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World Snooker Challenge Tour for Next Season

Postby Deewee

"We are pleased to provide details of the new Challenge Tour which will run for the 2018/19 season, as a secondary circuit to the World Snooker Tour.

This was announced by World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn last April and we are now in position to provide initial details on how the Challenge Tour will be structured. Confirmed dates and venues will be announced in due course.

2018/19 Challenge Tour Summary:

-Ten events, played over two days using a minimum of eight tables
-Each event will consist of the top 64 from the 2018 Q School Order of Merit (who have not qualified for the World Snooker Tour) plus a maximum of eight wild cards, giving a maximum field of 72 players.
-If any of the top 64 do not enter an event, the eight wild cards will then be added. If there are still less than 64 players in the event, we will use the Q School Order of Merit to top up to 64.
-Events will be played in a mixture of venues being used by World Snooker for other events, plus selected snooker clubs.
-Players will be allowed to play in both World Snooker Tour and Challenge Tour events if eligible.
-Once agreed, a tender will be issued for clubs to host events in the UK and National Governing Bodies to host events in mainland Europe.
-The events are likely to be played at regular intervals between May 2018 and March 2019, taking place in a mixture of venues in the UK and continental Europe.
-The Top Two from the final Challenge Tour Order of Merit at the end of the season will receive World Snooker Tour cards for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
-The prize money breakdown for each Challenge Tour event will be:
Winner £2,000
Runner-Up £1,000
Semi-Finalists £700
Quarter-Finalists £500
Last 16 £200
Last 32 £125
Total £10,000

-Each event will have an entry fee of £50. World Snooker will retain all entry fees and issue draws/formats
-All matches best of five frames.
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Sounds pretty good to me.