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Snooker aces battle to get to Hopton

PUBLISHED: 11:53 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:22 03 July 2010

Only one place remains in the Premier League Snooker play-offs at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton, on Saturday, December 6.

Either Stephen Hendry or Ding Junhui will join Mark Selby, Joe Perry and Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals of this televised competition.

Only one place remains in the Premier League Snooker play-offs at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton, on Saturday, December 6.

Either Stephen Hendry or Ding Junhui will join Mark Selby, Joe Perry and Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals of this televised competition. The two players meet in the final round before the play-offs, each hoping to eventually reach the grand final of the competition, which is hosted by Potters, on Sunday, December 7.

Joe Perry became the third man to reach the play-offs of the 2008 PartyPoker.com Premier League Snooker. Ronnie O'Sullivan, who has won the Premier League title for the last four seasons, secured his place in the semi-finals without potting a ball. Mark Selby was the first player to qualify for the play-offs.

Perry confirmed his place in the top four with a victory over John Higgins in the ninth round of matches, staged at the Sands Centre, Carlisle. However, the defeat proved costly for Higgins, as it meant he could no longer qualify. It also meant that Ronnie O'Sullivan was also guaranteed a top four place.

Brian Potter, the chairman of Potters Leisure Resort, said: “We have had a great response to this event so far and are counting the days to the semi-final and final. With players such as Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final four it's sure to be an explosive two days of snooker and we're expecting a lively crowd of people taking an early festive break, as well as more hard-core sports fans.”

This will be the first time that an East of England venue has been selected to host the final of the Premier League snooker, which is one of the world's favourite televised snooker events.

The event will be televised live on Sky Sports and played in the Potters Leisure Resort's famous international arena, known as the venue for the World Indoor Bowls championship. The event will receive over 48 hours live coverage on Sky Sports in the UK, and Matchroom Sport Television is producing 24 two-hour highlight programmes which will be syndicated globally.

Day tickets are available for both the semi-finals and the grand final at £17.50 each.

Potters has also planned a three-night festive break starting on Friday, December 5.

The three-night show break, designed especially for adults, costs £244 and includes tickets for both nights of the Premier League snooker, accommodation, entertainment and three meals on each full day of the stay. Without tickets for the snooker, the break costs £219.

For more information or to purchase snooker or weekend break tickets, please call 01502 730345 or visit www.pottersholidays.com


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