Welsh Open – Updated Format

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World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced the final format for the main competition at the inaugural Welsh Open this weekend in Cwmbran.

As at previous competitions, the tournament will begin with group stages which will be played on Saturday, ahead of Sunday’s knockout rounds.

Group Numbers

The WDBS Welsh Open has accepted a record 45 entries; following a late surge of interest following the recent announcement that entries would be limited in order provide the best event experience possible for all players.

Players will initially be separated into a total of 11 groups. Ten groups will contain four players (40) and there will be one larger group of five players (5).


The top two players in each group will progress to the knock-out stages (22) and be joined by the best two third places from across the groups, giving 24 qualifiers in total.

The best performing eight group winners will be seeded straight through to the last 16.

The remaining 16 qualifiers will meet in a preliminary round to provide another eight players who will complete the last 16 draw.

Prize Fund

As previously announced, the overall prize fund for the event will be £1,550 to be awarded 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

Tournament Updates

Full information, including group standings, scheduled matches and results will be available to view via MySnookerStats once the tournament is underway.

You can also follow us on Twitter (@WDBSofficial) and Facebook (@WDBS1) to view photos and other updates throughout the weekend.