Best of luck if you are getting involved. Ryan Day made his ranking breakthrough in this last season, the first of three tournament wins in his best season as a professional and he is back to defend his crown having had his match heldover, also involved is World Champion Mark Williams. But on the plus side it gives the numpties more of a chance. In the absence of anything that makes any sense on the World Snooker website of late, probably the best way to view the draw and enter the competition if you so wish is the excellent Event Prediction draw page at snooker.
Amid all the hullabaloo of the World Cup, we might not notice that early July signals the beginning of the snooker season. The players head to Preston Guild Hall to play the Riga Masters and World Open qualifiers before another short break sees them launch into pretty much wall to wall snooker right up to Christmas. Either way, here are my ones to watch, you can always list yours to me on Twitter if you have nothing better to do with your life. The one I think will win trophies: Kyren proved in Sheffield to any remaining doubters that he is the real deal.
The one I think needs to make that leap forward: I hope he keeps his head down, continues to cut out the silly risks from his game it works Jack! The dark horse who can have his breakthrough season: The next big thing from China: Zhou Yuelong aka Ghou Yolonge.
His grounding in Sheffield with the other Chinese boys is obviously key to his success and the reason why I now think that we will see a challenge to Ding coming from someone other than Liang Wenbo. Liam Highfield — improved a bit. Somehow, Sam managed to fall off the tour last season but immediately bounced back through Q-School to take his place back where he belongs straight away.
For a player with his talent this should work as a wake up call to start really putting the graft in. Tickets are available on the day or through the Guild Hall website. He came through it successfully to qualify to play the series of new events which start in Burton on Saturday June 2nd, resulting in our sponsorship deal kicking in. I first met Sean and his dad Steve when he was just 12 Sean that is, not his dad and he received one of my Snookerbacker Scholarships which got him free entry into a couple of Snookerbacker Classic events, his coach at the time Neil Johnson has been a friend of mine for many years and alerted me quickly to the promise Sean was showing even then.
Snooker obviously now has a lot more ranking events than it used to, which explains the fact that we now have to look quite far down the ranking list to spot someone that has never won one currently Yan Bingtao at 23rd on the list. Here are some of my conclusions following my painstaking investigation: Over the past four seasons however there are only three players who have won a ranking event in every season and it may not be the three you would automatically think.
The first as you would probably expect is World Number 1 Mark Selby. The third is Neil Robertson whose 4 ranking titles in this period have all come in different seasons. So these are the only three on the whole tour who can claim this level of consistency when it comes to winning rankers.
That actually completes the list of multiple ranking event winners in the last four seasons. So what about this market? World Champion Williams will also be looking to carry over his winning streak and add to his recent run of successes. But apart from them who else? Can Robertson deliver again and keep his incredible ranking run going? Will Ding play in enough of them this time to be worthy of a bet or is he too risky to ermm risk?
What about any new ranking winners? Also recommended later edit: In the case of Yu Delu, this relates to manipulating the outcome of five matches he was involved in since , failing to report two approaches to fix a match, betting on snooker and failing to fully cooperate with the WPBSA enquiry.
That is based on the one-year ranking from the Riga MAsters through to the recent Snooker Shoot out. This is a straight knockout competition with the first two rounds being played over the best of seven frames.
The quarter finals are the best of 9 frames, the semi finals the best of 11 frames and then the final is the best of 19 frames. The draw is simply organised by seeding. The top seed plays the lowest seed, second seed plays the 31st seed and so on until the middle where 16th plays 17th seed.
He fell in the second round last season in the tournament with Neil Robertson having gotten the better of him. This is probably as good of a time as any to totally opposed the rocket, especially at those odds. Mark Williams has found a nice bit of form for himself recently with a win at the Northern Ireland Open being followed up by a success recently at the German Masters.
That should at least put him in contention in this one although he is in that tough bottom half of the draw and could have either Ding Junhui or Kyren Wilson to content with at the quarter final stage.
Not a bad each way flutter given the current form though. Murphy won the World Grand Prix title in but was stopped in the quarter finals of his title defence last season by Ryan Day. He did get himself all the way to the semi finals of the German Masters recently so that could put a bit of wind in his sails for another title assault. The Welshman was narrowly edged out in a decider i n the German Masters quarter finals against Shaun Murphy recently and he was runner-up at the World Grand Prix last season.
He could have an early duel with Murphy though in the round of sixteen and the winner of that potential clash would look value to make a semi-final berth so he could be in this. Trump makes our list of contenders in Preston. Trump has one ranking title this season having won the European Masters out in Belgium. The one stumbling block would be that he is the tough bottom half of the draw and would have to get through Mark Selby or Neil Robertson on his way maybe even Mark Williams to get to the final.
He will basically have to bring his A-game. We like the look of Mark Williams and Judd Trump to come through the bottom half of the table. It is Trump and Williams of them all though who are carrying the better form.
The winner of the potential Ryan Day v Shaun Murphy clash would be worth considering going all the way in that top half. Older offers may be not valid anymore. See details directly at the bookmaker's website.