John Higgins will play his first match as 888.com world champion in Poland as he takes part in a new eight-man tournament in Warsaw next month.

Higgins, Graeme Dott, six-times world champion Steve Davis and Crucible runner-up Mark Selby will take part against four Polish players - Marcin Nitschke, Rafal Jewtuch, Jaroslaw Kowalski and Krzysztof Wrobel - in the event, which will be held on June 16 and 17.

Snooker has become hugely popular in Poland following extensive coverage of the game's major events on Eurosport.

It is to be hoped further invitation events in other parts of Europe will lead to even greater interest.

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