Mark Williams, Mark Selby, Jamie Cope, Ken Doherty, Peter Ebdon and former winners Ricky Walden and Jimmy White are among the players taking part in the Sangsom Six Reds World Championship in Bangkok, Thailand next week.
Hang on, I hear you holler. Wasn’t there a World Championship in Killarney just before Christmas?
Yes, there was, but this is a different event. It was called the World Grand Prix last year but is now being billed as a World Championship.
There is no governing body for six reds snooker so they can call it what they want but it seems to be unnecessarily confusing.
Thailand was once a hotbed of snooker. Its popularity declined along with the career of its best ever player, one time world no.3 James Wattana.
Any event featuring top players should be welcomed and the Six Reds tournament will be covered on national TV.
The truth is, though, that six reds snooker has not taken off in any meaningful way. It doesn’t feature at all in Barry Hearn’s future plans and has no profile outside of these two World Championships (I understand the Irish one is returning later this year).
My view of it remains unchanged: it’s fine as a sideshow but will never overtake the established form of the game. Then again, it was never meant to. It’s just a variant of snooker.
Events such as this give the players more opportunities and I’m all for that as well as the coverage the game will get in Asia.
Having two world champions is a little daft, though.
There's more information on the Thai event on the tournament website here.