Ronnie O'Sullivan scoops Power Snooker trophy
2 November, 2010
Saturday 30th October saw the televised launch of Power Snooker at London's Indig02 arena. Marco Boi, founder and director of Playinnovation, was lucky enough to have secured primo seats to watch all the action as it unfolded.
World renowned players, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Jimmy White, Ding Junhui, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Allister Carter, Shaun Murphy and Luca Brecel, all went head to head to compete for the prestigious first trophy, in front of 1,700 strong crowd.
Power Snooker focuses on making points count, as opposed to frames. Each game lasts half an hour, with the clock starting as soon as the reds are broken and finishing when the final black of each frame is pocketed. The player with the highest score at the end of the thirty minute battle wins.
The combination of the fast paced game; some glamorous Power Snooker Girls; the commentating skills of Clive Everton; and some light hearted heckling from the crowd, was a winning formula.
Following some close battles, the crowd was psyched for the final round which saw Ronnie 'The Rocket' O'Sullivan pitting against China's number one Ding Junhui. The fast paced format of the game played ideally to O'Sullivan's strengths, and he thrashed Junhui with a spectacular 572 points to 258.
With a winner's cheque of £35,000 and a new, shiny trophy for his mantelpiece, O'Sullivan is quoted as saying:
"I've won a lot of trophies but this is the one I have enjoyed the most. Snooker has been waiting for a long time for something like this to come along. Finally snooker has come into the 21st Century."
High praise indeed from the three times world champion!
Snooker is undergoing a revolution. New formats, such as Power Snooker and Street Snooker, are pulling in a new generation of fans, adding a much needed boost to the sport. This is snooker for a new generation...and it's here to stay.