Mark Allen Aims for Third Consecutive Victory at Belfast Main Event

The draw for the upcoming BetVictor Northern Ireland Open this month has been released, along with the qualifying round’s match schedule.

Mark Allen is eyeing a third consecutive title win at the main event scheduled from October 22 to 29 at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. The Antrim cueman is set to kick off his campaign against the talented Belgian teenager, Ben Mertens.

At the start of the event, world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan will compete against USA’s Ahmed Aly Elsayed in his first match, and BetVictor English Open champion Judd Trump will face Jenson Kendrick. Matches involving the top 16 seeds and the two local wild cards will all take place in Belfast, with the match schedule set to be announced soon. The fixtures include:

  • Mark Allen vs. Ben Mertens
  • Ricky Walden vs. Ben Woollaston
  • Jack Lisowski vs. Rebecca Kenna
  • Robert Milkins vs. Cao Yupeng
  • Shaun Murphy vs. Ryan Thomerson
  • Ryan Day vs. Ma Hailong
  • Gary Wilson vs. Louis Heathcote
  • Neil Robertson vs. Wu Yize
  • Judd Trump vs. Jenson Kendrick
  • Anthony McGill vs. Jimmy White
  • Robbie McGuigan vs. Muhammad Asif
  • Hossein Vafaei vs. Mark Joyce
  • Kyren Wilson vs. Sam Craigie
  • Mark Williams vs. Tian Pengfei
  • Barry Hawkins vs. Elliot Slessor
  • David Gilbert vs. Joel Connolly
  • Tom Ford vs. Haydon Pinhey
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Ahmed Aly Elsayed

All other first-round matches will be held at the qualifiers in Sheffield from October 17-20. Players will need to win one match at the qualifiers to advance to Belfast. Fans are welcome at Ponds Forge to watch the qualifying round, featuring notable matches such as:

  • Marco Fu vs. Jamie Jones
  • Zhou Yuelong vs. Stan Moody
  • Jordan Brown (Northern Ireland) vs. Stuart Carrington
  • Ken Doherty vs. Liam Highfield
  • Stephen Maguire vs. Fergal O’Brien
  • Si Jiahui vs. Zhang Anda
  • Matthew Stevens vs. Stephen Hendry

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