The Shanghai Indoor Stadium will be hosting the 2017 World Snooker Shanghai Masters. The event will be scheduled from 13th to 18th November. This has been one of the top events and has been held regularly since the inaugural event in 2007. Ding Junhui, one of the top stars from China, was able to win the title in consecutive campaigns as he managed to overcome Mark Selby. Former winners of the World Snooker Shanghai Masters include the likes of Jon Higgins, Ronnie O’Sullivan, and Mark Selby.
It is not a surprise that such top stars are taking part. Many top stars regard the Shanghai Masters as the favourite to win in the entire calendar. Yet, they are not the only one to consider this event with lofty heights. Even fans show plenty of passion and enthusiasm when it comes to the event.
The tournament manages to increase its attractiveness by featuring more players than ever before. No less than 64 players will be taking part in the final event. The tournament will be conducted over a six-day period. This intense schedule is one of the reasons behind this competitive nature. The qualifying event for this tournament begins in England on October 11. Players have to win at least one game if they are to reach the finals.
In terms of prize money, the Shanghai Masters gives players with £ 700,000. This is a substantial increase from last season, as players got to work on a prize fund of just £ 350,000. Now, the winner alone gets to make a sizeable £ 150,000. This means that the tournament equalises the record of any ranking event out of the United Kingdom.
Despite managing to get a lot of popularity, Jiushi Sports Group has promised to increase the reputation and the quality of the tournament even further.