No Amateur rounds at the Gibraltar Open

Posted on: 14 February 2021

Last edited on: 19 February 2021

Next month’s BetVictor Gibraltar Open will be staged in the UK, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and there will be no amateur rounds.

See the full WST announcement here

I suppose it was inevitable, and sensible, that the amateur rounds were cancelled. It wouldn’t have been seen as fitting for hundreds of amateurs to descend on a UK venue still to be announced, for a weekend of snooker! Even as far back as last year the event was played behind closed doors.

The event runs from March 1 to 7 and it is the last event in the BetVictor European Series, with the player who tops the final Order of Merit to earn a £150,000 bonus.

The amateur angle

No doubt there will be top-ups taken from the Q School Order of Merit but wildcards haven’t been announced as yet.

Traditionally there would be 4 or so rounds where over 100 amateurs fought it out for a chance to take on the pros. There was no prize money on offer unless they did beat a pro. But more than that, it used to be one of the EBSA qualifying events where a tour card was on offer.

Things have changed since the World Snooker Federation began and IBSF lost their qualifying places. The route to the main tour is now somewhat different – but that’s another story!

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