This year marks the eleventh World Championship prediction contest and ten years since the first World Championship prediction contest was held. SnookerFan returns seeking to become the first predictor to win back-to-back World Championship prediction contests, whilst Wildey will be back seeking to win an unprecedented third World Championship contest. Last year saw three 200+ scores in the World Championship contests made for the first time, with SnookerFans 211 mark now the target for those seeking to break the World Championship record score.
The Roll of Honour lists as follows
2008 - Armchair de Critique/Smart
2009 - Casey
2010 - Alex0Paul
2011 - Jadechelsea
2012 - Wildey
2013 - Random05
2014 - SavoMilosevic
2015 - McChazzz
2016 - Wildey
2017 - SnookerFan WC
The prediction contest will use the same basic format as in previous years but with a couple of tweaks for 2018.
1. Match winner predictions
A Seeded player defeats a qualifier = 6 points
A Seeded player defeats a Seeded player = 7 points
A qualifier defeats a qualifier = 7 points
A qualifier defeats a Seeded player = 8 points
This system will run throughout the tournament.
2. Correct score predictions:
Round 1 to quarter-final: correct score = 4 points, 1 frame out = 2 points
Semi-final and Final: correct score = 5 points, 1 frame out = 3 points, 2 frames out = 1 point
You only get the points if you predict the correct winner
3. Maximum break game:
- pick any number of players to make a maximum break
- if a player you've nominated makes a maximum break you get 12 points
- if you nominate a player who fails to get a maximum break you lose 3 points
- if you do not predict a maximum break you receive no points
(A maximum break is defined as a 147 with 15 reds or a 155 with 15 reds + free ball red)
4. High Break game (new for 2018)
- Pick a player to score the 2018 World Championship's highest break.
- Pick the Score of the highest break
- Pick the total number of centuries that will be scored in the 2018 World Championship
- If your chosen player scores the highest break you receive 6 points
- If your chosen highest break is correct you receive 6 points with 1 point less for each point out
(E.g. a predicted HB of 145 with a correct HB of 143, receives 4 points)
- If your chosen number of centuries is correct you receive 6 points, with 1 point less for each century out
(E.g. predicted 81 centuries with a correct total of 77 centuries, receives 2 points)
5. Tournament winner predictions:
Each entrant may choose any 2 names for overall victory.
12 points for predicting a winner, 6 points for predicting a runner-up.
6. Tie-breaking criteria
In the event one or more scores are level at the conclusion of the contest then the following criteria shall be applies.
- Most correct predicted winners
- Most correctly predicted scores
- Highest total of bonus points from Maximum break, High Break and Tournament winner)
The deadline for naming your nominations for a 147 maker; Highest break maker, score and centuries; and tournament winners is 10am Saturday 21st April. Templates for the first round will open from 5pm on Thursday 19th April.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL ENTRANTS!
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