October 4, 2010

Top of the Pots Prediction Contest: Are You the Joker in the Pack?

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:12 pm

It's time to play The Joker

After the absence of a prediction contest last week I’m sure you are all itching to have a go at this week’s event, the Players Tour Championship Event 5 which begins on Friday.

Regular followers will know that all these mini-competitions feed in to the season long Prediction Order of Merit, or, Top of the Pots list which is updated after each event.

The list gives the rankings of all competitors based on their last three frame score totals. As both the previous two contests have been won by Dani ‘The Machine’ Martinez, along with a handsome £100 worth of free bets from Betfred it’s him that must be favourite to take over pole position from current leader, the consistent Ray. But anything can happen as Dani’s score in Event 2 shows.

The full Order of Merit standings can be viewed here. Remember that when the list is next updated Event 2 scores will be deleted from totals. Life as they say, is tough and you are only as good as your recent form. It also means that anyone entering for the first time might end up topping the list after their first three events.

I thought I would spice things up a bit for this one and introduce the concept of ‘The Joker’ into proceedings, giving you all the opportunity to rack up a mighty score to try and end this period of Hendry like dominance from the man they are already referring to as ‘La Machine’.

To help you choose your team the draw can be viewed here.

The Rules:

1. You must choose a total of ten players for your scoring team.

2. Your team must consist of two players from each of the groups below.

3. The players you choose will score one point for each frame they win. The two players you choose from ‘The Joker Group’ will earn double points for every frame won.

4. The winner will receive a £50 free bet from Betfred.

5. Entries must be in before the start of play on Friday.

Further Rules for Ne’er-Do-Wells

6. To have a valid entry you must enter an email address in the space provided, this won’t be visible to anyone but me and I won’t use it for anything other than contacting you if you win. Please don’t try and enter loads of times, I’ll be able to suss this fairly easily.

7. What I say goes as it’s my blog.


The Groups:

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Joker Group
Choose any 2 Choose any 2 Choose any 2 Choose any 2 Choose any 2
Neil Robertson Judd Trump Stephen Lee Jack Lisowski Mark Allen
Shaun Murphy Martin Gould Robert Milkins Daniel Wells Stephen Hendry
Mark Selby Jamie Cope Tom Ford Joe Delaney Anthony McGill
Ronnie O’Sullivan Ricky Walden Jimmy White Michael White Alfie Burden
Stephen Maguire Andrew Higginson Matthew Stevens Zhang Anda Barry Pinches
Ali Carter Graeme Dott Joe Swail Patrick Einsle Anthony Hamilton
Ding Junhui Marco Fu David Morris Igor Figuerido Peter Ebdon
Mark Williams Liang Wenbo Steve Davis Liam Highfield Michael Holt

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