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The Hong Kong Masters returns to the snooker calendar for the first time since 2017 this week as eight players battle it out for a top prize of £100,000 in front of an enormous crowd.
Up to 8,000 spectators could be present at the Hong Kong Coliseum for the invitational event, which sees the top six players in the world (at the time of the cut-off) joined by local stars Marco Fu and Ng On Yee.
It could be a hugely significant tournament as the World Snooker Tour pushes to return to Asia on a regular basis, with this being the first major tournament held on the continent since 2019.
Chinese tournaments have been missing from the calendar since the start of the global pandemic, damaging the tour, but testing the waters with a small field event in Hong Kong could be a step to returning to China in the near future.
The event runs from 6-9 October at the Hong Kong Coliseum.
Hong Kong is seven hours ahead of the UK, so the afternoon session begins at 6.30am UK time and the evening session at midday.
Thursday 6 October
06:30 Mark Selby v Marco Fu
12:00 Neil Robertson v Zhao Xintong
Friday 7 October
06:30 Judd Trump v John Higgins
12:00 Ronnie O’Sullivan v Ng On Yee
Saturday 8 October
06:30 Selby/Fu v Trump/Higgins
12:00 Robertson/Zhao v O’Sullivan/On Yee
Sunday 9 October
Eurosport will be showing the tournament live, with streaming available on Eurosport Player.
Highest break: £10,000
Ronnie O’Sullivan 2/1
Neil Robertson 4/1
Judd Trump 9/2
Mark Selby 9/2
John Higgins 10/1
Zhao Xintong 16/1
Marco Fu 50/1
Ng On Yee 1000/1
Odds courtesy of Betfair
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