The King of Snooker

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The King of Snooker
The King of Snooker official poster
GenreSports drama
StarringAdam Cheng
Niki Chow
Patrick Tang
Joyce Tang
Derek Kok
Benz Hui
Halina Tam
Opening theme"命運遊戲"[clarification needed] by Adam Cheng
Country of originHong Kong
Original language(s)Cantonese
No. of episodes20
Producer(s)Terry Tong
Running time45 minutes (approx.)
Original networkTVB
Original release30 March –

24 April 2009
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The King of Snooker (Traditional Chinese: 桌球天王) is a TVB television drama miniseries revolving around the sport of snooker in Hong Kong. It was originally broadcast by the network in 2009, from 30 March through 24 April, and subsequently re-released on DVD in several translations.


World champion snooker player Yau Yat Kiu (Adam Cheng) takes everyone by surprise when he suddenly retires from the snooker world. This comes as a huge disappointment to his daughter Yau Ka Kan (Niki Chow), who has always wanted to follow in his footsteps. She feels bewildered too, for although Kiu pretends he does not care about the sport any more, he has set up a series of challenge matches on the snooker table in his restaurant. His real purpose is that he is waiting for someone he feels is worth taking on as a protégé. Kiu comes to know Kan Tze Him (Patrick Tang) by chance. Noticing his flair for snooker, Kiu decides to teach Him all he knows about the game. Later, Kan manages to persuade her father into taking her on as a student as well.

Him fancies Kan, but she is fond of Lui Kin Chung (Derek Kok), Kiu's bitter rival. Chung's manager is a devious person; in order to ensure Chung's victory against Kiu, he drugs Kiu's water with sleeping pills during a match. After the game, Chung falls out with his manager because of this when he finds out.

Later in the series, a woman named Chin To To (Joyce Tang) falls in love with Kiu. Meanwhile, Him falls out with Kiu because of Chung's ex-manager. Both master and disciple come to settle their scores on a snooker table in the end.


Cast Role Description
Adam Cheng Yau Yat-Kiu
Snooker Player
Yau Ka-Kan's father.
Chin To-To's lover
Kan Tze-Him's teacher
Niki Chow Yau Ka-Kan
Yau Yat-Kiu's daughter.
Kan Tze-Him's lover.
Patrick Tang Kan Tze-Him
Yau Yat-Kiu's apprentice.
Yau Ka-Kan's lover.
Chin To-To's nephew
Joyce Tang Chin To-To (Toni)
PR Director
Yau Yat-Kiu's lover.
Kan Tze-Him's aunt
Derek Kwok Lui Kin-Chung (Ray)
Snooker Player
Benz Hui Yau Yee-Bor
Yau Yat-Kiu's brother.
See To Ma-Lei's lover
Halina Tam See To Ma-Lei
Chin To-To's cousin.
Yau Yee-Bor's lover
Catherine Chau (周家怡) Chow Hin Wai
Mandy Wong (Amy) Starblaze employee

Awards and nominations[edit]

TVB Anniversary Awards (2009):

  • Best Drama
  • Most Improved Actress (Catherine Chau)

Viewership ratings[edit]

Week Episodes Average
1 March 30 – April 3, 2009 1–5 26 28 [1]
2 April 6–10, 2009 6–10 26 [2]
3 April 13–17, 2009 11–15 28 [3]
4 April 20–24, 2009 16–20 27 32 [4]

DVD release[edit]

The entire 20-episode miniseries has been re-released as a region-free 4-disc DVD box set in NTSC video format. It features the original Cantonese and a Mandarin Chinese audio track, with English and Malay translation subtitles, and Chinese subtitles for the hearing-impaired.


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