Oct 31 2014

Dafabet To Sponsor Champion Of Champions


Dafabet and Matchroom Sport are delighted to announce that Dafabet has become the title sponsor of the forthcoming Champion of Champions snooker tournament.

The Dafabet Champion of Champions takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry this November 3-9, and will be broadcast live throughout on ITV4 in the UK.

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Oct 31 2014

Chengdu Semis Set


Down to four at the the International Championship in China, as today we saw the conclusion of the quarter-finals with victories for Mark Allen, Mark Williams, Ricky Walden and Robert Milkins.

Click below for a round-up of the action…

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Oct 29 2014

Meet The Euro Tour Refs!


Earlier this month, following a number of tweets received during the European Tour 3 event as to the identity of the referees involved, I posted seeking information from those out there in order that I could shed some light and learn more about the increasingly familiar faces appearing on our television screens.

Since then I have been contacted by a number of referees who have been happy to tell me a bit more about themselves and you can now read more about them here at my new European Tour referees section here at PSB…

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Oct 28 2014

Champion of Champions 2014: First Two Groups Confirmed


With the 2014 Champion of Champions set to get underway at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Monday 3rd November, the players and fixtures for the first two groups can be named.

Monday 3rd, Group 3 (first match at 1.00pm)

Ding Junhui (1) v Dominic Dale

Barry Hawkins (2) v John Higgins

Tuesday 4th, Group 2 (first match at 1.00pm)

Mark Selby (1) v Steve Davis

Judd Trump (2) v Stephen Maguire

The majority of the field have been competing in the International Championship in Chengdu, China this week and the Wednesday and Friday groups will be named as that tournament enters its closing stages. Ronnie O’Sullivan (Wednesday) and Neil Robertson (Friday) are already seeded into those groups.

With a £270,000 prize fund, including £100,000 for the ultimate winner, the Champion of Champions will be screened live throughout on ITV4 in the UK.

Tickets for the 2014 Champion of Champions are available from www.Theticketfactory.com or 0844 338 8000

Oct 27 2014

International Championship 2014: Last 64 Wrap


Two days down in Chengdu and the tournament is down to the last 32 stage, with eight of the world’s top ten players amongst the winners.

Click below for a round up of some of the most eye-catching results from the second round stage…

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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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