Crondon Park: A Bit Tacky.
The Championship League gets under way today over at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex, a club which boasts none other than Ballrun Bingham amongst its members and is available for weddings, birthdays, christenings, bar mitzvahs and two table no-nonsense snooker tournaments.
While I have nothing against this event as it’s generally quite entertaining to watch, from a betting point of view it’s a no-go area. With the qualifiers for the China Open running from Wednesday to Saturday and the Masters kicking off from Alexandra Palace on Sunday there are other priorities this week on the snooker front for busy bloggers.
If you do however feel like contributing to any of the bookmaker’s shareholders annual profits party you can keep up with all the action and lose all your hard-earned at the usual betting sites. Bet 365 tends to have the best coverage in my experience and you can tune in there to watch the players ply their trade from the oversized armchairs. You can also tune in simply to hear Dave Hendon eulogising about the belly-busting breakfasts.
If you don’t have access to the live stream and have absolutely nothing better to do today, perhaps you are bedridden and/or paralyzed from the neck down, or you are just an idle workshy benefit-cheating loser (I know my audience so well), you can also keep up to date with the scores on the World Snooker scoreboard here.
For all things Championship and Premier League there is also the official pages over at Matchroom sport here.
Incidentally, I have heard a rumour that unlike previous years, the eventual winner of this is not guaranteed an automatic place in the Premier League, this isn’t official and I might have dreamt it, but if it’s true you do wonder quite what the point of this event is other than to keep the bookies sweet.
Anyway, it kicks off today and runs until Thursday with two groups being played out. The format is basically that the top four in the group play off with two semi-finals and a final, the winner progressing to the Winners Group later in the season and the three others, plus the person that finishes fifth playing on in the next group. The two players that finish sixth and seventh are relegated and replaced in the next group by two new players and they do it all over again until they have seven winners. Crystal clear.
Today’s opening group features Judd Trump, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy, Ali Carter, Matthew Stevens, Martin Gould and Dark Mavis.
If you’ve never seen this event before it’s worth giving it a watch, but don’t, I repeat don’t be tempted to ‘just have a little flutter’, that’s how heroin addicts start.
You have been warned.