Snookerbacker

August 9, 2010

Power Snooker seeks £10million Roll Out Funds

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:38 am
 

Ronnie is partial to a bit of Power.

Power Snooker, the new high-speed version of the game backed by Ronnie O’Sullivan and World Snooker, is seeking an outside investor for its planned rollout as a £10 million global franchise.

Power Snooker is the brainchild of leisure and entertainment entrepreneur Rod Gunner and was set up with his business partner Ed Simons (not the one out of the Chemical Brothers apparently).

The new innovation features a countdown clock between shots, powerplays where pots count double, loud music and lighting as well as interaction between players and the audience. I reported on the launch of this new initiative in July here.

Its founders say it is to traditional snooker what Twenty20 is to Test cricket and it will be launched with a tournament involving eight of the world’s top players at the Indigo O2 venue in London on 30th October and broadcast live for eight hours by ITV4. You can read more about it here and buy tickets to attend here.

Gunner and Simons, who have ploughed £1 million into this new development, are already planning its global expansion. They have begun the search for an outside investor to help take the sport to its next level with franchisees in different countries holding tournaments to produce winners to compete against the world’s top players in a global grand prix series.

Well, you’ve got to set your sights high and there is no doubt that the head honchos are doing just that.

Incidentally, the eight players have been confirmed as Ronnie, Neil Robertson, Ali Carter, Mark Selby, Ding Junhui, Shaun Murphy, Jimmy White and Luca Brecel. I know Luca has a big following in his native Belgium but I’ll bet Jack Lisowski is a bit miffed, Luca hasn’t made the start that he has this season. I’m sure there will be a few players higher up the rankings scratching their heads too, but it’s Power Snooker’s event, so it’s up to them.

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