March 9, 2016

World Grand Prix Day 2 Schedule

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It’s Day 2 in Llandudno and already we’ve seen the fall of Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan. I’m still not feeling the love for this tournament, the best of sevens are a recurring turn-off for me but I do like the ITV coverage. Here’s the schedule for today.  

Day 2

March 7, 2016

World Grand Prix Preview

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Hard to oppose in Wales

Hard to oppose in Wales

Unfortunately once again the best of sevens are winning and I’m losing and for me, in the current climate that means only one player can win, as he’s in the right place, the right time. This is not a preview, it is simply an attempt to recoup the foolish losses of the past few weeks.

There is really only one player to back this week in the seaside mecca of Llandudno. It’s Ronnie, with a saver on Judd. Enjoy it if it’s your kind of gig, in particular the excellent ITV coverage, but for me the best of seven comps are wearing thin.

Recommended Bet: 5 points on O’Sullivan at 2/1. 1 point each way on Judd at 9/1.

Monday Twitter treble, 1 point

Here’s the stuff I was sent.   

The World Grand Prix was staged for the first time in 2015, in the seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales. It is contested by the top 32 players from a unique ranking list. Judd Trump won the inaugural title, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-7 in the final. The tournament is televised by ITV4. In 2016 it will be a ranking event for the first time.

John Higgins v Stephen Maguire
Matthew Selt v Ryan Day
Judd Trump v Mark Williams
David Gilbert v Stuart Bingham

Mark Selby v Tom Ford
Luca Brecel v Ali Carter
Joe Perry v Barry Hawkins
Kyren Wilson v Jamie Jones

Martin Gould v Tian Pengfei
Shaun Murphy v Michael White
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Michael Holt
Liang Wenbo v Graeme Dott

Mark Allen v David Grace
Marco Fu v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Ben Woollaston v Ding Junhui
Neil Robertson v Peter Ebdon

Click here for the format

SB Classic: Rhodes and Thomson join Grand Finals field

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It was a busy day yesterday both North and South of the Border as two further qualifiers were added to this season’s Grand Finals Day in the shape of current English Amateur Champion Michael Rhodes and Scotland’s Gary Thomson.

Michael Rhodes is the fourth player from the North East into this season's Grand Finals.

Michael Rhodes is the fourth player from the North East into this season’s Grand Finals.

Michael came through an extremely tough draw to beat reigning champion Brett Miller, Alex Taubman and David Roe before facing Farakh Ajaib in the final. His 133 clearance against Roe on the way to a 4-0 win being a particular highlight of the day. He has been priced up at 10/1 at Boylesports to take the £3000 first prize on April 3rd and on yesterday’s evidence he is definitely in the running. Taubman also hit a 120 break and but for going in-off on the final blue could have topped the £500 highest break table, but this is still held by Phil O’Kane with his 136 in Gloucester, with just one more qualifying weekend and the Grand Finals to go.  

You can view all the results from Liverpool here.

Gary Thomson won Scotland's second qualifying event to join the Grand Finals field.

Gary Thomson won Scotland’s second qualifying event to join the Grand Finals field.

A big thanks to the other SB, Stevie Baillie, who ran the event in Clydebank for me and it’s great to see the Scottish boys getting involved in the Classic. Gary Thomson came out the winner beating Giulio Rea in the final. I’ve been chatting for years online to Gary (aka Schalke) on various forums, most notably the old Betfair snooker one back in the day, but I’ve never actually met him. He’s clearly still got the snooker bug from his old professional days and he’s got himself into the Grand Finals. Boyles have priced him up at 14/1 to take the title to Scotland for the first time.

You can view all the results from Clydebank here.

There are now just two more qualifying events left both played on Easter weekend in Gloucester. As things stand Tom Barton is 6 frames clear at the top of the Order of Merit, but there are lots of points up for grabs still and nothing to say that this might not change with a lot of the chasing pack also involved in Gloucester. The player at the top of this list after the final qualifier will also join the Grand Finals day field, just as the eventual winner Brett Miller did last season.

The latest standings in the Order of Merit as well as the break table which now boasts 18 centuries in all can be viewed here.   

March 3, 2016

Charity Snooker Shootout Shirt Auction

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At one time or another they say that we will all, either directly or indirectly be affected by cancer, a cheery thought. A good friend of mine Jamie ‘The Bullet’ Barrett and his family are going through some tough times at the moment and Jamie has enlisted the help of a few potters to raise money for worthy cancer causes by raffling off their Snooker Shootout Shirts on Ebay.

Jamie is also unfortunately the world’s worst promoter of this so I’ve decided to help him out by posting the links on here, so click on the player name below to view and start bidding for a very worthy cause. 





If any other players would like to donate their Shootout top then please get in touch with either myself or Jamie 


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