The prize funds for the Shanghai Masters and China Open have been increased after I pointed out the losing semi-finalists were receiving LESS money than last season.

It was orginally stated by World Snooker that semi-final losers in the two China events would pocket £9,000, which would have been £3,000 less than during the 2007/08 campaign.

It has now risen to £12,500 and each prize fund is thus £7,000 more (£282,000) than previously stated. World Snooker cited an 'administrative error' which has now been corrected.

If any of the players who will benefit want to buy me a drink I will, if pushed, accept.

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