- Date Sept. 19 – November 16, 2022
- Location: Crucible Club in Reading, England
- Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Monday, September 19, sees the launch of a new snooker event for amateur players, the Snooker 900.
The 900 is so named because each frame is 15 minutes or 900 seconds long. During a frame, the players will be in a 20-second shot-clock, and no time-outs are allowed.
Play will go on for eight weeks. Every Monday, 8 players compete in a knock-out tournament. The winner of the tourney gets £500, and the runner-up receives £250. The top-four players from Monday move to Wednesday’s “Final,” while the bottom-four players move on to play against four new players on Tuesday. The top four players from Tuesday’s play also move to the Wednesday eight-player Weekly Final. The winner of the Weekly Final earns £1500 and moves to the Grand Final. The runner-up gets £500, and the losing semi-finalists pocket £150 each.
On November 16, the eight Weekly Finalists of the Snooker 900 weekly tournaments face off in the Grand Final. The Grand Final winner earns £5000, while the runner-up gets £1500 and the losing semi-finalists each take home £500.
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Snooker 900 picks
Michael Holt had a lengthy run as a professional snooker player. He turned pro in 1996 and played his last professional game in 2022. During that time his highest ranking was No. 20 and he had one ranking tournament win, claiming first in the 2020 Snooker Shoot Out.
The 44-year-old is long on high-level experience and is deservedly the favorite to win the Snooker 900.
Like Holt, Daniel Wells has professional experience. The 34-year-old Welsh player turned pro in 2008 and played his last professional game in 2022 when he made it to the third round of the European Masters.
Holt never won a ranking tournament and his best finish came in the 2018 Scottish Open when he made it to the semifinals where he lost to eventual winner Mark Allen 6-5.
Another former pro, Andrew Higginson is in the mix to win the Snooker 900. Higginson’s last professional appearance came earlier this year when he exited the European Snooker Masters in the second round.
The 44-year-old played his first pro game in 1996. Higginson never won a ranking tournament during his professional career. His best finish was when he made it to the finals of the 2007 Welsh Open where the legendary Neil Robertson bested him 9-8.
Michael Holt faces some stiff competition in this amateur tournament and the format could make things difficult for even the best snooker players, but Holt has the experience advantage and he has been playing at the highest levels of the game for a long while.
Pick: Michael Holt to win the 900 Snooker Legends.
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