BetVictor announces that they have taken up the sponsorship of the English Open snooker, starting with this year’s event which starts on October 15th and runs through to the 21st.
The British sportsbook giant first sponsored snooker in 2013 when they put their name at the Welsh Open. For four years they stand by the sport. The English Open is the first of the season’s Home Nations series which will also see tournaments in Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff. If a player can win all four in a single season there is a massive £1m bonus up for grabs.
Among the top stars in the field, there will be Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Judd Trump and John Higgins. The format of the tournament is a straight knockout draw with 128 players starting the evening.
Matt Scarrott, Director of sportsbook at BetVictor, said: “Over the last few years, snooker has grown in popularity at an astonishing rate as it continues to gain international relevance. We’re really pleased to be working with World Snooker. Over the last few years, snooker has grown in popularity at an astonishing rate as it continues to gain international relevance. At BetVictor, we’ve been following the sport for quite some time, having previously sponsored the Welsh Open for four years, and partnering with World Snooker once again will allow us to expand our footprint into this growing global market.”
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled to bring BetVictor back on board for the first ranking event to be staged in The UK this season. They have been great supporters of snooker over the years and they are a fantastic team to work with. This is the first time we have staged a major tournament in Crawley and I hope to see the arena packed as the fans have the chance to see 128 of the best players on the planet live in action. Eurosport broadcasts our sport to 137 million homes in 54 countries so the television audience is vast. It will be a sensational week of snooker”.
With over 70 years experience, a presence in 150 countries all over the world, a tailor-made online platform and a great reputation amongst industry, BetVictor would for sure put snooker in the hearts and minds of many more spectators.