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SIAS Pool Tournament

The SIAS Pool Tournament was held on Thursday 25 October in Rileys IQ, Victoria. Over 70 of the best pool-playing actuaries in London had gathered to answer one question; could anyone wipe the smiles of the defending champions from KPMG?

The first stage of the competition was the group stage. Only the winning team would go through, meaning there were some tense shots. The R’n’B/hip hop music in the background made for a compelling soundtrack to these tricky shots. The trickiest part was ensuring everyone played to the same rules – pool is second only to Monopoly in the ways that people play it! We at SIAS would like to inform you now that there will be no SIAS Monopoly tournament this year, due to the inevitable arguments and fights which will arise.

While all of this was happening my playing partner Pei Nee was quietly disposing of the opposition. Unfortunately this was a team tournament, which meant that I had to play every second shot. In the end our record of two wins and one loss was only enough for second in the group.

Whilst those knocked out at the group stage headed to the bar for drinks and the food which eventually arrived, the remaining competitors were whittled down. In the end the final was between the defending champions, who had come up with the original team name “KPMG (Defending Champions)”, and “Ios Buendias” (David Hardern and Jon Palin of Munich Re and Deloitte). I had asked what this meant, and they said they didn’t know!

The final was of very high quality, and in the end the defending champions of Ben McDonald and Lee Jagger won the match, the trophy and the title for the second year in a row. Congratulations!

The Best Team Name was fun to judge, with many worthy contenders. The winner was Andrew Northey and Tom Hukowski from Aon. They had both come dressed as Willie Thorne and deserved the prize with the team name “What A Pair of Willies”! Thanks to all the entrants and the spectators for another enjoyable tournament, and to Rileys IQ for hosting the event. KPMG are still smiling – let’s change that next year!

Report by Alvin Kissoon