TV Choice


In recent months, seasons in fact, there has been some debate as to the selection of matches for the televised tables at professional events, particularly at European Tour events covered by Eurosport.

The matter was again raised this morning on Twitter by former world champion Ken Doherty, who questioned the selection of three matches which saw top 16 players take on amateurs this morning instead of more evenly matched contests.

Is the current strategy the right one or does Ken have a point? Below I consider some of the arguments both ways…

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2015/16 Roll Call

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It is that time of year again, as the final main tour places for the 2015/16 season are claimed at a mix of amateur events, both international and also Q School.

Click below for my annual ‘roll call’ post, tracking how all of the available professional places will be filled in the coming weeks, although it should be noted that World Snooker have not yet officially published the tour qualifying criteria for next season…

Updated 25/05/2015

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Crucible Format Released

CruciblefrontrowFollowing the publication of the draw for the qualifying rounds yesterday, World Snooker have now released the format for the last 32 stage of the event at the Crucible when of course the top 16 seeds will come into play.

You can view the format here at World Snooker, while the numbers are taken from the draw available here.

Opening the tournament will be Mark Selby as defending champion, with Marco Fu over on table two, while Scottish pair John Higgins and Stephen Maguire will get underway in the afternoon session.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has to wait until Tuesday afternoon to get his tournament started, while Judd Trump begins a day later towards the end of the first round.