Dec 20 2014

Best of 2014: The Best Match

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With professional snooker all but over for another year, it is time again to begin my mostly-annual series of ‘best of’ polls for you to vote in.

First up, I consider what has been the best match of 2014 and offer my suggestions below, while you can also enter your own selection in the poll or comment section below…

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Dec 20 2014

Welsh Open 2015: Draw and Format Available

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As we arrive at the end of 2014 in snooker terms, World Snooker have today announced both the draw and format for the 2015 Welsh Open, which moves from its regular venue at the Newport Centre to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff this season.

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Dec 18 2014

Tour Card For Pan-American Snooker Champion

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An interesting line from World Snooker today as it has been announced that the winner of the 2015 Pan-American Snooker Championship will earn not only a two-year tour card from the 2015/16 season, but also a place at this season’s World Championship qualifiers in Sheffield, in line with changes announced by Barry Hearn at the Crucible last April.

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Dec 15 2014

To Polish Or Not To Polish?

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That would appear to be the question, as World Snooker chose the recent Lisbon Open event at which to trial a new system of ‘polishing’ the balls prior to matches, in an attempt to reduce the amount of kicks and bad bounces in the game.

As is ever the case in snooker, feedback was varied, with some praising the conditions and others arguing against the test, particularly at an event carrying ranking points.

Click below for more of the back story and a round-up of the best reactions from professionals on Twitter…

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Dec 14 2014

Maguire On Fire in Lisbon

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Stephen Maguire came close to glory in York last week as he reached the semi-finals of the UK Championship, but today has managed to go all the way in Lisbon by defeating Matt Selt to capture the fifth event of this season’s European Tour.

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Dec 14 2014

EBSA Order of Merit 2014/15: ET5 Update

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Following the ET5 event in Lisbon this weekend, there will be just one more European Tour event to be played this season and therefore one more chance for the amateurs to gain a top 16 place in this season’s EBSA Amateur Order of Merit.

Click below to view to updated standings, as well as a reminder of how the Order of Merit will operate this season…

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Dec 12 2014

Maiden Max For Woollaston In Lisbon

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Congratulations to Leicester’s world number 36 Ben Woollaston, who today made his first professional 147 break during his first round match against amateur Joe Steele at the Lisbon Open event in Portugal.

Coming in the third frame of the match, the break represents the 110th maximum break in professional competition and provided that it is not equalled during the remainder of the weekend, will earn him £500.00 from the European Tour rolling 147 pot.

The break was officiated by Belgium’s Marc Lauwers, who I am informed was refereeing his first match for World Snooker.

Click here to view the updated 147s list.

Dec 11 2014

My New WPBSA Blog

WPBSAbannerAs some readers may have already seen on Twitter during the past few days, in what is an exciting development for me personally and hopefully for those of you who enjoy reading this website, I will now also be blogging for the WPBSA with immediate effect.

In particular, the blog will initially concentrate on the various ranking battles that will run during the course of the season, while I also hope to be able to work with the WPBSA to provide fans and players alike with further resources via their website going forwards.

Do not worry however – normal service will be maintained here at PSB and this blog will continue to provide the same level of analysis, news and stories from the sport as has been the case during the past six years.

There will though be different articles to read over at my new WPBSA blog, which you can read by clicking here, including my latest piece explaining why Neil Robertson will return to the world number one ranking after this weekend’s Lisbon Open.

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