Congratulations to our RIBSA National Under 21 Champion Stephen Bateman from Kilkenny who has been invited to the 2019 World Snooker BetVictor Shoot Out. This event will run from February 21st -24th at the Watford Colosseum in England.
RIBSA would like to thank Jason Ferguson and World Snooker for their support to the amateur game in Ireland and we wish Stephen the best of luck in the event.
The Shoot Out will all be live with Eurosport and Quest as the host broadcaster for the first time. The world ranking tournament, which has been running since 2011, has a unique set of rules, with matches lasting a maximum of ten minutes and a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and ten seconds for the last five.
The tournament features 128 players including wild cards from the regions for the first time in a flat draw, each player needs to win seven matches to take the title. Michael Georgiou captured the trophy for the first time in 2018, beating Graeme Dott in a dramatic final.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to be working with Eurosport and Quest on the BetVictor Shoot Out for the first time. We have established a fantastic partnership with them in recent years. Eurosport really is the Home of Snooker, broadcasting to 137 million homes in 54 countries. We have also seen incredible viewing figures on Quest since they first televised snooker in 2016.