More than 50 professionals, including 12 members of the elite top 16, will take part in the first Six Reds World Championship in Killarney, Republic of Ireland next month.
Among those taking part are reigning Crucible world champion John Higgins, Stephen Hendry, Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Stephen Maguire, Peter Ebdon, Mark Allen and Steve Davis.
Ken Doherty, one of the organisers, is also in the 160-man field, which includes more than half of the main tour plus amateurs from countries such as Brazil, India and the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s a different sort of the game to what people are used to – fast and furious. Some snooker matches can go on for hours but six reds is quick-fire and entertaining,” Doherty said.
“It’s something a bit different and I know all the players are looking forward to it.
“It’s great that Ireland is staging the first Six Reds World Championship and the field is properly international, open to professionals and amateurs.
“It’ll be cut-throat because with nine fewer reds than normal, one mistake can cost you a frame.
“But it promises to be a very competitive event. We have 12 of the world’s top 16 players already confirmed and are talking to the others so it will be a high quality line up.”
The 160 players will be divided into 32 groups, with the top three from each advancing to the knockout phase.
The action takes place at the INEC in Killarney from December 15-18. Entries are still being accepted and more information can be found at http://www.6redworldchampionships.com/.