August 27, 2015

Friday in Fürth: The Paul Hunter Classic

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:38 am

Paul HunterIt’s always a very poignant time in snooker when the players and fans get together in Fürth to mark the memory of one of snooker’s brightest stars, sadly taken from his family and the sport far too early.

The Paul Hunter Classic is now a familiar fixture on the snooker calendar and there isn’t a fan out there, or perhaps even a player, who would not like to see this great event elevated to full ranking status. Perhaps with the changes that are happening to the European Tour next season this might be on the cards, surely any sponsor can see the value of having their name attached to something which all snooker fans around the world support.

Every time this tournament comes along people start talking about Paul, his legacy, his great matches and his achievements, the Masters hat-trick, his famous Plan B and the golden boy looks which gave rise to the nickname The Beckham of the Baize. When I think of Paul Hunter, who unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting, I always think of his epic match at the Crucible against Ken Doherty, which I still rank in my top 3 world championship matches. I’m sure you have all seen this before, but if you haven’t this excellent BBC piece perfectly sums up what a dramatic match this was, who knows what he might have gone on to achieve had he not been taken from the sport 9 years ago? He’d surely have still been one of the greatest players in the game today and perhaps even a multiple world champion. Sadly, we’ll never know. 

The event itself is always well supported by the German fans and those from further afield and this year I am sure will be no exception. The amateurs have been battling away on Wednesday and Thursday for the right to join up with the professionals for Friday and Saturday’s Last 128 rounds onwards, before the last 16 fight it out on Sunday. It’s covered by Eurosport and you can click here to see the times and channels you can watch it on.

It would be rude not to have a bet or two on this so we’ll start with the outrights and have a look a bit closer at the match betting in advance of Friday’s morning session later.

Recommended Outright Bets: 1 point win on each – Barry Hawkins @ 25/1, Stephen Maguire @ 25/1, Michael White @ 50/1, Graeme Dott @ 50/1 and Martin Gould @ 50/1. 0.5 point each way on each – Matt Selt @ 100/1, Alan McManus @ 125/1 and Jack Lisowski @ 250/1.    


8.30am BST

Barry Hawkins v Zhang Yong
Kyren Wilson v Ben Jones
Gary Wilson v Anthony Hamilton
Stuart Bingham v John Higgins ⊆⊇
Mark King v Brian Cini
Jamie Jones v Samuel Thistlewhite
Lee Walker v Sydney Wilson
Rory McLeod v Kurt Maflin
Ian Burns v Ryan Causton
Duane Jones v Steven Hallworth
Martin O’Donnell v Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon

Aprox 10am BST

Mark Allen v Sanderson Lam ⊆⊇
Peter Lines v Rod Lawler
Jack Lisowski v Lyu Chenwei
Thor Chuan Leong v Christopher Keogan
Liang Wenbo v Noppon Saengkham

Aprox 10.30am BST

Alan McManus v Joshua Cooper
Dark Mavis v Paul Davison
Eden Sharav v Mitchell Mann
David Gilbert v Kacper Filipiak

Aprox 11.30am BST

Mike Dunn v Ross Muir
Tony Drago v Stuart Carrington
Matthew Stevens v Patrick Einsle

Aprox 12pm BST

Shaun Murphy v Barry Pinches ⊆⊇
Zak Surety v Zhang Anda
Craig Steadman v Fraser Patrick
Luca Brecel v Gareth Allen

Aprox 1pm BST

Peter Ebdon v Rhys Clark
Alfie Burden v Alex Taubman
Robbie Williams v Sam Craigie
Ben Woollaston v Jamie Burnett


Snookerbacker Classic – Leeds FULL, Liverpool, Derby and Glasgow nearly full.

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:50 am

Entries for the Snookerbacker Classic in Leeds on 5th December are now closed as it is full. All players that have reserved a place in this event have until 11th September to pay their entry fee or risk losing their place in the tournament. See this link for details on how to pay the entrance fee.

There are also now only 2 places left for the Liverpool qualifier on 18th October and the Derby qualifier on 28th November, as well as our trip to Glasgow on 1st November. Fees for these events are also due by 11th September for anyone that has reserved a place. 

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