The 900 draw
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The 900: snooker draw, format, where to watch

A new competition for amateur snooker commences on Tuesday in Reading called The 900.

A total of 96 amateur competitors have been invited to take part in the series, which will be broadcast live on television.

The tournament has been established by Jason Francis, the man behind other successful initiatives like Snooker Legends and the World Seniors Snooker Tour.

The format in operation for the 900 is not too dissimilar to the one used at the Snooker Shoot Out, a ranking event on the Main Tour.

The Format

Below is a brief summary of the format and rules:

  • Each match is one frame lasting 900 seconds (15 minutes)
  • There is a 20-second shot clock
  • Players must hit a cushion or pot a ball with each shot
  • The ball-in-hand rule is in operation for fouls
  • A dozen players will compete in each weekly event
  • The eight weekly winners face off in a final event to determine the champion

Each week will comprise 12 different entrants, with the action taking place on Monday*, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at the Crucible Club in Reading.

Eight players will first participate on a Monday in a mini event, with the semi-finalists advancing to Wednesday’s final rounds.

An additional four cueists enter the fray for a second mini event on a Tuesday alongside the Monday’s four losers, with the semi-finalists again progressing to Wednesday night.

On a Wednesday, a weekly winner will be crowned, with these eight weekly winners eventually battling for the overall title in November.

There’s a total prize fund of ¬£58,000.

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The 900 Draw

The 900 draw comprises a mix of different players, from former world snooker champions to teenagers, women’s stars to disability champions, ex-ranking event champions to complete unknowns.

Some of the familiar names invited to take part include former Shoot Out champions Michael Holt and Michael Georgiou, who are among the overall favourites.

Dennis Taylor, Joe Johnson, Tony Drago, Rory McLeod, Andrew Higginson, Darren Morgan, Lee Walker, Pankaj Advani, and Maria Catalano are some of the others who snooker fans will immediately recognise.

draw subject to change

Week 1 (Sept 19-21)Week 2 (Sept 26-28)Week 3 (Oct 3-5)Week 4 (Oct 10-12)
Dennis TaylorTony KnowlesJoe JohnsonDarren Morgan
Billy CastleEmma ParkerGary FiltnessRyan Davies
Michael CollumbStuart WatsonRaymond FryVito Puopolo
Maria CatalanoDaniel WellsLevi MeillerWayne Townsend
Andrew NormanCallum LloydChucky PrestonAidan Owens
Marcos DayaoRory McLeodAndrew HigginsonDharminder Lilly
Connor BenzeyJohn HunterPatrick WallaceMark Gray
Jamie BodleAaron CanavanMatt FordDeclan Lavery
Stuart ReardonAshley BealAndy LavinNick Neale
Zack RichardsonJamie WilsonMark GandertonAlfie Lee
Jordan ShepherdSteve CrowleyLiam GrahamAndrew Greaves
Ashley CartySean MaddocksDean SycamoreHaydon Pinhey
Week 5 (Oct 17-19)Week 6 (Oct 24-26)Week 7 (Oct 31-Nov 2)Week 8 (Nov 7-9)
Patsy FaganLes DoddMichael HoltTony Drago
Joshua ThomondTam MustafaAaron BusuttilPankaj Advani
Eden SharavAlex BorgMartin O’DonnellKarl Townsend
Jamie Curtis-BarrettGary BrittonStephen BatemanLuke Simmonds
Richard EmeryCallum BeresfordStuart ParnellBen Hancorn
Nigel BondAnt ParsonsRoss MuirMichael Georgiou
Philip WilliamsRhydian RichardsPaul DeavilleRobbie McGuigan
Daniel WardMartyn DesperquesPeter DevlinHarvey Chandler
Peter DohertyGeorge PragnallSanjay MeghaniBrendan O’Donoghue
Lee MartinJack BradfordGarry CoulsonLuke Pinches
Fergal QuinnDavid ChurchAdam ShortoMatthew Glasby
Sacha TropperMatt WilsonTony CorriganMatthew Simpson

Where to Watch

There will be live coverage of The 900 on SportyStuffTV, which is available online at www.sportystuff.tv, on Sky, and on Freeview.

Broadcasts each week will be on Mondays*, Tuesdays, and Wednesday nights from 10pm until 1am.

*Week 1 will commence on Tuesday (3pm) as a mark of respect for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth on Monday, September 19th.

Featured image credit: Snooker Legends

4 Comments

  1. So Dennis Taylor’s ‘retirement’ from competitive snooker didn’t last long!

  2. Where can I get results ?

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