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Jan 24 2012

Robertson Rolls On, As Does China Expansion

A short post this evening to round-up a few matters arising from the last couple of days, starting with Masters champion Neil Robertson who has today rounded off a memorable period by taking victory in Group Three of the 2012 Championship League, defeating Mark Selby 3-2 in the group final. He now joins Shaun Murphy and Judd Trump in what is shaping up to be a tasty looking winners group already.

Elsewhere, interesting news from Snooker Scene Blog where it has been confirmed that next season there will be no fewer than five full ranking events to be held in China, with the upgraded Wuxi Classic and a further event in October joining the three staged this season.

Interestingly it is reported that the new October event will carry a top prize of £125,000, a figure topped only by the World Championship and Masters tournaments. Given the mooted move to a money-based ranking list at some point in the future, compared to the sums currently being offered by some of the other ranking tournaments on the calendar, the importance of the Chinese events is plain to see.

Finally, the WPBSA have also released a statement today concerning unusual betting patterns ahead of the match between Matt Selt and Joe Jogia at this weekend’s Shootout tournament. Click here to read the statement in full.

  • tmv23

    i am not quite sure if i like 5 chinese tournaments although i understand the idea behind it. its a damn big country with lots of people, but i’d rather have seen some continental european tourneys or maybe in india/thailand.

    so its not really “snooker goes international” but “snooker goes china”.

    well maybe maybe PTC brings snooker into some more european countries. the PTC12-Top16-at-venue-only modus may help to keep the costs at a minimum for the players.