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January 22, 2014

Q-School Changes: 4 Places Now Up for Grabs at Snookerbacker Classic

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 4:52 pm

SB2014 A4 Updated Orange posterWorld Snooker today announced some changes to this season’s Q-School both in terms of the number of main tour places available and how much the entry fee will cost.

Essentially, Q School, which takes place in May at the Capital Venue in Gloucester, will now be awarding tour cards to each of the eight semi-finalists in two tournaments, rather than twelve over three tournaments as in previous years. As a consequence of this World Snooker have also announced that the entry fee for Q School has been reduced from £1,000 to £600.

World Snooker say that: ‘This decision has been made as a consequence of the global expansion of the sport and the increased demand for tour places from international players.’ Though it is not specific which countries this applies to, whether they are European or further afield.

As last year, a ranking list will be compiled during Q School, with players earning one point for every frame won. During the main tour season, should any of the tournament draws fall below a total entry of 128 then the field will be topped up with the highest ranked players from the Q-School list who have not gained one of the eight tour cards.

CHANGES TO PRIZE MONEY FOR SNOOKERBACKER CLASSIC

This change obviously has an effect on the Snookerbacker Classic and having sat down and discussed various options including upgrading our summer holiday with the Board of Directors (me, Mrs SB, the greyhound and the whippet) we have decided to make the following changes to the way in which the prize money is distributed, extending the number of Q-School places available in the tournament from two to four.

REVISED PRIZES

2014 Champion: Q-School Entry plus £500 (or £1000 cash alternative), Hand-Carved Ash SB Classic Trophy and a Crucible Date with Stephen Hendry.  

Runner Up: Q-School Entry plus £200 (or £750 cash alternative)

Losing Semi-Finalists: Q-School Entry (or £500 cash alternative) 

Losing Quarter-Finalists: £200

Losing Last 16: £100

Highest Break: £300

Maximum Break: £1000 (£700 for a maximum and £300 highest break prize)

Highest Break: £300 (currently stands at 122 Ant Parsons) 

All finalists will be asked to state their preferred prize in advance of Finals Day. 

WE ARE VERY NEAR THE END OF THIS SEASON’S TOURNAMENT AND ONLY A SMATTERING OF PLACES IN THE FINAL TWO QUALIFYING EVENTS REMAIN.

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