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Countdown To The China Open

A press conference was staged in Beijing today as World Snooker joined its partners to look ahead to the 2018 China Open.

Joining hands for the China Open. Left to right: Xu Zhi Yong (Beijing Fuhua Culture Tourism Development Ltd.Co), Steve Dawson (Chief Executive of World Snooker), Gan Lian Fang (Star Xing Pai), Wang Tao (China Billiards and Snooker Association) and Gan Jia Ling (Star Xing Pai)

The tournament will run from April 2 to 8 and it will be the only snooker event other than the World Championship to hit the £1 million prize money mark, thanks to a new four-year agreement between World Snooker and joint promoters Star Xing Pai and Beijing Fuhua Culture Tourism Development Ltd. Co.

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The £225,000 winner’s cheque will only be topped only by the World Championship first prize of £425,000. It will be televised by CCTV, Eurosport and various other broadcasters worldwide.

The China Open has been staged in the country’s capital every year since 2005. Ding Junhui won the title that year as an 18-year-old, helping to spark a surge of interest in snooker in China. Since then top stars including Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and defending champion Mark Selby have lifted the trophy.