The new Coral Tour Championship has kicked off in the Welsh town of Llandudno as eight of the World’s best snooker players warm up for the World Championship next month in Sheffield.
The eight playing will be reduced to one come Sunday night 24th March and pick up a winner’s cheque of 150K. There’s 20K just for turning up in Llandudno.
The event is part of the Coral series which saw Judd Trump win back in Cheltenham at the Coral World Grand Prix, then Ronnie O’Sullivan made history in Preston at the Player’s Championship with his 1000th ton but the other week and won the event as well.
Currently, both him and Trump have the most points from the series to lift the inaugural Coral Cup but there are still others in the running for the trophy.
There’s also 20K on offer for any of the eight who makes a 147 by close of Sunday.
The first round (QFs) is best of 17, with the semi-finals best of 19 and a best of 25 for the final over three sessions.
The eight on show, includes the likes of…
- Mark Selby,
- Neil Robertson
- Stuart Bingham
- Mark Allen
- Kyren Wilson
All made enough points from the season’s one year list and the two previous Coral events to book a spot in Llandudno.
This event comes after Stuart Bingham lifted his sixth ranking title in Gibraltar, where he booked himself into the Champion of Champions later on this year by beating 2018 winner Welshman Ryan Day in the final 4 – 1.