Graeme Dott became the seventh and final player to reach the Championship League Winners’ Group on Tuesday in Leicester.
Group 7 at the Morningside Arena offered the remaining competitors one last opportunity to qualify for the latter stages.
Dott won four out of his six league encounters to comfortably reach the semi-finals alongside table-topper John Higgins, David Gilbert, and Mark Williams.
The 2006 world champion then set up a final with Williams after whitewashing Gilbert in the last four, and he duly beat the Welshman 3-1 to claim the £3,000 top prize.
Dott joins Neil Robertson, Stuart Bingham, Gary Wilson, Scott Donaldson, Anthony McGill, and world number one Judd Trump in the Championship League Winners’ Group.
The action continues on Wednesday before the 2020 champion will be crowned on Thursday.
Played behind closed doors and aimed primarily at the betting market, the invitational tournament provides players with a chance to play competitively and earn some extra money in between bigger tournaments – with prize money also being awarded for each frame won.
The best of five frames format means that it’s a little bit of a lottery, although players have shown pedigree in the competition in the past.
Indeed, recent Players Championship winner Trump has a particular affinity with the event and will be bidding for a record-extending fourth title since its inaugural staging a dozen years ago.
An added incentive to succeed for the likes of Dott, Wilson, Donaldson, and McGill – other than a £10,000 bonus – would be a resultant invitation to the lucrative Champion of Champions in the first half of next season.
The Championship League Winners’ Group will be streamed by numerous online betting websites.