Due to technical issues with the non TV playing arena at the selected venue in Munich, World Snooker and Dragonstars Event Management have made the decision to take only the last 16 players to the final venue. This means all 16 players will compete on the TV table in Munich.
As a result, the first three rounds of the PTC12 will be played at the World Snooker Academy, Sheffield, therefore leaving 16 players in the competition.
For the benefit of the players and taking everything into consideration including travel and accommodation, both PTC 11 and PTC 12 will be played as follows:
Saturday, 10 December 2011: PTC 11 - amateur pre qualifier
Sunday, 11 December 2011: PTC 12 - Amateur pre qualifier
Thursday, 15 December 2011: PTC 12 - Top Half:Last 128 - Last 32
Friday, 16 December 2011: PTC12 - Bottom Half: Last 128 - Last 32
Saturday, 17 December 2011: PTC 11 - Top Half: Last 128 - Last 32
Sunday, 18 December 2011: PTC 11 - Bottom Half: Last 128 - Last 32
Monday, 19 December 2011: PTC 11 - Last 16 - Final
Friday, 6 January 2012: PTC12 - Last 16
Saturday, 7 January 2012: PTC12 - Last 16 and QFs
Sunday, 8 January 2012: PTC12 - SFs and Final
All players who have entered PTC 12 or amateurs players who have entered PTC 11 who do not now wish to compete in the respective events will be offered a refund of their entry fee(s). To receive a refund please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the invoice number from the confirmation email you received upon entry together with the name of the person on the payment card.
All refunds will be made to the original payment card and requests must be received by 5.00 pm Monday, 28 November 2011.Any withdrawals after this date will not receive a refund.
Prize money for all rounds of PTC12 will be paid by Dragonstars Event Management in euros as per the original entry pack and it will still be classed as a European PTC and will count as such on the PTC Order of Merit.
We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and if you have any questions do contact the Bristol Office.Please remember closing date for PTC 11 and PTC12 is 5.00 pm on Monday, 28 November 2011.
Dave Hendon hinted on twitter that the "technical reason" is in fact that the floor at the venue in Munich isn't suited for hosting a snooker tournament (tables are heavy things). Now surely the poor floor has suddenly weakened at the thought of hosting such prestigious event! Seriously though, if this is true it illustrates once more the lack of attention to quality and proper preparation that goes into those events and it's a shame as they should be the backbone to develop snooker in Europe. And once again the players will be the main victims of it. They now face a completely hectic week just after the UK . The players have until Monday to change their plans if they can. This is very short notice.
Janie Watkins reaction on twitter was "fuming"
now massive clash on 10-11 dec - PTC Am rounds and EASB Pro Ticket tour. players can't play in both at same time.
not so good for players with clashing events, cancelling holidays, wasted flight bookings. etc
And she's right. Flights are already expensive enough especially at this time of the year and most players intending to play in PTC12 will have booked the flight to Munich already without flexibility to spare some money.
For the paying public in Munich, WSA have "smartly" diluted the last 16 and onwards over 3 days, so they can't complain ... they will see snooker ... they will see whoever comes through to the last 16. One of the plusses of the PTCs is that the audience has the opportunity to see a lot of different players in action, including the top ones even if they are knocked out early. Not here then.
I wish the players had the guts to mount a massive boycott. Keep dreaming girl ...
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