It hosts an enormous collection of stats and figures from the famous tournament.
Snooker statisticians will be in dream land as there’s another magnificent library of records to avail of after the new Masters Almanac was published last weekend.
Chris Downer is famed for his incredible and highly sought-after book of statistical treasures known as the Crucible Almanac each season.
And influenced by Downer, fellow avid snooker supporter Matt Tresco has now gone to equally remarkable lengths to accumulate a wide range of interesting tidbits from the sport’s second oldest professional tournament.
From routine information like the number of century breaks compiled and the nationalities represented, the Masters Almanac also delves much deeper into the dark stats of the event, including the frequency of match scores, the deciding frame records, attendances, and various other miscellaneous gems.
For example, did you know that in the 1996 first-round tie between Tony Drago and John Parrott, the former was penalised on his break-off shot for failing to place the cue ball inside the D-shaped area?
Better still, Mark Wildman’s first four shots on his debut appearance in 1983 were all foul strokes, while Fred Davis was the oldest competitor in the history of the competition when he last participated in 1981 at the tender age of 67.
At more than 100 pages in length these only scratch at the surface, and the Masters Almanac is sure to be a useful resource come the upcoming edition of the prestigious invitational next January in London.
Yan Bingtao became the third youngest winner of the Masters when he triumphed behind closed doors earlier this year, so the Chinese cueist will be eager to successfully defend his crown in front of a crowd at the Alexandra Palace this time around.
The likes of world number one Judd Trump, world champion Mark Selby, and record seven-time Masters winner Ronnie O’Sullivan are also likely to be among those competing for the top prize.
Trump, who secured his maiden triumph in 2019, is the current bookies favourite with odds of 3/1 and you can check out this top csgo betting websites list for more information on some of the betting sites that are available online.
A lot can change in terms of form between now and then, however, with the 2021/22 campaign yet to even get under way.
With a few weeks still to go before we see any more live snooker action, having a browse of the Masters Almanac might be a good way to kill time ahead of the start of the new term.
More information on how to download the Masters Almanac for free can be found by clicking here.
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