Willie Thorne will be back at the Crucible

Willie Thorne will play in the WSS ROKiT World Championship in August.

It was confirmed on twitter earlier today:

Delighted to say Willie Thorne will be keeping his clothes on as he plays snooker again at the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre between 14-18th August tickets here

Not sure this gear complies with the dress code though 🤔

Welcome James Wattana!

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James Wattana, a legend of the game, and a hero in his country, Thailand, has been confirmed to play in the UK Seniors Snooker Championship next October.

James Wattana – Ratchapol Pu-Ob-Orm – was born in 1970, in Bangkog, Thailand.

James Wattana won his first major tournament, the Thailand Masters, in 1986, aged only 16. He turned professional in 1989, after winning the 1988 World Amateur Championship. He played as a  professional between 1989 and 2008. Since 2009, he is playing on the main tour thanks to an “invitational tour card” . His highest ranking position was n°3 during the 1994/1995 season.

He made three 147 during his career. The second of them, at the British Open, was back then, at seven minutes and nine seconds, the fastest ever made

He has won three ranking tournaments – the 1992 Strachan Open and the Thailand Open in 1994 and 1995. He reached a ranking final of  five more occasions. He also won seven non-ranking events and, notably, was runner-up at the Masters in 1993: he lost 9-5 to Stephen Hendry. He reached the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship on two occasions, in 1993 and 1997.

James Wattana’s success helped raise the profile of the game in the Asia, and has inspired  into the game many players from Thailand, Hong Kong, and China. He is a Commander Third Class of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, only the second sportsman to receive the country’s most prestigious civilian honour.

 

 

Michael Judge dares to dream …

Last Monday Michael Judge didn’t even know that he would be playing in the World Championship 2019 qualifiers. He only was invited because Zhang Jankiang was denied his visa and had to withdraw.

We are one week later and now, he’s won two matches, beating Peter Lines and Xiao Guodong, both in a deciding frame and he’s going to play James Cahill in the last round for a possible place at the Crucible! James is an amateur as well, and this will be the first time ever that an amateur will play in the World Championship main event at the Crucible.

Here are all the results so far!

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The other “Seniors” involved didn’t – or don’t – do badly!

Jimmy White and Ken Doherty both won their first match and will play their second round match today. Jimmy is facing Ali Carter, Ken play Scott Donaldson.

David Lilley lost to Eden Sharav in round one, but the match was close. The final score was 10-7.

Jonathan Bagley really struggled with the conditions – very unfamiliar ones for him – during the first session. He progressively improved, but taming a heavy scorer like Thepchaya Un-nooh isn’t easy for anyone. The first session ended on as 8-1 score in favor of “Theppy”. Jonathan did himself proud though: in the second session he battled in true gladiator style and took three frames. He lost by 10-4 eventually but with honors!

 

The WSS ROKiT Sheffield Masters 2019- Joe Johnson is the Master!

The tournament was played yesterday over two sessions.

In the afternoon we had three quarter final matches.

Before the session there was a meet and greet for the VIPs, and the opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Legend’s presence at the crucible with a cake!

Stephen Hendry beat the defending Champion, Cliff Thorburn by 2-0. It wasn’t perfect snooker, but played in great spirit and very entertaining.

Barry Pinches beat Ken Doherty by 2-0, in a fast paced high quality encounter.

Joe Johnson beat Jimmy White by 2-1 (black ball shoot-out). Both were playing well and it went to the wire!

John Parrot unfortunately had to withdraw, due to illness. Aaron Canavan, the Seniors World Champion got a bye!

In the evening session we had the semi finals and the Final.

Again it started with a meet and greet.

SF1: Barry Pinches beat Stephen Hendry by 2-0

SF2: Joe Johnson beat Aaron Canavan by 2-1

The Final: Joe Johnson beat Barry Pinches by 2-1

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All three matches were quality and hard-fought. The Crucible fans responded with enthusiasm, but always respectful.

Stephen Hendry’s endorsed game, “This is Pool/Snooker” was available to play at the Crucible.

The event charity of choice, Eden Dora Trust was present in the Crucible lobby and at the “Meet and Greet”. It’s a great cause, please support them if you can.

Here is the story in pictures

 

Congratulations Joe!

Play Stephen Hendry’s “This is Snooker” at the Crucible !

Yes, you read it right! Here is the story:

Five days ago, VooFoo Studio announced “This Is Snooker” featuring snooker legend, Stephen Hendry. Here is the unedited press release:

Birmingham, United Kingdom – 4th April 2019. VooFoo Studios and publisher Double Eleven today announced This Is Snooker, a genre-defining cue sports simulation featuring seven-time world snooker champion, Stephen Hendry, will be coming soon to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ console and Windows PC.

 

Former world number one for nine seasons, Hendry is widely regarded as one of snooker’s greatest ever players. Stephen features in the game as both an AI opponent and expert mentor in a series of exclusive ‘Cue Tips’ videos designed to help improve your real-life and in-game snooker skills. Players will also be invited to play-through a series of arcade scenarios that challenge you to recreate defining moments in the snooker legend’s record-breaking snooker career.

VooFoo Studios has worked meticulously with Hendry to recreate his unique characteristics and attacking style of play in-game and to enhance their ability to create totally believable cue-sport physics in a stunningly realistic simulation of one of the world’s most exciting and competitive sports. Also featured in the game is world-renowned professional snooker and pool referee, Michaela Tabb, whose familiar voice brings authority and authenticity to the in-game referee.

“Working with one of the world’s greatest ever snooker players has helped us create an incredibly realistic cue sports simulation” said Shaun Read, Game Director at VooFoo Studios. “We’re very excited to have Stephen involved, his input has enabled us to really fine tune the game mechanics to make This Is Snooker by far the best cue sports simulation we’ve ever made.”

Stephen Hendry commented: “I’m really proud to be involved in the development of such an ambitious recreation of snooker. I’ve been really impressed with just how realistic This Is Snooker is and the level of detail that has gone into making it look and feel so real.”

This Is Snooker has been developed from the ground up using VooFoo Studios’ completely revamped proprietary game and physics engine. “The unique new set of tools at our disposal has enabled us to do things we’ve never done before that will take the game and genre to a whole new level,” stated Mark Williams, Technology Director at VooFoo Studios. “Our new engine has allowed us to create unrivalled levels of graphical fidelity and hyper-realistic, true-to-life ball physics, we’re confident we’ve created the most technically advanced cue sports game ever made.”

Published by Double Eleven and developed by cue sports masters Voofoo Studios, This Is Snooker will include the previously announced title This Is Pool and will be available as the This Is Snooker – Pool Deluxe Edition, in a content-packed, complete cue-sports experience. This Is Pool will also be available to purchase separately. Play every major type of cue sport in six painstakingly-detailed locations with full pool and snooker career modes, mini games, trick shots, practice mode and extensive local and online multiplayer modes in a truly immersive cue sports simulation.

This Is Snooker – Pool Deluxe Edition is coming soon to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ console and Windows PC.

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The good news is that if you are coming on Thursday to the WSS ROKiT Seniors Masters 2019, ‘This Is Snooker “– featuring Stephen Hendry, will be playable at the Crucible when the doors open to the public and also during the intervals! 

Here is the trailer!

 

Surely you can’t miss that?

What it means to dare to dream

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Today, Aaron Canavan, the reigning WSS World Champion shared this on Facebook:

So early this morning I was asked to do an interview for local Jersey Media, it went as they usually do apart from the last question which was…..

“The format in the Rockit 6 reds world seniors snooker championship was £20,000 winner takes all. Don’t you feel a little aggrieved to walk away with nothing?”

My reply was this, which I wanted to share with everyone.

“12 months ago I was a snooker player who played in his local club three times a week, I’m now current world seniors snooker champion and on Sunday night I walked out in front of a huge area of people and played my snooker hero, Jimmy white, in a major final, live on television. I also played a former world champion Ken Doherty and the absolute legend Tony Drago and won that day. There are millions of amateur snooker players all over the world and you can bet your last fiver that every single one of them wanted to be in my shoes on Sunday night ….. The motto of the snooker legends tour is #daretodream, I have another for myself. #livingthedream so my answer is no, I don’t feel aggrieved in the slightest, all my childhood dreams came true and I got everything I ever wanted as a snooker player on Sunday night. Now I want to do it again”

Aaron.

Thank you for sharing this Aaron.

Igor Figueiredo wins Pan American Snooker Championship 2019

Igor who recently won the Seniors World Championship Q6 Event in Houston, making a 146, has now won the Pan American Snooker Championship 2019, at the same place, earning a new two years Main Tour card starting next season.

Here is the report by the always excellent Michael Day

2019 PAN AMERICAN SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP | FIGUEIREDO’S AMERICAN DREAM

Igor Figueiredo will make a return to the professional circuit after winning the 2019 Pan American Snooker Championship at the Q-Ball Snooker & Pool Club in Houston on Sunday evening.

This tournament is the flagship event for the newly formed Pan American Billiards and Snooker Association (PABSA), a continental federation serving players from both North and South America.

The competition drew a full capacity of 48 entries that featured representatives from Bermuda, Brazil, Canada and the host nation the USA.

Round-robin qualifying took place across the opening three days with the top three in each group advancing to the knockouts.

Brazilian Figueiredo eased through his section; topping Group A without losing a frame. Along with the seven other group winners, he went straight into the last 16 where he awaited the winner of a preliminary tie. For him that would be Saif Ibrahim (USA), whom he dispatched 4-0.

In the quarter-finals he faced current and four-time United States National Champion Ahmed Aly Elsayed. Despite dropping his first frame of the week, he progressed as a 4-1 victor.

Local Houston player Mark White was next to feel the dominance of Figueiredo in the semi-finals, as he went down 5-1.

Figueiredo’s opponent in the final was Chicago’s Renat Denkha who was also undefeated throughout. Denkha booked his final berth after ousting former professional John White (Canada), 5-4, in the other last 4 tie.

However, the final was a step too far for the American, as Figueiredo flexed his muscle to a 5-1 victory to collect the title, trophy and a two-year professional tour card that is active from the 2019/20 campaign.

Given Figueiredo’s class and pedigree it wasn’t a surprise to see him claiming the title in Texas. A recent six-season professional, he only fell off the top tier at the end of 2016/17. During his time on the circuit he reached the last 16 of both the 2017 Welsh and Gibraltar Opens.

Since then the 41-year-old has had success competing as an amateur. In Malta, last Spring, he conquered the inaugural World Snooker Federation Seniors Championship and later in the year he lost to Ken Doherty on TV in the final of the UK Seniors Championship.

​At the same Houston venue the week before the Pan-Am Championship Figueiredo also won a World Seniors Tour World Championship qualifying event where he constructed a break of 146. The effort is believed to be the highest competitive break ever made in the United States.

2019 Pan American Snooker Championship

Results (from the quarter-finals onwards)

​Igor Figueiredo (Brazil) 4-1 Ahmed Aly Elsayed (USA)

Mark White (USA) 4-2 Ajeya Prabhakar (USA)

John White (Canada) 4-2 Mark Collier (USA)

​Levi Meiller (Canada) 1-4 Renat Denkha (USA)

Semi-Finals

Figueiredo 5-1 M.White

J.White 4-5 Denkha

Final

Figueiredo 5-1 Denkha

The image above is courtesy of Monique Limbos

Article written and published by Michael Day on the 4th February 2019​​​

Let’s hope that this time, Igor finds sponsors allowing him to compete in most events so that he gets a proper chance to do his huge talent justice.