POWER SNOOKER GROUP
How Power Snooker plans to change and complement today’s snooker world
Snooker originated later in 19th century. In the 1870s, billiards was a sport played by members of the British Army stationed in India. The first official competition, the English Amateur Championships, took place in 1916 and by the 1930s, Snooker was becoming one of the most popular cue sports. The success story of snooker in recent years cannot be understated. The sport was considered near to death by even its top players at one time, with sponsorship money and audience interest in steep decline. A new generation of players came to the fore in the 1990s. Though the standard of snooker continued to rapidly increase, the immense popularity that Snooker enjoyed started to wane. The game needed innovation.
Devised in 2010 as part of this renewal, Power Snooker introduced a more aggressive and thrilling style of play to the snooker table. This game is all about scoring high in 30 minute matches, with just 9 reds on the table in a diamond formation behind the pink, and one special red known as the Power Ball, which lets players boost their breaks.
Over 1 million people watched Ronnie O’Sullivan win the first tournament in 2010 and Martin Gould win the second in 2011. The innovations to the game made for an intense spectacle and, encouraged to shout and cheer, the audience became part of the experience. The 2011 tournament was seen in 193 countries around the world and has remained high in people’s memories as an enthralling new take on snooker.
Power Snooker is set to return not as a competitor to it’s traditional counter-part, but as an additional sister-sport that brings out a different side of the game, and one that is more forward-thinking in some respects.
Better gender representation in both the professional and amateur circuits of cue-sports is a key objective. By creating separate and mixed professional tournaments, and providing opportunities for women and equal prize money, Power Snooker hopes to attract a diverse range of players and thus a new audience to cue-sports. The final aim is to see women competing in the finals against men and winning on their own merits in a Power Snooker Championship Final.
Snooker is growing and ever-changing, and Power Snooker hope to be part of that evolution, running not only professional tournaments but even local clubs and leagues, introducing new audiences and players to this fantastic new sport.