The 2021 Scottish Open will be played … in Wales.

This was announced by WST yesterday:

BetVictor Scottish Open To Be Staged In Llandudno

The BetVictor Scottish Open world ranking event will be staged at Venue Cymru in Llandudno in December this year.

Part of the BetVictor Home Nations series, the tournament will run from December 6 to 12 in North Wales. Mark Selby will be defending the title against a field packed with the world’s leading players. Tickets are on sale now, for details CLICK HERE

WST had previously planned to stage the event at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, where it was hosted from 2016 to 2019. However at short notice WST was informed that this was not possible due to a contractual issue.

A spokesman for WST said: “We were disappointed with this decision, particularly as it came one day prior to the box office opening. This left us unable to find another venue in Scotland to host the event – we exhausted all possibilities but none of the suitable alternatives had the relevant dates available.

“We realise this will come as a blow to Scottish fans and players to miss out on a tournament in their own country this season. We fully intend to return the event to Scotland for the 2022/23 season.

“Despite this setback, we are delighted to stage the event in Llandudno which has proved a fantastic location for a wide range of our events in the past and has always found great support amongst our fans in North Wales and beyond.”

Venue Cymru will also host this season’s Cazoo Tour Championship in Spring next year, and in the past has staged events including the World Grand Prix and Players Championship.

The BetVictor Scottish Open will be televised on Eurosport, Quest and a range of other broadcasters and streaming partners worldwide. It counts towards the BetVictor Snooker Series rankings, with the leading money-winner across eight events to bank a £150,000 bonus.

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

Now what is interesting, and not mentioned by WST, is the nature of this contractual issue, but it has been revealed by David Hendon on twitter:

Scottish Open Hendon twitYester 2021-08-18

So the venue is no longer permitted to stage events sponsored by betting companies… 

It’s a first, it won’t be the last. I have said it for a long time, if WST wants to avoid another “tobacco” crisis they need to distance themselves from the betting/gaming industry and find more “ethical” sponsors. The bans are coming, and rightly so IMO. Gambling addiction is a huge issue and the gambling industry doesn’t do enough to ban unethical tactics aimed at the most vulnerable.  That’s why I see this industry as “unethical”. Some measures are taken but it’s not enough. The numbers in those articles are frightening.

4 thoughts on “The 2021 Scottish Open will be played … in Wales.

  1. Ive never been one to place bets the Grand National once a year about £10 thats my vice.

    But if you got that kind of personality no matter what it is you will get hooked on it and it snowballs i dont think banning sponsorship is the answer has to be more than that.

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