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The chairman of World Snooker, Barry Hearn, has divided opinion with his plans to deny the world's top players a guaranteed place in the latter stages of ranking events.

All 128 players on the World Snooker Tour in 2016 will be required to play from the first round in the sport's eight ranking tournaments, which determine where players stand in snooker's world rankings.


by theglobalpanorama

The changes will mean that the likes of the world's top 16, such as Judd Trump and John Higgins, will have to play their way through the full field of players, which has been widened from 96 to 128 for next year.

The Australian Open, whose qualifying rounds have already begun for the new season, won't be affected this term, but Hearn indicated that it would fall under the changes in 2017, along with the World Championship and the Shanghai Masters, when sponsorship and broadcasting deals have been renewed. Other changes to the tour include the introduction of the 'Home Series', which will see Glasgow, Belfast, and Manchester hosting the Scottish, Irish, and English Open tournaments, respectively.

Players will stand to win a £1 million bonus if they manage to win all of the Home Series events, including The Welsh Open, which was established in 1992.

The announcements have prompted a mixed response from players and commentators, but Hearn remains defiant, defending his record as head of the sport since 2010.

Snooker is certainly in need of some positive news. But Hearn will hope that the revamped World Snooker Tour reinvigorates the sport and brings in new fans, as new prizes go up for grabs.

There will be excitement as the new season’s odds are announced at sites like bet365 and fans find out how the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan are expected to fare at new tournaments, such as the Irish Open in Belfast.

Dubbed a "little special prize" by Hearn, the Home Series bonus comes in addition to a boost in prize money for the winner of the World Championship from £300,000 (AUS $600,988) to £500,000 (AUS $1,001,646).



by Ben Sutherland

Global interest in snooker is growing, and Hearn has had to offer assurances to long-standing fans of the sport in the UK that he will resist offers from China to host the World Championship, traditionally held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in the north of England.

The 2015 edition of the event proved particularly exciting for Aussie fans, who saw Neil Robertson progress to the quarter-finals, only to be knocked out by Barry Hawkins.

The Crucible has been home to the event since 1977, but Hearn insisted that even the lure of an extra £10 million (AUS $20,032,937) for the sport's coffers would not tempt him to take the sport away from the place many fans feel is its natural home.

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