Looking back at the Assetereum Seniors World Championship 2018


It was an amazing event!

Aaron Canavan is your Champion!

Jason Francis took the opportunity to share some good news about next season. Here they are:

Assetereum World Seniors. We have some amazing facts so far! Over 500 players have entered the qualifiers this season. Peter Lines has flown the flag for our event, a very worthy Champion.

A minimum of 5 Senior events this coming season!

New opportunities for our Champions and we have qualifiers in Hong Kong and New York already lined up

Entry fee cut to £50, halved! We have joined with WDBS with a free place for their nominated player. Ladies are also now playing in our Tour

Ranking list will be official under WPBSA. £5500 on offer for top 16 at the end of the season Shootout

Lastly, next year at the end of the season we will have an event for the top 16 of the Tour and we will take them back to the Norbrek Castle where it all started for so many…

And I have published a gallery with all the images taken during the four days!

Stephen Hendry’s autobiography announced


Hendry Bio

Seven times World Champion, Legend, and regular at Seniors events, Stephen Hendry is publishing the story of his life, a book that many snooker fans have been hoping for, and waiting for. It will be on the shelves on September, 6, 2018 (according to Stephen Hendry on twitter)

Read more here 

Stephen Hendry memoir goes to John Blake

Stephen Hendry memoir goes to John Blake

John Blake Publishing has acquired snooker player Stephen Hendry’s memoir, Me And The Table: My Autobiography.

The book will chronicle his life story for the first time – from a childhood spent climbing the ranks of the sport, through the highs of the 90s and lows of the 2000s, to his life now as a sports pundit and commentator.

During his 27-year career, Hendry won the World Championship seven times and was snooker’s world number one for eight consecutive seasons between 1990 and 1998. He was the youngest World Champion of the sport at the age of 21, five years on from becoming a professional snooker player at the age of 16, and retired in 2012.

Me And The Table will publish on 6th September 2018. Rosie Virgo, managing director at John Blake, acquired world rights from Jane Aspinall, Talent Manager for Global Sport and Media.

Hendry said: “I never dreamed when I received a small table for a Christmas present from my parents I would have the career that I did, or achieve so much. This is the story of my life and career in my own words and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

The Assetereum Seniors Masters 2018 is coming!

And it has a great sponsor!

This is the Press Release, shared by Jason Francis, earlier today:

We are delighted to announce Assetereum, the asset backed cryptocurrency, as the main sponsor for the snooker 2018 World Seniors Masters which will be held at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield between the 11th and 12th April 2018.

Assetereum was the title sponsor for the recent WPBSA World Seniors Championships in Scunthorpe, won by Aaron Canavan from Jersey. The event saw many local people talking to the Assetereum team about how to get involved in a cryptocurrency.

Andy Papaiacovou, CEO, said,
“It was clear that many people were interested in our cryptocurrency, but wanted to be able to ask questions and meet us in person; it was great to do that as well as sponsoring a sport I love. It proved to be a really good week for our business with many local people investing with us in our asset backed crypto. To continue our association with the World Seniors Tour, in the home of snooker, was a very easy decision.”

Jason Francis, creator of the World Seniors Snooker Tour said, “It’s brilliant to have Assetereum on board again. Feedback from those attending said it was great to have our sponsor on site and learn about what is a hot topic in the world right now – cryptocurrency. Their commitment to our tour is fabulous and we are so grateful.”

As well as being the title sponsor, they are awarding 10,000 Assetereum cryptocurrency tokens to the winner and 5,000 to the runner up. They will also multiply the highest break made at the championships by 30 and convert that into Assetereum tokens.

The winner of the Asseterum World Senior Masters title gets £7,500 and will be the first recipient of the John Spencer Trophy.
To find out about Assetereum and see how you can own some crypto coin for as little as £10 go to www.assetereum.io/Register/Snookerlegends

Andy Papaiacovou (ceo Assetereum) pictured here with Cliff Thorburn and World Seniors Champion Aaron Canavan


Here is the line-up for the first round:


The Dream came true for Aaron Canavan, your World Seniors Champion!


Aaron Canavan , from Jersey, was crowned Assetereum Seniors World Champion 2018 last night in front of a huge crowd at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.

He defeated Cao Kaisheng in the semi finals, in a black ball shootout decider, and then beat Patrick Wallace, a former professional and Crucible quarter finalist, in the Final. That match went the distance as well, 4-3 was the Final score.

Earlier Patrick Wallace had beaten Jonathan Bagley by 3-2 (black ball shootout)

Congratulations Aaron!

Aaron takes home a healthy prize money (£10000 and 10000 Assetereum coins), the trophy and the title, AND, maybe more importantly, a fulfilled dream. In two weeks time (and a bit) he will be playing in the qualifying event for the main tour World Championship. Aaron has never played at professional level. He started playing snooker aged 7,  and his talent was there for all to see. However, family circumstances and bereavement, put a stop to a potential career in snooker. It’s only when he was 26 that Aaron returned to the green baize, playing in Jersey and the Channel Islands.

Good luck for the future Aaron, and, who knows? See you at the Crucible come April? Nothing is impossible!


All pictures of the Semi Finals and Final yesterday – click this link 

Assetereum Seniors World Championship 2018 – QF Day

All quarter finals were played yesterday and we got to watch some very good matches in the Baths Hall. Here is what happened

Afternoon session

The first match of the day saw Cao Kaisheng beat Nick Spelman on a re-spotted black. The match couldn’t have been any closer. Nick got the better start, but Cao battled back and, at 2-2, there truly was nothing to separate the players. Black ball shootout it was, and it was Cao who came through.

The second match was one-sided with Jonathan Bagley controlling the game and outplaying an out of sorts Gary Filtness. Jonathan won by 3-0. Gary was extremely disappointed but this didn’t stop him to make time for the fans after his defeat. He made a disabled young man very happy by offering him one of his cues.


Evening session

Both evening matches finished on a 3-1 scoreline.

Aaron played really well in beating Johnny Farrell. Johnny never quit, and tried his best. From 2-0 down, he managed to get one back, but Aaron was too strong on the day.

Similarly, Patrick Wallace  dominated the last match of the day. Rhydian Richards fought valiantly but Patrick had too much for him last night. In the first frame,  Patrick set a new target for the tournament high break with an excellent 80. It was 10 reds with 10 blacks, but no maximum attempt as points had already been scored earlier in the frame.

Both matches were played a good pace and for once, players, referees, staff … and photographer got an not-too-late night!



Assetereum Seniors World Championship 2018 – Last 16 – Day 2

As we enter Quarter Finals day, no Legend remains in the draw, it’s an all amateur field, and a strong one! Here is what happened yesterday…

Afternoon session:

Jonathan Bagley beat Stephen Hendry by 3-1. This result came as no surprise to me. Jonathan had taken Stephen to a black ball shootout in this very place last year. He reached the final in Goffs in January, beating Jimmy White and Ken Doherty in the process. Unless Stephen found some form and consistency he was always going to be up against it and to be honest Stephen was poor for most of this match. Only in frame 3, the one he won, did we get to see a bit of the Hendry of old.

Gary Filtness beat Barry Pinches by 3-2. This was a match loaded with emotions and one that pitched two great guys against each other. Gary came here as a lucky loser. Indeed despite being the n°1 Seniors amateur, he failed to qualify, having lost countless times on re-spotted blacks at the final stages of qualifiers. Barry unfortunately lost his father less than a week ago and he could have been excused if he had withdrawn, but he didn’t. Thos two love their snooker to bits. It was a hard-fought match, that ended in another black ball shootout. Gary won this one. Afterwards, the players embraced warmly. Gary was in tears. Barry, despite everything, told me that he had enjoyed the event immensely and was determined to come back for it next year. This was sporting spirit at its best. Thank you.

Evening session:

Nick Spelman beat Cliff Thorburn by 3-2 (re-spotted black) in a very hard-fought match. Not taking anything away from Nick, the one I’m in awe of is Cliff. Yes, he lost, but, boy, did he pot some great balls, played some great safeties. Cliff is 70, he clearly struggles badly to go down on the shots, some shots he can’t play properly because stretching over the table is a physical impossibility. The shot-clock isn’t helping him. But he battled and battled and it was plain to see to missing balls and eventually losing did hurt. Oh Cliff, you should be proud, you know.

Johnny Farrell beat Tony Knowles by 3-1. John was the better player out there. Most frames were close, but when it came to the last balls, to the crunch time, it was Johnny who kept his composure better, and potted more pressure balls.

So here is the Quater Finals line-up:

Jonathan Bagley v Gary Filtness
Patrick Wallace v Rhydian Richards
Cao Kashieng v Nick Spelman
Johnny Farrell v Aaron Canavan

All quarter finals are played today.

Assetereum Seniors World Championship 2018 – Last 16 – Day 1

There were four matches played in two sessions yesterday.

Afternoon session

Cao Kaisheng looked very nervous at the start of his match against “The Shirt”, Lee Richardson. This is quite understandable as I’m told that Cao had never before left China, so everything here is new and alien to him and he also knew that he was watched by thousands  in China over the streaming. But he battled through, progressively seemed to settle and eventually took the match on a black ball shootout.

Rhydian Richards, the Wales n°1 amateur, had an easier route to the QF, as he defeated an out of sorts, but battling, Joe Johnson by 3-0.

Evening session

Both evening matches in the evening were quality.

Patrick Wallace, who lost in the first round last year, beat Simon Dent by 3-0. Patrick looked very nervous at the start and it was Simon who was first in with a telling break in frame 1. It wasn’t a winning break though and Patrick managed to nick the frame. It changed the whole psychology of the match.

Aaron Canavan supported by a solid group of fans who have made the trip from Jersey, looked the better player from the start … and had a bit of run too. Dennis Taylor wasn’t playing badly by any means, and the match was hard-fought and closer than the final score – 3-1 to Aaron – suggests.

As compared to last year, the quality of the snooker on display is seriously higher. It’s very obvious that all the players take this tournament, and the whole Seniors tour, very seriously and have worked hard on their preparation … Great to see!

You can watch the matches in streaming on the Snooker Legends Youtube channel.

Lee Richardson replaces John Parrot at the Seniors World Championship

Jason Francis on twitter shared this earlier today:

The shirt Lee Richardson will replace John Parrott at the Assetereum World Seniors Championship. John has asked to be replaced for personal reasons. Lee was the next highest ranked player and will play Cao Kashieng on wednesday

The Shirt

Indeed John Parrot asked to be replaced, for personal reasons