Stuart Bingham & Ronnie O'Sullivan

Gibraltar To Host World Snooker Event

Gibraltar will host a professional snooker tournament for the first time when the fifth event on this season’s Kreativ Dental Clinic European Tour series takes place in December.

The televised stage of the Gibraltar Open will run from December 11 to 13 at the Tercentenary Sports Hall.

The tournament, which will run for the next three years, is supported by the Ministry of Sports, HM Government of Gibraltar and will receive extensive live coverage from Eurosport.

Many of snooker’s top players are expected to enter and they will compete from the last 128 stage. There will also be qualifying rounds for amateurs on December 9 and 10.

The 2015/16 Kreativ Dental Clinic European Tour is a series of six events, with the others staged in Latvia, Germany, Bulgaria and Poland. The top 24 on the final Order of Merit will qualify for the Players Championship in March.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to stage a professional tournament in Gibraltar for the first time. The European Tour has taken snooker to a host of different territories across the continent, helping us to develop as an international sport. We’re excited about the new Gibraltar Open and it’s the perfect chance for fans in the area to see the world’s leading stars.

“I have staged darts events at the Tercentenary Sports Hall so I know it is a cracking venue. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Sports in Gibraltar on delivering another fantastic sporting event.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Sports in Gibraltar said: “It is great to have yet another tournament of world standard in Gibraltar. Snooker is a very popular sport and followed by millions around the world. This will further promote Gibraltar as an events destination and it is a further example of promoting tourism.”

Ticket details for the Gibraltar Open will be available shortly. The entry deadline for players is November 5th, with the draw and format to be published after this date.

Judd Trump

Llandudno To Stage Snooker’s World Grand Prix

The best snooker players on the planet will be back in Llandudno next March for the World Grand Prix.

The tournament was new to the calendar last season and received a fantastic reception in North Wales. It proved a great success as fans flocked to Venue Cymru to see an array of green baize stars including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, John Higgins and Mark Selby.

This season’s World Grand Prix runs from March 8 to 13 at the same venue in the beautiful coastal town of Llandudno. Tickets are on sale now and they are already selling fast. All supporters are strongly urged to book fast and make sure of their seats, as many sessions will sell out rapidly.

The 2016 World Grand Prix will be a ranking event for the first time, with money earned to count towards the world ranking list. The field for the ITV4-televised event will comprise 32 players, chasing the trophy and a top prize of £100,000.

A unique ranking list will run from the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open until the 2016 Gdynia Open, with the top 32 players on that list to be eligible to enter the World Grand Prix.

Young potting sensation Judd Trump won the title last season, coming from 7-4 down in a superb final to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-7. “The World Grand Prix is a fantastic addition to the calendar,” said the player nicknamed The Ace. “I’m pleased to see it become a ranking event because that means there is more at stake and it will help the tournament grow.

“The crowds in Llandudno were brilliant last time and I thrive on that type of atmosphere. It was a great result for me to beat Ronnie in the final and hopefully I’ll be back defending my title next March, with a lot of support.”

Ding Junhui Welsh Open

Fine for Ding

The following statement was put up on World Snooker’s website today in which it details a £5,000 fine for repeated breaches of the players contract I am lead to believe this should in-fact only be one breach but World Snooker believe that because he has won 5 titles this season he is in breach of the same publicity clause where a winner of a tournament MUST attend The World Snooker Awards Dinner 5 times.

Considering the amount of money that Ding Junhui has won this season I am sure he will be more than happy to pay the £5,000

From what I understand his reason for not attending The Awards Dinner was because he was on a short break back home in China to spend some time with his family.

The Actual Statement from World Snooker is Below

The WPBSA can confirm that after being fined £5,000 by WSL for failing to attend the WSL Awards Dinner, which put him in breach of his players contract, Ding Junhui has been referred to the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee to consider whether any further action is appropriate with regard to repeated breaches of his players contract. 

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Ronnie O'Sullivan named player of the year at awards ceromony

Just wanted to see what your opinions on this were, personally I would of nominated Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson over Ronnie O’Sullivan for this award this year and I hate to say it even Mark Selby would of got my vote over Ronnie.

Do the people who make these decisions at World Snooker even watch Snooker? do they know what each player has achieved in a season or do they just pick names out of a hat?

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O’Sullivan holds slender lead

Ronnie O’Sullivan holds a 5-3 lead over Mark Selby after the first session of the Dafabet World Championship final.

O’Sullivan, who is going in search of his third consecutive title, and sixth overall, took the opener with a quick fire 69.

Selby knew a good start was essential as O’Sullivan has shown in his previous finals that he is very difficult to catch once he builds up a lead.

The defending Champion also took the next and fired in a superb century in the third to race into a three nil lead.

Selby finally got his first frame of the day to trail only 3-1 at the interval.

A 30 minute plus battle followed in the first after the break and it was Selby who eventually prevailed to reduce his deficit to one frame.

A sensational long red in the next allowed O’Sullivan in to make 63 and move two ahead once again.

Selby, who many believed would be suffering from fatigue after his late night semi-final victory over Neil Robertson on Saturday, showed he still has plenty in the tank as he won another tight contest in frame seven to trail 4-3.

The 30-year-old from Leicester who was beaten by O’Sullivan in this year’s Masters Final in January, had a high break of 37 at this point and looked well set to win the crucial final frame of the session, but after missing a black, ‘The Rocket’ cleared the colours to ensure he holds a two frame lead.

They will resume at 7pm tonight, with 18 the target for the title.

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Selby pips Robertson in Crucible classic

Mark Selby once again showed he has nerves of steel as he beat Neil Robertson 17-15 in an enthralling World Championship semi-final.

The pair were locked at 12 frames all ahead of the final session and much like heavyweight boxers, were matching each other blow for blow in this contest of two of the game’s finest players.

The Australian started the evening well and won the opener with a break of 74 but Selby responded in fine style with 79 in the next to level the match once again.

Selby won the next to go in front again but Robertson responded with a 53 to go into the interval all square at 14 all.

The 30-year-old from Leicester who is well renowned for his ability to win close matches and perform well under pressure, knocked in a frame winning 77 in the next before going two clear to lead 16-14.

The 2010 Champion knew he would have to win the remaining three frames if he was to mount a comeback and he looked on course after thumping in another century to reduce his arrears to one.

Selby had first chance in the next and he showed the bottle that has become accustomed of him by knocking in an effortless 74 to close out victory and set up a final showdown with Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Robertson felt he couldn’t have done any more against an opponent who was at the top of his game.

“That’s the best I’ve ever seen Mark play. He played some fantastic stuff, especially in that last session. It wasn’t like I was missing easy balls; we both won our frames with big breaks or great safety play.

Selby, who will play in his second World Championship final, was pleased with his performance. “It’s a shame there had to be a loser, Neil played great and we were matching each other blow for blow. It’s definitely up there with my best performances.”

With O’Sullivan having an extra day’s rest ahead of the final, Selby is hoping it doesn’t prove to be too much of an advantage.

“I feel okay at the moment; hopefully I’ll get a good night’s sleep. Ronnie’s an absolute genius and he doesn’t fear anyone but I’ll just have to take my chances, because I know I’ll get opportunities.

The first session of the final will start at 2pm on Sunday.

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