6 world champions part of Romanian Snooker Masters

The Romanian Snooker Masters event, due to take place in Bucharest this Spring between 14-18 of March will become the stage for no less than six world champions, as the likes of Mark Selby, Mark Williams, John Higgins, Stuart Bingham, Ali Carter and Neil Robertson will grace us with their presence (but also snooker skills) at the Metropolitan Circus Arena.

Unfortunately, the Romanian public's darling, Ronnie O'Sullivan is not part of the deal (a fact that saddens us truly), but we are sure that snooker is appreciated and loved beyond that.

On a more positive note though, the draw is ready, so here is the match schedule for Round One:

Mark Selby  – Liang Wenbo
Stuart Bingham – Neil Robertson
Mark Williams  – Ali Carter 
Shaun Murphy  – Stephen Maguire 
John Higgins – Anthony McGill 
Barry Hawkins  – Ryan Day 
Mark Allen  – Kyren Wilson
Judd Trump – Luca Brecel 

The first two rounds will be played on the "Best of 7" (Wednesday to Friday), the semi-finals will be played on Saturday on a "Best of 9" rule, while the Grand Final will take place on Sunday on a "Best of 19".

The tickets are already on sale on Entertix and MyTicket.ro

Romania to stage Romanian Snooker Masters

Romania will have the honor and privilege to stage, yet again, a new snooker tournament - the Romanian Snooker Master - between 14-18 of March this year, at the Metropolitan Circus Arena from Bucharest.

The country is no stranger from presenting snooker events, back in October 2016, staging the first and only (to this date) snooker ranking tournament in its history: The European Masters which delighted the public with a thriller final starring Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump, with the last named one winning 9-8.

It's been a bit lonely to have a snooker-less 2017, so this year World Snooker along with McCann and McCann/Thiess Events are organizing the Romanian Snooker Masters, an invitational tournament which will present to a hungry audience 16 players ready to cross their cues in their quest for a total money prize of 200,000 Euros.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to add this event to our 2017/18 World Snooker Tour calendar. We know how popular snooker is in Romania so it’s fantastic to be heading back there for a tour event. The players who make it to Bucharest will enjoy a fabulous atmosphere in an amazing city.

“We now have 29 tournaments on our global calendar this season. Our sport is growing around the world in terms of popularity and prize money so each event added to the Tour is great news for the players and fans.”

Cosmin Hodor, Event Director, said: "Romania has a strong culture for sport and we are delighted we will feature Romanian Snooker Masters in 2018, the year of the country’s Great Union centennial. We made great efforts to make this event happen and to strengthen our relationship with World Snooker and the players. We are honoured to see the best snooker players in the world come to Bucharest for a spectacular event."

Adrian Thiess, Event Promoter, added: “We are excited to have this event in Romania and to continue our efforts in featuring a snooker sports tradition in Romania. It means a lot the relationship we have with Ronnie O’Sullivan and the fact that he is keen to play in Romania. During the spring of 2016 we made a partnership with World Snooker for three snooker events in Romania and we are committed to honour this partnership."

The tickets are already up for grabs on Entertix and MyTicket.ro, so be sure to buy them fast and secure your spot for a genuine snooker show!

Also, keep an eye on the blog for the latest news! ;)

Press release: WPBSA World Seniors Snooker Tour

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) can today announce its involvement in the beginning of an official WPBSA World Seniors Tour.

Whilst the World Snooker Tour has gone from strength to strength in recent years, it is vital that we consider the longevity of the careers of our players. We recognise the excellent work already carried out by Jason Francis and Snooker Legends in creating interest and events which many of our sporting greats now compete in. Our intention is to create a partnership with Jason to take what he has done global and create more playing opportunities for amateurs than ever before.

There is clearly a role to play for the WPBSA as snooker’s world governing body in ensuring this concept receives the attention and support it deserves. Globally, there are significant numbers of players who are over 40 who continue maintain a strong competitive instinct in our sport, this includes many passionate amateurs and includes both past and present World Snooker Tour players. 

In support of the many players and the work of the World Snooker Federation as snookers IF, we are now engaged with the partners involved to build a tour of events as an official WPBSA World Seniors Snooker Tour.

BBC and World Snooker Extend Broadcast Agreement to 2024

The BBC will continue to broadcast all three of snooker’s Triple Crown tournaments until the end of the 2023/24 season.

The new deal is a five-year extension to the current agreement.

The BBC will continue to provide comprehensive live TV coverage and online streaming of the World Championship, UK Championship and the Masters, the sport’s three most prestigious tournaments.

The UK Championship is currently in progress in York, to be followed by the Masters in London in January and the World Championship in Sheffield in April and May.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “So many great moments in the history of our sport are synonymous with the coverage they have received on the BBC. The Triple Crown tournaments have a history which can’t be replicated and bring something extra special to snooker fans and those watching on the BBC alike.”

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport said: “Snooker has been televised by the BBC since 1969 and we are delighted to continue this proud tradition until at least 2024. The new deal means that these events will continue to be televised free-to-air for many years to come, which is fantastic news for the many millions of fans around the UK.”