Stuart Bingham will be aiming for back-to-back ranking titles when he competes in the Coral Shoot Out in Watford, which starts tomorrow.
Bingham won the Coral Welsh Open last Sunday, beating Judd Trump 9-8 in a dramatic final in Cardiff, his first title since becoming World Champion 21 months ago,
And the Basildon cueman will be one of 128 players at the Watford Colosseum this week for the Coral Shoot Out which runs from Thursday to Sunday. The event is non-stop quickfire action as all matches last a maximum of ten minutes, with a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and ten seconds for the last five.
“The players who can control their nerves tend to do best in this format,” said world number two Bingham, who reached the final in 2014 before losing to Dominic Dale. “It helps to have a bit of interaction with the crowd and to enjoy it. The atmosphere will be different this time because it’s a ranking event for the first time, but I’ll still have a bit of fun with the fans while I’m at the table.
“It’s the kind of event that anyone can win because the matches are so short and there is a fair bit of luck involved. But it’s still great fun and I always want to play in as many events as I can.”
In fact Bingham has been playing in the Championship League in Coventry this week which has meant he has been unable to celebrate winning his fourth ranking title.
“I had four hours sleep on Sunday night then I had to get straight to Coventry,” he added. “Winning in Wales hasn’t really sunk in yet and it probably won’t until I get home to my friends and family. But I am still buzzing and I hope I can keep the good form going.”
Shaun Murphy, Jimmy White and Barry Hawkins are among the other top stars competing in the ITV-televised event in Watford.
Tickets are still available but fans are urged to book fast because certain sessions are close to selling out. Tickets start at just £15, or watch every session of the tournament with a Season Ticket for just £99. For details visit http://www.worldsnooker.com/tickets