World snooker has announced this morning that the snooker shootout tournament will now be a ranking event. The tournament which began in 2011 has been won by Nigel Bond, Barry Hawkins, Martin Gould, Dominic Dale, Michael White and most recently Finland’s Robin Hull.
Each shot played in the snooker shootout are on a clock and the player must play the shot before the time is up. This makes this tournament fast paced and exciting. Additionally the spectators tend to get more involved in the snooker shootout due to its unusual style.
But the news today of ranking points being awarded may change the way its played. Like discussed above, the snooker shootout has been a fun, face paced gig but now that ranking points are up for grabs, the spirit of the event may change along with it.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “The Shoot Out is all about who can handle the pressure and think fast when the clock is ticking. And that pressure will be intensified now that every pound earned counts towards the ranking list.
“For the players, competition will be fierce, and that’s the way sport should be. And they have 18 other ranking events to compete in next season so there is plenty of opportunity to climb the ranking list. We’re delighted to expand the tournament to all 128 tour players to give everyone a chance to experience this unique event with an opportunity to go all the way to the top prize.
“The Shoot Out has quickly become established as one of the most thrilling events on the calendar, much loved by fans. Tickets will be on sale soon and must be booked quickly because they always sell out.”