BetVictor backed World Snooker last season sponsoring the English, Northern Irish and Scottish Opens in addition to the increasingly popular Shoot Out event. But this season they have truly embraced it, putting their name to the European Masters, German Masters, Snooker Shoot Out and Gibraltar Open and, in turn, creating a brand-new BetVictor European Series.
The quartet of tournaments, which are all set to be played during the early months of 2020, will carry a £150,000 BetVictor European Series bonus for the competitor who earns the most money in that spell. And there is more good news for players as the prize money for three out of the four events has also been increased since the 2018/19 campaign, most notably for the Shoot Out and Gibraltar Open with the winner of each now set to pocket £50,000 – an increase of over fifty percent on last season’s winner’s prize.
Announcing the news, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to announce the new BetVictor European Series, a fabulous addition to our tour. The race to win the series and earn a huge bonus of £150,000 adds an extra element of intrigue throughout the four events.
“Each event is superb in its own right, but the support BetVictor brings takes it all to a new level and ties them together into a distinctive series. I would love to see a few players in the mix with the chance to win the bonus going into the last tournament in Gibraltar; that would bring a thrilling conclusion to the series.”
BetVictor’s odds compilers have pledged to price-up all the action from each of these televised ranking events, promising some unique markets rolling price updates on the outcome of the BetVictor European Series.
For the record, last season’s winners were:
Snooker Shootout: Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
European Masters: Jimmy Robertson
German Masters: Kyren Wilson
Gibraltar Open: Stuart Bingham
BetVictor Championship League Snooker
BetVictor are also sponsoring the lesser-known but equally important Championship League Snooker during the 2019/20 season. Broadcast across multiple streaming platforms, including zhibo.tv, one of the biggest sports streaming operators in China, this competition, staged at the Morningside Arena in Leicester this time around, never fails to attract the sport’s A-listers.
And while it starts on Monday (October 7th) a complex format, which involves eight groups each consisting of seven players, sees players convene only intermittently and the action continue right up until the beginning of March.
The first group, consisting of Luca Brecel, Barry Hawkins , Jack Lisowski, Jimmy Robertson, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and Luca Brecel will play one another in a league format, and the top four in the standings will then progress to a play-off. All matches are a ‘best of five frame’ format and players earn prize-money for frames won.
All future groups (scheduled for Oct 9 & 10, Oct 21 & 22, Oct 23 & 24, Jan 6 & 7, Jan 8 & 9, March 2 & 3, Mar 4 & 5) will consist of seven players and the winners of the first seven play-offs qualify for the decisive ‘winners group’ (group 8, scheduled for March 4th & 5th 2020).
The bottom two players of each group are eliminated from the competition but the remaining four move on to the next group for another bite of the cherry, where they are joined by three more players until the seventh group. In total 25 professionals will take part.
Once again, BetVictor will have all the action covered with match and competition markets and, from a punting viewpoint, this competition is an excellent way of identifying players who are at the top of their game or playing poorly.
Statistically, it’s worth considering only once last year did a player win all six of the games in a group; that was John Higgins who also went on to win his play-off semi and final. And, given so much snooker is played during this competition, it is surprising that only one 147 was recorded (by Dave Gilbert).
#PriceItUp: Any player to win all six group matches, semi and final
#PriceItUp: A 147 to be registered during the competition