Monday, 13 June 2016

Rack-M-Up Summer Series off to a Successful Start

Winner Jayson Hall with room owner Doug Disotell.

By: Markus Noé

Sunday June 12th Rack-M-Up Billiards held the third qualifying event in their annual "Summer Series." Cornwall and area is a well known hotbed for talent in the competitive "pool world," however in the summer months the tournament circuits in Ottawa and Montreal which many local players participate in take a seasonal break. For those who crave constant competition these are the longest months of the year to push through. In order to keep interest in pool during what is traditionally known as the off season for the sport the "Summer Series" was born.

This is the brainchild of the owners of Rack-M-Up Billiards Doug Disotell and Amanda Collins. The circuit features 8 qualifying tournaments and one Grand Final. Players interested in participating in the Grand Final must compete in 4 of the 8 tournaments. The entry fee is $40 and each tournament has a max of 16 players. This is to ensure that players have time to actually compete in the tournament as many do not have 12 plus hours to spare during this time of the year to spend indoors, which is something you often see in 32 + player fields. Also with each tournament generally ending at around 7:00 pm it allows for space for walk in customers at night.

For $40 you really get a bang for your buck in this circuit, $22.50 goes prize fund, $7.50 goes to the "green fee" and the final $10 goes to the Grand Final. The rule of thumb for most tournaments is that twenty-five percent of the field gets paid. With the first three qualifying tournament being full fields first place through fourth place were paid positions with first place winning $160. The thought process behind this is if you win one of the eight it essentially pays for all of your qualifying tournaments and gives you a shot at what usually amounts to over $1000 for first place in the Grand Final.

The "Summer Series" is a great circuit for players of all levels as it is handicapped according to your rank. To be ranked you need to talk to the house pro Doug Disotell, he is not only the owner of Rack-M-Up Billiards but one of the most accomplished players ever out of this area. A beginner player will get up to four games "on the wire" in a race to 7 against the top players in the field. For those not familiar with the handicap system this means that a player receiving 4 games only needs to win 3 games during a race to 7 against the strongest ranked player in the field. The handicaps vary from a 5 to a 7+2. If you are interested in participating in future events you can contact Disotell at 1-613-933-9362 or through the Rack-M-Up Facebook Page.

Jayson Hall was the winner of the most recent qualifier going undefeated while doing so. He met up with Kirk Pawnis in the final who edged out Clayton Disotell in the third place match. Below is the list of the remaining dates as well as the winners of the previous events. Even if you are not interested in participating feel free to stop by and get a chance to see some of the local talent. To follow along with local tournaments and some of the biggest tournaments around the world go to

May 15th Qualifier#1

1st Markus Noé $160
2nd Jacques Sauvé $100
3rd Cullen Arihote $60
4th Walter Sydlowski $40

May 29th Qaulifier #2                  

1st Mark Roy $160
2nd Jacques Sauvé $100
3rd Markus Noé $60
4th Eric Mallet $40                      

June 12th Qualifer #3

1st Jayson Hall $160
2nd Kirk Pawnis $100
3rd Clayton Disotell $60
4th Markus Noé $40

Remaining Dates:

June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21 

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