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Welsh Open 2017: Tournament Information

World Disability Billiards and Snooker has today announced further information as to the tournament format and prize fund for the upcoming WDBS Welsh Open.

The new event will run from 30 June – 2 July 2017 at Redz Snooker Club in Cwmbran and for the first time will be open to players from all eight disability classification groups.

Limited Entries

We have received exceptional interest in this event, with more entries received than for any previous event to date and over a week still to go until the entry deadline on Friday 23 June 2017.

In order to provide the best tournament experience and to minimise waiting time for players between matches, we have taken the decision to limit entries to a maximum of 40 players.

As of today (Thursday 15th June 2017), we have already received entries from 35 players, so with just five spaces remaining players who have not yet submitted their entry forms are urged to do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Upon receiving the maximum 40 entries, we will however operate a reserve list on a first come, first served basis, should there be any late withdrawals prior to the event start.

UPDATE: All places at the tournament have now been taken, thank you to everyone for the interest that we have received.

Tournament Format

Subject to receiving 40 entries, the main tournament will see players separated into eight groups of five players, with the top two finishers from each group progressing to the knock-out stages. Group stage matches will be played over the best of three frames and the knockout stages to be determined during the weekend.

In addition to the main competition, there will also be a mixed classification doubles competition to be held on the Sunday, for players not progressing through the group stages. We will look to ensure that where possible, players are paired with players from a different classification group for this tournament.

All matches across both competitions will be played under the six reds format and players of all classification groups will play from scratch (no handicaps).

Prize Fund

The overall prize fund for the event will be £1,550 to be award across the tournaments as follows:

Main competition

Winner: £400
Runner-Up: £200

Semi-Finalists: £100
Quarter-Finalists: £50
Last 16: £25

Mixed Classification Doubles

Winners: £100 each
Runner-ups: £50 each

Overall Highest Break: £50

Welsh Open to be Held in Cwmbran

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) will stage its first event in Wales this summer in Cwmbran.

The WDBS Welsh Open will be held at Redz Snooker Club from 30 June – 2 July 2017 and for the first time will be open to players from ALL eight disability classification groups and will be played using a Six Red format.

As at previous events, the weekend will begin with a Friday open day, at which players with all disabilities are encouraged to attend and try snooker, with free practice and coaching from accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches available. Prize money will be available at the event subject to sponsorship.

“We are excited to announce this landmark new event in Cwmbran,” said WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer. “For the first time will see players from all disability groups compete together under a new Six Red format. The innovative event will also be our first tournament to be held in Wales and we are looking forward to welcoming new local players, as well as familiar faces from around the globe.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to invite support from local companies who would like to partner with us for the event, to help us provide a healthy prize fund for players competing in the event. All contributions are gratefully received and will all be directed back to the overall prize fund.”

Further information, including the full entry pack and tournament format will be announced shortly.