Champion of Champions 2018 Criteria

Published by Worldsnooker yesterday

The qualification criteria has been set out for snooker’s Champion of Champions 2018, to be staged at Ricoh Arena, Coventry this November 5-11.

A total of 27 spots make up the 2018 Qualifying List, which is split into five sections. Tournaments within each of the five sections are listed chronologically. The first 16 different players on the list will form the line-up for the Champion of Champions.

Winners of events in the first two sections listed will be guaranteed an invite to Coventry. These are the defending champion Shaun Murphy along with the winners of the three ‘Triple Crown’ events – the World Championship, The Masters and The UK Championship. The second section comprises major events from the World Snooker Tour including the Championship League, which is also promoted by Matchroom Multi Sport.

Section three is the Home Nations tournaments. As Ronnie O’Sullivan (UK Championship and Shanghai Masters) and Mark Williams (German Masters and Northern Ireland Open) have both already won two events on the Qualifying List, Scottish Open winner Neil Robertson is now also assured entry to the Champion of Champions.

The fourth section is the remaining World Snooker ranking events, with the exception of the Snooker Shoot Out, which is the first tournament listed in section five, which also includes the Romanian Snooker Masters and the 6 Reds World Championship. The World Snooker Championship runner-up is listed in section four. Any further tournaments added to the World Snooker Tour to be staged before the Champion of Champions will be placed on the list in the appropriate section.

Tickets for the 2018 Champion of Champions are on sale now at, priced from just £11. Premium and VIP packages are also available.

Champion of Champions 2018 Qualifying List

Champions of Champions 2017 – Shaun Murphy Nov-17
UK Championship 2017 – Ronnie O’Sullivan Dec-17
The Masters 2018 – Mark Allen Jan-18
World Championship 2018 May-18
Shanghai Masters 2017 – Ronnie O’Sullivan Nov-17
German Masters 2018 – Mark Williams Feb-18
World Grand Prix 2018 Feb-18
Players Championship 2018 Mar-18
Championship League 2018 Mar-18
China Open 2018 Apr-18
World Open 2018 Jul-18
Shanghai Masters 2018 Sep-18
Indian Open 2018 Sep-18
China Championship 2018 Sep-18
European Masters 2018 Oct-18
International Championship 2018 Nov-18
Northern Ireland Open 2017 – Mark Williams Nov-17
Scottish Open 2017 – Neil Robertson Dec-17
Welsh Open 2018 Mar-18
English Open 2018 Oct-18
Gibraltar Open 2018 Mar-18
World Championship Runner-up 2018 May-18
Riga Masters 2018 Jul-18
Paul Hunter Classic 2018 Aug-18
Shoot Out 2018 – Michael Georgiou Feb-18
Romanian Snooker Masters Mar-18
6 Reds World Championships 2017 Sep-18


Sit down … here’s a little story


Wondering about this? Here is the little story behind it, thanks to Nigel Coton for sharing it!

Nigel Coton used to watch Snooker on TV with his ole man Tom Coton who loved his snooker and introduced him to it. He used to love listening to JV and said JV is NOT a potato head, he is NOT a cheap potato in fact he is like a King Edward, the King of the Crop and so much more than a just a “common-tater !”

I must admit that i didn’t get it at first… Belgium, my country, is rather famous for its potatoes: we have countless varieties for all tastes and dishes: Bintjes, Rosa, Nicola, Aurora, Francine, Doré, Cornes de Gate, Charlotte, Bildstar … We have yellow ones, brown ones, red ones… even blue ones. But I had never heard about King Edward. Now I have to try and taste those!

China Open 2018 – updated draw and format

This was published by Worldsnooker today

Here’s the updated China Open draw and format following the completion of the qualifying round.

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So, Ronnie’s first round match (held over) against Ross Muir will take place on the first day afternoon (local time) which will be early morning in UK and Europe.

Welsh Open 2018 – Draw and Format

The draw and format for the Welsh Open 2018 have been published

The draw and format for the 2018 Welsh Open is now available.

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The world ranking event, the last of the season’s Home Nations series, runs from February 26 to March 4 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. The Ray Reardon Trophy and a top prize of £70,000 are up for grabs.

Welsh favourite Mark Williams, who has won two ranking titles within the past three months, faces a tough opening tie against Mark King, who won the Northern Ireland Open last season.

Ronnie O’Sullivan begins his bid to win a fifth Welsh Open title against Robin Hull while John Higgins, who has also won the event four times, will take on Matthew Selt.

Last year’s runner-up Judd Trump will be up against Welsh potter Duane Jones while crowd favourite Jimmy White faces Northern Ireland Open finalist Yan Bingtao. World Champion Mark Selby will play Christopher Keogan.

Defending champion Stuart Bingham will face Chen Zhe while Carmarthen’s Matthew Stevens will be up against former World Champion Ken Doherty.

High demand from fans meant the final sold out weeks in advance, so new seats have now been released in the balcony area. These are expected to sell rapidly so fans must book fast. Tickets for all other sessions are still available.

A SPECIAL OFFER is currently running which means session tickets start at just £9 and all-day tickets at £18. But fans must get in fast to take advantage.

For details call 02920 22 44 88 or CLICK HERE

Robin Hull is no mug and he’s a tough opponent for Ronnie in the first round; they play on the tuesday evening. And the winner is likely to face Graeme Dott next… easy!

World Grand Prix 2018 – Draw and Format

This was published by Worldsnooker yesterday

Ronnie O’Sullivan will face Robert Milkins in the first round of the  Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston next Monday.

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The world ranking event runs from February 19 to 25 at the Guild Hall with snooker’s biggest stars battling for a top prize of £100,000. The top 32 players on the one-year ranking list have qualified for the tournament.

Five-time World Champion O’Sullivan tops that list and he will face Milkins on the opening evening of the tournament. In the same session, Luca Brecel faces a match against Michael Georgiou, who earned a place with a dramatic victory in the final counting event, the Coral Shoot Out.

Other first round clashes to look out for include John Higgins against Ali Carter (Tuesday afternoon), Judd Trump taking on Michael White (Tuesday evening) and Mark Selby against Jimmy Robertson (Wednesday afternoon).

The full draw is:

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Robert Milkins
Martin Gould v Yan Bingtao
Mark Allen v Xiao Guodong
John Higgins v Ali Carter
Shaun Murphy v Ricky Walden
Ryan Day v Jack Lisowski
Stephen Maguire v Li Hang
Luca Brecel v Michael Georgiou
Judd Trump v Michael White
Graeme Dott v Joe Perry
Neil Robertson v David Gilbert
Mark Selby v Jimmy Robertson
Ding Junhui v Mark King
Kyren Wilson v Mark Joyce
Anthony McGill v Cao Yupeng
Mark Williams v Stuart Bingham

Tickets for the tournament are ON SALE NOW and with a special Winter Offer currently running, they start from as little as £13.05.

For ticket details call 01772 80 4444 or CLICK HERE

Lincoln – 11.02.2018

The second night of exhibition in Lincoln, on Sunday, was similar in its organisation to the first one: a welcome reception for the VIPs, followed by John Virgo’s trick shots, then Ronnie playing eight frames against local players, with a break after four frames. Ronnie won all matches easily, had 3 tons in the first four frames, but no 147 this time. Ronnie was  clearly impressed by WDBS player Joe Hardstaff, his last opponent.

There was something special to conclude the week-end though: Jason Francis was to conduct a Q&A session with John Virgo and Ronnie, after the matches finished, and VIPs were invited to write down their questions for both John and Ronnie whilst enjoying the VIP buffet. They could ask absolutely anything and, as you would expect, there were so many questions that Jason had to go through a very “harsh” selection process and eventually was only able to keep about one in 5! The very first question that was asked to Ronnie, and was answered,  was “Will you play in the World Championship?”. That question was always going to come out … and the answer it got was “Yes”. Which prompted a big cheer from the crowd.

Here are the images of the night:

A very big thank you and well done to Nigel and Ali Coton for this fantastic week-end: it was awesome, and you were awesome! 

Lincoln – 10.02.2018

It was another great event yesterday at the Drill Hall in Lincoln. Organised by Nigel and Ali Coton in collaboration with Snooker Legends, the exhibition aimed at gathering some money for two good causes as well as to provide a great night of entertainment. It was a success on both accounts.

Ahead of the action proper, there was un buffet for players and VIPs, with Nigel taking the opportunity to explain the evening program, as well as the nature and goals of the causes that were to benefit from the success of this exhibition

It was a packed house at the Drill Hall

With two lucky bastards being treated with very special reserved seats! Thanks Nigel!

The evening started with a few trick shots by John Virgo

The action proper came next with Ronnie taking 9 local players over one frame. Ronnie won all nine frames, quite comfortably, scoring three centuries: a 110, a 140 and a 147. The previous time Ronnie was in Lincoln, he had 7 centuries, including a 147. It was always going to be difficult to better that, but Ali Coton had been quite clear that she hoped for another 147. Ronnie obliged … and it was Nigel Coton on the receiving end!

Here are the action pictures. Yes, it’s mainly Ronnie, he didn’t give the opposition too many opportunities nor too much table time. The highest break against him was … 7!

There was an interval after the first four frames, during which


Chris Kirkwood from the Drill Hall was presented with a cheque of £500

Learn more about the Drill Hall Charity


Simon Berisford from WDBS and Matt Huart from WPBSA were presented with a cheque of £3000

And tonight we go again!