 9-8.

Theriault went on to win his next match against Martel 9-8 which guaranteed him 3rd place. In the other final 4 side match-up a bit of an upset occurred as Martin Daigle defeated Danny Hewitt 9-7. Hewitt won nearly half of these events last year in dominate fashion so this was a good win for Daigle.  

In the winners side final it was another tightly contested affair. Daigle was able to secure the win 9-7 and found himself in his first Falcon Tour Final. Alain Martel defeated Yan Lalande who had an impressive tournament 9-6 in the 5/6 bracket. Next for Martel was his old rival Danny Hewitt and surprising no one, this match went right to the end with Martel winning 9-8. 

In the losers side final Martel had a shot at revenge against Theriault and he took full advantage winning 9-5. Going to the losers side seem to help Martel as he caught a gear and won the final easily 11-5 and took home his second win on the Falcon tour in as many tries. 

Congratulations to Martel for his win as well as Daigle and Theriault for their great performances. The next Falcon tour stop will be September 17-18 at Dooly's Valleyfield which is also Luc Salvas room. Each pro event at this pool hall usually is a spectacle all too itself as it is one of the nicest pool halls in the area. Cue Sport Nation will be in attendance I look forward to seeing you all there. 

I would like to thank Luc Paquette who is a vital member of the Falcon Team. He writes all their articles for the french website and he gave me all the information necessary to write this article. Also Thank you to Danny Hewitt and Alain Parent co-founders of the Falcon Tour for everything they are doing locally for pool. 

The Falcon Tour would like to thank their sponsors: 

Falcon cues:


Odilam :

The winning stroke :

Billardquebec :

Tabillor :

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Rack-M-Up Billiards: Locals have a great showing at Ontario Senior Games

Robert Labelle, Loreen Toutan, Henry Barkwell.
By: Markus Noé

Last week August 9-11 three regulars from my home room of Rack-M-Up Billiards located in Cornwall Ontario, traveled to Midland Ontario, to participate in the Ontario Senior Games. This event was organized by the Ontario Senior Games Association which boasts over 1000 members and host qualifiers all the over the province.

On April 29 2016, Rack-M-Up Billiards hosted a regional qualifier. Three of its regulars got the nod to participate in the Ontario 55+ Provincial Summer Games. The three qualifiers were Loreen Toutant, Henry Barkwell and Robert Labelle.

Once they arrived in Midland there was an opening ceremony feast and then it was time to get into the round robin. Toutant was in the Women's 8 ball division, Labelle was in the Men's 8 Ball and Barkwell was in the Men's Snooker division.

All three survived the round robin and had a chance at a medal. Robert Labelle who has very limited 8 Ball experience especially on Valley Bar Box tables which they were playing on, struggled and did not make the the top 3.

Barkwell one of the most enthusiastic snooker players at Rack-M-Up who I believe never competed in anything like this previously took home the bronze.  Toutant who could have been considered a "team captain" of sorts because of all her experience in playing tournaments all around North America came away a big winner. Toutant who only lost one match the entire event was able to capture the Gold Medal in convincing fashion.

The Ontario Senior Games Association are a very active group with various activities. They play Baseball, Bocce, Pool, Bowling and more. If you are a social butterfly with a competitive streak over the age of 55 I strongly recommend visiting their website

I would like to congratulate the three participants for representing Cornwall with pride and for having a successful event. Fall leagues will be starting soon for Seniors and all ages if you are interested in participating contact Doug Disotell @ 1-613-933-9362

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Ottawa/Gatineau: ABO Dates and New Format

Press Release


For its 2016-2017 season ABO is guided by two main objectives: 
1- Increasing participation in tournaments 
2- Starting tournaments earlier in order to finish the day around 8 P.M. 

Most ABO players are already rated in classes B, A, AA, AAA, SP or Pro. 
Some fine tuning, before the season starts, will be necessary. An advisory  committee will be struck to help ABO decision making. 

For ABO tournaments, players will be divided into 3 main groups with similar skill levels.  

Every month, starting at 10:30 AM (with registration at 9:30) 

1- There will be a tournament for B and A players together,  
- Races to 7 
- 9 Ball, regular rules except for 9 off the break that doesn't count   
- Double elimination with last 8 or 4 in single elimination depending on number of   players in field 
- A player will give one handicap game to B player 
- Alternate break 
- Magic rack mandatory 
- Entry fee: $20 for B players 
$30  for A players 

2- On the same day, at the same time and in the same room: 

There will be a tournament for Pro and Semi Pro players together. 
-  Races to 7 
- !0 Ball  under normal 10 Ball rules 
- Double elimination with last 8 or 4 in single elimination depending on number of    players in field 
- Pro player will give one handicap game to Semi Pro player 
- Alternate break 
- Magic rack mandatory 
- Entry fee: $60 for SP players 
$90  for PRO players 

On that day, any lower rated player can play for the cost of the entry fee in his or her class. 
However the lower rated player will receive a one game handicap from a Pro only. 

3-  On another day of the same month: 

There will be a tournament for AA and AAA players together. 
- Races to 7 
- 9 Ball, regular rules except for 9 off the break that doesn't count   
- Double elimination with last 8 or 4 in single elimination depending on number of   players in field 
- AAA player will give one handicap game to AA player 
- Alternate break 
- Magic rack mandatory 
- Entry fee: $40 for AA players 
$50  for AAA players 

On that day, any lower rated player can play for the cost of the entry fee in his or her class. 
However the lower rated player will receive a one game handicap from a AAA only. 


Entry fees include green fees and a provision for Finals. 
A once a year management fee is not included. 


We are planning a special tournament / dinner, off statistics, for all classes of players, on January 28, 2017 at the Terminus, birth place of ABO, to celebrate its 20th anniversary.