Other impressive wins include Ollie Lines against Sunny Akani and Scott Donaldson against Noppon Saengkham. Amateur David Lilley gained revenge from being beaten in Q School by reinstated-professional Hammad Miah by reversing the scoreline at 4-2. The biggest shock however, was Niu Zhuang whitewashing Stuart Bingham 4-0. Also, Lukas Kleckers won a match, which is a lovely Brucie Bonus! A quick round up of the Riga Masters Qualifiers first though. There are not to many surprises. Zhao Xintong, Stephen Maguire and Neil Robertson prove to be the top scorers over the past few days.
It seems unlikely: the Scot has only beaten Ronnie four times in 23 meetings. Ronnie O'Sullivan goes into every snooker match he plays as a huge favourite, something which your predictions fully reflect. Only two of you expect him to lose before the quarter-final: one of you predicted (perhaps optimistically) a first-round loss to James Cahill, while one other predicted a second-round exit to Stephen Maguire.
This would of course be a new record by some margin; last year saw only 84. 53.7% of respondents have predicted a 147 break at this year's World Snooker Championship, something which hasn't been done since Stephen Hendry in 2012. One brave Redditor even predicted a total of 147 century breaks across the 31 matches to be played at the Crucible. Finally, there is also a grand total of 147 entries to the competition, which seemed incredibly fitting.
That's not to say there aren't other contenders though: the remaining 21 of you have spread your votes amongst Stuart Bingham, Barry Hawkins, John Higgins, Ding Junhui, Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson and even Martin Gould. And it'd be hard to rule any of them out - except maybe Gould, who has not had a good season thus far. Between them, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Neil Robertson and Judd Trump have 126 picks (85.7%) to become Champion this year, which reflects the odds the bookies have laid down.
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So, with all the entries in, what interesting patterns have emerged. With the tournament now officially underway, I've decided to close new entries for the World Championship Prediction Contest. With a copy the new Snooker 19 game now on offer to the winner courtesy of u/RipstoneGames, it seemed unfair to allow anyone to get any sort of advantage by seeing how players start the tournament in the Crucible spotlight.
A quick glance to CueTracker would suggest it is far more even than that: the pair have a 6-6 head-to-head record, with Gilbert winning their last two encounters (both in the Championship League). No other seeded player is so scantly backed. 105 entrants (71.4%) have picked Joe Perry to progress through his first round match against David Gilbert, despite the former farmer being the seeded player for this year.
Seven of the eight players have been tipped to reach the semis by at least one person: Mark Selby (41.5%), Mark Allen (29.3%), Luca Brecel (12.9%), Jack Lisowski (8.9%), Ali Carter (4.8%), Zhao Xintong (2.7%) and Gary Wilson (0.7%) might all fancy their chances of a semi-final at the Worlds this year. If you're looking for a surprise player in the semi-finals, look no further than the third quarter of the draw.