Snooker News – 03.08.2022

WST has published the draw and format for the 2022 European Masters (main event)

The draw and format for the final stages of the upcoming BetVictor European Masters is now available.

Click here for the draw

Click here for the format

The world’s finest players will converge upon Furth in Germany from August 16th to 21st. The likes of defending champion Fan Zhengyi, World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and Mark Selby will be amongst those battling it out for the title.

There will be six tables in operation it seem, which is great news for fans able to watch on site.

The 2022 British Open qualifiers will start in less than a week and the good news is that fans will be able to watch the matches at the venue. The price is very affordable which makes it even better.

WST has also published their first “ranking update” of the season, following the conclusion of the ranking CLS. It also comes with a short explanation about how the ranking/seeding system works.

Rankings Update: Brecel Breaks Into Top Ten

BetVictor Championship League winner Luca Brecel has moved up three places in the official world rankings, from 12th to 9th, following his victory in Leicester last week.

The Belgian Bullet amassed £33,000 of prize money throughout the event. That also sees him take an early lead in this season’s one-year list. Brecel has established a £10,000 cushion over second placed Lu Ning on £23,000.

Brecel also takes an early lead in this season’s BetVictor Series. The player who amasses the most prize money across the eight qualifying events will scoop a massive £150,000 bonus.

Meanwhile three-time ranking event winner Ricky Walden has edged into the world’s top 16. He dislodges Anthony McGill, who falls back to 18th place. World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan remains on top of the pile as world number one.

World Rankings After the BetVictor Championship League

1 Ronnie O’Sullivan 1,041,000
2 Judd Trump 1,011,500
3 Mark Selby 916,500
4 Neil Robertson 902,000
5 John Higgins 537,000
6 Zhao Xintong 443,500
7 Mark Williams 428,500
8 Kyren Wilson 421,000
9 Luca Brecel 330,000
10 Shaun Murphy 322,000
11 Jack Lisowski 316,500
12 Barry Hawkins 311,000
13 Stuart Bingham 305,000
14 Mark Allen 291,500
15 Yan Bingtao 253,000
16 Ricky Walden 209,000

Click here for the world rankings in full.

Click here for the one-year list in full.

Where prize money is won without a player winning a match in a tournament, NONE of that prize money will count towards these prize money rankings save for the World Grand Prix, Players Championship and Tour Championship.

Where prize money is won by a player at a qualifying venue and that player does not go on to appear at the final venue, for whatever reason, that prize money will not count in the prize money rankings until the situation has been considered by the appeals committee who may, at their absolute discretion, allocate ranking points where it can be demonstrated that there are extreme mitigating circumstances. These points will be allocated from the date of the committee meeting and will not affect previously issued draws.

WST Seeding – Count Back:  Players on equal prize money will be seeded based on the best performance (stage/round reached through winning a match) working backwards from the most recent ranking event. If still equal, frames won when losing will determine their position, working backwards from the most recent ranking event. For the purposes of count back, competing in an event and losing is treated as a better performance than not entering or competing in an event.

For a full explanation of how the rankings work, click here

Finally, at amateur level, Jason Francis has shared the line-up for the first three weeks of his new 900 series:

It’s really a mixed field: legends of the sport, former pros and “pure” amateurs, junior and senior players, women and men. Good to see!