BetVictor has extended its partnership with World Snooker, which will see the operator become title sponsor of two more of this season’s Home Nations events – the Northern Ireland Open and Scottish Open.
This follows BetVictor’s successful sponsorship of the English Open, the first event in the series which was won by Stuart Bingham in Crawley last month.
The BetVictor Northern Ireland Open will run from November 12 to 18 at the Belfast Waterfront Hall, followed by the BetVictor Scottish Open at the Glasgow Emirates Arena from December 10 to 16.
The tournament in Belfast boasts a strong field of 128 players including 15 of the world’s top 16, battling for the Alex Higgins Trophy. Mark Williams will be aiming to defend the title against the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, John Higgins and home favourite Mark Allen. Next month in Glasgow, it will be Neil Robertson defending the Stephen Hendry Trophy, too, among 128 players competing for the title.
Televised by Eurosport and Quest, each of the Home Nations series events has a top prize of £70,000, and if Bingham can win all four titles, he will scoop an unprecedented £1,000,000 bonus.
Commenting on the partnership, World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn stated: “We are delighted to join forces with BetVictor once again for these two prestigious tournaments. The company has been a strong supporter of the sport, having previously sponsored the Welsh Open from 2013 for four consecutive years and more recently the English Open, so we’re very pleased to be building on this partnership.
“The Home Nations series has proved to be a fantastic addition to our tour and I’m looking forward to seeing packed arenas in Belfast and Glasgow as fans take the opportunity to see the very best players on the planet.”
Director of sportsbook at BetVictor Matt Scarrott added: “We’re excited to be expanding our partnership with World Snooker and to be able to tap into the growing global snooker fanbase.”
“We were able to reach millions of spectators around the world as part of our sponsorship of the BetVictor English Open, and when the opportunity came to expand our partnership it was a no brainer.”