Important info regarding the Seniors Masters 2018 Q2

This is what Jason Francis sent around by email today:

world seniors tour masters q2 upton park snooker centre 17/18th feb 2018

The entry list in Newbury was huge compared to other qualifiers and at one stage I thought I would need to close it early.

I have to limit entries to 64 to allow us to do this in two days, I know running an event on a Friday causes issues with work.

I know many of the players who are playing Newbury and waiting to see how they get on before entering Upton Park, I think that could be a mistake as the entries are already climbing and it could well be that it hits 64 BEFORE the newbury event.
Therefore I’d urge you to confirm your Upton park entry NOW and of course if you win in Newbury it gets refunded anyway.

The Winners in Newbury and Upton get to play in the Crucible.

Upton Park Snooker Centre, London E13 17th and 18th Feb (with 16th if required)


Entry is £60, the prize fund is £14,000

Here is the link to enter.


Only two days to enter the Seniors Masters Q1

And, other than the prospect of playing at the Crucible, there is another big incentive for the seniors who dare to dream!

Indeed this is what Jason put on twitter ealier today:

The winner of our masters qualifier will get a bespoke hand made cue case for their wand…. check out this guy.. top class

And here are images of some cue cases crafted by Rob Reed… nice!

Full World Q6 results and latest Seniors ranking.

Here are the full results of Q6 in Beijing


After the completion of World Q6 in Beijing, we have 49 new entries on the world seniors ranking list, with two Chinese players getting into the top 16!

Those are the top guys in the list


For the full list click here 

21-1p10gk602137The top Chinese player, Cao Kaisheng was born on August 16th 1974 in Nanjing City He is  a former body builder! In 2012 at the Zhang Jiagang APTC, Cao defeated Stephen Maguire.  His high tournament break is 142

Cao Kaisheng wins the World Q6 in Beijing

This is a translation (part google/part me) of the report by CBSA on their website

Seniors World China qualifying: Cao Kai wins by 3-1 over Xue Jirong

China Billiards Association official website report after three days of  competition. On January 7, 2018, afternoon, the  “superstar Online” World Championship qualifying tournament in China concluded. In the final match, Cao Kaisheng won by 3-1 over Xue Jirong, qualifying for the World Championship.


21-1p10gk602137  The  Superstar Online World Seniors Championship qualifying event in China was open to the 40 years+ players and sponsored by the Chinese Billiards Association; it attracted 69 athletes from all over the country. These include former Chinese snooker professional players like He Baoying, Guo Hua, national team coach Pang Weiguo, Cai Jianzhong, and Zhiwei from Hong Kong.


After several rounds of competition, last night’s semifinals lineup was known as Shanghai veteran Xue Jirong, Sun Jianjun, Cao Caisheng and Zhi Zhiwei respectively defeated their opponents. Today, 1 pm, the semi-finals  started on time. Xue Ji-rong and Sun Jianjun were first to play their match, a relatively fragmented affair, but after two hours of fighting,  Xue Ji-rong finally emerged a 3-0 winner, becoming the the first player to advance to the final.


Yesterday players played three games in a day, these three games represents both physical and mental energy test. Zhi-Wei won three games yesterday, three times in the decider,was probably the most fortunate person. But unfortunately, the goddess of fortune did not favor him today. Cao Kaisheng won the first frame of  semi-finals, with a break o 55, then won the next two frames too, completing the whitewash over Zhi Wei, and booking his ticket to the final.

After a short break to recover, the final started. With of thirty thousand yuan for the winner and a place in the World Championship, the start of the game is full of tension. In the first frame, the two players alternately dominated until Cao Kaisheng potted the last black ball. In the second frame, Xue Ji Rong took the opportunity to score, and tied at 1-1. In the third frame, Cao Kaisheng went in front and when  Xue Ji-wing pocketed  the black ball with a  red ball by mistake, Cao Caisheng smiled, happy with the gift, and and the win of the frame. In the fourth frame, Cao Kaisheng dominated, warmly applauded by the crowd, and took the match  with a 3-1 score to end the final, and win the competition at the same time receiving the  30,000 yuan bonus and a place in World Seniors Championship 2018. (Chinese billiards Association Xiaofan)

Editor: cbsa

Seniors Irish Masters 2018 – Steve Davis is your Champion!


Steve Davis won the first Seniors Irish Masters 2018 in Goffs and was presented the Alex Higgins trophy, by Alex’ daughter Lauren. Quite incredibly, Steve who was only in the draw because Stephen Hendry had to withdraw due to commitments in China, had won the Irish Masters as a professional, in Goffs,  eight times. Make that nine now!

Congratulations Steve!

All the action on the Finals day in pictures 


All images of yesterday’s action in Goffs

The evening session yesterday brought its fair share of surprises and emotions! It was played in front of a huge, enthusiast but fair crowd.

In the first match of the second session Jonathan Bagley found himself 2-0 down, and 52-0 down in the third frame and found a way to turn the match on its head. He went down to win on a black ball shoot-out, ending Ken Doherty’s hopes. Ken was the pre-tournament favourite with the bookies and the crowd. The Irish love their snooker and despite the upset warmly applauded Jonathan. Both players deserved the plaudits as this was an excellent match by all accounts with the most dramatic ending!

In the last match of the day, Steve Davis, an eight times Irish Masters Champion, beat Dennis Taylor by 3-1. With both players miked, there was a lot of banter and laugher, but both wanted to win badly, make no mistake! There was no repeat of the 1985 triumph for Dennis and no black ball drama … however this is how he celebrated the only frame he won!


Maybe, Steve was fired up by Dennis “statement of intent” during the handshake! Yes, you got it: he climbed on a crate, towering over Steve … and even over Jan! Naughty Dennis!


All images of yesterday’s action are here