Thursday, 24 January 2013

Shooting to Blackpool

It's time for a bit of fun again this weekend.

The Shootout returns to Blackpool for a third season and there's a £32,000 top prize up for grabs for just an hour of work.

Sixty-four of the sport's top players will fight it out in 10-minute knockout matches with the crowd allowed to go wild and get involved.

This is all about quickfire snooker and a lighter entertaining form of the game.

The first year was a great success. The second attracted more criticism, but we're back again.

This won't be everyone's cup of tea. It's not snooker with the slow-burning drama that many of us have to come to know and love; it's about showing the fans a bit of life and soul, and letting snooker's bright characters come out.

This event ticks all the boxes if you take it at face value for what it really is. This isn't being billed as the future of the game. It's a light alternative on a heavy snooker calendar, an injection of fun, an event to attract new fans and a chance for spectators to see many different players in one weekend.

Anyone can win the tournament. The previous two champions have been Nigel Bond and Barry Hawkins. It requires talent, of course, but more than anything, a player who is good under pressure.

Sit back and enjoy the show.

Click here for the draw for the first round.

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