21st of September marked the date for the first press conference dedicated to Romanian's biggest snooker event of all times - the European Masters - due to take place in Bucharest, at the Circus Arena between 3rd and 9th of October 2016.
The organisers, McCann & Thiess Events, which have also been involved into no less than three editions of Snooker Titans Trophy (a series of exhibition matches that introduced the Romanian public to top snooker players) were happy to announce the latest details about the coming European Masters.
The event will be held at the Circus Arena from Bucharest (the same location that was used for two of the Snooker Titans Trophy editions) between 3-9 October and will see no less than 32 snooker players.
The organisers promised one hell of a show with the guarantee that at least eight of the Top 16 players will be present in Bucharest and five world champions will also delight the Romanian audience.
The European Masters will be fully covered by EuroSport and EuroSport 2, which is actually a premiere for such a huge sport event held in our country.
The matches will start from 10am and the "match of the day" (as the organisers call it) is scheduled to start from 7.30pm.
Matches will be played on "the best of 9" rule up until the semis which will be played on "best of 11" and the final will get to see "best of 17" frames.
The semis are scheduled to take place on Saturday from 1pm and 7pm, while the final will be disputed the next day, on Sunday in two sessions, at the same hours.
The full match schedule will be released shortly, after the qualifying stages will be completed.
Mr Bogdan Enoiu (McCann World Group Romania's General Manager) said:
"Ronnie O'Sullivan means to snooker what Roger Federer means to tennis because he has such a distinct way of playing the game.
The sport itself has many resemblances with chess because one must think up to six moves ahead.
It's such a great honour to have eight out of the Top 10 snooker players playing here, because the fans will be spoiled for seven days with outstanding matches."
McCann & Thiess Events has signed a three-year contract with World Snooker for staging this event in Romania, but the organisers are waiting to see how the first edition will go and how the Romanian audience will respond in order to raise the bar and also hold the qualifying stages here (at the moment, due to lack of a suitable venue they will be held in Preston, UK).
Mr Cosmin Hodor, the man behind the European Masters organisational team added:
"The European Masters is the second most prestigious ranking event held outside the UK borders so we are delighted with this opportunity.
The prize money reaches 350.000 euros, while the organisational costs up to 500.000 euros.
The venue is perfect for snooker and the audience will have the chance to see four matches per day and at least one Top 10 player evolving at the table for decent prices."
Asked about the name of the referees in change, the organisers promised that the Romanian public will see Alex Crisan on duty, but they are still waiting for the disclosure of the full list of referees from World Snooker.
The tickets are still available on eventim.ro prices starting with 55 RON per day, so be sure to check the website and book your snooker experience.
This is the real deal! You just can't miss it! ;-)
The first ever professional event to be held in Romania, the European Masters, is due to take place at the Circus Arena from Bucharest. on 3-9 October 2016 and the tickets are on sale!
The tournament is a premiere on World Snooker's calendar of events and also for the Romanian snooker fans who will be able to see the stars at work and smell the real drama and tension of real matches.
Until now we have been spoiled with exhibition matches and great names that have made history on the green baize, such as: Ronnie O'Sullivan, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Mark Williams, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and so on, but now it's time for the real battle to begin.
The tickets have been made available on Eventim.ro website and you can choose from one-day ticket or a subscription for the entire time that the tournament lasts.
Stuart Bingham, the 2015 world champion, has actually high hopes on returning to Romania and playing in front of a packed crowd, as he himself stated in a recent interview.
The qualifying rounds for the European Masters will take place between 26 and 28 September, in Preston, UK.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now! It's a unique opportunity! ;-)
Stuart Bingham is determined to qualify for the European Masters in Romania having been “blown away” by his first visit to Bucharest.
The 2015 World Champion went to the capital city last year to play exhibitions with Ronnie O’Sullivan and he was amazed by the passion of Romanian snooker fans.
Bucharest will stage the new European Masters world ranking event from October 3rd to 9th and it will be the first ever professional tournament held in Romania.
There will be qualifying rounds staged in Preston in the UK in September which means that players will need to win two matches to earn a seat on the flight across Europe.
Bingham will be joined in the tournament by the likes of O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and John Higgins.
Looking back on the exhibitions he played in Bucharest, Bingham said: “It was absolutely fantastic, one of the best places I have been for an exhibition. We were well looked after by the promoter and I was blown away by how enthusiastic the fans were about snooker. We were there for two nights and both times we had 2,000 people there, which shows what a big appetite there is for snooker in Romania.
“We met a few fans who were very friendly and I really like the atmosphere in Bucharest, it seems like a fantastic city. And the Circul Globus venue is brilliant, perfect for snooker. It reminds me of Goffs in Ireland or the old Wembley Conference Centre.
“I was really looking forward to going back there but then I heard we have to win two matches in the UK to qualify which really puts the pressure on. It is one event I am really hoping to make it to this season because we haven’t had a ranking event in Romania before. I have always been a player who enjoys travelling and competing around the world.
“I know there are reasons why sometimes we can take 128 players to a venue and sometimes it’s only 32. I have never been one to cry or complain about it. Everyone is in the same boat and you just have to try to win your two matches and make it to the venue.”
Bingham, currently ranked second in the world, has had a steady start to the season, reaching the last 16 of both the Riga Masters and Indian Open and the last 32 of the World Open.
“I’m playing at around 60 percent which means there is room for improvement,” added the 40-year-old. “I feel as if my game is in good shape. I haven’t gone deep in a tournament yet but two of the players I have lost to – Anthony McGill and Ali Carter – went on to win the title. I just need to iron out a few mistakes and then hopefully get my hands on a trophy soon.”
Source: World Snooker
Photos by: Monique Limbos
As many of you already know this year is a very important one for global snooker since a lot has changed (names & formats of the tournaments) and some broadcasting contracts have been renewed.
But the friends of the blog know this is also a HUGE year for Romania, because the European Championship is the first ever ranking tournament to be staged on Romanian soil, so we are really looking forward to see the lads in action in October (3 to 9 October to be more precise).
In recent months we've heard a lot of rumours concerning the location of the event. Initially, it was Bucharest, then Cluj-Napoca, but now everything is settled, so I am pleased to announce you that the first edition of the European Championship will be staged in Bucharest.
Also, there are some changes in the format of the tournament.
Initially it was said that all 128 players will be coming to Romania and the qualifying rounds will be played here, but according to today's official press release from World Snooker's website, it seems only the Last 32 will be delighting us.
The qualifying stages will be held at Guild Hall from Preston, UK from September 26 to 28.
Although it wasn't stated in the press release, this decision was probably taken after serious consideration regarding the venue's capacity of settling 128 snooker players.
The venue's name itself is yet to be made public, but will definitely be announced in short time.
So, I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to this new event.
For those of you interested, please check eventim.ro because there's already a ticket alert on so be sure to subscribe and get the news when the tickets will be put on sale and grab yours, because this is a chance you can't miss!
Also, be sure to keep an eye on the blog because I shall be keeping you posted on what's going on with this event, as well as with the regular ones.
Who's writing all this?
- Well, hello there my dear chums! My name is Ramona and I blog passionately about snooker. Lovely to meet you! Now shush and let me write!
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