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:

- Ding Junhui has won his 5th full ranking event with victory over Neil Robertson in the final of the China Open.

- Barry Hawkins has won the Players Championship Finals after defeating Gerard Greene in the final.

- Shaun Murphy has defeated Mark Selby to win the World Open.

- Stuart Bingham won the Dongguan Open to claim his first title of the 2013/14 season.

- Ronnie O’Sullivan has produced another majestic performance to defeat Ding Junhui in the final of the Welsh Open, making a 147 break to seal victory.


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.


Ranking Events:

Tournament Qualifiers Finals Winner
Dongguan Open (AT4) - Completed STUART BINGHAM
World Open Completed Completed SHAUN MURPHY
Players Championship Finals - Completed BARRY HAWKINS
China Open Completed Completed DING JUNHUI
World Championship 8 – 16 April 19 April – 5 May

Click here for the full 2013/14 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 China Open are:

Player Rating
1 Ronnie O’Sullivan 1,175
2 Ding Junhui 943
3 Mark Selby 884
4 Neil Robertson 884
5 Shaun Murphy 833
6 Judd Trump 830
7 Stuart Bingham 810
8 John Higgins 773

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

Player FORM
1 Ronnie O’Sullivan 21
2 Barry Hawkins 12
3 Ding Junhui 12
4 Stuart Bingham 11
5 Shaun Murphy 11
6 John Higgins 10
7 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10
8 Judd Trump 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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