Unfortunately, they use a similar format, with 38 groups of 4 players each, playing best-of-5 matches. The qualifiers go through to a knockout format, with a derisory best-of-5 until the later rounds. Over 150 players are competing (there are a few withdrawals, so the exact number is still not clear). Some of the junior players have stayed on, but Gao Yang has withdrawn, presumably tired after his victory yesterday. There are quite a lot of former professionals looking to return, with a Tour Card available for the winner.
Hot favourite Jamie Jones got a 132 (the highest so far) in his 3-2 win over Latvian Maris Volajs. Yesterday's beaten finalist Sean Maddocks unfortunately had to play in the first session, and lost 3-0 to Ash Hugill.
There are 8 tables, with one live stream. Scores are here:
https://snookerscores.net/tournament-ma ... ive-scores
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