March 31, 2015

The China Open Continues

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 12:54 pm
Robbo - Right Result?

Robbo – Right Result?

Below is the schedule for Wednesday over in Beijing as the China Open moves into the Last 32 phase.

I have to say, it’s a real shame that this event comes so close to the World Championship qualifiers as this is taking a lot of the sheen off it as people look forward more and more to Sheffield. It’s a shame because it’s usually a very good tournament.

I can’t help thinking that there should be at least a fortnight’s gap between the final ranking event and the start of the World Qualifiers, if anyone involved in the Ponds Forge event has a run in this, they will be severely handicapped once they race back to Sheffield to play three Best of 19’s to try and qualify. Particularly if they’ve also been involved in Llandudno and Thailand, that’s a pretty gruelling schedule for anyone.

The seeded players don’t have that problem and though there are some that will be adamant that Neil Robertson has had the best possible result in being dumped out on day one, but even if the player that wins this is seeded in Sheffield, they still have a fortnight to recover so I don’t think it’s that big an issue really.

Anyway, we’ll see if the ‘Curse of the China Open winner’ will happen again, but it might just be a coincidence that nobody who has won this has ever gone on to win the World Championship, after all, back to back ranking event wins are pretty rare these days. That said and as Neal Foulds pointed out to me earlier, if Selby wins it he’s got two curses to get round, good luck with that Jester. 

Recommended Bet: 2 point double on Mike Dunn and Robin Hull pays over 5/1 at Bet 365. 

Elliot Slessor v Mark Selby
Stuart Bingham v Michael White
Ryan Day v Stephen Maguire
Barry Hawkins v Dominic Dale
David Gilbert v Zhou Yuelong
Zak Surety v Robert Milkins

Robin Hull v Mark King
Jack Lisowski v Dechawat Poomjaeng
Anthony McGill v Shaun Murphy
Mark Williams v Michael Leslie
Mike Dunn v Kurt Maflin

Ding Junhui v Dark Mavis
Peter Ebdon v Judd Trump
John Higgins v Graeme Dott
Ricky Walden v Gary Wilson
Marco Fu v Jamie Jones

Snookerbacker Classic Grand Finals: Information and Further Prize Announced!

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:30 am

SB2015 A4 Poster2 (1) with amendsFor anyone who missed the Grand Finals draw last night live on Twitter I have copied it below together with the corresponding match times.

I am also delighted to announce that as well as the existing prizes in place, I have now secured a further £250 cash prize for the player that makes the highest break on Grand Finals Day.

This is in addition to the £500 overall highest break prize currently standing at 134 by Daniel Wells and the £1000 maximum break prize both sponsored by John Parrott Cuesports

This takes the overall prize fund this year to well over £8000.  


Dress Code: Shirt, trousers, shoes and waistcoat – no bow tie required.
Match Times: Please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time for your stated match time.

DRAW: All matches are the best of 7 frames and will all be live-scored online.

10am start:

Ben Harrison v James Brown – Referee: Mark Seaman
Jamie Clarke v Martin O’Donnell – Referee: Nick Harry
Sydney Wilson v Jamie Bodle – Referee: Alan Collis
Brett Miller v Tom Barton – Referee: Martyn Royce

NB 11.30 start:

Phil O’Kane v Reanne Evans – Referee: Mark Seaman
Sean O’Sullivan v Ant Parsons – Referee: Nick Harry
Eden Sharav v Daniel Wells – Referee: Alan Collis
Mike Rogers v Paul Davison – Referee: Martyn Royce

Quarter Finals – NB 2pm

Semi Finals – NB 4pm

Final – NB 6pm – Referee: Nick Harry


It is free to come along and watch so why not treat yourself to a Sunday of top quality live snooker?

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