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Ronnie O'Sullivan is the closest to dominance in the modern era, having won the title on five occasions in the 21st century , , , and Snooker grew in popularity across the Indian colonies and the United Kingdom, but it remained a game mainly for the gentry , and many gentlemen's clubs that had a billiards table would not allow non-members inside to play. I wasn't here last year, I watched it in a caravan - Williams. Accessibility links

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However, this event has been taken out of the tour since , when the Champion of Champions was established. There are also other tournaments that have less importance, earn no world ranking points and are not televised. These can change on a year-to-year basis depending on calendars and sponsors. In , the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association submitted an unsuccessful bid for snooker to be played at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Several players, such as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Allen and Steve Davis, have warned that there are so many tournaments that players risk burning out.

In , O'Sullivan played fewer tournaments in order to spend more time with his children, and ended the —13 season ranked No. Furthermore, he did not play any tournament in except the world championship, which he won. In the professional era that began with Joe Davis in the s and continues until the present day, a relatively small number of players have succeeded at the top level.

Through the decades, certain players have tended to dominate the game, but none more than its original star player, Joe Davis. Davis was world champion for twenty years, retiring unbeaten after claiming his fifteenth world title in when the tournament was reinstated after the Second World War.

Davis was unbeaten in world championship play, and was only ever beaten four times in his entire life, with all four defeats coming after his world championship retirement and inflicted by his own brother Fred.

He did lose matches in handicapped tournaments, but on level terms these four defeats were the only losses of his entire career. It is regarded as highly unlikely that anyone will ever dominate the game to his level again. By he was deemed ready by his brother to take over the mantle but lost the world final to the Scotsman Walter Donaldson.

After this setback, Davis and Donaldson contested the next four finals, Davis proving the stronger player. After the abandonment of the world championship in , with the final boycotted by British professionals, the Professional Match Play Championship became the unofficial world championship in all but name.

After winning three official and five unofficial world titles, his absence from the tournament was to prove vital, as its winner, John Pulman, was automatically awarded the official world title on resumption of the tournament in Davis would try, but never regain the world title again.

John Pulman was the king of the s, when the world championship was played on a challenge basis. However, when the tournament reverted to a knockout formula in , he did not prosper. Ray Reardon became the dominant force in the s, winning six titles, with John Spencer winning three.

Steve Davis ' first world title in made him only the 11th world champion since , including the winner of the boycotted title, Horace Lindrum. Stephen Hendry became the 14th in and dominated through the s.

Reardon won six , — and , Davis also six , , and — and Hendry seven , — and Ronnie O'Sullivan is the closest to dominance in the modern era, having won the title on five occasions in the 21st century , , , and Mark Williams has won three times , , and and John Higgins four times , , , but since the beginning of the century, there has not been a dominant force like in previous decades, and the modern era has seen many players playing to a similar standard, instead of one player raising the bar.

Davis, for example, won more ranking tournaments than the rest of the top 64 players put together by By retaining his title in , O'Sullivan became the first player to successfully defend the world championship since when Hendry won the sixth of his seven titles, his fifth in a row, and then later by Mark Selby in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Snooker scoreboard. For other uses, see Snooker disambiguation. List of snooker tournaments and Snooker organisations.

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