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2023 Snooker Shoot Out
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Tournament information
Dates25–28 January 2023
VenueMorningside Arena
CityLeicester
CountryEngland
OrganisationWorld Snooker Tour
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£171,000
Winner's share£50,000
Highest break Chris Wakelin (ENG) (119)
Final
Champion Chris Wakelin (ENG)
Runner-up Julien Leclercq (BEL)
Score1–0 (119–0)
2022

The 2023 Snooker Shoot Out (officially the 2023 BetVictor Snooker Shoot Out) was a professional snooker tournament that took place from 25 to 28 January 2023 at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, England.[1] Played under a variation of the standard rules of snooker, with every match contested over a single frame, the tournament was the ninth ranking event of the 2022–23 snooker season and the sixth of eight events in the 2023 European Series. Sponsored by BetVictor, the event was broadcast by Eurosport in Europe and by multiple other broadcasters internationally.[2] The winner received £50,000 from a total prize fund of £171,000.

Hossein Vafaei was the defending champion, having defeated Mark Williams 71–0 in the 2022 final.[3] However, Vafaei lost 9–33 to Shaun Murphy in the first round.[4] Aged 14 years and three months, Vladislav Gradinari became the youngest player to win a televised match at a ranking event when he defeated Ng On-yee in the first round.[4][5][6] Reanne Evans became the first woman to win a match in a Snooker Shoot Out event, as well as the first woman to win a televised match at any ranking event, when she defeated Stuart Bingham in the first round.[7][8]

In the final of the event, Chris Wakelin faced Belgian teenager Julien Leclercq, who had turned professional at the beginning of the season. Both players contested their first ranking final.[9] Wakelin won the event with a 119 break, the highest of the four century breaks made in the tournament, to capture the first ranking title of his ten-year professional career.[10][11]

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Leicester

Leicester

Leicester is a city, unitary authority area, unparished area and the county town of Leicestershire in the East Midlands of England. It is the largest settlement in the East Midlands.

2022–23 snooker season

2022–23 snooker season

The 2022–23 snooker season is a professional snooker season with tournaments played between June 2022 and May 2023.

European Series

European Series

The BetVictor European Series is a snooker tournament series established in 2019. It was expanded from four tournaments in the 2019–20 season to six tournaments in the 2020–21 season and then to eight tournaments in the 2021–22 season and 2022–23 season. The player who wins the most cumulative prize money in European Series events each season receives a bonus prize of £150,000. Judd Trump won the bonus prize in the first two seasons, while John Higgins won the bonus in the third season.

BetVictor

BetVictor

BetVictor is an online gambling company headquartered in Gibraltar. Founded in 1946, it offers products such as sports betting and online casino. The company is currently owned by Michael Tabor.

Eurosport

Eurosport

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Hossein Vafaei

Hossein Vafaei

Hossein Vafaei is an Iranian professional snooker player. He is the first professional player from Iran. He won his first ranking title at the 2022 Snooker Shoot Out, beating Mark Williams 1–0 (71–0) in the final. He dedicated this victory to his grandmother and mother because that day was mother's day in Iran.

Mark Williams (snooker player)

Mark Williams (snooker player)

Mark James Williams is a Welsh professional snooker player who is a three-time World Champion, winning in 2000, 2003 and 2018. Often noted for his single-ball long potting ability, Williams has earned the nickname "The Welsh Potting Machine".

2022 Snooker Shoot Out

2022 Snooker Shoot Out

The 2022 Snooker Shoot Out was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place from 20 to 23 January 2022 at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, England. It was the eighth ranking event of the 2021–22 snooker season, played under a variation of the standard rules of snooker. The event was the fourth of eight events sponsored by BetVictor, making up the 2022 European Series.

Ng On-yee

Ng On-yee

Ng On-yee is a Hong Kong professional snooker player who has won three IBSF World Snooker Championships and three World Women's Snooker world championships. She held the number one position in the World Women's Snooker world ranking list from February 2018 to April 2019.

Chris Wakelin

Chris Wakelin

Chris Wakelin is an English professional snooker player from Rugby, Warwickshire. He practices in Bar 8 in Rugby. He turned professional in 2013 and won his first ranking title at the 2023 Snooker Shoot Out.

Julien Leclercq (snooker player)

Julien Leclercq (snooker player)

Julien Leclercq is a Belgian professional snooker player.

Century break

Century break

In snooker, a century break is a break of 100 points or more, compiled in one visit to the table. A century break requires potting at least 25 consecutive balls, and the ability to score centuries is regarded as a mark of the highest skill in snooker. Ronnie O'Sullivan has described a player's first century break as the "ultimate milestone for any snooker player".

Tournament format

Prize fund

The total prize fund for the event is £171,000 with the winner receiving £50,000. The breakdown of prize money is shown below:[12]

  • Winner: £50,000
  • Runner-up: £20,000
  • Semi-final: £8,000
  • Quarter-final: £4,000
  • Last 16: £2,000
  • Last 32: £1,000
  • Last 64: £500
  • Last 128: £250 (prize money at this stage will not count towards prize money rankings)
  • Highest break: £5,000
  • Total: £171,000

Draw

All times in Greenwich Mean Time. Players in bold denote match winners.

Round 1

Wednesday, 25 January – 13:00

Wednesday, 25 January – 19:00

Thursday, 26 January – 13:00

Thursday, 26 January – 19:00

Round 2

Friday, 27 January – 13:00

Friday, 27 January – 19:00

Round 3

Saturday, 28 January – 13:00

Round 4

Saturday, 28 January – 19:00

Quarter-finals

Saturday, 28 January – 21:00

Semi-finals

Saturday, 28 January – 22:00

Final

Saturday, 28 January – 22:30

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Greenwich Mean Time

Greenwich Mean Time

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Hossein Vafaei

Hossein Vafaei

Hossein Vafaei is an Iranian professional snooker player. He is the first professional player from Iran. He won his first ranking title at the 2022 Snooker Shoot Out, beating Mark Williams 1–0 (71–0) in the final. He dedicated this victory to his grandmother and mother because that day was mother's day in Iran.

Jamie O'Neill (snooker player)

Jamie O'Neill (snooker player)

Jamie O'Neill is an English professional snooker player who lives in Wellingborough.

Cao Yupeng

Cao Yupeng

Cao Yupeng is a Chinese professional snooker player. He won the 2011 Asian Under-21 Championship, thus qualifying for the professional main tour for the 2011–12 season. In his first season on the circuit, he reached the last 16 of the World Championship.

Hammad Miah

Hammad Miah

Hammad Miah is a British professional snooker player of Bangladeshi-origin.

James Cahill (snooker player)

James Cahill (snooker player)

James Cahill is an English professional snooker player from Blackpool. Cahill first turned professional in 2013, aged 17, after winning the European Under 21 Championships, but returned to amateur status in 2017.

Jordan Brown (snooker player)

Jordan Brown (snooker player)

Jordan Brown is a Northern Irish professional snooker player. After winning back-to-back Northern Ireland Amateur Championships in 2008 and 2009, he made his debut on the professional tour in 2009–10 but lost his tour card after one season. He rejoined the tour in 2018 after qualifying via Q School.

Joe Perry (snooker player)

Joe Perry (snooker player)

Joe Perry is an English professional snooker player from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Often referred to as "the Fen Potter" and also nicknamed "the Gentleman", Perry climbed the rankings steadily after turning professional in 1992 and reached the Top 16 for the first time in 2002.

Luca Brecel

Luca Brecel

Luca Brecel is a Belgian professional snooker player. He won the European Under-19 title at the age of 14 and went on to break Stephen Hendry's record as the youngest player ever to compete at the Crucible Theatre. He made his debut at the 2012 World Championship aged 17 years and 45 days, almost two months younger than Hendry in 1986.

Joe O'Connor (snooker player)

Joe O'Connor (snooker player)

Joe O'Connor is an English professional snooker player from Leicester. He was the 2018 English Amateur Champion and a ranking event finalist at the 2022 Scottish Open.

Dylan Emery

Dylan Emery

Dylan Emery is a Welsh professional snooker player. The winner of the 2021 EBSA European Under-21 Snooker Championships, he defeated Julien Leclercq in the final, 5–2. As a result of this win, he has earned a place on the professional World Snooker Tour from the 2022–23 snooker season.

Barry Pinches

Barry Pinches

Barry Pinches is an English professional snooker player, recognisable for his bright and flamboyant waistcoats, which usually feature the yellow and green colours of Norwich City F.C. He is a former top 32 player and ranking-event quarter-finalist. He has compiled over 100 century breaks in his career, becoming the 33rd player to have done so. He has also made one maximum break.

Source: "2023 Snooker Shoot Out", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 30th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2023_Snooker_Shoot_Out.

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Notes
  1. ^ Dominic Dale beat Matthew Stevens in a sudden death blue ball shootout after the match frame finished level at 49–49.
  2. ^ Chris Wakelin beat Farakh Ajaib in a sudden death blue ball shootout after the match frame finished level at 25–25.
Century breaks

A total of four century breaks were made during the tournament.[13]

References
  1. ^ "BetVictor Shoot Out". World Snooker. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
  2. ^ "How To Watch The BetVictor Shoot Out". World Snooker. 24 January 2023. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Hossein Vafaei stuns Mark Williams to win Snooker Shoot Out and become first Iranian to win ranking tournament". Eurosport. 24 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b "Shaun Murphy knocks out defending champion Hossein Vafaei, 14-year-old Vladislav Gradinari beats Ng On Yee". Eurosport. 25 January 2023. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Moldovan Sensation Sets New Record". World Snooker Tour. 25 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Gradinari, 14, sets record with Shoot Out win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Landmark Win For Evans". World Snooker. 26 January 2023. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  8. ^ "Evans claims historic victory over Bingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  9. ^ Huart, Matt (29 January 2023). "Wakelin Wins Maiden Title In Style". WPBSA. Retrieved 29 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Wakelin Wins Maiden Title In Style". World Snooker. 28 January 2023. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  11. ^ "Wakelin wins Shoot Out for first ranking title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  12. ^ "Prize Money World Rankings Schedule 2022/2023 Season" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 29 January 2023.
  13. ^ "BetVictor Shoot Out 2023 | Centuries". World Snooker Tour. 25–28 January 2023.

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