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:

Joe Perry has claimed the final Asian Tour event of the season, defeating Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the final of the Xuzhou Open.

Shaun Murphy has become the 10th player to seal the ‘Triple Crown’ by winning The Masters, to follow up his previous victories in the 2005 World Championship and 2008 UK Championship.

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.


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
German Masters 4-8 February

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 Xuzhou Open are:

Player Rating
1 Ronnie O’Sullivan 1,144
2 Judd Trump 925
3 Shaun Murphy 898
4 Mark Selby 880
5 Neil Robertson 836
6 Ding Junhui 813
7 Stuart Bingham 800
8 Joe Perry 767

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

Player FORM
1 Shaun Murphy 12
2 Judd Trump 11
3 Ronnie O’Sullivan 11
4 Matthew Selt 10
5 Stephen Maguire 10
6 Joel Walker 9
7 Neil Robertson 9
8 Joe Perry 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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