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Neil Robertson claims 2nd Champion of Champions Crown

Australian Neil Robertson has claimed the 2019 Manbetx Champion of Champions title – four years after winning it in 2015. 

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He was involved in a high scoring, highly entertaining final with current World Champion Judd Trump, who was just unable to fall over the line in a final frame thriller 10 – 9.

The 37-year-old Thunder from Down Under was nip and tuck with Trump all the way as he led 5 – 4 at the first session of the afternoon’s play.

The boxing style encounter, where both men were knocking in high breaks in more or less every frame, continued right to the end.

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Robertson becomes the second man to win multiple Champion of Champions titles, alongside five times World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Judd Trump still on for treble this year…

For Trump, he said after he was obviously disappointed with not getting over the line and adding the event to his growing AND masterful CV, but that he was happy with how he played and said that Neil played the better of the two men on the day and deserved the win.

Judd still has the possibility of lifting the three major UK titles in the same year, as the UK Championship in York will be on soon in the next two to three weeks.

Robertson’s season has peaked at the right time with him bagging the 150K, what with his non-eventful start, and hiccups along the way so far.

Judd also goes to the Northern Ireland Open as the defending champion this week, with much good form so he will be looking to maintain that good form.

Robertson and Trump made 14 tons between them during the event, 8 of which came in the final, with Robertson making 5 and Judd 3.

That means Neil is automatically into the next CofC next year!

 

 

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Champion of Champions Snooker 2019 – Who’s in So Far?

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Neil Robertson won the CofC in 2015…

 

The Manbetx Champion of Champions 2019 takes place later on in the year and it’s 16 of the best snooker players on show who have won events throughout the season.

This year the winner’s pot jacks up to £150K with the runner-up trousering £60K.

Here’s a list of those who’ve qualified so far.

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan

With his third Champion of Champions under his belt, and then a win in both York and Preston, the Rocket is a triple qualifier for the event and always the favourite. It’s in essence, his event since it started in 2013…

  • Judd Trump

Another triple qualifier is the Juddernaut. With wins in Northern Ireland, London at the 2019 Dafabet Masters and the World Grand Prix in Cheltenham, he has no worries on returning to Coventry in November.

  • Kyren Wilson

The Warrior’s win in the German Masters sees him through to the Ricoh.

  • Neil Robertson

The Australian former 2010 World Champion has had a good season so far and although winning his second Riga Masters in three years didn’t put him in a place, scooping his second Welsh Open crown back in February was the perfect tonic to see him into the elite 16 man event towards the end of the year.

  • Mark Allen

The Pistol has been having a sterling season this season, scooping the International Championship in Daqing early on and then lifting the Stephen Hendry trophy in Scotland before Christmas. This powered him into the 2019 edition as he preceded Judd Trump by winning the Masters for the first time in 2018.

  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 

His ranking win at the controversial fast and furious Snooker Shootout could be a breakthrough for the Thai Un Nooh as he earns a spot for the event.

  • Matthew Selt 

A first ranking win for Selt in India puts him in line for a spot in the 150K event – and it will be a debut for the Essex cueman in Coventry now as a proven winner.

  • Martin Gould 

The Gouldynator, as he is nicknamed is back in the winner’s enclosure after a spell away after winning the 2019 Championship League. Although not a ranking event, it still earns him a spot on the list.

 

That means there’s a potential 9 spots left to fill, provided there are no more winners who have already won, and we can’t count on the likes of Trump, O’Sullivan, Robertson not winning more before the season’s out!

SnookerZone will add to the list as it develops…Who will be the next into the elite 16 man event?

UPDATE;

  • 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham booked his place in the event via winning the 2019 Gibraltar Open

 

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Mark Selby Racks Incredible Third Career 147

Selby in Maximum Form at the Ricoh in 2018 but has never won the Champion of Champions elite 16 man invitational event…

JESTER FROM LEICESTER Mark Selby has racked a third career 147 in Coventry at the ManBetX Champion of Champions. 

The 35-year-old World number one did it in his first round match between Neil Robertson in the second frame at the Ricoh Arena.

His previous maximums came in 2013 at the UK Championship and the 2009 Jiangsu Classic.

Watch Selby’s UK Championship 147 below…


It’s the 144th in Snooker history with only three to go until someone makes the 147th 147 and is the fifth this season after Ronnie O’Sullivan made his 15th career 147 in the 2018 English Open in Crawley – along with Thailand’s Thepchaiyah Un-Nooh.

It comes as this is the last day (8th November) before we discover the four players who will be competing in the last four and which two will be in the final on Sunday 11th November.

So far Shaun Murphy, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Kyren Wilson are the three known semi-finalists – but by the end of tonight, there will be one more name to make up the list.

Kyren Wilson knocked out the World Champion Mark Williams, who was making a debut in the event since winning three ranking titles including the World Championship last season.

Wilson also thrashed Judd Trump 6 – 1 making two incredible tons on the way to booking a semi-final spot in the hunt for the 100K top prize.

There is no prize for a maximum as the CofC is an invitational event and not a ranking event.

UPDATE: Selby lost the match to Robertson 4 – 3. 

Watch Selby’s third career maximum below…

 

 

 

 

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The Incredible Champion of Champions 2018 (FAQs)

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MARK ALLEN claimed the 2018 International Championship and will be heading to Coventry for the Champion of Champions hours after his big win in Daqing, China.

The Pistol, 32, joins 15 other top winners from the last year including the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams to battle it out for the first prize of 100K at the Ricoh Arena.

Allen’s 175K win in Daqing pulls him up to seventh in the rankings – but there were also some movers such as Jack Lisowski who reached the semi-finals – who is very close to slipping into the top 16.

Allen also had a staggering 14 tons in the event – including pocketing 3K for the rare 146 break, his third 146 in his career.

Runner-up Neil Robertson will also be joining the star-studded line-up as the winner of the 2018 Riga Masters.

Champion of Champions Snooker: What is it?

It’s a 16 man event with the World’s best snooker winners since the previous Champion of Champions in 2017 won by Shaun Murphy. These include O’Sullivan, Williams, Allen, John Higgins to name a few.

Where?

It’s at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry

How Long?

From November 5th to 11th…

Who’s won it before?

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won it twice in 2013/14 then Neil Robertson won, then Higgins, and last year Shaun Murphy.

Is it a ranking event?

No. It’s an invitational…Generally, the winners of the past year are invited.

Where can you watch it and what time? 

Watch the world’s best snooker players playing in the UK on ITV4 or Quest…12:45 PM and 6:45 PM UK time.

Read also: New snooker table to host at Champion of Champions…