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A major new snooker tournament - the World Grand Prix - will be staged in Llandudno early next year.
The event will take place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on the north coast of Wales from March 16th to 22nd, 2015.
Created by World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn, this new tournament will bring together 32 of the best players on the planet to compete for a top prize of £100,000. It will be televised live on ITV4 with a total prize fund of £300,000.
The top 32 players on a one-year ranking system running from the 2014 World Championship to the 2015 Gdynia Open will qualify for the tournament.
Hearn said: "This will be the biggest snooker event ever staged in North Wales and we are delighted to bring the sport to an area where we know we will get massive support. It's an incredible opportunity for the people in Llandudno and the surrounding area to see the very best players competing for a prestigious new crown - and a huge top prize.
"Tickets will be going on sale in July and the message is BOOK THEM FAST as they will sell out rapidly and we want to make this event a great success. I know the Venue Cymru is a superb arena and the atmosphere is going to be sizzling.
"ITV are building their support for snooker so for those who can't make it to the venue this is a valuable addition to our free-to-air coverage in the UK."
World Snooker is delighted to announce 888.com
as the title sponsor of the new World Grand Prix, which takes place next week in North Wales.
World Grand Prix at Venue Cymru in Llandudno will run from March 16 to 22, televised by ITV4. Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui, Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy will be among the green baize stars chasing the £100,000 top prize.
The field is comprised of 32 players who qualified from a unique ranking list which ran from the 2014 World Championship to the 2015 Gdynia Open.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: "We are thrilled to welcome 888.com
on board for this fantastic new tournament. They have shown tremendous support for snooker in the past and we are pleased to continue to build that relationship.
"This tournament is a wonderful addition to the calendar as we will see the very best players in the world competing for the inaugural title, in Llandudno where we know there is a great support for snooker. It's going to be a superb week for fans in the arena and viewers at home."