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UK SENIORS SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP TO RETURN TO THE BONUS ARENA THIS OCTOBER

The ROKiT UK Seniors Snooker Championship returns to the Bonus Arena, Hull this October with more of snooker’s greatest ever players battling it out to lift the crown.

With Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott and Cliff Thorburn already confirmed, and a new face in Thailand legend James Wattana also in the field, it’s going to be another great few days on the green baize.

Qualifying events will be held in Belgium, Northampton, Jersey and local club Tradewell in Hull with the winner joining the stellar field of legends who will compete for a £10,000 winner’s prize.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) for all six sessions, which take place at 10am, 2.30pm and 7pm on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th October. Ticket prices again start from just £8 each (booking fees apply).

Before the final on the 25th there is a chance to meet all the players in a champagne reception.

Jason Francis, tournament organiser, said: “Last year we committed to begin a journey to make Hull a Snooker City and bring a competitive tournament to an area with a great history of cue sports. The way the local people turned out, and the diversity of the people who travelled into Hull for the event, was incredible. At every session our players were greeted by a large audience, all the players are excited at returning this year.”

Snooker legend Jimmy White said: “I couldn’t believe how many people turned out for the 10am sessions to cheer on the players, there’s nothing better than playing in front of a large knowledgeable crowd. The people of Hull know their snooker and we look forward to putting on another great show for them.”

Councillor Dave Craker, portfolio holder for leisure and tourism at Hull City Council, said: “It’s fantastic that the ROKiT UK Seniors Championship is returning to Hull and the Bonus Arena. Hull is a proud snooker city and the tournament was incredibly well-received last year, so I’m delighted that we are once again getting the chance to host such an important event on the snooker calendar.”

It is again hoped the tournament will be broadcast across Europe live on TV and also in China.

Dan Harris, General Manager at the Bonus Arena, added: “Following a hugely successful first year of hosting the ROKiT UK Seniors Snooker, I am delighted the tournament will be returning this October. The community really embraced the snooker legends last year and we look forward to some more great matches which will again put Hull on the world snooker map.”