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Bonus And Llandudno Races: The Final Day

Saturday is the final day of the BetVictor Gibraltar Open, with the destination of the £150,000 BetVictor Series bonus, as well as the line-up for the Cazoo Tour Championship, to be decided.

Higgins faces an anxious wait

The last 16 onwards will be played on the Rock, and the player who tops the BetVictor Series rankings at the end of the day will capture the bonus. Going into the event, 11 players were in the running, but Hossein Vafaei was forced to pull out, while John Higgins, Mark Allen, Fan Zhengyi, Luca Brecel,  Zhao Xintong, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Joe Perry have all lost in the early rounds.

Higgins remains on top with £101,000 and will win the bonus if none of the three chasers reach the final. They are:

Neil Robertson, £96,000. Must reach the final to have a chance.

Judd Trump (£75,500) and Ricky Walden (£61,000), both need to win the title…and they meet in the last 16.

Meanwhile, the top eight players on the one-year ranking list at the end of Saturday’s action will qualify for next week’s Cazoo Tour Championship, which starts on Monday in Llandudno. Defeat for Higgins in the last 32 on Friday has left him in eighth place and uncertain of qualification. Walden, Kyren Wilson and Jimmy Robertson could overtake him, but only by winning the £50,000 top prize in Gibraltar.

Last 16 line-up:

Judd Trump v Ricky Walden
Jordan Brown v Jamie Jones
Jimmy Robertson v Ding Junhui
Tom Ford v Kyren Wilson
Neil Robertson v Jak Jones
Stuart Bingham v Soheil Vahedi
Lyu Haotian v Robert Milkins
Ben Hancorn v Ben Woollaston

BetVictor Gibraltar Open prize money:
Winner: £50,000
Runner-up: £20,000
Semi-finals: £6,000
Quarter-finals: £5,000
Last 16: £4,000
Last 32: £3,000
Last 64: £2,000
High break: £5,000
Total: £251,000