snooker shootout 2018 – 1st round matches
The fast and furious snooker returns again this weekend as the Snooker Shootout once again takes place in Watford. As with last year players have been invited to the tournament which is again a ranking event much to the condemnation of some. Every match in the tournament is 10 minutes long. The first five minutes see a 15 second shot clock in operation and that comes down to 10 seconds for the final five minutes.
A ball must hit a cushion in every shot unless one is potted. Failure to do so will result in a foul. All fouls in this tournament give the other player cue ball in hand. There is a lag to see who breaks and the winner at the end of the 10 minutes progresses. If the scores are tied after the 10 minutes a blue ball respot decides the winner.
Each round has a random draw which adds to the excitement. It is hard to pin one particular profile down when we are looking at the winner of this tournament but it goes without saying that in the main you do not want players who are not fluent cueists. Should you decide to participate in any form of sports betting, please do so responsibly on verified sites like those found on CasinoOnline.
Enter your email address to subscribe to SnookerHQ and receive notifications of new posts by email. Michael Georgiou captured his maiden ranking event title by brilliantly winning the Snooker Shoot Out in Watford on Sunday. Georgiou could also gain an invitation to the Champion of Champions later this year.
In beating Graeme Dott in a thrilling final frame showdown, Georgiou becomes the first Cypriot and only the second European from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland to claim a ranking tournament victory. When Georgiou got in again a short time later, the outcome seemed to be clear but he finally began to feel the pressure and missed a routine black off the spot to allow his opponent in with an opportunity with just five minutes left on the clock.
Dott sped around the table at lightning speed to compile a terrific break of 51 to the brown and later added the blue to reduce his arrears to a mere five points. The pair then traded audacious cracks at the pink in a tense and frantic finale with Dott agonisingly jawing the penultimate ball to the middle pocket with the subsequent black seemingly at his mercy. The second match follows the same theory as the Ebdon game. In the 7 times he has taken part on the shootout, McLeod only has 4 wins to his name and one of those wins was an outrageous fluke on the final black against Tony Drago.
His frame scores of 30, 61, 45, 19, 45, 9, 36, 49, 0, 43, and 29 work out at an average of Cahill has played in the event just once before and to his credit reached the 3rd round. He is no longer on the tour and will relish the chance of playing on TV again here. The final match, and again a similar pattern.
In a normal game I would probably favour the Thai player, however his very deliberate style with his pronounced approach to each shot will go against him here. He takes on Robin Hull who has happy memories of this event. He won the tournament in and has a game naturally suited to the characteristics of the event.
In terms of the outright markets its a case of wherever your pin lands.