Snooker Shoot-Out 2018 live stream: The essential guide of how to watch live online

Jamie Shaw in Snooker Shoot-Out

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Anthony McGill crashes out of the Snooker Shoot-Out as Hawkins and White progress in Watford

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Live Snooker on Friday February 9: Snooker Shoot-Out 2018 Day Two preview and order of play

All matches are available to watch live on desktop or mobile devices (credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

All matches are available to watch live on desktop or mobile devices (credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

A week of fast and furious snooker sees 128 players do battle in the 2018 Snooker Shoot-Out, and all matches are also available to watch live online.

The unique shot-clock competition features a bumper field of professionals and amateurs competing for the £32,000 top prize at the Watford Colosseum.

Controversially, the Shoot-Out was made a full world ranking event in 2017, with prize money from the first six stagings having previously not counted towards the Order of Merit.

Scotland’s Anthony McGill claimed last year’s title after defeating Xiao Guodong by 67 points to 19 in the final.

Xiao is the only player to have reached the final on more than one occasion since the tournament was introduced in 2011.

The general rules of the Shoot-Out are the same as those in a traditional game of snooker, although there are several key variants that epitomise the uniqueness of the event.

These include all frames being capped at ten minutes, with the player scoring the most points declared the winner.

Players will lag to decide who breaks off and there will be a shot clock in operation, with the competitors having 15 seconds to complete each shot over the first five minutes of the frame, while just 10 seconds will be allocated during the last five minutes.

Players must hit a cushion or pot a ball with each they shot play otherwise it will be deemed a foul which, along with any other infringement, will result in the opponent being awarded the cue ball-in-hand.

The tournament runs from February 8-11 at the Watford Colosseum, with all matches streamed live on desktop or mobile in the UK and various other regions.

To watch the action live online, simply:

1) Go to Unibet via this special link

2) Register an account or sign in (Don’t forget to claim your ¬£30 bonus on registration)

3) Select Sports > Live streaming on the homepage and scroll to ‘Snooker’

4) Select the match in progress and the stream window will open