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The best snooker tournament on the planet
World Snooker Championships
Member Name: Beanie8844
World Snooker Championships
Advantages: great players, very entertaining
Disadvantages: long matches can get slightly dull
I do really enjoy watching snooker on the television because anybody who has ever held a cue in their hand and attempted to pot a long red will know just how hard the game is and the professionals make the game look so incredibly easy, it's amazing.
Although there are many tournaments held around the world now, the World Snooker Championship is still the tournament that all players want to win one day. Held in Sheffield at the famous Crucible Theatre the tournament has been running since 1927 and holds the most clout in terms of honour, prize-money available and world ranking points earned. I have never actually been to the event myself, but would love to make the trip one day, until then I'll be satisfied with watching it on the good old BBC who hold the television rights until 2011.
Entry to the tournament is not open to just anybody, the top sixteen players receive automatic entry into the first round draw and the remaining places are made up via qualifying rounds of which there are eight in total! Thirty two players start in round one and play the best of nineteen frames, in the second round they play best of twenty five, in the quarter finals it is also best of twenty five, in the semi finals it is best of thirty three frames and the final is best of thirty five; know that's a lot of snooker! It often amazes me how the top players don't get bored.
Controversial player, but absolute genius of the table Ronnie O'Sullivan is the current holder of the prestigious title after he beat Ali Carter in the final last year; O'Sullivan has won the tournament three times now, but is still a long way off matching Stephen Hendry's record seven Crucible triumphs (modern era); a feat which may never be broken. This year's tournament again will be wide open and there are a number of top players in contention for the big prize, but who will take home the trophy?
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Summary: well worth checking out
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