Ripstone Games, in collaboration with Lab42 and official snooker governing body WST, today revealed that they will be hosting a Virtual World Snooker Championship in Snooker 19.
With the Betfred World Snooker Championship postponed due to COVID-19, players at home are missing out on the sport’s biggest event of the year. This is where the Virtual Betfred World Snooker Championship steps in! The virtual tournament will run on the original tournament dates and will feature the 16 best pro snooker players in the world; represented by top players from the Snooker 19 community.
The Virtual Betfred World Championship will see competitors battling for the title between April 18 and May 4 at the simulated Crucible Theatre and the winner of the event will be invited to the Crucible during the real-world tournament to be presented with the Virtual Betfred World Championship trophy. This is a once in a lifetime experience to be crowned snooker champion in the world-famous arena, followed by the chance to watch a series of live matches first hand. The prize package also includes a cue signed by the world’s top snooker players.
All matches will be broadcast on WST’s YouTube and Facebook channels and tournament participants will be seeded according to the current world rankings, with the draw as follows:
- Judd Trump (1) v Yan Bingtao (16)
- Kyren Wilson (8) v Shaun Murphy (9)
- Mark Allen (5) v Jack Lisowski (12)
- John Higgins (4) v Stuart Bingham (13)
- Mark Williams (3) v Stephen Maguire (14)
- Ronnie O’Sullivan (6) v David Gilbert (11)
- Mark Selby (7) v Ding Junhui (10)
- Neil Robertson (2) v Barry Hawkins (15)
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