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Snooker this month: October

Let’s see what snooker there is to look forward to this month, with more action on the baize to be enjoyed in October.

There has already been one ranking event winner this month, with Ryan Day sealing his fourth career success in a 10-7 defeat of Mark Allen to claim the British Open title in Milton Keynes.

Let’s see what else is happening soon.

Hong Kong Masters

October 6-9

The Hong Kong Masters returns to the calendar for the first time since 2017 later this week.

Eight players have been invited to take part in the lucrative non-ranking tournament in which the first prize is £100,000.

Hong Kong stars Marco Fu and Ng On Yee will be joined by Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, John Higgins, and Zhao Xintong.

A huge crowd is expected at the Hong Kong Coliseum, which will hopefully lead to one of the best atmospheres of the season.

It’s also an important moment for the sport in general, as it marks the first time since before the pandemic that a professional event will be staged in Asia.

Betting odds for the Hong Kong Masters and more snooker tournaments are available at the PowerPlay sports betting website.

Northern Ireland Open

October 16-23

A week later it’s the first event of this season’s Home Nations series, with the players heading to Belfast for the Northern Ireland Open.

Several matches in the first round have already been played, but the top 16 seeds have had their encounters held over to the main venue.

Mark Allen is the defending champion and all of the usual contenders are expected to be involved, although Ryan Day is already out after losing his preliminary fixture in August.

Champion of Champions

October 31 – November 6

Technically more of a November snooker event, the Champion of Champions does actually commence this month on the last day of October.

Once again all the big tournament winners from the last 12 months will be taking part, including world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and Masters winner Neil Robertson.

Judd Trump is the reigning champion and there are still two spots up for grabs with the Hong Kong Masters and the Northern Ireland Open preceding the prestigious invitational.

What else?

The Scottish Open qualifiers take place from October 9-14 while the English Open preliminary stages will be held from October 25-30.

Amateur snooker continues with Q Tour 3 from October 14-16, while the inaugural 900 series is ongoing with weekly competitions from Monday to Wednesday on SportyStuffTV.

Finally, the Scottish Women’s Open takes place from October 22-23, with Jamie Hunter having already won the Australian Women’s Open in October.

Featured photo credit: WPBSA

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