Friday, June 07, 2013

Snooker: Bulgarian Open Underway

Courtesy Worldsnooker.com
As I kind of alluded to previously snooker is no longer a seasonal sport and as soon as one season culminates in the World Championships the next one begins with qualification tournaments and now the European Tour.

The Bulgarian Open (or ET1) is the first fully-fledged opportunity for players to get in front of the TV cameras and gain themselves some ranking points - at least away from the qualification events that is.

The European Tour is simply a rebranded version of the Players Tour Championship and consists of smaller events held in the UK and continental Europe. The biggest change for this season being the big shift upwards in prize money. For the corresponding event last season the winner received roughly £10,000. In the 2013/14 season this has risen to roughly £21300 (I say roughly because prize money for the ET events is paid in Euro.

Anyway, a number of the big names are involved this weekend in Sofia, including Neil Robertson, Graeme Dott, Martin Gould, Jimmy White, Tony Drago, John Higgins, Shau Murphy, Mark Williams and in the draw is also Ronnie O'Sullivan. Be interesting to see if he turns up.

I have personally got Neil Robertson down to win this one, I think the Australian will be in a good position after a less-than-successful end of season so will be the man to beat. He does also seem to like this type of event having won at least one of them last season.

Here you can find the live scoring
Here you can find the draw

Who do you think will win this tournament? Post your thoughts in the comments
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