With just four ranking events to go before the start of the 2019 Ladbrokes Series, there are at least a dozen players who may have already done enough to qualify for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix.
This season, for the first time, there are three events in the series:
Ladbrokes World Grand Prix, Cheltenham, February 4-10. Top 32 on the one-year list qualify.
Ladbrokes Players Championship, Preston, March 4-10. Top 16 on the one-year list qualify.
Ladbrokes Tour Championship, Llandudno, March 19-24. Top 8 on the one-year list qualify.
Last season, the player qualifying in 32nd place for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix (Robert Milkins) earned £57,000 from 14 counting events. This time there are only 11 counting events before the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix so the cut-off total could be lower.
As is stands, 12 players have already earned more than £57,000, from Mark Allen who tops the one-year list with £208,000 down to Judd Trump in 12th with £59,500. Ricky Walden is currently in 32nd place with £31,000 while top stars like Ding Junhui, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Shaun Murphy are currently outside the qualification zone.
The remaining counting events are the Northern Ireland Open, UK Championship, Scottish Open and finally the German Masters which finishes on February 3.
Last season, Graeme Dott qualified for the Ladbrokes Players Championship in 16th place with £113,500. Only four players have reached that total so far this season; Allen, Mark Selby, Mark Williams and Neil Robertson. The last counting event this season is the Shoot Out which finishes on February 24.
The Ladbrokes Tour Championship will be staged for the first time, with an elite field of just eight players. It could be that at least £200,000 is needed to make it to Llandudno. The last counting event is the Gibraltar Open which finishes on March 17.
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