Oct 25 2014

Bingham Bests Lines For AT2 Title


Congratulations to Stuart Bingham, who yesterday defeated 19-year-old Oliver Lines to win the AT2 title in Haining, China.

His fourth Asian Tour title since the series was established in 2012, the victory earns Stuart the top prize of £10,000 and ensures that he will qualify for the Players Championship Grand Finals later in the season…

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Oct 23 2014

Maiden Max For Day


Congratulations to world number 20 Ryan Day, who earlier today made his first professional 147 break at the AT2 event in Haining, China.

Coming during the final frame of his 4-1 win against Cao Yupeng, the maximum represents the 107th in snooker history and following an announcement from World Snooker after the break, earns him a £1,000 bonus, provided that the break is not equalled during the final day of the tournament tomorrow.

The break was refereed by local ref Zhou Bingfeng, while Ryan would subsequently go on to make it to the quarter-finals of the event, before losing out to rising star Oliver Lines.

Click here to view the updated 147’s list, while you can watch the break here at YouTube.

Oct 22 2014

Carter’s Seeding Frozen For Remainder of 2014/15


Ahead of his anticipated return to ranking event snooker, World Snooker and the WPBSA have today announced that Ali Carter’s seeding will be frozen at 13 for the remainder of the 2014/15 season, ensuring that he will qualify as of right for both the Masters and World Championship tournaments this season, as well as potentially the Champion of Champions.

Click below for my thoughts and why I think that this is on balance a positive move, in the short-term at least…

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Oct 20 2014

Fin Ruane Appointed As RIBSA Public Relations Officer



Last week there was an interesting development in respect of the Irish snooker scene, as Fin Ruane was appointed as the new Public Relations Officer for the Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association.

A close friend of former world champion Ken Doherty, Fin has been in and around snooker for the best part of 40 years and in his new role hopes to be able to help promote the game back in Ireland and make the association more accessible to players and prospective sponsors alike.

For more on Fin and his hopes for the future, click here to read his Q&A over at SnookerHQ.

Oct 19 2014

AT2 – Starts Monday

Ding5Although these events tend to pass those in the UK by to some degree, mainly due to the fact that they are not televised over here, tomorrow does see the return of professional snooker as the second of this season’s three Asian Tour events gets underway in China.

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Oct 19 2014

Should Carter Be Sent To Coventry?


Following his fairy tale victory at the invitational General Cup tournament in Hong Kong yesterday, there has been some debate amongst snooker fans on Twitter as to whether Ali Carter should be awarded a place in next month’s invitational Champion of Champions event, set to be staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

On the face of it, the argument would appear to simply be one of sentiment against the rules, however looking beyond the surface there is perhaps another argument to be had, one already discussed here at PSB last month…

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Oct 18 2014

Carter Caps Return With General Cup Glory


Congratulations to Ali Carter, who has this weekend completed a fairytale return to professional action by defeating Shaun Murphy 7-6 to win the 2014 General Cup International in Hong Kong…

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Oct 17 2014

Champions Return To Coventry


In recent months it has become clear that with multiple winners of snooker’s biggest tournaments, that there would be a number of unallocated spaces at this year’s Champion of Champions event in Coventry and today World Snooker have announced that those spots will, as last year, be allocated by ranking.

As it stands there are four spots remaining, with last season’s World Seniors champion Steve Davis having been added to the 11 invites already known, while Marco Fu, Ricky Walden, John Higgins and Joe Perry are in line to take the remaining spots.

Click below for the official press release…

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