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Snooker Shoot-Out: single frame knockout
First held in its current guise Blackpool in 2011, Snooker Shoot-Out is an annual snooker event that is played under a unique set of rules. Variations of standard snooker rules present at the event include players being required to hit a cushion (with any ball) or pot a ball with every shot, a maximum frame time of 10 minutes, and all matches being contested over a single frame.
Although a relatively new ranking event, the Snooker Shoot-Out is a coveted prize (particularly among lower ranked players). In total, players only need to win seven frames to claim the title, making it a more level playing field across the draw. Many of the players who have won the event have been ranked outside the sport's traditional top 16 and, so far, no player has won the event more than once.
The current champion is Michael Georgiou, who beat Graeme Dott 1-0 (67-56) in the 2018 final to win his first ever ranking title. Who will be crowned winner in 2019? Buy Snooker Shoot-Out tickets at StubHub and find out live.
Snooker Shoot-Out: ranking title at stake
A similar event known as Shoot-Out was first held in September 1990, when, except for the final, all matches were decided over a single frame. Welshman Darren Morgan won the event, beating England's Mike Hallett 2-1 in the final, but the event was discontinued after only one year. Over two decades later in 2011 the tournament returned with a tweaked format, but remained a non-ranking event. Held in Blackpool, Nigel Bond won the inaugural final 1-0 (62–23) against Robert Milkins, with Ronnie O'Sullivan making a high break of 129.
Barry Hawkins, Martin Gould, Dominic Dale, and Michael White all won the tournament over the following four years, before it was briefly moved to Reading in 2016. Finland's Robin Hull won it that year, beating the likes of Judd Trump, Ryan Day and Mark Williams before overcoming Luca Bracel in the final. Despite taking home the winner's cheque Hull, who has never won a ranking title, may have felt slightly aggrieved that the tournament was surprisingly upgraded to a ranking event the following season.
The 2017 Shoot-Out, which took place in Watford, was extended from 64 to 128 players and was eventually won by Scotland's Anthony McGill who defeated Chinese player Xiao Guodong (67–19) in the final to claim his second ranking title. At 2018's event, Michael Georgiou took home a total of £34,000 after collecting the £32,000 tournament winner's cheque and pocketing an extra £2,000 for the highest break.
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