If you follow snooker stuff on social media, you may have noticed a lot of post about “The 900” recently et you may wonder what this is all about … here are some answers!
The “900” will be a televised event for amateur snooker players, the first in many years. It’s an initiative by Snooker Legends.
The event will feature 25 nights of televised snooker, available on SKY Channel 537.
It will start on Monday, September 19, 2022, will be broadcast from Monday to Wednesday, and will run until Wednesday, November 9, 2022. That’s eight weeks and each week will produce a winner. Those 8 winner will contest a Grand Final on November 16, 2022. All events will be staged at Jason Francis’ Crucible Club in Reading.
The broadcast time is unusual: 10 pm until 1 am UK time.
The 900 is a new concept, but shares many elements with the Shoot Out.
A frame is 15 minutes long, that’s 900 seconds, hence the name. A 20 seconds shot-clock will be in operation, with no time-outs. A ball must touch a cushion on any shot, unless it’s a pot. Any foul gives the opponent ball in hand, and that includes “time out fouls”.
About the format…
Each Monday, 8 players will contest a knock-out mini tournament. The winner will get £500, the runner-up will get £250. The finalists and both losing semi-finalists will progress to the Wednesday “Final”.
Each Tueasday, the Monday’s losing quater-finalists are joined by 4 new players. They will compete in a mini tournament with a similar format to the Monday’s one.
Each Wednesday, the 8 players who emerged from the Monday and Tuesday, will compete in a weekly Final. The winner will take £1500 and will progress to the Grand Final. The runner-up will get £500 and the losing semi-finalists will take £150 each.
The Grand Final on November 16, 2022, will be contested by the 8 weekly winners. The winner of this Grand Final will get £5000. The runner-up will get £1500 and the losing semi-finalists will get £500.
This event is an invitational event, meaning that players are invited by Snooker Legends. It is for amateur players ONLY. No holder of a 2022/23 professional tour card is eligible. Also, players serving a WPBSA or a National Gouverning Body ban are not eligible.
Those who follow Snooker Legends on social media will have seen that quite a few players have already been invited and confirmed. They come is all forms and shapes: from juniors to seniors, able-bodied and disabled…
Good luck to all involved!