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  • 2017 Riga Masters

    Tomorrow in Latvia starts the first ranking tournament of the new season, albeit it's one of the less interesting ones. 64 players, the first four rounds are Best-of-7 and semifinals and finals just Bets-of-9 as well. The winner gets 50.000 pounds and ranking points. It's fine for the players and fans that there is a tournament already in June, but yeah, it makes sense, that it is a minor one, also because it's two months until the next ranking event, which will be the China Championship and I guess this will feel as the "real" start to the season.

    It's no big surprise that the Top Four players in the World Rankings chose not to enter this event, but enlengthend their holidays. World Champion Mark Selby was scheduled to play here, but while you think he would urgently need the ranking points to keep his number one ranking, he pulled out of the Riga Masters short-term. Some other notable absents are Ronnie O'Sullivan, Marco Fu and Liang Wenbo.

    The biggest competitors are defending champion Neil Robertson (who still has to play his qualifier), Barry Hawkins, Stuart Bingham, Kyren Wilson and Stephen Maguire. Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy had entered, but already lost in the qualifiers.

    For the full draw, please, look here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Riga_Masters

    First quarter
    The highest ranked player here is Anthony McGill, who also still has to qualify. If he does so successfully he would open against Stuart Carrington. And in the Scots form I think this could be quite dangerous. Also here are Gary Wilson, Tom Ford and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. In other words, this quarter is wide open.
    My pick for the semifinal: Tom Ford

    Second quarter
    This section is a bit more competitive with world number 9 Stuart Bingham on one side of the quarter and world number 7 Neil Robertson (if he qualifies) and Stephen Maguire on the other side. Bingham has a tough opener against Mark Davis as well.
    My pick for the semifinal: Stuart Bingham

    Third quarter
    This is the section of the very interesting first-rounders. It features:
    Hossein Vafaei - Mark King
    David Gilbert - Joe Perry
    Barry Hawkins - Ryan Day
    Ben Woollaston - Kyren Wilson

    Every single one of them has a good chance to make the semifinal. And it's worth of note that chinese youngster Zhou Yuelong is also in this part of the draw.
    My pick for the semifinal: Kyren Wilson

    Fourth quarter
    The Welshmen Mark Williams (who starts in a duel of former world champions against Peter Ebdon) and Michael White are probably the most notable names here along with Luca Brecel, who beat Shaun Murphy in the qualifiers. Brecel and Williams would meet in the second round.
    My pick for the semifinal: Luca Brecel

  • #2
    Is it on TV?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by the lone wolf View Post
      Is it on TV?
      I only know that it is on Eurosport Germany. Don't know if it's on TV in the UK or in whatever country you reside.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JimMalone View Post
        I only know that it is on Eurosport Germany. Don't know if it's on TV in the UK or in whatever country you reside.
        U.K.
        Hopefully Eurosport may show it...
        "I got injected with the passion for snooker" - SQ_FLYER
        National Snooker Expo
        25-27 October 2019
        http://nationalsnookerexpo.com

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        • #5
          You can usually watch these via bet365 website, or other bookies sites.

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          • #6
            British Eurosport is showing it from 9am tomorrow
            Up the TSF!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DeanH View Post
              British Eurosport is showing it from 9am tomorrow
              WOOHOO! Thanks Dean...
              "I got injected with the passion for snooker" - SQ_FLYER
              National Snooker Expo
              25-27 October 2019
              http://nationalsnookerexpo.com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by the lone wolf View Post
                WOOHOO! Thanks Dean...
                yep, cant wait been a long time coming

                of course, on Eurosport Player as well.
                Up the TSF!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DeanH View Post
                  yep, cant wait been a long time coming

                  of course, on Eurosport Player as well.
                  INDEED! I've been in a cold sweat...
                  "I got injected with the passion for snooker" - SQ_FLYER
                  National Snooker Expo
                  25-27 October 2019
                  http://nationalsnookerexpo.com

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                  • #10
                    At last snooker back on the telly.
                    This is how you play darts ,MVG two nines in the same match!
                    https://youtu.be/yqTGtwOpHu8

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                    • #11
                      Doherty vs Gary Wilson on table 1 (main TV)
                      on table 2 (Eurosport Player) McGill vs Austrian ladyTatiana Vasiljeva


                      snooker on TV

                      but as usual Eurosport relying on Player to increase they "coverage hours" and British Eurosport stops showing any snooker live on TV as 11:45 (BST), and then back on not live "highlights" at 2145
                      Same again tomorrow, more on TV on Sunday.
                      Up the TSF!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DeanH View Post
                        Doherty vs Gary Wilson on table 1 (main TV)
                        on table 2 (Eurosport Player) McGill vs Austrian ladyTatiana Vasiljeva


                        snooker on TV

                        but as usual Eurosport relying on Player to increase they "coverage hours" and British Eurosport stops showing any snooker live on TV as 11:45 (BST), and then back on not live "highlights" at 2145
                        Same again tomorrow, more on TV on Sunday.
                        Would be nice having an Austrian on the tour, but Tatiana Vasiljeva is Latvian.

                        Yeah, here in Austria (and Germany) there will also be no Snooker until 6 pm, when Eurosport 2 starts its coverage.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DeanH View Post
                          Doherty vs Gary Wilson on table 1 (main TV)
                          on table 2 (Eurosport Player) McGill vs Austrian ladyTatiana Vasiljeva


                          snooker on TV

                          but as usual Eurosport relying on Player to increase they "coverage hours" and British Eurosport stops showing any snooker live on TV as 11:45 (BST), and then back on not live "highlights" at 2145
                          Same again tomorrow, more on TV on Sunday.
                          Found Live stream here Gary Wilson V Ken Doherty

                          http://www.vipbox.nu/snooker/487527/...am-online.html
                          Ronnie O' Sullivan seven times the record breaking Snooker Master

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JimMalone View Post
                            Would be nice having an Austrian on the tour, but Tatiana Vasiljeva is Latvian.

                            Yeah, here in Austria (and Germany) there will also be no Snooker until 6 pm, when Eurosport 2 starts its coverage.
                            ah, sorry, no offence to Tatiana and either country
                            She has had a couple of shots and not used to the speed of the pro-cloth.
                            But McGill is potting some fine balls to keep breaks going, keeping the opponent off the table

                            Come on Tatiana!
                            Up the TSF!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mr Snooker View Post
                              Found Live stream here Gary Wilson V Ken Doherty

                              http://www.vipbox.nu/snooker/487527/...am-online.html
                              thanks for the link
                              I have ESPlayer till Nov so will keep that site in reserve
                              Up the TSF!

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