Six reds snooker has kind of been forgotten in the maelstrom of the last couple of years.
It was once held up as being the innovation that would 'breathe life into snooker' but it never happened. What breathed life into snooker was having someone build up the circuit. There never was anything wrong with the traditional game.
However, six reds is popular in Thailand and in Bangkok this week a World Championship takes place featuring a number of big names.
Judd Trump is there, as is Mark Williams, Mark Selby (who won the title in 2010), Shaun Murphy, Stephen Maguire, Steve Davis, Jimmy White and both Ricky Walden and Stuart Bingham.
Mark Davis, who won a version of this title when it was played in Killarney in 2009, is also taking part.
For the uninitiated, six reds snooker is as it sounds: six reds rather than 15. In theory it is quicker - although a right old grind between two players who can't pot a ball will last an age no matter how many balls are on the table.
There are two important rule changes, firstly to the miss rule:
- There will be no more than five consecutive Foul and a Miss calls at any one time.
- After four consecutive Foul and a Miss calls, the referee will warn the offending player that should a Foul and a Miss be called again the following options are available to the non-striker:
(i) play himself from where the balls have come to rest;
(ii) ask his opponent to play from where the balls have to come to rest;
(iii) place the cue ball anywhere on the table, but this option cannot be taken if play has reached the “snookers required” stage.
And also a fundamental change when it comes to the old roll-up after a potting a red:
- A player cannot snooker behind a nominated colour at any time.
The top prize works out at around £40,000, plus it's on the way to Australia where the Goldfields Open takes place next week.
It's also on Eurosport all week, starting at 9am BST this morning.