Big money and random draw for the 2021 British Open

WST has published more information about the coming British Open

Next month’s British Open world ranking event, to be staged at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, will have a completely random draw for all rounds.

The tournament will run from August 16 to 22 featuring 128 of the world’s top players. Every round will see a random draw, which could pitch the top stars against each other.

The event, to be televised by ITV, has a rich history having previously been staged from 1985 to 2004, often with random draws as a distinctive element.

Details on the line-up of players and how to watch the first round draw will be announced closer to the event.

Fans will be welcomed for the seven-day tournament, which will be the first ever ranking event at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

Snooker has led the sporting world in the post-lockdown return of live audiences, and WST will continue to work closely with the UK Government and all of our venues and partners on Covid-19 regulation.

British Open prize money

Winner: £100,000

Runner-up: £45,000

Semi-finals: £20,000

Quarter-finals: £12,000

Last 16: £7,000

Last 32: £5,000

Last 64: £3,000

High break: £5,000

Total: £470,000

I’m sure some will think that this is “exciting” … but it’s not not for me. Ultra short format, random draw in each round, significantly more money than the Home Nations. Seriously? This is a good recipe to make snooker random rather than having the best players getting to the latests stages as they should.

Will the draws be made “public”? I hope so. Or will we see some more pairings simikar to the “Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry” at the World Qualifiers? I wouldn’t be surprised. I wouldn’t be happy. The bookies will be delighted and it’s probably all that matters.

Anyway, it’s what it is.

One thought on “Big money and random draw for the 2021 British Open

  1. I’m all for random draws – I personally think the Home Nations should do it for all of theirs + maybe one or two of the events in China.

    Best a best-of-5 is not a professional match. I think this sort of thing will eventually backfire because people will become so afraid of losing a frame (and thus being 33% of their way out of the tournament) rather than actively trying to win them, so here’ll be a high percentage of dogged/tactical ones that make for largely difficult viewing.

    We don’t mind a bit of cagey play here and there, certainly between the top players it’s rather intriguing, but ITV won’t be happy if the schedules all get over-run because your Feargal O’Brien/Rory McLeod types are making every frame an hour long for fear of losing.

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