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Higgins In Control Of Group One

John Higgins ensured himself a place in the Group One play-offs at BetVictor Championship League Snooker by winning all four of his group matches on Monday at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

The Scot made a strong start 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 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3-0. 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.

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. The remaining players who finished in the top five during the league phase continue 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 sport’s elite players compete for their share of a total prize pot of up to £205,000.

Group One continues at 11am on Tuesday. Group fixtures and results can be found at http://www.championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk/

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GROUP 1 TABLE

  PLD W L FW FL PTS
John Higgins 4 4 0 12 5 4
Stuart Bingham 3 2 1 8 5 2
Graeme Dott 3 2 1 8 7 2
Gary Wilson 4 2 2 8 9 2
Zhou Yuelong 3 1 2 7 8 1
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3 1 2 5 7 1
Michael Holt 4 0 4 5 12 0