This was published by Worldsnooker today:
Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson are among the top players heading to Bucharest next month for the Romanian Snooker Masters.
Sanctioned by World Snooker, the tournament will be organised by McCann Bucharest and McCann/Thiess Events and will feature 13 of the world’s top 16.
The tournament will have total prize money of 200,000 Euros with the winner to receive 50,000 Euros.
Romanian Snooker Masters Draw:
Mark Selby (1, England) – Liang Wenbo (18, China)
Stuart Bingham (11, England) – Neil Robertson (13, Australia)
Mark Williams (7, Wales) – Ali Carter (12, England)
Shaun Murphy (6, England) – Stephen Maguire (19, Scotland)
John Higgins (5, Scotland) – Anthony McGill (16, Scotland)
Barry Hawkins (8, England) – Ryan Day (17, Wales)
Mark Allen (9, Northern Ireland) – Kyren Wilson (14, England)
Judd Trump (3, England) – Luca Brecel (15, Belgium)
The first two rounds, scheduled from Wednesday to Friday – March 14-16, are played over 7 frames. The semi-finals will be held on Saturday – March 17, best of 9 frames, while the Sunday final – March 18, will be played in two sessions with a maximum of 19 frames.
In 2016, Bucharest staged the European Masters with a memorable final between Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan, won by Trump 9-8.
Although Ronnie is on the original poster, he’s not playing in it. I’m certain that this will be a huge disappointment for many Romanian snooker fans. On the other hand, this tournament isn’t carrying ranking points and I believe that Ronnie doesn’t want to over-play. He doesn’t want a repeat of the exhaustion that hit him last December. Other top 16 players not in it are Ding and, of course, Marco Fu.