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European Series Confirmed for Second Snooker Season

The four-tournament swing provided a handsome bonus that motivated some of the marquee names to enter the smaller events.

The European Series will feature again during the 2020/21 snooker season, following its success last year on the calendar.

Sponsored by BetVictor, the mini sequence of competitions comprised the European and German Masters, as well as the Shoot Out and Gibraltar Open.

The world number one’s 4-3 triumph over Kyren Wilson to capture the Gibraltar Open in March meant that he leapfrogged Neil Robertson into first place on the European Series order of merit.

Trump pocketed the £150,000 bonus for the win that additionally secured the 31 year-old a record-breaking sixth ranking event success for a single season, and that sum is set to be the figure awarded during the upcoming season too.

The former world champion will be among the betting favourites to feature prominently again, as he bids to maintain his huge lead at the top of the official world rankings list.

Or if you fancy an outsider to topple Trump during the upcoming campaign it might be worth making the most of Oddschecker’s free bets.

The only notable difference to the second European Series is the replacement of the European Masters with the Welsh Open.

That decision means that the Welsh Open, the third longest running ranking event in snooker, will feature in both the European Series and Home Nations.

Specific dates for each tournament have not been announced yet, but it is expected that all four will take place between January and March in 2021.

WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the continuation of this brilliant series.”

“BetVictor are a fantastic sponsor and we love working alongside them. The support they continue to show snooker in these uncertain times is superb.

“I was gripped by last season’s BetVictor European Series and the cream rose to the top, with world number one Judd Trump claiming the £150,000 bonus.

“We will continue to incentivise players to enter events and reward them with opportunities to boost their prize money.

“I eagerly anticipate watching this intriguing series play out again this season.”

Details for the 2020/21 snooker season are being released in drips and drabs as the unpredictable year continues.

The opening set of events will all take place at the Marshal Arena in Milton Keynes, before the UK Championship will hopefully return to the Barbican Centre in York before Christmas.

All Chinese tournaments have had to be rearranged following a decision by the country to not stage any major sporting events until 2021.

However, the World Snooker Championship is currently pencilled in for a return to its more familiar April and May slot, having this year taken place during the summer for the first time in the modern era.

Featured photo credit: WST

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