Friday April 18, 2014
The date of Saturday 19th April will be etched in the diaries of lots of snooker fans, since this is the day when the World Snooker Championship begins in earnest. Up until now the players have been working their way through the qualifying stages although some former champions have fallen by the wayside. Unfortunately for those fans who love seeing the big names from the past, Steve Davis and Jimmy White won’t be in action at the Crucible this year.
However for those who do make the cut, there are 17 days of scintillating play coming up. The grand final traditionally takes place over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May, stretching over the Sunday and Monday and giving many fans in the UK a reason to sit down in front of their televisions over the weekend.
Some of the classic finals in the past have been incredibly close – none closer than the memorable final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis in 1985. Taylor eventually won in the early hours of the morning by 18 frames to 17, but it went right down to the final black. There were few nails left unchewed by the end of the evening!
As you would imagine, tickets for the event are selling out fast but many people will settle for watching the matches at home anyway. If you are among them and you think you know who might win the championship this year, maybe you feel confident in putting a bet on. Many people bet on individual matches if they think they know what the outcome could be. Alternatively they will bet on the eventual winner before the tournament starts.
Whatever you decide to do you can be sure there will be some entertaining matches in store this year as there always are. The final may not come down to the final black again as it did back in 1985, but you never know – we could be treated to a match that goes down to the final frame. This occurred in 2002 between eventual winner Peter Ebdon and runner up Stephen Hendry. Another example came in 1994 when Jimmy White ended up losing to winner Stephen Hendry.