August 1, 2011

Shanghai Qualifiers Day 2

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:26 pm

It's fair to say the launch was understated

Day 2 from Sheffield gets under way and all of a sudden this event doesn’t seem just like any other old qualifying tournament because we can now actually see the action for ourselves, well some of it anyway.

The live streaming that materialised on the betting sites came as a complete surprise to the snooker community at large and this was followed by the announcement about the new live streaming channel. Quite why World Snooker chose not to announce this, and at time of writing still haven’t done so officially is beyond me. It seems even the players were unaware of it as Andrew Pagett announced to his facebook followers that his match was on the scoreboard, when in fact it was streamed.

They claimed they wanted a soft launch in case of any hiccups. There haven’t been any so far so perhaps they were being a little too cautious on this occasion. It’s very unlike any Bazza inspired launch I can ever think of as this would usually enlist the help of several scantily clad blondes and an assembled drooling press pack who have been promised a free bar. But nothing, a simple tweet to launch something that us snooker fans have been crying out for now for ages.

Well, despite the fact that I think the promotional thinking behind the launch was the most misguided campaign since my Snooker Swap Shop idea on here (remember that? thought not), I would just like to say thank you to World Snooker. So, Thank You World Snooker.

Tomorrow sees the next 16 up the rankings take on Monday’s winners. As with the preview today this is likely to be done in pieces so keep your eyes peeled, your ears to the ground and your nose pressed up against the ceiling for updates.


19. Liu Song v Tian Pengfei (LIVE)
20. Alfie Burden v Michael White
21. Andy Hicks v James Watanna (H2H 3-1)
22. Alan McManus v David Hogan
23. Liu Chuang v Li Yan (LIVE)
24. Rod Lawler v Aditya Mehta

We’ll kick off with one of the two all Chinese clashes this morning with Tian Pengfei against Liu Song. I watched most of Tian’s match yesterday (feels good saying that) and for the first four frames he was very impressive. He then fell asleep for three frames before finally waking up to win. That will suit Song fine as he is usually a very poor starter to matches and an early two or three nil lead for opponents became quite a regular occurance last season at times. Song hasn’t had a good start to the season as yet and with Tian having been playing regularly this makes him the bet for me. Alfie Burden is on a losing run of four straight matches and will want to put that right sooner rather than later against Michael White. I underestimated White on Monday and that’s enough for me to steer clear of this match. Andy Hicks and James Watanna meet for the fifth time in their careers, these meetings spanning 16 years. Interestingly, Hicks won the first three matches between the pair before James gave him a real trouncing in the World Qualifiers in March, 10-2. Again I watched some of James’ match earlier and he looked far more at ease in the cubicles than he did recently in Thailand, I’ll take him to progress again here. David ‘two byes’ Hogan must be thinking it’s his lucky week as he received his first bye at the expense of the not-so-Lucky Vatnani before being told that Bjorn Haneveer wasn’t going to play him either, the Belgian carpenter apparently out for a while with a fitted kitchen-induced shoulder injury. David loses more than he wins and I expect him to struggle against the experienced Alan McManus and expect the Scot to come through there. The other all-Chinese clash is an interesting one, Stephen Hendry impersonator Liu Chuang is a much improved player as is his fresh faced opponent Li Yan who came through a long old slog in Round 1. I’ll take Chuang to win that one as he’s one I think we need to keep an eye on this season. At the bottom, scouser Rod Lawler takes on Aditya Mehta who won 5-0 in round one against Carrington, Rod is another like McManus that can grind and I think he’d be disappointed to lose that one, but at restrictive odds it’s not a bet I’ll be having.

Recommended Morning Bets: 3 points win double Tian Pengfei and Liu Chuang pays just on 15/8 at Paddy Power  

The Outlaw: A bit unpredictable.


25. Jack Lisowski v David Grace (LIVE)
26. Jimmy White v Adam Wicheard (H2H 1-0) (LIVE)
27. Peter Lines v Robin Hull
28. Joe Swail v Andrew Norman
29. Jimmy Robertson v Passakorn Suwannawatt (H2H 0-1)

It’s the first friends of the blog clash of the season as Jack ‘I want a new nickname’ Lisowski takes on David ‘I just want a nickname’ Grace this afternoon. An impressive win for Gracey in Round One against Daniel Wells sets him up nicely for this, but I think Jack might just have a bit too much in the locker in terms of scoring power and I’d expect him to come through here. Jimmy White beat Adam Wicheard 9-1 in their only meeting to date and you wonder if the old hoodoo Jimmy has over some of the younger players might play a part in this. Adam scored heavily in Round 1 with two tons and at least one other one visit mop up, if he keeps that form up he has a great chance of winning but that is a big if given that recent meeting between the two. Robin Hull was very impressive today and looks like a man on a mission. I can see him beating higher ranked players than his opponent here Peter Lines this year and will side with him to come through this one, he is looking very solid. Andrew Norman beat young Kacper 5-0 and it has to be said, as well as Norman played, he won’t get many easier openers than that against a player who looks ill at ease in the pro-ranks at this young age. He faces the man once described as everyone’s second favourite player Joe Swail, Joe’s only win of the season so far came in the PTC against our very own Allan Taylor and he’s been soundly beaten twice since and is incredibly unpredictable. If he’s on his game he will win, but again that if is too big to risk a bet against a player who is cueing as well as Norman. I like Jimmy Robertson, I remember sitting a few feet from him at the press conference at the Crucible and he’s a very likeable young lad, he faces what should be a routine opener to set him on the road this season against Passakorn, he should win that and progress.

Recommended Bet: 2 point double Lisowski and Robertson pays 5/4 with Boylesports. 4 points win Robin Hull at Evens with Unibet.


30. Ian McCulloch v Yu De Lu (LIVE)
31. Joe Jogia v Kurt Maflin
32. Xiao Guodong v Cao Yu Peng (LIVE)
33. Anthony McGill v Ben Woollaston (H2H 0-1)
34. Adrian Gunnell v David Morris (H2H 0-1)

The evening sees another promising Chinese player Yu De Lu taking on Preston’s Ian McCulloch. McCulloch has really lost his way these past few seasons and I seem to recall this beginning with some health problems he had. He’s kicked off the season with a loss to Ben Woollaston and faces a player who came through comfortably against Sam Baird last night. I feel that the Chinese player may have a little bit too much for the experienced Lancashire hot-potter here. Joe Jogia is a very inconsistent player and faces Kurt Maflin who I know is developing an avid following amongst snooker fans keen on the qualifiers. Jogs reached the semi-finals of the first PTC before losing to Ronnie so is in good shape, despite losing to Yu De Lu first time up in the Aussie event. Too tight to call for me that one and that’s reflected in the prices on offer. Xiao Guodong would be my banker of the evening, he tends not to lose to players of the standard of his opponent tonight and is a good thing at a shade off 1/2 at Boyles for bigger punters. Anthony McGill is on a run of six straight defeats and takes on the improving Woollaston, I think the odds are a little out of kilter here and I will be backing Ben as I think he should be going into this at around 4/6 rather than the 10/11 currently available. Finally a player that I would usually be backing against Adrian Gunnell, any fellow professional that starts at odds against when playing Adrian at the moment should be backed as a rule. I’ll probably part with a few interest quid on Davy Morris in this too, making tonight quite a night for a punt.

Recommended Bets: 2 points double Guodong and De Lu at around 6/4 generally. 1 point treble adding Woollaston pays over 4/1 at Boyles and a 1 point acca adding Morris almost 10/1 at the same firm.

Interest Acca: 1 point accumulator on Hull, Lisowski, Robertson, Guodong and De Lu pays over 9/1 at Boyles. 

Introducing Live World Snooker TV

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 12:23 pm

We can expect a bit more TV snooker this season

World Snooker have today announced a new live streaming service Live World Snooker TV. Providing snooker fans across the globe with a much welcome new service to watch snooker that we would otherwise be relying on the scoreboard for.

You can subscribe to the service for as little as £2.99 per month or £29.99 for the year in the UK and it is available outside the UK for £3.99 per month or £39.99 for a year.

This is a huge step forward for the sport and will hopefully continue the rebirth of snooker that we are witnessing of late.

To visit and subscribe to Live World Snooker TV simply click here

Snookerbacker Classic Glasgow Event: New Closing Date

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:00 am

Can anyone wishing to enter the Scottish leg of the Snookerbacker Classic please note that the final closing date for entries has now been brought forward to 31st August.

Full details of the event and how to enter can be found here

I am happy to take ‘commitments to enter’ via email at [email protected]

Simply email me and copy and paste the text below:

‘Please reserve a place for me at the Glasgow leg of the Snookerbacker Classic. I agree to pay the entrance fee and complete the entry form on or before 31st August 2011’

Please note that if all places are filled the closing date will be brought forward. 

Shanghai Qualifiers Day 1 In-Running

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:25 am

Good morning everyone. I just thought I’d post up an in-running thread for those getting involved today. Results will be updated on here as they come in.

David Hogan w/o Bjorn Haneveer

Aditya Mehta 5-0 Stuart Carrington

Michael White 5-1 Simon Bedford

James Watanna 5-1 Matthew Couch

Tian Pengfei 5-3 Dechawhat Poomjaeng

Li Yan 5-2 Paul Davison

Andrew Norman 5-0 Kacper Filipiak

Adam Wicheard 5-0 Scott MacKenzie

David Grace 5-1 Daniel Wells

Robin Hull 5-3 Andrew Pagget

Yu De Lu 5-1 Sam Baird

Watch the Shanghai Qualifiers LIVE!

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:18 am

In an absolute masterstroke of marketing and promotional genius, it turns out that unbeknown to the snookering world Bet 365 are streaming two tables from the qualifiers live. You couldn’t make it up.

You simply need a funded account there to watch.


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