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  • Riga Open 29/07 - 02/08 2015

    I couldn't seem to find anything about this tournament (last year) on this forum (is that correct?) I was wondering how well it has been received and worth watching (taking time off for)...

    Cheers for any input

  • #2
    http://www.thesnookerforum.co.uk/boa...-Aug-7-10-2014

    always worth watching, its "snooker man"
    Up the TSF!

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    • #3
      Originally Posted by DeanH View Post
      http://www.thesnookerforum.co.uk/boa...-Aug-7-10-2014

      always worth watching, its "snooker man"
      Hey Dean (long time!)

      Cheers for the link (why wasn't I able to find it... )

      And yes clearly snooker is always worth it...but worth taking 3 days off from work...still the answer would be yes I suppose

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      • #4
        Are there still tour cards at stake if a non-pro wins one of these events? I'm trying to convince a friend to enter one of these events; snooker holiday really.

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        • #5
          Originally Posted by Master Blaster View Post
          Are there still tour cards at stake if a non-pro wins one of these events? I'm trying to convince a friend to enter one of these events; snooker holiday really.
          Not for this season no. Just winning an event is not an automatic tour card.
          All amateurs gain points (equivalent to the prize money they earn) on the ET Order of Merit (Riga being part of the European Tour) and if they have enough points at the end of the season to be one of the top eight, after all other players already qualified from elsewhere taken into account.
          Up the TSF!

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          • #6
            Originally Posted by DeanH View Post
            Not for this season no. Just winning an event is not an automatic tour card.
            All amateurs gain points (equivalent to the prize money they earn) on the ET Order of Merit (Riga being part of the European Tour) and if they have enough points at the end of the season to be one of the top eight, after all other players already qualified from elsewhere taken into account.
            Oh that's nonsense, so amateurs now have to fund all the ET comps to try and get a card, crazy, that's gonna cost a bomb.

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            • #7
              There is quite a gap between the Australian Open and
              this tournament so it will be nice to see snooker again
              and hopefully there will be many big names playing and
              some great matches from all the players.

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              • #8
                Originally Posted by Master Blaster View Post
                Originally Posted by DeanH View Post
                Not for this season no. Just winning an event is not an automatic tour card.
                All amateurs gain points (equivalent to the prize money they earn) on the ET Order of Merit (Riga being part of the European Tour) and if they have enough points at the end of the season to be one of the top eight, after all other players already qualified from elsewhere taken into account.
                Oh that's nonsense, so amateurs now have to fund all the ET comps to try and get a card, crazy, that's gonna cost a bomb.
                not nonsense and they don't have to do all ET events but enough to get enough points and only one way that an amateur can gain a 2yr ticket, another way is QSchool
                Up the TSF!

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                • #9
                  Originally Posted by daffie View Post
                  Hey Dean (long time!)

                  Cheers for the link (why wasn't I able to find it... )

                  And yes clearly snooker is always worth it...but worth taking 3 days off from work...still the answer would be yes I suppose
                  If you can afford to take the time off, then do so.

                  Personally, I'd rather save my snooker watching annual leave allocation for bigger tournaments later in the season. But then my Annual Leave years runs until the end of March, so I wouldn't want to waste it all too early.

                  I can certainly think of worse things to do with my time than watch the Riga Open.

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                  • #10
                    Saying that, I've must confess I've always thought I should crack open a few beers and do a 12-hour PTC watch marathon one Saturday. Never quite managed it somehow.

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                    • #11
                      Originally Posted by daffie View Post
                      Hey Dean (long time!)

                      Cheers for the link (why wasn't I able to find it... )
                      Would be nice to have an up-to-date tournament section to refer to wouldn't it. Maybe you get one in the VIP section, IDK.

                      Anyway, I'm looking forward to this one as well. I enjoyed last year's, it was good fun, including the final with that mini-comeback from Selby, then a highly amusing presentation ceremony, which I'm sure Mark Allen will never forget.

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                      Last edited by PatBlock; 8th July 2015, 07:30 PM.
                      The fast and the furious,
                      The slow and labourious,
                      All of us, glorious parts of the whole!

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                      • #12
                        Originally Posted by PatBlock View Post
                        Would be nice to have an up-to-date tournament section to refer to wouldn't it. Maybe you get one in the VIP section, IDK.

                        Anyway, I'm looking forward to this one as well. I enjoyed last year's, it was good fun, including the final with that mini-comeback from Selby, then a highly amusing presentation ceremony, which I'm sure Mark Allen will never forget.

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                        Originally Posted by SnookerFan View Post
                        If you can afford to take the time off, then do so.

                        Personally, I'd rather save my snooker watching annual leave allocation for bigger tournaments later in the season. But then my Annual Leave years runs until the end of March, so I wouldn't want to waste it all too early.

                        I can certainly think of worse things to do with my time than watch the Riga Open.
                        Cheers guys. Ok, so I'm going to get some days off to watch this one...seems worth it, plus summer days can be enjoyed in my garden as well

                        Btw Pat do you by any small chance maybe have a link to the 2014 presentation ceremony ? I missed it..curious to see what happened there with Mark & Mark
                        Last edited by daffie; 10th July 2015, 01:37 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Seems there is 3 ladies competing in this tournament too - ( listed as af in brackets )

                          Euro Tour 1 (29 Jul - 2 Aug 2015)
                          QRd 1 (7) England Simon Dent (a) v Norway Anita Maflin (af) Wed 29 Jul 4pm
                          QRd 1 (7) England Sam Thistlewhite (a) v Belgium Hans Blanckaert (a) Wed 29 Jul 4pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Cyprus Antonis Poullos (a) v Wales Kishan Hirani (a) Wed 29 Jul 4pm
                          QRd 1 (7) England Elliot Slessor (a) v Lithuania Vilius Schulte-Ebbert (a) Wed 29 Jul 4pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Sweden Arpat Pulat (a) v England Josh Mulholland (a) Wed 29 Jul 4pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Ukraine Tetyana Volovelska (af) v England Christopher Keogan (a) Head to head Wed 29 Jul 4pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Malta Brian Cini (a) v Latvia Anna Prisjažnuka (af) Wed 29 Jul 4pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Russia Aleksandr Kurgankov (a) v England Andrew Urbaniak (a) Wed 29 Jul 4pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Wales Ben Jones (a) v Belgium Jurian Heusdens (a) Head to head Est. Wed 29 Jul 5pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Australia Shannon Dixon (a) v England Michael Williams (a) Est. Wed 29 Jul 5pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Northern Ireland Conor McCormack (a) v England Richard Beckham (a) Est. Wed 29 Jul 5pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Japan Keishin Kamihashi (a) v England Adam Duffy (a) Est. Wed 29 Jul 5pm
                          QRd 1 (7) England Julian Mills (a) v England Chris Norbury (a) Est. Wed 29 Jul 5pm
                          QRd 1 (7) Latvia Maris Volajs (a) v Latvia Tatiana Vasiljeva (af) Est. Wed 29 Jul 5pm

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                          • #14
                            Its good to see the female players entering as they
                            need experience and there seems to be no (or few)
                            womens tournaments. I would imagine those players
                            who had an early exit last tournament will want to win
                            a few more matches.
                            I am looking forward to some great snooker.

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                            • #15
                              I hope some of the girls get on TV. It's be good exposure for them.

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