- What: 2022 Northern Ireland Open
- Date: October 16, 2022 through October 23, 2022
- Location: Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
The 2022 BetVictor Northern Ireland Open takes place between October 16 and October 23. The snooker tournament is the fourth ranking event of the 2022-23 snooker season. The prize pool for the week-long event, which happens at Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is £422,000. The winner takes home £80,000. Mark Allen is the defending champion, winning the 2021 Northern Ireland Open with a victory over Ricky Walden.
The 2022 Northern Ireland Open, which begins with 128 of the world’s best snooker players, comes on the heels of the non-ranking Hong Kong Masters. That event wrapped up on October 9. The legendary Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed his first career victory in that tournament with a win over Marcu Fu in the final.
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Northern Ireland Open Snooker Tournament picks
|To Win 2022 Norther Ireland Open|
The 2010 World Champion, Neil Robertson, made his 2022-23 season debut at the Hong Kong Masters. The 40-year-old recently said he will not play every tournament like he once did. “’I’m playing for fun now. I’ve got a young family now, so I don’t need to play in every tournament these days. My family is really important to me. They’re my inspiration to win.”
Robertson had three ranking tournament wins last year, including the Tour Championship, which he also won in 2021. He made it past Mark Williams in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Masters, but fell to Ronnie O’Sullivan by a score of 6-4 in the semi-final round.
Robertson made it to the last 32 in the 2021 Northern Ireland Open. Ricky Walkden, who made the finals, eliminated him in that round.
Despite his relaxed schedule, Robertson is the No. 3 ranked player in the world.
The No. 1 ranked snooker player in the world, Ronnie O’Sullivan, picked up his first win of the 2022-23 snooker season with a victory in the Hong Kong Masters.
The 46-year-old finished 2022 by winning his seventh World Championship, but he struggled in the opening stages of the current campaign. He was eliminated in the second round of the Championship League tournament in late July. O’Sullivan withdrew from the season’s second event, the European Masters for medical reasons. O’Sullivan was eliminated in the round of 128 in the British Open.
The win at the Hong Kong Masters is especially notable since O’Sullivan’s performance at the British Open left 1999 World Champion Stephen Hendry remarking that O’Sullivan’s play in that event was, “…probably the worst I’ve seen Ronnie play for a good few years.”
O’Sullivan made it to the last 16 in the 2021 Northern Ireland Open.
The No. 2 ranked snooker player in the world, Judd Trump was one of the eight players invited to the Hong Kong Masters. Trump did not make it out of the first round. His opponent in that round, the No. 5 ranked John Higgins defeated him 5-4.
Trump was eliminated in the opening round of the 2022-23 version of the Champion’s League. He followed that by making it to the quarter-finals of the European Masters. As for the British Open, Trump made it to the last 16 before losing to eventual winner Mark Allen.
The 33-year-old Trump won the World Championship in 2019. He made it to the quarter-finals of the 2021 Northern Ireland Open before losing to eventual champion Mark Allen.
I think the Hong Kong Masters was a good place for Neil Robertson to shake off any rust he had from his layoff and that he will come to the 2022 Northern Ireland Open prepared and focused to get a win. Robertson is the best bet to win the Northern Ireland Open.
Pick: Neil Robertson to win the 2022 Northern Ireland Open snooker tournament.
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