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New venues for Welsh Open and Scottish Open

The Welsh Open and the Scottish Open will be staged at new locations during the upcoming 2022/23 snooker season.

The Venue Cymru in Llandudno will host the Welsh Open for the first time, with the tournament set to run from February 13 to 19 in early 2023.

Just over two months prior to that, the Scottish Open will take place in Edinburgh at the Meadowbank Sports Centre.

Running from November 28 to December 4 later this year, it will mark a welcome return to home turf for the Scottish Open after it was forced to be staged at the Venue Cymru last season.

It’ll also represent snooker’s return to the capital city for the first time in almost 20 years, when the old version of the Scottish Open was won by David Gray.

Luca Brecel is the reigning champion after the Belgian Bullet capped a remarkable couple of weeks at the end of 2021 with victory over John Higgins in the final to land the Stephen Hendry Trophy.

Scotland’s Higgins told the World Snooker Tour: “It’s brilliant news for the Scottish players as we have really missed the chance to play in our home tournament over the last couple of years.”

“I think there’s a lot of support for snooker and a lot of people playing the game in Edinburgh. I would love to win it in front of my own fans.”

The Scottish Open will be the second leg of the Home Nations series during the forthcoming campaign.

The Northern Ireland Open takes place in October while the English Open is scheduled for not long after the Scottish Open in December.

The Welsh Open, the oldest and most established event of the four, will round things off in its traditional February slot.

Joe Perry will be the defending Welsh Open champion following his surprise success near the start of this year when he denied Judd Trump in the title decider.

The majority of the biggest stars, including Higgins, Trump, Neil Robertson, and world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, are expected to participate and be among the betting favourites in these competitions.

Sites like Parimatch will have exchanges open for fans to back, with virtual sports like League of Legends betting and casino slot game also available.

WST Chairman Steve Dawson said: “We are delighted to bring the Welsh Open to Llandudno for the first time.”

“This event has been traditionally staged in South Wales but we know that snooker has a huge supporter base in the North so this is tremendous news for fans in the area.”

“Venue Cymru has proved a superb setting for our tournaments and Llandudno is one of the most beautiful locations we visit on our global circuit.”

“Everyone connected with the event will look forward to the trip to Llandudno in February and I’m sure the local fans will get behind this tournament and make sure it stays in North Wales.”

In previous terms, there has been a champion’s cheque worth £70,000 on offer for each of the Home Nations series events.

The 2022/23 season gets under way next week with the start of the Championship League at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

Featured photo credit: WPBSA

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