Snooker’s Coral Shoot Out will be staged at the Watford Colosseum for the first time in 2017.
The Hertfordshire venue will host a professional snooker tournament for the first time when 128 of the best players on the planet converge for the world ranking event.
The Coral Shoot Out, one of snooker’s most exciting tournaments, will run from February 23 to 26.
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Since it was first staged in 2011, the Shoot Out has gained vast popularity among fans and TV audiences. It features a one-frame knock out format with all matches lasting a maximum of ten minutes, using a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and ten seconds for the last five.
Rapid and dramatic action is guaranteed with many matches going down to the last few seconds. Top stars like Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Jimmy White and Judd Trump have competed in the event in previous years. Last season, Finland’s Robin Hull beat Luca Brecel in the final.
And this season the tournament will gain extra significance as it becomes a world ranking event for the first time, so every pound earned will count towards a player’s ranking tally. That means the event is extended from 64 players to 128 and will last four days instead of three. It will be televised by ITV4.
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A spokesman for World Snooker said: “In recent years the Shoot Out has become one of the most keenly anticipated tournament on the calendar. Every match provides thrills and spills and the crowds are encouraged to get involved and support their heroes. This is a phenomenal chance to see many of the best players and enjoy the thrill of fast and furious snooker.
“We’re delighted to bring the event to Watford for the first time to the excellent Colosseum venue and to give supporters in the area the chance to see live snooker.”