Snookerbacker

February 13, 2010

World Snooker Pro-Challenge Series Event 5 – Starts Tuesday

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:18 pm

In an attempt to keep players busy, one of the initiatives that World Snooker, under the previous chairman Rodney Walker (the last person I referred to as ‘Sir’ had chalk in one hand and a blackboard duster in the other) came up with was the Pro-Challenge events. This is basically a series of knockout events open to all 96 professionals which tours the country. Event 5, though Event 4 was cancelled, so technically this is Event 4, starts on Tuesday.

Liang Wenbo is among the participants

The winners so far have included Stephen Maguire and Ken Doherty and they do attract some big name players. This week there is one being held at one of my old haunts, George Scott’s Snooker Club on Derby Lane, Liverpool – formerly known as the Liverpool Billiards and Snooker Centre. I was hoping to be able to go along there for at least one of the days but unfortunately I have other commitments, which also means I probably won’t get to post again after tomorrow until Wednesday.

The event is covered by the ‘whooshing’ and ‘k-nicking’ of the World Snooker scoreboard and regular updates will doubtless feature on the excellent Global Snooker website. A couple of bookmakers have priced this up in the past, from memory this included Sportingbet and Sky Bet, but you may need to shop around. I very narrowly missed out on a hugely speculative gamble on Martin Gould in Event 2, when he was beaten by Ken in the final. I’m sure a fellow Gould backer on here will remind me in the comments what price we got on him (40/1?).

Of the main attractions this week we have amongst others Liang Wenbo and Jamie Cope (who meet in Round 1), Judd Trump, Tony Drago, Ken Doherty again and the man of the moment Stephen Lee. I’ll be having a look at the draw tomorrow and possibly putting a couple of speculative picks up. Homeboy, Rod Lawler knows this place very well so I’ll probably have a look and see if there is any value there.

The matches and draw can be found by visiting  http://www.global-snooker.com/World-Snooker-Pro-Challenge-Event-5.asp .

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