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What is the Snooker Shoot-Out?

Last updated: 18 Feb 2020
Freetips staff 18 Feb 2020
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Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh last year's winner.

A weekend of fast and furious snooker sees 128 players do battle in the Snooker Shoot-Out, and you can watch the action streamed live online but what is the Snooker Shoot-Out?

The unique shot-clock competition features a bumper field of professionals and amateurs competing for the £32,000 top prize at the Watford Colosseum.

The Shoot-Out was made a full world ranking event in 2017, with prize money from the first six stagings having previously not counted towards the Order of Merit.

Michael Georgiou claimed 2018 title, his first career ranking triumph, after defeating Graeme Dott by 67 points to 56 in the final.  In 2019 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh beat Michael Holt.

The general rules of the Shoot-Out are the same as those in a traditional game of snooker, although there are several key variants that epitomise the uniqueness of the event.

These include all frames being capped at ten minutes, with the player scoring the most points declared the winner.

Players will lag to decide who breaks off and there will be a shot clock in operation, with the competitors having 15 seconds to complete each shot over the first five minutes of the frame, while just 10 seconds will be allocated during the last five minutes.

Players must hit a cushion or pot a ball with each they shot play otherwise it will be deemed a foul which, along with any other infringement, will result in the opponent being awarded the cue ball-in-hand.

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