Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker Introduces Golden Ball Innovation for Historic 167 Maximum

This week, Riyadh Season is set to host Saudi Arabia’s inaugural professional snooker event, introducing a groundbreaking feature – the Golden Ball. This innovation offers elite players a unique opportunity to achieve a 167 maximum and win a substantial cash prize.

The Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker, scheduled from March 4-6 in Boulevard City, Riyadh, will showcase the world’s top ten players, including Luca Brecel, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Allen, Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy, Mark Williams, Ali Carter, John Higgins, and Ding Junhui. The event, broadcast globally on Eurosport and DAZN, promises historic moments, with wildcard entries Omar Alajlani and Ali Alobaidli also vying for the trophy.

A special 23rd ball, named the Riyadh Season ball, will be golden and carry a value of 20 points. This ball can only be pocketed after a player completes a 147 maximum. The first player to achieve a 167 will receive a remarkable $500,000 (£395,000) bonus from HE Advisor Turki Alalshikh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA).

The rules governing the Golden Ball are as follows:

  • At the beginning of each frame, the Golden Ball will be placed at the center of the baulk cushion on the table.
  • If a 147 is possible in the frame, the Golden Ball remains on the table. After completing a 147 maximum, the player has the chance to pot the Golden Ball for a total of 167.
  • Once a 147 is no longer feasible, the Golden Ball is removed until the start of the next frame.
  • Any foul or infringement involving the Golden Ball incurs a penalty of 4 points or the value of the ball ‘on,’ whichever is greater.

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