The History of Snooker
At goldenpalace.be we love to share a little history with our users from time to time, especially when it’s interesting. The history of snooker is no different, and has had a very interesting development. Did you know that billiards was already played in the 16th century and was especially popular among those with blue blood? It is this game that eventually grew into the game of snooker we know and love.
The Early Years
When the first official competition (the English Amateur Championships) took place in the early 20th century, the level of play wasn’t really comparable to what we see on the big screen today – the highest break in that time was just 60. Joe Davis, who contributed heavily to the establishment of the World Championships later on, won the first prize of £6.10 (€ 7.14). While this amount would be more like €100 today, it’s still not exactly the kind of prize you’d expect.
Rise in Popularity
Things really took off in 1969, when the BBC gave the big public the Pot Black tournament studios in Birmingham, igniting a love for the sport within many of the viewers. The fact that the show was shown in colour (including the colourful snooker balls) in a time when this was not yet taken for granted, surely helped its rise in popularity.
It didn’t take long for a real World Championship to take root after that, with the legendary Joe Davis easily disposing the available competition at the time. Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins took over this dominant position in the 70s.
The game has changed a lot in recent years. Chinese players are moving up aggressively up the rankings, but it is still Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan who turns the most eyes for his impressive performances. He has recently announced he would retire at the end of the season (for the second time).
A lot of players are lining up to show they have what it takes to reign supreme in the next snooker generation, with players such as There are a lot of overseas players from China that are aggressively pushing up the rankings. The modern day great is ‘The Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan, who recently announced his retirement when the seasons ends (for the second time), such as Judd Trump who possesses quite a few of the characteristics that made O’Sullivan the player he has grown to be.
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