Snooker Shoot-Out

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Snooker Shoot-Out
Snooker Shoot-Out logo.png
Tournament information
Venue Circus Arena
Location Blackpool
Country England
Established 1990
Organisation(s) World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
Total prize fund £130,000[1]
Current champion(s) Wales Dominic Dale

The Snooker Shoot-Out is a cue sport tournament played under a variation of the standard rules of snooker, which was first held in 1990.[2] The tournament is sponsored by 888casino.com.[3] Dominic Dale is the reigning champion.

History[edit]

A similar event known as Shoot-Out was first held in September 1990, when, except the final, all matches were decided over a single frame. The event returned in 2011 with several innovations, and was renamed to Snooker Shoot-Out.[2] It was sponsored by CaesarsCasino.com,[4] and has been compared to cricket's Twenty20 matches.[5]

It is a one-frame shoot-out with a random draw, where the winner is given £32,000. The top 64 players in the world rankings contest the tournament, which is shown on Sky. The 2011 event was the first time that Sky has shown a World Snooker event live since 2004.[6][7] Since 2011 the event takes place at the Circus Arena in Blackpool.[8][9][10][11] The event was sponsored by PartyPoker.com in 2012,[12] by Betfair in 2013,[13] and by 888casino.com in 2014.[3]

Format[edit]

Rules by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association:[14]

  • Every frame lasts 10 minutes.
  • There is a shot clock. For the first 5 minutes of the match, players have 15 seconds per shot, but for the last 5 minutes this is reduced to 10 seconds.[15] Failure to ensure that the cue ball hits the object ball within the time allowed results in a 5 point penalty. Prior to 2013, the shot clock was set at 20 seconds per shot for the first 5 minutes and 15 seconds for the last 5 minutes.[14]
  • Players must hit a cushion or pot a ball with every shot.[15] Prior to 2013 either the cue ball or the object ball needed to hit a cushion.[14]
  • All fouls result in ball in hand.
  • Players ‘lag’ for who breaks off.
  • In an event of a tie the blue ball shoot-out determines the winner. The blue ball is placed on its spot and the player can place the cue ball anywhere within the D before attempting to pot the blue.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner-Up Final score Season
Shoot-Out
1990[2] Wales Darren Morgan England Mike Hallett 2–1[n 1] 1990/91
Snooker Shoot-Out[16]
2011[8] England Nigel Bond England Robert Milkins 58–24 2010/11
2012[9] England Barry Hawkins Scotland Graeme Dott 61–23 2011/12
2013[10] England Martin Gould Northern Ireland Mark Allen 104–0 2012/13
2014[11] Wales Dominic Dale England Stuart Bingham 77–19 2013/14
2015[17] 2014/15

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The final was best of three frames.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prize Money Breakdowns 2013/14". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 May 2013. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Turner, Chris. "One Frame Shoot-Out". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Shoot-Out To Be Sponsored By 888casino.com". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Caesarscasino.com sponsors Snooker Shoot-out". crunchsports.com. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hearn unveils 20 second snooker". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sky to televise World Snooker Shoot-Out". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sky To Televise World Seniors Championship". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Day Three In Blackpool". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "PartyPoker.com Snooker Shoot-Out (2012)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Betfair Snooker Shoot-Out (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "888casino.com Snooker Shoot-Out (2014)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Partypoker.com Sponsor Shoot-Out". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Betfair Backing Shoot-Out". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c "Rules". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Rules". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Hall of Fame". Snooker.org. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Snooker Shoot-Out (2015)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014.