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Crucible Curse - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Crucible Curse

Crucible Curse is a billiards slang term that is a part of Snooker Terminology.

In snooker, the crucible curse is a phenomenon whereby no first-time winner of the world snooker championship held at the Crucible theatre has ever defended the title the following year successfully. The Crucible Theater has been the venue for the Snooker world championships since 1977. Of all 17 players to have won the World Snooker Championship held at the Crucible Theater, five of them lost in their first match as the World Snooker Championship defending champion. John Spencer did it in 1978, Terry Griffiths did it in 1980, Steve Davis did it in 1982, Dennis Taylor did it in 1986 and Graeme Dott, in 2007. Only two snooker players have ever reached the final. Those two players were Joe Johnson in 1987 and Ken Doherty in 1998. Historically speaking, the Crucible Curse is not likely specific to the Crucible Theater. This is because no player in the modern history of the World Snooker Championship has defended their title except for three. Only Joe Davis, Fred Davis (brothers) and John Pulman have ever defended their World Snooker Championship titles. Joe did it in 1928, Fred did it in 1952, and John did it during his challenge match in 1964.

See: world snooker championship for more on the meaning of "Crucible Curse".

Crucible Curse - Usage

I'm going to successfully defend my World Snooker championship next year. Yeah right, you'll be a victim of the Crucible Curse, just like all of the others.

Billiards - Crucible Curse

  • Title: Crucible Curse
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 12/30/2007 4:50:43 PM
  • Last Updated: 12/30/2007 4:50:44 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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