November 16, 2010

Final EPTC from Prague: Prediction Contest Now Open

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:27 am

Hendry: Not a Happy Monkey.

Good morning everyone. On Friday we come to the last European Players Tour Championship, this time from the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic.

As ever we will be running a Prediction Contest for this event which is the one that will ultimately decide who will take part in the televised tournament in 2011.

One player who won’t be there is seven times World Champion Stephen Hendry, who has told ‘Snookered’ Magazine that he doesn’t like these events, that he doesn’t want to play in front of ‘one man and his dog’ (I didn’t know they let dogs in) and that Barry Hearn ‘doesn’t give a monkey’s’ about him. Plenty of animal references from Hendo.

Not content with his own little rant, he also drags in unnamed ‘other players’ and says they don’t like them either. You can read the full thoughts of Stevie Boy here. It’s fair to say he’s a little put out.

I don’t think he’ll be too happy at the news that the Welsh Open will also be introducing best of sevens to it’s format in March. To read more about that click here.

Anyway, back to Prague and there will doubtless be more no-shows at this one, given it’s proximity to the UK Championships that is probably not surprising. Ali confirmed in his Log that he would not be making the trip, I’m pretty sure that I heard Neil Robertson wasn’t going either but I might be wrong on that. If Ronnie turns up it will nothing short of a minor miracle and I’m sure the list will expand as the days go on.

What it does mean though is that the main event in March will see some new faces emerging on our screens, if indeed it is to be televised given it’s scheduled to be at the Academy, I’m sure that was the original plan. What I’m not sure is that this is quite what Bazza had in mind when he started them and having Ronnie not competing will hit viewing figures I would think. Last week’s winner John Higgins is also ineligible as is Ding Junhui who won an event earlier in the year. Perhaps a tweak might be to allow event winner’s automatic qualification? I dunno.

Anyway, by my calculations Barry Pinches has gone back to the top of the Order of Merit though the lists haven’t been updated at time of writing on World Snooker, or the increasingly lacklustre Global Snooker.

I’ll have to wait to confirm the prize for this one as my man over at Betfred is currently unavailable, but rest assured if I can’t get something sorted I’ll get something else.

Talking of prizes, I now have a sackload of seperate ones for the December Giveaway, ranging from free bets to tickets to some other stuff. Watch this space as it’s likely there will be something up for grabs every day in the run up to Christmas, in tandem with the unique Snookvent Calendar.

Right, here’s the groups, the usual rules apply pick your team of ten in the comments box. Joker Group frames count double. To help you select your team the draw is here. Anyone selecting Mark Selby should be aware that he is already starting in the second round so will be playing catch up.

The Groups

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Joker Group
Choose 2 Choose 2 Choose 2 Choose 2 Choose 2
Mark Selby Dominic Dale Martin Gould Zhang Anda Dave Harold
Stephen Maguire Ricky Walden Jamie Cope Mark King Igor Figueiredo
Peter Ebdon Tony Drago Barry Pinches Ryan Day Jamie Jones
Judd Trump Andrew Higginson Robert Milkins Alan McManus Liam Highfield
Shaun Murphy Anthony Hamilton Stephen Lee Jack Lisowski Alfie Burden
John Higgins Ken Doherty Rod Lawler Stuart Bingham Peter Lines
Mark Allen Graeme Dott Marcus Campbell Nigel Bond Anthony McGill

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