Monday November 7, 2016
Those who know something about the world of snooker will know the UK Championship Snooker event is one of the biggest events in the calendar for this sport. The World Championship offers up the most ranking points of all the events played, but the UK Championship comes in second in this respect.
The event was won by Neil Robertson of Australia last year (2015). It will be interesting to see how far he can get this year when defending his title. Only 10 players have ever won all three events included in the so-called Triple Crown. These are the World Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters events. In doing so, he is currently the only man to have achieved the feat who wasn’t born in the British Isles. He didn’t manage to scoop all three in the same year though – something that only Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis and Mark Williams have managed to do.
But let’s turn back to the UK Championship for this year. It begins on 22nd November and runs until 4th December, promising plenty of action for snooker fans throughout the tournament. Many ranked players will be taking part, including the current number one Mark Selby, number two Stuart Bingham and number three Judd Trump. Plenty of other famous players will also be taking part, so now is the time to get tickets if you have not already done so.
The inaugural event was back in 1977, when Patsy Fagan won in Blackpool. The event then switched to the Preston Guild Hall from 1978 through until 1997. After three years at the Bournemouth International Centre, the event switched to the Barbican Centre in York. This is where it will take place this year as well.
The number of frames in the final has changed over the years, but today it is a best-of-19-frames event. Neil Robertson should be one of the favourites once again, especially after his win last year and again two years previously. Which player will be your favourite to lift the title this year, and will you be betting on the likely outcome?