Prize Money, cut-off points,main tour 2020/21 admission criteria and more

Worldsnooker has today published a number of interesting documents

Please click the links below for key information for the coming season, including prize money schedules, seeding cut off points and tour qualification criteria.

Click here for the prize money rankings schedule

Click here for the full prize money schedule

Click here for the calendar with cut off points

Click here for the schedule for adding and removing ranking points

Click here for the 2020-21 tour qualifying criteria

Please note that the Paul Hunter Classic will change from a Ranking event to an Invitational Event. Additionally, we are working towards finalising options for both the Indian Open and the European Masters within the tour however these events are subject to contract and cannot be confirmed at this stage.

Let’s have a closer look at two of them:

2019:20Prizemoney

The first thing to notice is that, this season, the first round losers in the “Coral Cup” tournaments will no more have their first round money counting towards their ranking. This is consistent with what happens at the World Championship and it’s only correct.

The next thing is that, with the Riga Masters offering £50000 for the winner, the Gibraltar Open £25000 and the European Masters £75000 but not being confirmed at this stage, the European leg of the Main Tour is really not attractive to the top players. That leg is slowly disintegrating IMO. Barry Hearn always goes on about it being up to the sponsors to put the right money on the table if they want the best tournaments. I have said this often, but I will say it once again: the strong association between snooker and the betting industry is a repellent to high profile European sponsors. It’s not in our culture. The gambling industry is seen as a very shady business and not one they want to be associated with. And Barry Hearn should really think hard and long about where he’s leading snooker in UK/Europe. He’s putting all his eggs in one basket and it’s a stinking basket. For those who think that gambling is innocuous they really should read this article: https://www.itv.com/news/2019-06-23/nhs-gambling-addiction-service-for-children-launched/ It won’t be long before gambling and betting adds will be much more strongly regulated in the UK/Ireland, and in the rest of Europe if/where they aren’t already. Does he want a repeat of the “tobacco sponsoring” disaster? Doesn’t he see it’s coming? If it does happen then basically, snooker will move to China, where sponsors are dictated by the authorities and rich prize money is made available.

Regarding prize money … the Paul Hunter Classic, now an invitational, gets a TOTAL funding of only £17500. This is really a sad joke. By making it ranking, and incorporating in the main tour, WS killed the spirit of what was once the best pro-am in the season, a real festival of snooker celebrated by pros, amateurs and fans. Now with this ridiculous funding, they are simply killing it for good.

Finally the £1000000 prizes for the 147 pot and for the “All Home Nations Winner”  are a nice way to inflate the “total” prize money available but both are very unlikely to be ever paid. That’s more than 12% of the total prize money “alledgedly” available …

The other interesting document is this one

2020:21MainTourCriteria

The first thing to notice is that there will be only 4 spots for the “one year list” instead of 8. Where are those 4 tour cards gone?

Well, two of them go for the Asian Q-school. So, there will be an Asian Q-School, which is good, but it will yield only two tour cards, which IMO is poor. If I count correctly – based on this article by World Snooker – there are currently 33 Asian players on the main tour. That’s more than 1 in 4. And 13 out of 18 of the teenagers on tour are Asian. It seems to me that the Asian Q-School shoud get at least 3 spots, preferably 4. I’m sure that I will be told that the young Asian players have the opportunity to compete in the UK/European leg. True, but at a serious cost. This year none of the Thai players could afford it. And, I’m sure, that UK/European players will be able to compete in the Asian Q-school if they so wish. So that’s not a valid reason to justify the discrepancy.

Two more spots go the WSF Champions. I want to be optimistic and see this as a sign that WSF will be back on track. Time will tell.

Finally, regarding the calendar, there are three “potential/possible ranking events” foreseen, two of them being the European Masters and the Indian Open. Although there is provision for the Championship League Snooker money in the above document, that comp is nowhere to be seen in the current calendar. I would be very surprised though if the most profitable event (for the bookies) was to disappear. So it’s absence from the current calendar only means one thing: a scheduling nightmare mid season.

Reanne Evans is the Women World Champion 2019 …it’s her n° 12!

Reanne Evans won the Women World Championship 2019, beating Nutcharut Wongharuthai by 6-3 in Bangkog yesterday evening. Here is the report by WPBSA.

Evans Wins Record 12th World Championship Title

  • 23rd June 2019

England’s Reanne Evans has won the World Women’s Snooker Championship for a record-extending 12th time following a 6-3 victory against Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai in Bangkok this evening.

The world number one has had to watch Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee lift the trophy during each of the past two years since her last success in 2016 but this time was not to be denied as she emerged from a high-quality international field of 53 players to reclaim the biggest title in women’s snooker.

The final proved to be a high-quality affair, 19-year-old Wongharuthai taking the opening frame with a break of 61 before Evans claimed the next two to hit the front.

The following two frames were shared to give Evans a 3-2 lead at the mid-session interval, before the Dudley star added the sixth to move two clear for the first time.

Back came Wongharuthai with a break of 56 but it was Evans who was to finish in style, a tournament-high run of 92 enough to secure the high break prize before she claimed what would prove to be the final frame with a run of 43 to seal the title.

“It feels pretty good!” said a thrilled Evans shortly after the final. “It has been a long time coming after my 11th and it does mean more after losing during the past two years. I had such a good run [winning the title 10 years in a row from 2005-2014] but it obviously has been frustrating and gutting for that to end and to have lost a bit of confidence.

“The final was really tight all the way through. I was a little bit edgy at the start but I still felt good and towards the end I felt even better, I wasn’t letting it go this year.”

Despite her loss in today’s final, Evans was impressed by her young opponent who continues to show improvement in her game.

“You can tell her shot selection is getting better,” added Evans. “Her technique is brilliant, she is a lovely person and her temperament is great. She laughs everything off and just gets on with it, that’s the right way to be.”

Evans reflected on what has been a fantastic week for women’s snooker which saw the staging of the inaugural Women’s Snooker World Cup and the biggest World Championship for a generation with players having travelled from 14 different countries to compete.

“I’m really happy because the standard has been so good here this year,” continued Dudley’s Evans. “It could have been anyone winning it from the quarter-finals stage and fingers crossed that these players will keep competing and inspire others to play. I’m just happy to win against all the youngsters now, they are so attacking. A few shot selections have let them down but that’s about it and that comes with experience.

“The tournament has been amazing, one of the best ones ever. The facilities have been top class, the hospitality has been fantastic, it has been well-run and all the people have been brilliant. It has also been amazing to have so many matches streamed live which will only add to the interest in women’s snooker.”

Earlier in the day Evans came through a tough semi-final contest against another Thai player Baipat Siripaporn winning 5-3, while Wongharuthai ended the challenge of 12-time European champion Wendy Jans 5-2.

The victory represents a sixth ranking event title success of the season for Evans and extends a streak dating back to her maiden title in 2005 of the World Women’s Snooker Championship being won by her and three-time champion Ng On Yee.

There was victory for Hong Kong in the Challenge Cup event for players who did not make it to the knockout rounds of the main competition as So Man Yan defeated India’s Chitra Magimairaj 3-2 in the final.

Congratulations Reanne!

As for Mink, she did herself and her country proud. She’s only 19 and is improving rapidly. She has been working with Stuart Pettman over the last months and it pays off. Stuart Pettman is a former pro. He never was a top player, but he certainly wasn’t a numpty either. When he left the main tour, he wrote a book: “Stuart Pettman: As Sometimes Seen on TV”. It’s one of the best snooker books I ever read. It’s a bitter-sweet insight in the life of a journeyman on the tour. Here is the review Matt Huart did at the time. I’m not sure if the book is still available, via Matt or otherwise.

It was an enjoyable competition to watch, with an excellent coverage. The level is rapidly improving on the Women circuit. The whole organisation was fantastic and the owner of the club should be proud. He came on social media with this:

I am grateful that I am being a manager here at the Hi End Snooker Club Thailand because it gives me a chance to meet you I wish you all the best for all that you do and would like to say thank you for making this possible.

Hope to see you again soon for the next World Championship Tournament.
Thank you very much.

Sawaddee krub🙏🏻 Hi-End Team

Well done Gappa Gappa! 

You will find all the detailed results on snookerscores

All the pictures taken during the final are here, available on Facebook

World Cup 2019 – Before it starts

As always in China, the day before the tournament is devoted to meeting the press, the sponsors and the fans.

This tournament is sponsored by … a company that builds and sells washing machines. Well, that attracted some derisive comments on social media, but why? I, for one, I’m happy to see a tournament supported by a sponsor that is not a bookie. Anyway…

Here are images shared mainly on weibo. Don’t be surprised to see Ding all over it: Wuxi is his home town, and of course, he’s (one of) the defending champion(s).

Ding looked particularly interested by the washing machines. With a young baby, I guess it makes sense 😉 😀

Tomorrow things start in earnest in Wuxi …

WorldCupWuxi

News from the snooker planet

There is no action on the main tour right now – it all starts again on Monday – but there is plenty of snooker played elsewhere.

Pankaj Advani became the 2019 Asian Snooker Champion. This win is highly significant for Pankaj and for Indian snooker

Asian Snooker Championship: Pankaj Advani wins to complete career grand slam in cue sports

New Delhi: India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani on Friday (June 21) clinched the 35th men’s Asian Snooker Championship in Doha, Qatar, to complete a career grand slam in cue sports.

Advani conquered the ACBS Asian Snooker events — 6-red (short format) and 15-red (long format) — along with the IBSF World Championships in both formats too.

Having already accomplished it in Billiards, Pankaj had this elusive 15-red Asian Snooker title missing from his silverware collection.

Advani defeated Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (Thailand) 6-3 in the final to become the only one to win the Asian and World championships in all formats.

He is also the only one to do so in two sports, both Billiards and Snooker.

“With this title, I’ve done everything I could when representing my country in both the sports. This win completes my trophy cabinet so I now know I will be sleeping well for a very long time.” Advani said.

“Having won all that there is, I’d like to continue competing with the objective of deriving personal growth through the medium of sport and to also share my knowledge with budding cueists.

“I’m now going to enter every championship to enjoy my game while at the same time focus on other areas of my life too.”

After a shaky start against Thanawat, Advani found himself with yet another deficit.

At 1-3, the Indian went into overdrive and won 5 frames on the trot to capture the Asian 15-red snooker title.

Thanawat started off with a bang leading 2-0 in no time. Advani responded with a 54 break to make it 1-2 but the Thai was in no mood to concede another frame and continued his brilliant potting display.

He came up with a 75 break and reached the halfway mark with three frames in his pocket.

Advani, who was running a fever, grinded it out one frame at a time. By the time he drew it at 3-3, Thanawat lost his momentum and confidence to only see his 21-time world champion opponent race to the finish line.

Pankaj will now take part in IBSF World Cup next week in Doha.

Results

Final: Pankaj Advani (India) beat Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (Thailand) 6-3

10-52, 1-97(97), 95(54)-1, 110(75)-1, 69-43, 71(60)-44, 80-49, 72-42, 67(50)-1

Semi-final: Pankaj defeated Asjad Iqbal (Pakistan) 5-4 31-68, 1-54, 40-76, 1-96(81), 78-8, 89-33, 55-14, 89-24, 52-26.

Pankaj now competes exclusively on the amateur circuit. He played as a professional on the main tour for two seasons. He had a very distinctive – and interesting – style of play, probably because he’s first and foremost a billiard player. However, he was unhappy. He was home sick and the main tour schedule didn’t allow him to play on the billiard circuit. He’s a lovely, unassuming man despite being a god in his country, India, which he dearly loves.

The 2019 Women World Championship is underway in Bangkog. You can follow the event here.

The headline of today was obviously Nutcharut Wongharuthai victory over the defending Champion Ng On Yee. Mink won their QF by 4-1.

The coverage available on Hi-end Snooker Wanghin Facebook page is excellent with four tables streamed. The support offered by the club, and this man in particular, is superb. Thank you Gappa Gappa!

The excellent coverage allowed us fans to appreciate how much the women snooker has improved in the last two or three years. WWS is really doing a great job.

And there are young talents coming through. A prime example being the 11 years old Russian, Ksenia Zhukova who managed to qualify for the knock-out stage.

The competition continues tomorrow.

International Championship 2019 Qualifiers – Conclusion

Here are the full results of the International Championship 2019 Qualifiers (snooker.org)

The trend set on the previous days continued, with the highest seeds going through in the vast majority of matches. There were no real surprises yesterday.

Kyren Wilson trailed rookie Brandon Sargeant by 2-0, but eventually won by 6-4. The key in this match, as in so many other matches we have seen this week was the safety game. Most players, freshly emerging from the amateur scene, are way behind the top pros in that department. Kyren’s highest break in the match was 63, Brandon’s was 107. On many occasions Brandon was ahead in the frames but Kyren got him in knots and eventually snatched them. That same pattern probably applies to some of the other matches involving debutants, played this week.

Stephen Maguire made light work of Jamie O’Neill’s challenge: he scored 51, 60, 129, 50, 61, 86 and 108 in a true demolition of his opponent. That probably was the performance of the day.

The highlight however was Tom Ford’s 147, his fourth, and the first of the new season:

2019 International Championship: Tom Ford 147 – Fraser Patrick

The surprise of the day for me was the 6-2 demolition of Fergal O’Brien by Nigel Bond in a battle of veterans. Somehow I expected Fergal to win this one. The match was quick too, it lasted only about 2 1/2 hours with both players seemingly playing at a good pace.

 

 

 

 

World Cup 2019 Teams Announced

The teams for the World Cup 2019 – played in Wuxi – have been announced:

The full line up of players for the Beverly 2019 Snooker World Cup has been confirmed.

The teams are:

Group A
China A: Ding Junhui and Yan Bingtao
Thailand: Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Noppon Saengkham
Poland: Adam Stefanow and Kacper Filipiak
Austria: Andreas Ploner and Florian Nuessle
Norway: Kurt Maflin and Christopher Watts
Germany: Simon Lichtenberg and Lukas Kleckers

Group B
Northern Ireland: Mark Allen and Jordan Brown
England: Kyren Wilson and Jack Lisowski
Iran: Hossein Vafaei and Soheil Vahedi
Republic of Ireland: Ken Doherty and Fergal O’Brien
Hong Kong: Andy Lee and Ka Wai Cheung
Saudi Arabia:  Omar Alajlani and Ahmed Aseeri

Group C
Scotland: John Higgins and Stephen Maguire
Belgium: Luca Brecel and Ben Mertens
Malaysia: Thor Chuan Leong and Moh Keen Hoo
Israel: Eden Sharav and Sachar Ruberg
United Arab Emirates: Mohamed Shehab and Mohammed Al Joaker
Cyprus: Michael Georgiou and Antonis Poullos

Group D
Wales: Mark Williams and Ryan Day
China B: Zhou Yuelong and Liang Wenbo
Switzerland: Alexander Ursenbacher and Luis Vetter
Malta: Alex Borg and Brian Cini
Australia: Steve Mifsud and Ryan Thomerson
India: Himanshu Jain and Lucky Vatnani

At the end of the round robin phase, the top two in each group will then go through to the quarter finals.

Follow this link to see the groups draw, the format and the competitions rules

World Cup 2019 - draw and format

 

International Championship 2019 Qualifiers – Day 3

The trend continued with basically the players you would respect to win, actually winning and booking their place in Daqing.

Ricky Walden definitely seems to be returning to form and made very light work of Chen Zifan. Chen should be sharp from the Q-school but it didn’t show at all. Ricky was solid, reliable in the balls ans always in control. Ricky might have an un usual stance – due to his heigth and back problems – but, when at his best he’s really good to watch.

David Grace beat Anthony Hamilton by 6-1 – that’s what the official score says – but I doubt that the very kind person he is enjoyed the  manner of the win. Actually Anthony forfeited the match mid of frame 5, because of health issues. David later came on social media, wishing well, and I’m sure he meant it 100%

Luo Honghao lost by 6-3 to Mark Joyce, despite being the one with the big breaks. Yesterday we had a similar story with Lyu Haotian against Duane Jones. For me it’s obvious that for many young Chinese players, the tactical side of the game is where they are found wanting. Ronnie said the same a couple of times about Zhao Xintong. Mark Joyce is notoriously difficult to play (ask Mark Allen 😎), and Luo had no answer to his style.

Chang Bingyu on the other hand impressed with a 6-2 win over Michael Georgiou, scoring breaks of 51, 85, 55, 76, 50, 51 and finishing with a 111. Worldsnooker awarded him the “performance of the day” tag. That said, it could have been shared with David Gilbert, who demolished James Cahill by 6-0, with breaks of 66, 94, 72, 63, 96! Shame on you David, there was a frame without a 50+ break there in the middle 😜 ! Much has been made of James Cahill win over Ronnie in Sheffield; he played well to qualify for the last 32, no question, and he played well against Ronnie as well. He was however playing with freedom in that nobody expected him to win, and against an opponent who – for all his records – was clearly unwell and unable to perform at his normal level. Now that he has done that, eyes are on James, and expectations as well. It will be interesting to see how he copes.

Mark Williams was taken to a decider by John Astley. Mark gradually improved as the match unfolded but overall was a bit rusty. John Astley is one of those players who stays under the radar but is very solid and you can’t afford too many mistakes against him.

Ben Woollaston and Thor Chuan Leong had a right hard slog that finished well past midnight (around 0h40 local time). Ben eventually won by 6-4.

Today might beat that though as Fergal O’Brien will be in action against Nigel Bond in the last session of the day (and the event).

You can follow all the results on snooker.org