The Eighth Annual Bernie Russell Memorial Pool Tournament (BRMPT) is back and apparently bigger than ever.
With it’s largest number of participants to date, pool aficionados from around country and some areas of the world - Grand Bahama, New Providence, Abaco, Long Island, the United States and Canada - have all convened under the roof of the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Lucayan Resort.
The tournament once again highlighted competitions in the singles, doubles and team categories and will conclude this Saturday night. The Freeport News caught up with tournament organizer Kevin Miller this past Friday, who spoke at brief about the success in regards to the participation numbers.
The tournament pays homage every year to it’s late patron, who was a pioneer and enthusiast in making pool one of the most beloved games among it’s enthusiasts. Miller noted that he was more than pleased to see how much persons took an interest into competing in this year’s tournament, with hopes of seeing the tournament build on it’s most recent feat.
“This year with the eighth annual I think we’ve grown tremendously,” he expressed, “This is the most competitors we had from day one. The tournament is going well and everyone seems to be enjoying it.
“We’ve been getting some good reviews and a lot of persons are already talking about coming back next year. We had one or two glitches but that’s expected. So far we’re halfway through the singles event and getting started with the doubles competition later today and then the teams tomorrow (Saturday, November 10).
“We have players that came from Canada, from the U.S, all over The Bahamas...The competition is much stiffer than we had in the past and everyone is enjoying it.
“We’re growing every year so it’s good to know there’s room to grow on these numbers.”
The tournament undertook a ‘Vegas style’ that filled the Grand Ballroom with pool tables, along with scoring work stations back in 2016. Manager for Niche Markets at the Ministry of Tourism, Nuvolari Chootosingh noted that the ‘world-class- shift to the tournament was one that bodes well for the future of the tournament and should draw more players from around the world to Grand Bahama.
“We believe this tournament has huge potential. If it wasn’t for the situation at the Resort itself it would have given us an opportunity to have more persons come in with places to stay and also with airlift.
“Beyond that Kevin Miller and his team has done a fantastic job this year. The Ministry of Tourism is pleased to assist them as best we can...It’s another great even for Grand Bahama island.
“This is the way you have to go,” in regards to the Vegas-atmosphere of the tournament, “You have to get it to this world-class level if you want to attract the better shooters to the island to make it more competitive. We have to continue to support Kevin Miller in his capacity as the chairman and organizer for this event.
“Players want to come from around the world to compete in this kind of event...This is why we have to have this tournament at this stage - to get the competitors from the U.S., Canada and elsewhere to come to our island, not just to compete but also enjoy our beautiful weather here and that’s what we want to see happen,” he concluded.