Mark Allen Player Profile
|DOB: 22 Feb, 1986||Nationality: N. Ireland||First Turned Pro: 2005|
|Highest Ranking: 4||Ranking Titles: 6||147 Breaks: 2|
SHQ Stars: ★★★★★
After winning the European Amateur Championship at senior and junior level, Allen turned professional in 2005.
It took the Northern Irishman only three years to break into the top 16 of the world rankings, and in 2009 he reached the semi-finals of the World Championship.
That Allen has never been able to get back to that stage at the Crucible since then has been one of the sport’s biggest mysteries.
The Pistol has been a constant presence in the top 16 for more than a decade, and at times he has stood up to the greats of the game.
His ability to compete at the very top level on a consistent basis has been his problem, but his overall record speaks for itself.
After reaching a first ranking final at the UK Championship in 2011, Allen captured a maiden glory a few months later with victory in the World Open.
Five more ranking successes have followed, including on home soil when he dramatically landed the Northern Ireland Open in 2021.
Two of Allen’s other great victories have occurred in prestigious invitational tournaments.
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At the 2018 Masters, he downed Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins to reach the final, where he beat Kyren Wilson to etch his name onto the Paul Hunter Trophy.
Just under three years later, Allen secured another standout success at the Champion of Champions when he outplayed Neil Robertson in the title decider.
He reached a career-high ranking of number four in 2020 and boasts several other smaller titles on his CV.
However, there are many who feel that Allen has underachieved given the wealth of talent at his disposal.
Ranking Event Victories
- 2012 World Open
- 2013 World Open
- 2016 PTC Grand Finals
- 2018 International Championship
- 2018 Scottish Open
- 2021 Northern Ireland Open
Other Notable Victories
- The Masters (2018)
- Champion of Champions (2020)
- Jiangsu Classic (2009)
- Minor ranking events (2012 Antwerp Open, 2013 Ruhr Open, 2013 Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup, 2014 Paul Hunter Classic, 2015 Bulgarian Open)
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Mark Allen Player Profile
SHQ Stars: How it works
|Rating||SHQ Stars||Career Requirements|
|Black||★★★★★★★||multiple world champion; 30+ ranking titles; career triple crown; world no.1 (at least 3)|
|Pink||★★★★★★||world champion; 10+ ranking titles; multiple winner of triple crown events; member of top 2; 15+ seasons in top 16 (at least 3)|
|Blue||★★★★★||winner of triple crown event; 5+ ranking titles; member of top 4; 12+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)|
|Brown||★★★★||2+ ranking titles; member of top 8; triple crown event finalist; 8+ seasons in the top 16 (at least 2)|
|Green||★★★||ranking title; member of top 16 (at least 1)|
|Yellow||★★||member of top 64|