Stephen Lee (snooker player)

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Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee
birthday 12th October 1974 (age 45)
place of birth Trowbridge
nationality EnglandEngland England
professional 1992-2012
Prize money £ 2,062,352
Highest break 145
Century Breaks 184
Main tour successes
World championships -
Ranking tournament victories 5
Minor tournament victories 2
World rankings
Highest WRL place 5 ( 00/01 and 03/04 )

Stephen Lee (born October 12, 1974 in Trowbridge , Wiltshire ) is a suspended English snooker player .


Stephen Lee has made 184 Century Breaks in his career and won five Snooker Main Tour ranked tournaments , most recently the Grand Finals of the Players Tour Championship 2012. There are also two titles in minor ranked tournaments.


Lee won the English Amateur Championship in 1992 and made his professional tour debut that same year. Within five years he made it into the top 16 of the snooker world rankings .

In the 1997/98 season he reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Open and UK Championship ranked tournaments . The following season he won his first title in a ranking tournament by beating Marco Fu in the final at the Grand Prix . He also reached such a final twice in the 1999/2000 season , but lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan 2: 9 in the 1999 finals of the China International and 8: 9 in 2000 at the Welsh Open to John Higgins . On the other hand, he won an invitation tournament in 1999 with the Millennium Cup and was part of the victorious English team at the Nations Cup .

However, it also made negative headlines in 2000 when it tested positive for cannabis .


With victories at the LG Cup in 2001 and the Scottish Open in 2002, he consolidated his position among the world's best. At the end of the 2000/01 season he reached his best ranking with 5th place . He moved into the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship in 2003 and won the Welsh Open in 2006 ; at the end of the 2006/07 season , however, it fell out of the top 16. By the end of the decade it was between 20 and 30.


As more professional snooker tournaments were held at the beginning of the decade - under the direction of Barry Hearn - Lee's form curve showed up again. He won two tournaments in the newly introduced PTC series and came second at the 2012 Haikou World Open . He also won his fifth major rankings title with the PTC Grand Finals in 2012 . He returned to the 8 best in the world rankings.


On February 12, 2010, Lee was arrested and interrogated by the police on suspicion of fraud. It took two and a half years, with Lee continuing to play, before the case was closed by the UK prosecutor, the Crown Prosecution Service . Just a few days later, his Premier League game against John Higgins saw noticeable betting patterns on his defeat. Lee had lost the game 2: 4 and made a lot of mistakes in the sixth frame despite good chances to equalize 3: 3. So the WPBSA resumed its investigation into this and the previous case; As a precaution, Stephen Lee was banned on October 11, 2012, the day before his 38th birthday.

The world federation, together with the state betting commission, then identified several suspicious game bets from earlier times and came to the conclusion that Lee had committed betting manipulation in seven cases between 2008 and 2009. In the cases that became known later, however, the guilt was not proven. The WPBSA imposed a ban of twelve years on the player and a fine of the equivalent of € 47,000. Lee appealed, but it was dismissed. In addition to the costs of the appeal, his penalty increased to just under € 160,000. Stephen Lee is banned until his 50th birthday on October 12, 2024, which means that he can no longer compete as a professional until then.


Stephen Lee has been married since 2005 and has one daughter and three sons.


Ranking tournament victories

Minor ranking tournament victories

Team competitions



  1. Profile of Stephen Lee on CueTracker (as of December 2, 2018)
  2. a b Century Breaks (as of June 23, 2013)
  3. Legal twist in Lee drugs hearing
  4. Snooker player Stephen Lee arrested over match-fixing allegations
  5. Stephen Lee Suspended
  6. Stephen Lee 'devastated' by suspension over suspicious betting patterns
  7. Stephen Lee: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
  8. World Snooker, WPBSA Statement - Stephen Lee, September 25, 2013 on, accessed September 25, 2013
  9. Snooker - Drastic Penalty for Lee ( September 28, 2013 memento on the Internet Archive ) on, accessed October 5, 2013
  10. Ban due to match-fixing: Snooker professional Lee fails with appeal. Spiegel Online , May 15, 2014, accessed May 15, 2014 .

Web links

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