This website has been created to present analysis of the Professional Snooker Tour. Please note that it is not intended to be a source of snooker statistics – there are already plenty of sites out there for this purpose. Instead, I will be using analysis to explore different aspects of the ranking system and the structure of the Professional Tour. More…


Latest News:

Stephen Maguire has won the Lisbon Open, the fifth European Tour event of the season.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has claimed his second title in a row, defying an impressive comeback from Judd Trump to win the UK Championship.

Shaun Murphy has won the Ruhr Open, the fourth European Tour event of the season.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has retained his Champion of Champions title, defeating Judd Trump in the final

Ricky Walden has defeated Mark Allen in the final of the International Championship.


Latest Blogs:

– My preview of the 2013 World Championship

– My thoughts on World Snooker’s decision to introduce flat tournament structures from 2013/14.

– I have added a form rating to complement the Snooker Rating.  See Current Ratings.

– My thoughts on the staging of qualifying events for ranking tournaments.

– World Snooker announce plans to introduce a ranking system based on prize money for the 2014/15 season.


Forthcoming Events:

Tournament DATES
The Masters 11 – 18 January

Click here for the provisional 2014/15 Calendar of ranking events.

Snooker Ratings:

The rating system I have created is based on a system devised by Arpad Elo to rank Chess players.  I am not the first person to create such a system for Snooker, and I’m sure that I won’t be the last either.

The ratings are designed to reflect the strength of a player relative to all other players, so if Player A (rating = 1,000) plays Player B (rating = 500) then you would expect Player A to win twice as many frames as Player B. This type of rating system is in many ways the purest way to rank players according to their ability and I hope that it will be of interest to followers of the game.  More…

The Top 8 in the Snooker Ratings after the Lisbon Open are:

Player Rating
1 Ronnie O’Sullivan 1,161
2 Judd Trump 940
3 Mark Selby 887
4 Ding Junhui 831
5 Shaun Murphy 825
6 Stuart Bingham 819
7 Neil Robertson 819
8 Stephen Maguire 757

The Top 8 players over the last 5 tournaments have been:

Player FORM
1 Ronnie O’Sullivan 12
2 Judd Trump 11
3 Matthew Selt 10
4 Mark Williams 9
5 Ricky Walden 9
6 Stephen Maguire 9
7 Craig Steadman 9
8 Shaun Murphy 9

My intention is to report on my analysis in a way that is accessible to all readers. I encourage you to contact me if there is anything which isn’t clear and I would be happy to clarify or amend any posts.

Please contact me at james@snookeranalyst.com if you have any thoughts or suggestions about this site.

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