Pukka Pies UK Snooker Championship Venue: Telford International Centre Dates: Sat 5 Dec to Sun 13 Dec Coverage: Live on BBC Two, BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website.
O'Sullivan won the tournament in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2007
Ronnie O'Sullivan has said that Barry Hearn's involvement in snooker could extend his own career in the sport.
Hearn is set to be named chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association following Sir Rodney Walker's ousting from the role.
And three-time world champion O'Sullivan believes Hearn can boost the sport, telling BBC Radio 5 live: "He is the Ronaldinho of promoting.
"If he's involved in the game, I'd definitely want to play on longer."
O'Sullivan's comparison between Hearn and Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho comes as the promoter is set to be ratified as chairman on 16 December after Walker was voted out last week at the association's AGM.
And O'Sullivan, bidding for a fifth UK Championship title, suggested some players would be "lucky" to play under a man who already runs snooker's Premier and Champions leagues and has turned round darts' fortunes in recent years.
"Finally there is someone in charge of the game - if he is put in charge - who is honest, who has integrity, who delivers, he has charisma, he is a winner - he has got everything you need," added the 34-year-old.
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