The winner of this year’s Snooker Shoot Out will pocket a tasty £50,000 with the thrilling event getting underway on Thursday.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is taking part in the Shoot Out for the first time since 2015 and is under pressure for results.
The Shoot Out, which is held in Watford, is a ranking event with the Rocket currently in danger of missing out on the big-money Players and Tour Championship events that are coming up.
Both tournaments are based on the one-year ranking list with the top 16 qualifying for the Players Championship in Southport.
It’s down to to the top eight for the Tour Championship in Llandudno with O’Sullivan currently 16th on the list.
O’Sullivan is favourite to win the Shoot Out however the one-frame format means odds can often be thrown out the window.
Each frame has a ten-minute time limit with shots in the first five minutes of the frame having to be played in 15 seconds.
That is reduced to ten seconds for the second half of the frame with O’Sullivan progressing to the semi-finals back in 2011.
The five-time world champion takes on Alan McManus in the first round with Jimmy White facing Matthew Stevens and Mark Williams coming up against Luca Brecel.
At last week’s Welsh Open, where O’Sullivan reached the semi-finals, the Essex potter said: “I don’t think this is the time or place to talk about ranking lists, I’m here to play the tournament, I’m enjoying playing, enjoying competing.
“This is a wonderful tournament and I’d rather just focus on trying to do my best here this week. Rankings is another subject for another time.”
Snooker Shoot Out prize money
Last 16: £2,000
Last 32: £1,000
Last 64: £500
Last 128: £250 (prize money at this stage will not count towards prize money rankings)
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