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Snooker Shoot-Out to remain a ranking event following majority player vote

Barry Hearn, Chairman of World Snooker, speaks during a press conference (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The Snooker Shoot-Out will remain on the calendar in 2018 after the majority of professional players voted to keep it as a world ranking event.
 
The unique one-frame, shot-clock event was given full ranking status for the first time this year, with Anthony McGill landing £32,000 title in Watford.

World Snooker subsequently asked all tour players to vote on whether the ITV-televised tournament should remain as a ranking event or be removed from the calendar completely.
 
Of the 125 players who voted, 90 voted for the Shoot-Out to remain a ranking event, while 35 voted to remove it.
 
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: "I am very pleased with the result of the vote, with 72% of tour players voting in favour. 

"The Shoot Out will go ahead as a full ranking event in 2018, and following that we will evaluate its commercial success, as we would for any other tournament."

The 2017 Shoot-Out was blighted by controversy, none more so than the Quarter-Final contest between David Gilbert and Xiao Guodong, when Xiao appeared to time foul, only for the referee to miss the incident, allowing the Chinese cueist to go on and complete victory.

Gilbert made his frustrations clear as he left the arena, however World Snooker took the decision not to replay the frame, releasing a statement citing that the referee and marker 'were both unable to hear the shot clock beeps'. 

After his victory, McGill admitted: "There's no way on God's earth this should be a ranking event, it's not even snooker rules, but I'm going to benefit and I'll take it!"



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