2010 Power Snooker Masters Trophy

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2010 Power Snooker
Tournament information
Dates30 October 2010
VenueThe O2
CityLondon
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation(s)Power Snooker Group
Winner's share£35,000[1]
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upChina Ding Junhui
Score572–258 points (Unlimited Racks)
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The 2010 Power Snooker was a cue sports tournament. The inaugural event took place on the 30 October 2010 at The O2, London, United Kingdom.[2] Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated Ding Junhui 572–258 on points in a 30 minute time based unlimited racks final.

Venue, entrants and prize money

Power Snooker's inaugural tournament was a one-day event hosted at The O2 in London, held on 30 October 2010. Each match lasted a total of 30 minutes with the balls constantly being reracked at the end of each rack until the 30 minutes was up.Two thousand spectators watched the eight hours of tournament play in the indigO2 sub-venue.[1][3] The players in the inaugural tournament competed for a £35,000 first prize.[1]

O'Sullivan was the first player to be confirmed as participating in the inaugural tournament, which was announced during the official launch.[4] It was stated during the launch that the inaugural tournament would feature the four top ranked players in the world, alongside four wild card entrants.[2] The other seven entrants were confirmed on 24 September, matching the players who were mooted by the organisers during the launch as possible entrants.[5] The tournament draw took place on 12 October, with O'Sullivan facing Brecel in the opening game.[3][6][7]

Draw

Play occurred over two sessions in a knock-out format. The first round of eight games took place in an afternoon session, producing four semi-finalists. The semi-finals, third place play off and final then took place in an evening session.[8][9]

First Round
30 Minute Matches, Unlimited Racks
Semi-finals
30 Minute Matches, Unlimited Racks
Final
30 Minute Match, Unlimited Racks
         
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 338
Belgium Luca Brecel 196
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 490
England Ali Carter 234
England Mark Selby 206
England Ali Carter 222
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 572
China Ding Junhui 258
China Ding Junhui 311
England Jimmy White 246
China Ding Junhui 263 Third Place 30 Minute Match, Unlimited Racks
England Shaun Murphy 132
Australia Neil Robertson 274 England Ali Carter 299
England Shaun Murphy 311 England Shaun Murphy 102

Match referees

The tournament was refereed by two female professional cue-sport referees, Michaela Tabb from Scotland and Patricia Murphy from Ireland. Tabb was head-referee at most Matchroom Sport pool events (including the World Pool Championship and Mosconi Cup), and the first woman to referee a world ranking match and, in 2009, a World Snooker Championship final; while Murphy began refereeing professional snooker matches at the 2005 UK Championships.[10]

Tabb said on the eve of the tournament that "Power Snooker is an entirely new game with a totally new set of rules and will provide many exciting challenges to both the referees and the players. The game will be played at a faster pace than the traditional game, it's going to be very exciting to watch", while Murphy said "It'll be great to see how the audience react and join in with the action".[10]

Broadcast

The 2010 tournament was broadcast live in the United Kingdom on ITV4 for the whole eight hours of play.[1] Talksport provided radio coverage.[3] In addition to ITV4, the tournament was broadcast to 25 other countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, China, Latin America and Oceana.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Goodley, Simon (24 October 2010). "Power Snooker launch will be at O2 arena". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Gibson, Owen (22 July 2010). "'Crowds will love new Power Snooker,' says Ronnie O'Sullivan". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "Look out Ronnie, there's a new kid in town!". Power Snooker. 13 October 2010. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan praises quick-fire Power Snooker". BBC Sport. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Line-up for 'revolutionary' Power Snooker is confirmed". BBC Sport. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan to face Luca Brecel in Power Snooker opener". Evening Standard. 13 October 2010. Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "O'Sullivan to meet Belgian prodigy Brecel". itv.com > Power Snooker. ITV. 2010. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "The revolution is about to begin". itv.com > Power Snooker. ITV. 2010. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Power Snooker". WWW Snooker. Retrieved 31 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ a b "Meet the girls with balls". itv.com > Power Snooker. ITV. 2010. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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