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Line-up for 'revolutionary' Power Snooker is confirmed

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie 'The Rocket' O'Sullivan is the biggest draw in world snooker for crowds

Organisers of the groundbreaking new format Power Snooker have confirmed the eight players who will contest its first event on 30 October in London.

Ronnie O'Sullivan, who describes the event as the "future of snooker", will feature, along with Jimmy White, Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui.

Ali Carter, Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy and Luca Brecel complete the line-up.

Players will compete for points, not frames, in 30-minute games refereed by women with music in the background.

Organisers have revealed that the players will be hooked up to microphones throughout the matches, and that audience interaction during the glamour event - which they claim is "completely different to traditional snooker" - will be positively encouraged.

MAIN RULES OF POWER SNOOKER
Nine reds, instead of 15, in a diamond formation next to pink
Potting middle red triggers two-minute PowerPlay where pots count double
20-second limit for shots with 20-point penalty for exceeding time
A break-off must see at least two reds hit a cushion
Century breaks are worth 50 bonus points

The inaugural event, which will take place at the Indigo O2 in London, is being seen as the first step on the road to a genuine alternative to a game which is currently struggling for the widespread popularity it enjoyed in the 1980s and has been fighting to retain sponsors.

Australia's Robertson is the reigning world champion, Murphy a former world champion, while Junhui is China's number one and Selby the current Masters champion.

Highly-rated Brecel, from Belgium, is just 16.

After describing the World Championship as "boring" in July, three-time world champion O'Sullivan - who had already signed up for the event before Friday's confirmation of the seven players who will join him - stressed he was excited about a new challenge for the game.

"This is the future and a few people have got to get their heads around it," O'Sullivan said. "It is going to change snooker. The crowd will love it and the public will enjoy it. I cannot find a flaw in it.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan lauds merits of 'Power Snooker'

"Snooker needs a new audience. A game ending in 30 minutes is exciting."

The tournament will take place over the course of two sessions in one day.

The afternoon session is between 1300-1700 GMT and will include all eight players in the first round knock out; the evening session is between 1800-2200 GMT and will feature two semi-finals, a third and fourth place play-offs, before concluding with the final.

The eight-hour event will be broadcast in its entirety on ITV4.



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