It's that time of the year when after a busy season and a well deserved break we start looking forward at what's coming our way ... snooker related of course.
So, leaving aside the race
for ranking points and all the travelling outside the UK’s borders to
take part on events, we turn our eyes to a non-ranking,
not-very-interesting-event in some people's opinion, caravan-of-snooker-like
Premier League competition.
This year the Premier
League of snooker, sponsored as always by PartyPocker.com and carefully covered
by the Sky Channel in front with Mr Fluffy-Hair Andy Goldstein, looks a bit
different, as we shall have ten players placed in two groups of five.
The good thing is that the
organisers decided to go back to the round-robin system, so the five players in
each group will play each other once with the top two in each group going
forward to the semi-finals.
We also have the
"six-frames" re-installed, which means that the matches could very
easily finish on a draw, the players getting two points for victory and one for
The Premier League evenings
will be in number of ten, at the end of them the best four ranked players going
to perform in the play-offs; for the semis they' ll play under "the best
of nine" frames rule and for the final under "the best of 13".
For every frame won the
player gets a total amount of £1,000, while the big winner will go home with a
prize money of £50,000.
So, that being said, let's
see who are the 10 lucky players that will delight the entire United Kingdom
with their snooker skills starting from August 16.
Champion: Mark Selby (World Ranked #1)
UK Champion: Judd Trump (#2)
Wild Card: John Higgins (#5)
Brazil Masters Champion: Shaun Murphy (#6)
Masters Champion: Neil Robertson (#7)
PTC Grand Final Champion: Stephen Lee (#8)
Championship League Winner: Ding Junhui (#11)
Haikou World Open Champion: Mark Allen (#12)
Australian Goldfields Open Champion: Stuart Bingham (#16)
China Open Champion: Peter Ebdon (#20)
If you are thinking
where is the current PL champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan, I remind you that due to
the fact that he's not signed the contract for the new season yet, stating that
he's currently on a break, he's been replaced with the wild-card John Higgins.