More about the three ITV events

This was yesterday announced by Worldsnooker:

This season’s World Grand Prix, Players Championship and Tour Championship will now be sponsored by leading betting operator Coral, with snooker’s top players also set to battle for the newly created Coral Cup.

These tournaments were previously sponsored by Ladbrokes but the Ladbrokes Coral Group has taken a strategic decision to change the three title sponsorships to the Coral brand.

The Coral World Grand Prix will run from February 4-10 at Cheltenham Racecourse, with the top 32 players from the one-year ranking list to earn a place.

The top 16 on the one-year list will go on to the Coral Players Championship at the Guild Hall in Preston from March 4-10.

And only the top eight will make it to the Coral Tour Championship at Venue Cymru in Llandudno from March 19 to 24.

The top prizes at the three Coral Series events will be £100,000, £125,000 and £150,000 respectively, and any player taking all three titles will have his total rounded up from £375,000 to £500,000.

The player earning the most overall prize money across the three events will receive the inaugural Coral Cup.

All three events will receive extensive television coverage from ITV4.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “The race is on to qualify for the Coral World Grand Prix with only three counting events to go, the UK Championship, Scottish Open and German Masters, before the cut off point falls. Only the best 32 players of the season will make it to Cheltenham, and then the field becomes more and more elite for the events in Preston and Llandudno.

“Every pound counts over the coming weeks and it is a huge incentive for players to qualify for the Coral Series events because they have a high level of prestige and a fantastic level of prize money. Those who make it have the chance to push further ahead in the world rankings.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Coral team on what will be an outstanding trip of tournaments which will be watched by many millions of fans across the world.”

Simon Clare, Ladbrokes Coral PR Director said: “We are delighted to be partnering with World Snooker to launch such an exciting, new snooker series. Coral has a long history of sponsorship in snooker, but this decision to sponsor three such prestigious events and the inaugural Coral Cup is the biggest commitment we have ever made to the sport and one we are very proud to make. We can’t wait to get started.”

Tickets for all three Coral Series events are on sale now, for details CLICK HERE

Currently among the top 32 of the one-year list are the likes of Mark Allen, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Mark Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson and John Higgins.

So basically we are going from one bookie to another…

8 thoughts on “More about the three ITV events

  1. No, I understand no systems perfect, but don’t start me off on defending champs not being there !!. Anyway looks a great format and exciting times lay ahead for the fans me thinks.

    • I don’t understand your comment Csilla. Yes, the WC is ranking, as are the UK, the Home series and most Chinese events. But all those events have qualifiers or start at last 128 which means that – in theory – all players have a chance to win it. The 3 Coral events are invitational. As they are based on the one year list all plzyers have theoretically the dsame chances to qualify for them. Now imagine that thet would be based on the two year list: the players who are in their first year would be at a disadvqntage because the others would see their points from the previous season counting and they would not.

      • Thank you: I think each and every time and year I struggle with reconciling the “invitational” and “ranking” for the same tournament. Knowing that’s how it is does not mean really understanding why. But thanks for the clear explanation.

      • On the other hand if Ronnie or any other player wins 4 or 5 tournaments in one season and then 12 months or so later there not in the top 32 on one year list and do not qualify for the big spring events that does seem a bit unfair ? Also newly qualified players for tour are unlikely to be in top 32 anyway, though not impossible of course. Well just to conclude I bet Itv sports were biting there finger nails in case Ronnie bombed out early
        in crawley and Belfast !. Hopefully he does okay in UK and Scottish and makes top 16. Thanks for your replies Monique.

      • It’s how it works. Even the defending champion has no guarantee to be there, Shaun Murphy will know something about this. And there is currently one player on his first year tour card inside the provisional top 32, Zhao Xintong, and two others currently in the top 50 who could well get there if they have a good run in one of the remaining tournaments. One is Luo Honghao who is in his first ever pro year.

  2. You could always BET on going from from one bookie to another one Monique. Oh well better then tobacco sponsorship I suppose. Sounds kind of exciting but would prefer to see an element of two year list left in if only for the reason to help a certain player mentioned on this site now and again ! hmmm.

    • I’m not that sure that the gambling industry is better than tobacco. But that’s another debate. There will never be a two year list element in it unless it’s no more ranking because it would mean that all the players who are in their first year tour card would be at a massive disadvantage.

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