Mark Allen (snooker player)

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Mark Allen
Mark Allen
birthday 22nd February 1986 (age 34)
place of birth Antrim
nationality Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland
Nickname (s) The Pistol,
professional since 2005
Prize money £ 3,149,940 (As of August 29, 2020)
Highest break 147 ( UK Championship 2016 )
Century Breaks 458 (as of August 29, 2020)
Main tour successes
World championships -
Ranking tournament victories 5
Minor tournament victories 5
World rankings
Highest WRL place 5 ( March – April 2019 )
Current WRL location 5 (as of August 17, 2020)

Mark Allen (born February 22, 1986 in Antrim ) is a professional snooker from Northern Ireland .


Allen won numerous titles as an amateur. In 2004 he became IBSF amateur world champion and EBSA European champion and in 2005 EBSA U19 European champion . He has been a professional on the Snooker Main Tour since the 2005/06 season . He played a good debut season there and secured his first participation in the finals of a major ranking tournament with four wins in qualifying at the Malta Cup . After surviving the wildcard round, he lost to Shaun Murphy 2: 5 in the first main round .

In 2007 he qualified for the finals of a world championship for the first time . After his opening win over Ken Doherty, he lost to Matthew Stevens in the round of 16 . After just two seasons he was among the 32 best in the world snooker rankings .

At the Northern Ireland Trophy , he moved into the semi-finals of a ranking tournament for the first time in 2007. He achieved other good results in 2008 at the China Open and the Bahrain Championship , where he reached the quarter and semi-finals.

At the 2009 World Cup he defeated, among others, defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and only failed in the semifinals to John Higgins . In 2009 he won the Jiangsu Classic Main Tour invitation tournament with a clear 6-0 final victory over Ding Junhui . At the 2010 World Cup , he failed in the quarterfinals to Graeme Dott . At the UK Championship 2010 he once again made it into the semi-finals of a ranking tournament. The following year he made his first appearance in the final of a ranking tournament at the same event , but he had to admit defeat to Judd Trump with 8:10.

In March 2012, Allen finally won his first ranking tournament when he clearly defeated Stephen Lee 10-1 in the final of the Haikou World Open . In October he won his first tournament on the PTC series with the Antwerp Open .

In early March 2013, Allen defended his title at the Haikou World Open when he defeated Matthew Stevens 10-4 in the final. Then he moved up to 6th place in the world rankings . In October 2013 he won the Ruhr Open, which was held for the first time in the 2013/14 season , with a 4-1 final victory over Ding Junhui. A month later, he won another PTC tournament with the 2013 Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup .

In August 2014 he reached the final of the Riga Open , where he lost a 3-0 lead against Mark Selby and lost in the end with 3-4. In the same month, Allen defeated Judd Trump 4-2 in the final of the Paul Hunter Classic and thus won his fourth title in a tournament of the Players Tour Championship . At his next tournament, the Shanghai Masters , he also reached the final, including a contested 6: 5 semi-final victory over world number one Mark Selby. He then clearly lost the final against Stuart Bingham 3:10. At the beginning of November 2014 he reached another final at the International Championship , but lost to Ricky Walden there with 7:10.

Allen won his fifth PTC title at the Bulgarian Open 2015 with a 4-0 win over Ryan Day . In March 2016 he won the final tournament of the Players Tour Championship 2015/16 by beating Ricky Walden 10: 6 in the final.

At the UK Championship 2016 , he scored his first official maximum break in round two, in the 7th frame of the game against Rod Lawler .

In 2018 he won the Masters after victories over Luca Brecel (6: 3), Ronnie O'Sullivan (6: 1) and John Higgins (6: 3) with a 10: 7 final victory over Kyren Wilson ; it was the first Masters victory by a Northern Irishman since 1987.

At the World Cup , Allen beat Liam Highfield as seeded player 10-5 in the first round and Joe Perry , who had previously eliminated Mark Selby, 13-8 in round two . In the quarterfinals he failed 6:13 to Kyren Wilson.

The 2018/19 snooker season was successful for Allen, he won the International Championship against Neil Robertson and the Scottish Open against Shaun Murphy and reached the final of the UK Championship , where he lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan .


Mark Allen was in a relationship with multiple world champion and first place in the women's snooker rankings, Reanne Evans . A daughter emerged from the relationship. On May 10, 2013, he married his girlfriend Kyla McGuigan.

Tournament victories

Ranked tournaments

Minor ranking tournaments

Invitation tournaments

Amateur tournaments (selection)

Web links

Commons : Mark Allen  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Mark Allen. In: World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association , January 11, 2015, accessed August 14, 2015 .
  2. a b Profile of Mark Allen at CueTracker (as of August 18, 2018)
  3. Saj Chowdhury: Masters 2018: Mark Allen beats Kyren Wilson 10-7 in final to take title . BBC News , January 22, 2018.
  4. Steve Davis says women will never match top men Report and interview with Reanne Evans by Caroline Rigby May 2, 2014 BBC Sport accessed on December 17, 2018
  5.,,13165~3178321,00.html ( Memento from June 20, 2013 in the web archive )