The best snooker players on the planet will be in Newport in February for the 2013 Welsh Open.


The world ranking tournament has been ever present at the Newport Centre since 2005 and once again the venue will host many of snooker's top stars.


Prize money for the event this year has leapt from £201,500 to £250,000, with the winner to receive £50,000 instead of £30,000.


Top Welsh player Mark Williams is already looking forward to the event having shown impressive form last week with a run to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.


"I played pretty well in Shanghai and although I was disappointed to lose in the semis, it was good to show a bit of form in getting that far," said the two-time World Champion from Cwm. "It gives me a boost of confidence for the next tournament.


"I feel that I have got titles in me and I've still got the hunger to win them. Obviously the Welsh Open in Newport is extra special as my home event and it's one I would love to do well in."


The Welsh Open runs from February 11 to 17 and tickets are ON SALE NOW. They start at just £10 (concessions £5) and until the end of October there is a HALF PRICE OFFER on adult tickets for the first four days of the event. Only a limited number of half-price tickets are available so book quickly.


There is also a special 'Passport' offer which allows fans to buy tickets for any three individual sessions over the first five days for just £20.


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A spokesman for World Snooker said: "We believe that these special offers represent phenomenal value, especially the new Passport offer which gives fans the chance to watch a whole day of quarter-finals plus one other session for just £20. The offers will only last for a limited time so supporters are strongly advised to get their seats booked early.


"With the support of Newport Council, we're delighted to bring many of snooker's biggest names to the city again as the fans in South Wales and the surrounding area love the game. The tournament has been ever present on the calendar for over 20 years and carries a lot of prestige."


BBC Wales will be the host broadcaster and the tournament will be televised around the globe to a potential audience of hundreds of millions.


This season's Welsh Open will boast a new format with the players to be seeded in bands of 32 rather than 16, giving rising stars a better chance to qualify for the venue. Full details will be released soon. The qualifying rounds run from February 6 to 9 in Sheffield.