SNOOKER: Welsh Open 2013 – Live on BBC Wales & Eurosport

The best snooker players on the planet will be in Newport for the 2013 BetVictor Welsh Open with live coverage on BBC Wales and British Eurosport.

The tournament runs from February 11-17 at the Newport Centre and will feature leading players such as world number one Mark Selby, John Higgins, Judd Trump, defending champion Ding Junhui and Welsh wizards Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens.

The BBC Wales-televised event is one of snooker’s longest standing world ranking events, ever-present on the calendar since 1992.

The Welsh Open is also one of the sport’s major ranking tournaments and has been ever present at the Newport Centre since 2005.

Once again the venue will host many of snooker’s top stars, with prize money for the event increasing this year from £201,500 to £250,000, with the winner to receive £50,000 instead of £30,000.

Top Welsh players Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens are looking forward to the event having shown impressive form in recent televised events

With the likes of Masters champion and world number one Mark Selby travelling to Newport, the Welsh Open is likely to be one of the most exciting of the season.

Other names also include Judd Trump, snooker legend John Higgins and last year’s winner, Ding Junhui.

Higgins is looking to become the only player to win this tournament four times, with him and Stephen Hendry the only two players to have won the tournament three times.

Last year’s competition saw Ding Junhui beat Mark Selby 9-6 in a thrilling final, filled with tight frames and large breaks, with Selby hitting a 145 in the 14th frame.

This season’s Welsh Open will boast a new format with the players to be seeded in bands of 32 rather than 16, giving rising stars a better chance to qualify through to the televised stages.

All matches up to and include the last-16 will be best of 7 frames, the quarter-finals best of 9 frames, the semi-finals best of 11 frames and the final will be best of 17 frames.

Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy and Steve Davis were among the star names to come through the qualifying rounds.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: “We have introduced a new format for the Welsh Open this year, in line with our plans to create fairer structures for ranking events.

“Only eight players are guaranteed a place at the venue, the rest will all go through the qualifying rounds.

“This will give us a field of players in form for the televised stages.

“We have also increased the prize money, with the winner to receive £50,000, up from last year’s £30,000.

“South Wales is a hotbed of support for snooker and every year we see the passion of the fans in Newport, and we look forward to another successful tournament.”

BBC Wales is the host broadcaster for the event and will have live coverage of all the key action on BBC Two Wales and Online.

Jason Mohammad, who recently joined the BBC’s snooker presenting team, introduces live coverage on BBC Two Wales from the Newport Centre thoughout the week, which includes daily afternoon and evening coverage, plus nightly highlights.

Viewers nationwide can watch all the live action throughout the week via the BBC Red Button, plus full coverage of each day’s play via the BBC Sport website on PCs, laptops and mobiles, as well as via internet-connected TVs.

Commentary and studio analysis comes from Terry Griffiths, Darren Morgan, Dominic Dale and Willie Thorne.

British Eurosport will have full live coverage of the 2013 Welsh Open, including action from every session via its two channels.

Eurosport’s commentary team includes Mike Smith, Mike Hallett, David Hendon and former World Champion Joe Johnson.

CLICK HERE for full Eurosport TV schedule.

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Monday 11th February
Round 1 / Qualifying matches
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.15pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
LIVE: 7.00pm-8.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
Highlights: 11.20pm-12.00am – BBC Two Wales
 
 
Tuesday 12th February
Round 1 matches
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.15pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
LIVE: 7.00pm-8.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
Highlights: 11.20pm-12.00am – BBC Two Wales
 
 
Wednesday 13th February
Round 2 matches
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.15pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
LIVE: 7.00pm-8.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
Highlights: 11.20pm-12.00am – BBC Two Wales
 
 
Thursday 14th February
Round 2 matches
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.15pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
LIVE: 7.00pm-8.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
Highlights: 11.20pm-12.00am – BBC Two Wales
 
 
Friday 15th February
Quarter Finals
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.15pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
LIVE: 9.30pm-10.30pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
Highlights: 11.50pm-12.30am – BBC Two Wales
 
 
Saturday 16th February
Semi Finals
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
LIVE: 7.00pm-10.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
Highlights: 12.00am-12.40am – BBC Two Wales
 
 
Sunday 17th February
Welsh Open Final 2013 – Best of 17 frames
Afternoon Session (1.00pm)
First Session
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
 
Evening Session (7.00pm)
Second Session*
LIVE: 7.00pm-10.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Red Button
 
 
*denotes final session of match
 

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