World Snooker has announced a new four-part European Series which sees the sport’s overall prize increase to a record total of around £14.6 million.
The four tournaments will each be sponsored by BetVictor and include the European Masters in Austria from January 20-26, the German Masters from January 29 to February 2, the Shoot Out from February 20-23 and the Gibraltar Open from March 13-15.
A unique ranking list will run throughout these events, with the player earning the most money across the European Series pocketing a lucrative bonus of £150,000.
The winner’s prize money has also been increased in the European Masters to £80,000 (up from last season’s £75,000), the Shoot Out to £50,000 (up from £32,000) and the Gibraltar Open to £50,000 (doubled from last season).
These increases lift the total prize fund for the 2019/20 season to a record £14,641,000.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to announce the new BetVictor European Series, a fabulous addition to our tour.
“The race to win the series and earn a huge bonus of £150,000 adds an extra element of intrigue throughout the four events.
“Each event is superb in its own right, but the support BetVictor brings takes it all to a new level and ties them together into a distinctive series.
“I would love to see a few players in the mix with the chance to win the bonus going into the last tournament in Gibraltar, that would bring a thrilling conclusion to the series.
“For the players it’s an extra incentive to get their name down for these events and make sure they have the chance to boost their prize money in dramatic fashion.”