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Other Non-Ranking and Invition Events
First held from 2000 onwards*
* See also:    Pre 1980     1980-89   1990-99
 
Austrian Open
A major European pro-am event with a large field and which usually attracts a large number of main tour professionals.


Year Venue Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2007 Rotex-Halle, Wels Tom Ford Stephen Lee 5-4 n/a
2008 Rotex-Halle, Wels Ryan Day Jamie Cope 6-4 n/a
2010 Rotex-Halle, Wels Judd Trump Neil Robertson 6-4 €6,000
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Barry McNamee Memorial Trophy
This event was set up and promoted by his friend and fellow professional, Patrick Wallace, in honour of Barry McNamee, whose brief professional career ended when he was killed in a car crash in March 2002
. It attracts a predominantly Irish field of both amateurs and professionals. 
 
Year Venue Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2003 St. Patrick's Hall, Dungannon Ken Doherty Joe Swail 6-5 n/a
2004 St. Patrick's Hall, Dungannon Mark Allen Kieran McMahon 6-1 n/a
2005 Belfast Mark Allen Joe Delaney 6-5 n/a
2006 St. Patrick's Hall, Dungannon Joe Swail Jordan Brown 6-1 n/a
2007 St. Patrick's Hall, Dungannon Mark Allen Joe Swail 3-1 n/a
2008 St. Patrick's Hall, Dungannon Mark Allen David Morris 3-1 n/a
2009/10 St. Patrick's Hall, Dungannon Jordan Brown Joe Swail 3-1 n/a
2010/11 St. Patrick's Hall, Dungannon Patrick Wallace David Morris 3-1 n/a
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Brazil Masters

The World Snooker Tour's first venture into South America came in September 2011 with this invitation event. Several of the game's most high profile players declined to enter but thirteen from ther top 32 plus three local players made up the field. It was hoped that, if successful, the event would have full ranking status in the 2012/13 season.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2011  Costao de Santinho Resort, Florianopolis none Shaun Murphy Graeme Dott 5-0 $40,000


BTV International Challenge
A pre-season 8-man event organised by the 110 Sport Management Group and featuring many of their contracted payers. The format involved two groups of four and the event was first held in July 2009 with a substantial first prize of £50,000.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2009  Beijing University Gymnasium BTV Liang Wenbo Stephen Maguire 7-6 £50,000
2010  Beijing University Gymnasium BTV Tian Pengfei Ryan Day 9-3 £50,000



Belgium Open
A major Pro-Am first held on this scale in 2008 in the town of Duffel. A field of 96, initially split into 24 groups, included 26 main tour professionals, eight of whom were from the top 16.


Year Venue Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2008  Duffell Ricky Walden Graeme Dott 4-1 €5,000
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Dutch Open

A major pro-am tournament with a large field which regularly attracts a number of main tour professionals subject to other comittments.

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2004/5 De Dieze Snooker Centre, Den Bosche InterConnec t Bjorn Haneveer Lennon Starkey 6-1 €2,750
2005/6 De Dieze Snooker Centre, Den Bosche InterConnec t Bjorn Haneveer Michael Holt 6-1 €4,000
2006/7 De Dieze Snooker Centre, Den Bosche InterConnec t Michael Wild Mark King 6-5 €4,000
2007/8 De Dieze Snooker Centre, Den Bosche InterConnec t Michael Holt Barry Pinches 6-4 €4,000
2008/9 De Dieze Snooker Centre, Den Bosche InterConnec t Stuart Bingham Joe Swail 6-3 €3,000

Euro-Asia Snooker Masters Challenge
First held as a two leg event in August 2003 in Hong Kong and Bangkok, each leg of which featured eight players, four from Europe and four from Asia. There were two round robin groups with the top two in each going into the semi-finals. The event was revived in 2007 and also featured a team event.



Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2003/4 1st Leg Wanchai, Hong Kong none James Wattana Ken Doherty 6-4 £30,000
2003/4 2nd Leg Merchant Court Hotel, Bangkok none Ken Doherty Marco Fu 5-2 £30,000
2007/8 Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hong Kong 110 sport.com John Higgins James Wattana 5-4 £25,000
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General Cup International
A pre-season event played in Honk Kong featuring mainly players from the Far East but with some main tour invites.The event was not played in 2010, at least not with an international field, but returned in 2011.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2009 General Snooker Club, Hong Kong none Ricky Walden Liang Wenbo 6-2 HK$20,000
2011 General Snooker Club, Hong Kong none Stephen Lee Ricky Walden 7-6 HK$50,000

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Hainan Classic
An invitation event first played in March 2011 and promoted by the 110 Sport group. A 12 man field with four or five local Chinese players were split into four round robin groups  playing best-of-three matches with each group winner going into the semni finals.


Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2011 Boao Forum, Hainan Is., China China Life Xingpai John Higgins Jamie Cope 7-2 £40,000


Huangshan Cup
An invitation event introduced in 2008 with the full title of the ‘Huangshan Cup All-Star Snooker Game’. The idea was that four top 16 players from the UK would play four Chinese players who would come through an elimination contest. Only Stephen Hendry of those originally invited actually took part. Nevertheless there were four top 16 players in the quarter finals and some quality local players. Last minute replacement, Allister Carter walked away with the prize.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2008 Henfei, China none Allister Carter Marco Fu 5-3 n/a
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Kilkenny Masters
Launched in 2007, this invitation event had a field of sixteen with a mix of top 16 stars and leading Irish professionals. The top four were seeded into the quarter finals whilst the remaining twelve played in four round-robin groups of three with the winner of each going forward. Ronnie O’Sullivan took the inaugural title in style making a maximum on his way to lifting the trophy named in honour of Paul Hunter.



Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2006/7 Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny Eddie Bennett Developments Ronnie O'Sullivan Barry Hawkins 9-1 €20,000
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Lucan Racing Irish Classic
First staged in August 2007 with a field of eight invited professionals, mostly Irish, at the Raphael’s Snooker Club in Lucan near Dublin. The event was organised by Fergal O’Brien.
 

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2007 Raphael's Snooker Club, Lucan Lucan Racing David Morris Fergal O'Brien 5-3 €1,000
2008 Celbridge Snooker Club. Kildare Lucan Racing Ken Doherty Fergal O'Brien 5-2 €1,500
2009 Celbridge Snooker Club. Kildare Lucan Racing Joe Swail Fergal O'Brien 5-0 €1,500
2010 Celbridge Snooker Club. Kildare Lucan Racing Fergal O'Brien Michael Judge 5-0 €1,500
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Paul Hunter Classic (formerly Fürth German Open)
Although this is a pro-am event, it is included here as, in recent years it has attracted a large number of main tour professionals. Originally known as the Fürth German Open, it changed its name in 2007 to honour the late Paul Hunter. It is usually staged in August or September. In 2009 there were well over thirty main tour professionals in the field. In 2010 it became part of the Players Tour Championship series but for ease of reference I will continue to include the results here as well.

 
Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2004 Stadhalle, Fürth none Matthew Stevens Paul Hunter 5-1 n/a
2005 Stadhalle, Fürth Betandwin.de Mark King Michael Holt 4-2 n/a
2006 Stadhalle, Fürth Betandwin.de Michael Holt Barry Hawkins 4-2 n/a
2007 Stadhalle, Fürth Betandwin.de Barry Pinches Ken Doherty 4-0 n/a
2008 Stadhalle, Fürth Snookerstars Shaun Murphy Mark Selby 4-2 n/a
2009 Stadhalle, Fürth Snookerstars Shaun Murphy Jimmy White 4-0 €5,000
2010 Stadhalle, Fürth none Judd Trump Anthony Hamilton 4-3 €10,000
2011 Stadhalle, Fürth none Mark Selby Mark Davis 4-0 €10,000
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Paul Hunter English Open
Organised by the EASB and held since 1997 as an amateur event, the English Open event was renamed in memory of Paul Hunter and thrown open to professionals from 2007. Only the results since that date are included here. The number of professional taking part was sifnificantly reduced in 2010 possibly due to the increased number of events on the pro circuit.

Year Venue Winner
Runner Up Score
2007 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds Matthew Couch Neil Robertson 6-5
2008 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds Xiao Guodong Ben Woollaston 6-2
2009 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds Stuart Bingham David Grace 6-0
2010 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds Robbie Williams Stephen Craigie 6-4
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Pink Ribbon Pro-Am
A popular Pro-Am which only began in 2010 and attracts a field of over 300 including many of the leading professionals. The event, staged in June at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester, raises funds for the charity Breakthrogh Breast Cancer and the players all wear pink shirts to show their support.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2010 South West Snooker Academy MIUS Michael Holt Jimmy White 6-5 £2,400
2011 South West Snooker Academy MIUS Mark Joyce Michael Holt 4-0 £2,400



Power Snooker
A totally new concept featuring nine reds set up in a diamond formation. One red is the 'Power Ball' which, when potted, initiates a two minute spell where all points scored are doubled. Any pot from baulk, re-named the Power Zone, also counts double. Matches are decided on aggregate points scored over a fixed time and there is a 20 second limit on all shots. A feature of the event is audience participation with none of the usual calls for "quiet please".

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2010 IndigO2 Arena, London none Ronnie O'Sullivan Ding Junhui 572-299 £35,000
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World Champions v Asia Stars Challenge
This was, in effect, the same event as the Euro-Asia Masters Challenge but under a different name. This time, the field consisted of four world champions, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Ken Doherty and Mark Williams plus James Wattana, Ding Junhui, Marco Fu and up and coming Thai player, Atthasit Mahitthi. The format was the same with the players split into to round robin groups with the top two from each progressing to the semi finals.


Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2004 BEC-Tero Hall, Bangkok none Marco Fu John Higgins 5-1 £30,000





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