Is Snooker A Game Of Chance?

October 29, 2009

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I am going to write about the elements of luck which I have been witnessing whilst watching this years world snooker championship.

I am not a snooker player myself – I am actually involved with stuttering therapy and offering a cost reduction service whereby people are able to obtain cheap calls.

A kick

I am sure that most snooker players are aware of what a kick is, in snooker. Basically the ball lifts from the bed of the table and can cause the shot to go offline which can easily cause a missed attempted pot, the positional side to go astray or the safety shot to go wrong.

Many experts have being trying to work out why these kicks happen, to attempt to remove them from the game. As you may well be aware they have not managed to come up with the answers or solutions as yet.

A ball drifting offline

I watched a match last night where the player attempted a pot into a middle pocket. He had played the shot with a lack of pace to give it every chance as it were and it was heading straight into the middle of the pocket. At the last moment is seemed to roll offline and it hit the jaw of the pocket, his opponent then cleared up the rest of the balls to win the frame.

The player looked in disgust as the table for whatever reason had not played true, the commentators were also at a loss to explain it and even said that it had been a problem all week. When the table had been set up various people had spent hours rolling balls up and down to check for any problems but there had not been any. The commentator commented that with the large crowd in the arena and the atmosphere, that this could affect the roll of the table.

A dodgy bounce off a cushion

A number of the players had been badly affected by a bad bounce off one of the cushions where it seems to spring off too quickly. This again can affect their safety or positional play, which again can result in them losing a frame.

If a player has a few of these bits of bad luck early in a match, whether it be from a kick, a ball rolling offline or by a dodgy bounce off a cushion, they can quickly find themselves three or four frames behind.


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