John Higgins has ensured himself a place in the Group 1 play-offs at BetVictor Championship League Snooker having won all four of his group matches on Monday at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.
The Scot will definitely finish inside the top four, with Michael Holt facing an uphill battle to qualify having lost all four of his matches on the opening day of the invitational event, which is broadcast on Freesports in the UK, Zhibo.tv in China and on Matchroom.Live, among other international broadcasters.
Stuart Bingham made his eighth career 147 in beating Holt 3-2, his second win of the day. The former Championship League winner sits second table in the table having played three matches.
Graeme Dott occupies third having also won two of three matches played, with Gary Wilson also on two wins but having played four times. Zhou Yuelong and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh have both played three matches and have one win each.
Each of the seven players faces each other once in the round-robin group stage, after which the top four players in the league table progress to Tuesday evening’s play-offs. The eventual group champion advances to March’s Winners’ Group with the remaining players who finished in the top five during the league phase continuing to Group Two which begins on Wednesday, when three new players join the tournament. The bottom two players in each group phase are eliminated. All matches are best of five.
BetVictor Championship League Snooker sees 25 of the game’s elite players compete for their share of a total prize pot of up to £205,000.