Aug 30 2015

Carter Scores Popular Victory At Paul Hunter Classic


Ali Carter has this evening defeated Shaun Murphy 4-3 to win the 2015 Paul Hunter Classic, a popular victory for a player who has of course gone through so much in recent seasons.

His reward is a cheque for £18,750, in addition to places at the upcoming Champion of Champions and Players Championship events, not to mention the nice new Waterford Crystal trophy that he is pictured with above.

Click below for the World Snooker story on his triumph, on this occasion I would like to take a little more time before posting my own reflections on the tournament…

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Aug 29 2015

First Final For Tatiana


A short line of news tonight courtesy of Jan Verhaas on Twitter that tomorrow’s final at the 2015 Paul Hunter Classic will be officiated by Tatiana Woollaston, her first professional final.

Recognisable of course as the wife of last season’s Welsh Open finalist Ben Woollaston, Tatiana is a long time friend of the blog, not to mention an excellent referee in her own right and so congratulations to her on what is a significant career milestone.

Aug 28 2015

The Biggest Ever Kick?


During recent years the subject of ‘kicks’ is one that has dominated a lot of snooker discussion, to the extent that a number of outside observers have become weary of hearing complaints about conditions.

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Aug 28 2015

WPBSA Statement

The WPBSA were today alerted to unusual betting patterns regarding the match between Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon and Martin O’Donnell at the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany.

The WPBSA monitor betting on ALL professional snooker and have the most sophisticated methods available today. Working with their partners worldwide and by liaising with the Gambling Commission, the WPBSA will review the available facts surrounding betting on this match. A decision will then be taken on whether any further action is necessary.

Aug 28 2015

PSB Survey Results 2015: Part Three


So we have seen how you voted in respect of a number of categories already in parts one and two of my PSB survey, but today’s concluding section is perhaps the most interesting of all, as we look at the tour structure and the suggestion of other fundamental changes to the sport…

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Aug 27 2015

New Trophy For Paul Hunter Classic

PHC1Tomorrow sees the start of the professional rounds of the Paul Hunter Classic, one of the sport’s most popular events and for 2015 there will be an extra special prize, with a new glass trophy (above), supplied by Waterford Crystal.

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Aug 25 2015

PSB Survey Results 2015: Part Two


Following on from part one of the results of my recent fan survey on Monday, today I bring you further conclusions, including the views on favourite players, commentators and more…

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Aug 25 2015

Daqing To Host Snooker’s International Championship


Daqing in the north-east of China will host a world ranking event for the first time this season when the 2015 International Championship comes to the city.

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