December 10, 2018

Reny’s Ark / Black Type Bet Prediction Contest Result

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:14 am

Thanks to everyone who took part in the competition.

The winner was @SleepyRobby who clinched victory by a single point over @KenyonNkenyon with @DazMuckian finishing third. A reminder of their prizes below – please contact me via Twitter for details of how to claim your prize. 

Winner: £50 free bet on The Masters outright market with Black Type Bet. Plus a £50 voucher to spend at Reny’s Ark.

Runner up: £30 free bet on The Masters outright market with Black Type Bet. Plus a £25 voucher to spend at Reny’s Ark.  

Third Place: £20 free bet on The Masters outright market with Black Type Bet.

December 9, 2018

The UK Championship Final

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:27 am

It’s the final of the UK Championship today as the defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan takes on the Masters champion Mark Allen, assuring us again of a very familiar name being engraved on the trophy this season, O’Sullivan aiming for a record number of UK titles, while Allen hopes to add his first to his CV.

You would probably say on balance that these have been the best two players in the tournament, but they’ve had very different paths here, with Ronnie coasting to his victories after a scare from Ken Doherty against players, other than world number 16 Jack Lisowski, all outside of the higher ranks. Allen on the other hand has had a much tougher path and has had to take care of Neil Robertson, Stephen Maguire and Stuart Bingham to get here.

The big question is whether Allen will bring his trademark fighting spirit to the table against not just the best, but the most intimidating player in the world. Ronnie seems to have such a hold over some players that he’s more or less got a three frame start before the off, but you’d like to think that Allen is in an elite bunch of players that this doesn’t apply to.

Their head to head confirms this. The most recent meeting between to the two came in Allen’s march to the Masters with a very convincing 6-1 victory over The Rocket and indeed over the years, just one match and two frames seperate them in the seven matches they have played.

I’m going to stick my neck out today and go for Allen. I think the 5/2 available on him to win is decent given their most recent meeting and the fact that the Northern Irishman is in sensational form. I also think if he does win he’ll win with a bit to spare so there are some decent handicap odds around if you agree.

As well as the final, today sees the draw for The Masters, which no doubt will be live on the BBC to varying degrees of ooooo’s and aaaaaahhh’s from the audience when the matches are called out.

The top eight in the seeding list below will be randomly drawn against the players seeded 9-16 in the opening round draw.

  1. Mark Allen (Holder)
  2. Mark Williams (World Champion)
  3. Mark Selby
  4. Ronnie O’Sullivan
  5. John Higgins
  6. Judd Trump
  7. Barry Hawkins
  8. Ding Junhui
  9. Neil Robertson
  10. Kyren Wilson
  11. Shaun Murphy
  12. Stuart Bingham
  13. Ryan Day
  14. Stephen Maguire
  15. Luca Brecel
  16. Jack Lisowski

The Scottish Open starts tomorrow but I’ll not be covering that on here, just all a bit too congested and it’s nearly Christmas.

December 5, 2018

UK Championship Business End

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 12:26 pm

Just a very brief update post here as I’m off to York tomorrow to take in a couple of days of the action and won’t be on here. The remaining matches are listed below and the schedule can be found here.

December 3, 2018

UK Championship Last 32

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:40 am

Ronnie’s been at it again

It’s time to say goodbye to the Sports Hall as all the players now move into the 4 table main arena for the Last 32 of the UK Championship, with 8 matches played today and the remaining ones tomorrow.

It’s been an eventful few days not just on the table, but as ever off it.

First off we heard the news about Cao Yupeng and Yu De Lu. This pair of cheats have been coining it in at the expense of punters by fixing matches all over the shop, rightly they have both received lengthy bans, in the case of De Lu probably a career ending one, whilst Cao seems to have plea bargained by dobbing in a few of the others so hopefully we can expect more of them to be rooted out, as I’m pretty certain there are more than just the two of them who have been at it for substantial personal gain.

Then John Higgins said he was considering retiring at the end of the season following his loss to Alan McManus. He was really down in the dumps and seems to have totally fallen out with the sport. The obvious solution to me would seem to have a few months off and try and prepare for the World Championship, but perhaps the thought of trying his heart out there only to fall short at the end for the third year running is what is behind his current mood, we’ll see.

Not to be outdone by us talking about someone else for five minutes, the man grabbing the headlines back again is Ronnie. Old Rent-a-Gob is outdoing himself this week and has been telling anyone who’ll listen that he’s ready to make a move away from the current tour and form his own lucrative one in China. He seems oblivious to what Higgins said after his match as he claims he’s on board with him as well as ‘a few others who are fed up with the current set up’, so it sounds like they’ll be playing a lot of round robins and seeing quite a lot of each other.

He also claimed that De Lu and Cao were harshly treated, which is of course absolutely ridiculous. Barry Hearn rightly served him with a public rap on the knuckles for this and seems on the face of it to be getting a bit sick of his constant babbling, aren’t we all?

On the table we’ve seen a few shocks, notably Higgins, but also some fine performances, notably from Neil Robertson who staged a marvellous comeback against Un-Nooh and from Dave Gilbert who knocked in four tons in his defeat of Peter Ebdon, another who is considering retirement at the end of the year, along with Dominic Dale, there will be none of them left at this rate.

We’ve also seen the debut of Shaun ‘Ten Jobs’ Murphy on the BBC team. He’s slotted right in and is already kitted out in the regulation knitwear favoured by the team, though Alan McManus, ever the rebel, broke ranks yesterday with a patterned cravat, making him look quite the dandy Scotsman of the team. Get you Angles.

Here is the draw as it stands and you can have a look at the schedule here.

RECOMMENDED LAST 32 BET – 4 FOLDS AND AN ACCUMULATOR ON ALL THESE MATCHES TO HAVE OVER 9 FRAMES: Bingtao/Wilson, Ford/McManus, Carter/Maguire, Pengfei/O’Donnell, Bingham/Gilbert – acca pays around 29/1.


It’s Crazy Snooker!

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:05 am

Those wacky dudes at UK Championship sponsors Betway have got their toys out again and this year have roped in Steve Davis and John Parrott and a load of people I’ve never heard of (one is called Snodgrass which I always thought was a comedy name only) to compete for the annual Crazy Snooker Cup.

What ensues is a lot of grown men shouting and laughing, some incredibly careless snooker but it looks like a good time was had by all.

Joe Davis never got up to this sort of thing.

Credit here.

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