November 26, 2011

The Month Ahead: December

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:58 am

December is traditionally a month where you buy overpriced crap for people to look excited about when they open it around a tree. Where ungrateful kids get spoiled rotten and where you have to be nice to everyone you see, even though you might not really like them and care little if you ever see them again. It’s the month where you watch all the films you have already seen and are subjected to songs by Bing Crosby, Slade, Cliff Richard and Wizard wherever you go. It’s the season where suicide rates peak and where the first seeds of divorce are sewn when arguments occur about which set of family you will be visiting and when on ‘The Big Day’. It’s the time of year when you can’t get a pint of milk anywhere because retarded people buy it all because the shops close for one whole day. Yes readers, the joyous yuletide season is nearly upon us. 

When it comes to the baize, December means cosy nights in front of the UK Championship which gets underway a week today from the Barbican in York where it returns after an absence of a few years. The finals from 2001-2006 are remembered here and despite the much maligned changes to the format of the event I for one can’t wait for it to start. I will be going to York on the Monday and staying there for the week so will hopefully be bringing you exclusive snippits and observations from behind the scenes as well as full previews and coverage. Snooker, at last, is back on the BBC.

I notice that Boylesports are doing a ‘Top Trump’ offer on the tournament which is quite interesting. Basically if you have a single bet in the outrights (prices here) of anything up to £300 or Euros they will refund all losing bets if Judd Trump wins the title, so it’s a bit like an insurance net with hair straighteners and bling attached. I’d say that is worth taking advantage of personally if you are playing the outrights as Judd obviously has a strong chance of winning. If you haven’t got an account with Boyles you can open one and take advantage of their introductory offer here.

But before York, this Friday sees the start of my own little project as the Snookerbacker Classic gets underway in Leeds. Everything you need to know about the first event can be found here and although I am obviously a little nervous about it I am thoroughly looking forward to getting to the Northern Snooker Centre on Friday to kick things off. If you are around those parts please feel free to drop by and catch some of the action. Fellow bloggers and any journalists that might want to come and cover the event are of course very welcome.

When the UK has finished we are back to Sheffield for another PTC event, this time PTC11. This one is a little different in that there will be three tables set up in the Badminton Hall which are open to paying guests. You can find out how to get some tickets and get away from all the madness in the shops at this time of year by clicking here.

As for what’s going on with PTC12, it’s anyone’s guess. Firstly, changes were made to the qualifying stages for the event due to be held in Germany in the new year here and then it was announced that they want to have a chat with the players before finalising the dates here. Apparently the fiasco stems from something to do with the venue that was booked over in Germany for the whole event being unsuitable for snooker. Rumours that the venue is known to locals as ‘The Slope’ are unconfirmed but either way the whole thing has thrown the final event into disarray and surely marks the start of a change in the way the PTC’s will be structured next season.

So that’s it for December, please do your best to get through it without getting depressed, wine helps. Happy Christmas.

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