World Snooker has announced that the European Masters world ranking event will be sponsored by D88.com for the first time this season.
The D88.com European Masters will run from October 1st to 7th in Lommel, Belgium.
The tournament was staged in Lommel for the first time last season and Judd Trump lifted the trophy after beating Stuart Bingham 9-7 in the final.
Top stars including Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Neil Robertson, John Higgins, Mark Allen, and home favourite Luca Brecel were also among the field.
The popularity of snooker has grown in Belgium in recent years, particularly through television coverage on Eurosport as well as the success of talented young player Brecel.
D88.com, one of Asia’s leading online gambling companies, also sponsored the German Masters in Berlin, which was won last season by Mark Williams.
The 2019 D88.com German Masters will run from January 30 to February 3.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are very pleased to welcome D88.com on board for the European Masters.”
“This is an extremely prestigious tournament contested by the world’s leading players at a superb venue and last year’s event in Lommel was a great success.
“The popularity of snooker throughout Europe continues to grow and this goes hand in hand with our strategy of staging major tournaments in key locations throughout the continent, giving the fans the chance to see the very best players live in action.
“We look forward to working with the D88.com team on this event and building a strong relationship with them in the future.”
Dara Qin, Commercial Director of the Sponsor, added: “This is the second time that D88.com will be on the stage of World Snooker.”
“We are so excited and more than happy to be connecting with the world’s most gentle and beautiful sport!
“We wish everyone at the European Masters a successful and fruitful event. We believe all snooker lovers will enjoy a great time.
“Apart from being title sponsor of the European Masters, D88.com will be title sponsor of the German Masters for the second time.
“D88.com are doing everything in our power to support snooker, as we love the sport. D88.com will work closely with the snooker world to present more excellence in the near future.”
Tickets for the D88.com European Masters are available now – for details see europeanmasters.eventsquare.co