Ronnie O'Sullivan's 7-2 victory over Mark Selby in the Partypoker.com Premier League last night was his eighth capture of this title and his fifth in succession since it reverted to the 25 second per shot time limit.

It is hard to see anyone else winning under this format.

Selby had played superbly to beat Stephen Hendry 5-0 in the semi-finals with the aid of three centuries but, for whatever reason, failed to fire in the final.

O'Sullivan won £75,000 - the biggest top prize in snooker outside of the 'big three' tournaments: the World Championship, UK Championship and Wembley Masters.

Potters Leisure Resort at Hopton-on-Sea proved to be a first class venue. Yesterday, 450 ticket applications had to be turned down because they were already sold out.

This came after a fortnight of heavy promotion in the local press - surely the way to ensure a large attendance.

A full house makes such a difference to the players. They respond to a good atmosphere.

O'Sullivan was, of course, a popular winner.

Who wants to back against him for next year?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget Grand Prix also awarded 75,000£ to the winner this year.