An exciting new addition to the World Seniors Snooker Tour, the inaugural Mr Vegas Snooker event takes place across an action-packed super session on Friday 29th December and is televised live on Channel 5.
Held at the famous Epsom Racecourse – home to the prestigious Derby Festival – six snooker icons will perform throughout the one-day spectacular in an innovative format consisting of 15-minute, one-frame matches under shot-clock conditions.
Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry, Dennis Taylor, Ken Doherty, Tony Knowles and Joe Johnson are all set to compete in the one-day spectacular.
All matches throughout the tournament are just a single frame, although each of these frames has a time limit of just 15 minutes. Should the frame not be complete at the end of the allocated 15 minutes, whoever is leading the frame claims the win.
Played with a spotted cueball, cueists have just 20 seconds per shot and there are no extensions or time-outs (unless at the discretion of the referee).
For every shot played, either a ball must be potted, or a cushion must be struck with the cueball or an object ball.
All fouls result in cueball in hand for the opponent.
At the end of the 15 minutes, should the players be tied on points, a blue-ball shoot-out will be used to determine the winner.
A very different mentality to that of traditional matchplay snooker, competitors will need to think and act fast on the Mr Vegas Snooker stage.
The six competitors have been drawn into two round robin groups of three.
In each group, the players will face each other once.
The top two players from each group will advance to the knockout semi-finals which will commence following the completion of the groups stage.
The winner of Group A will play the runner-up of Group B, the winner of Group B will play the runner-up of Group A. The two winning semi-finalists will then meet in the final.
Should all players be level on one win each following the completion of the group, the player who compiled the highest break in that respective group will finish top of the group. The player who made the second highest break of the group will qualify as the runner-up.
The 2023 World Seniors Mr Vegas Snooker begins at 12 noon (GMT) on Friday 29th December. The order of play is below:
The 2023 World Seniors Mr Vegas Snooker is live and exclusive on Channel 5. Please visit the Channel 5 website here for more information on how to access their platforms.