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:

Shaun Murphy has won the Bulgarian Open, the third European Tour event of the season.

Stuart Bingham has won the Shanghai Masters, defeating Mark Allen in the final.

Mark Allen won the Paul Hunter Classic, the second European Tour event of the season.

Mark Selby has won the Riga Open, the first European Tour event of the season.


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
Haining Open 20 – 24 October
International Championship 26 October – 2 November
Champion of Champions 3 – 9 November

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 Bulgarian Open are:

Player Rating
1 Ronnie O’Sullivan 1,155
2 Mark Selby 957
3 Ding Junhui 895
4 Shaun Murphy 862
5 Neil Robertson 834
6 Judd Trump 829
7 Mark Allen 796
8 Stuart Bingham 778

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

Player FORM
1 Shaun Murphy 14
2 Stuart Bingham 12
3 Ronnie O’Sullivan 12
4 Mark Selby 11
5 Mark Allen 10
6 Ding Junhui 10
7 Judd Trump 10
8 Peter Ebdon 10

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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