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13 February 2015

World class snooker in Wales

The world’s best professional snooker players will be in Wales this month to compete at the BetVictor Welsh Open. Players include China’s Ding Junhui, world number 1 Mark SelbyJohn Higgins, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy, Jimmy White and Judd Trump as well as Welsh players Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens. The Open runs from 16 to 22 February 2015.

Snooker's BetVictor Welsh Open world ranking event is staged in Cardiff this season for the first time since 2004. The BBC Wales-televised event which is also shown on Eurosport, CCTV, SMG, Now TV and Showtime Arabia, will be contested by 128 players, all starting in the same round, with a top prize of £60,000.

The tournament had been staged in Newport in recent years but now moves to the Motorpoint Arena in the Welsh capital.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said:

"The Motorpoint Arena is a top class venue and a fitting stage for the world's very best snooker players. This is a tournament with such a rich history, ever present on our calendar as a world ranking event for over 20 years. I have no doubt that the people of South Wales will be out in force to make the 2015 Welsh Open a truly spectacular week of snooker."

Last year’s final saw Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Ding Junhui 9-3, making an incredible 147 maximum break in the last frame. Other winners in recent years include Stephen Maguire, Ding, John Higgins, Ali Carter, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson.