I know the feeling, the UK Championship I daresay is the one tournament which Hearn has well and truly spoilt by reducing the matches down to a shadow of its former self.
You could half live with the idea of Best of 11 frames to ensure that all 32 players got to compete in the TV stages but then again what hurt would have been to have matches of best of 13 frames in two smaller sessions (as they were in the early stages of the 2001 UK Championship)
Now, we have all 128 players competing in the venue which for one is too many (no ranking event let alone one of the more prestigious events should see games played in a different venue out back - which lets face it the sports hall is) - and means that not all players get to play in the TV hall. Which arguably undermines the whole reason why matches supposedly dropped to best of 11 in the first place.
With four tables in the hall and clearly visible, why we cant go to 32 players and have the best of 17 remains a mystery. With four tables you could probably get away with having a 64 draw in the arena.
Saturday 11am 4 x First Round, NB 2:30 4 x First Round, 7pm 4 x First Round
Sunday 11am 4 x First Round, NB 2:30 4 x First Round, 7pm 4 x First Round
Monday 11am 4 x First Round, NB 2:30 4 x First Round, 7pm 4 x Second Round
Tuesday 11am 4 x Second Round, NB 2:30 4 x Second Round, 7pm 4 x Second Round
Wednesday 1pm: 4 x Third Round, 7 pm 4 x Third Round
Thursday 1pm 2 x Quarter-Finals, 7pm 2 x Quarter-Finals
Friday Semi-Final One
Saturday Semi Final Two
and better still the Semis go back to being best of 17