Rankings Update: Allen Goes Past Half Million

January 23, 2023
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Mark Allen’s victory at the Duelbits World Grand Prix has extended his vast lead at the top of the one-year ranking list and he has now earned over £500,000 in ranking events this season.

The Pistol beat Judd Trump 10-9 in an epic final in Cheltenham on Sunday night and the £100,000 prize brings his tally for the season to £502,000, a long way ahead of second-placed Ryan Day who has £144,000.

Only the top 16 will progress to the Duelbits Players Championship which runs from February 20 to 26 in Wolverhampton, and there are just three counting events left in that race: the BetVictor Shoot Out, BetVictor German Masters and BetVictor Welsh Open.

Despite defeat in the final, Trump earns £40,000 and climbs from tenth to seventh, crucially putting him on track to qualify for the eight-man Duelbits Tour Championship which runs from March 27 to April 2 in Hull.

Shaun Murphy reached the semi-finals in Cheltenham and he’s up from 14th to 11th. Noppon Saengkham also made the last four and he leaps from 28th to 18th, boosting his hopes of a place in Wolverhampton. Xiao Guodong reached the quarter-finals and edges up from 18th to 15th.

Robertson has not entered the BetVictor Shoot Out so will need to win matches in Germany and Wales to stay in the top 16

Neil Robertson is on the bubble in 16th place and he has already qualified for the BetVictor German Masters so can add to his tally there. But several others around him such as Xiao, Joe O’Connor, Ali Carter, Anthony McGill and Sam Craigie have also booked spots in Berlin so they have the chance to make up ground.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is in 20th place and, having decided not to enter the BetVictor German Masters or the BetVictor Shoot Out, he will need a run to at least the semi-finals, or possibly the final, in Wales to qualify for Wolverhampton. John Higgins is down in 54th spot and will need to win the BetVictor Welsh Open to get into the top 16.

The next three events represent the conclusion of the race to win the BetVictor Series bonus, with the top player in the BetVictor Series rankings at the end of the BetVictor Welsh Open to collect the huge £150,000 bonus.

Allen holds a slender lead with £107,000, just ahead of Mark Selby with £104,000. In third place is Kyren Wilson with £102,000, followed by Gary Wilson with £93,500 then Luca Brecel with £78,500. All five of them are in action at the BetVictor Shoot Out in Leicester this week, where the top prize is £50,000. But Allen, Selby and Gary Wilson all failed to qualify for Berlin, so that could give the chasing pack a chance to gain ground.

On the official two-year list, Allen is up to a career-high position of third, leap-frogging Trump and Robertson. Ronnie O’Sullivan remains on top as the official world number one, with a lead of £182,000 over Mark Selby.

There are six counting events to go in the Race to the Crucible. Barry Hawkins continues to cling on to 16th spot, but is closely pursued by the likes of Anthony McGill, David Gilbert and Ryan Day.

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