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The Pistol sets his sights on NI glory

Thursday, 31 August 2017

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SNOOKER'S Northern Ireland Open is coming back to Belfast - and Antrim's Mark Allen will be hoping he can claim the crown on home soil.
The world ranking tournament is taking place at the Waterfront Hall from November 20-26.
Last year's event was won by Mark King who beat Barry Hawkins 9-8 in a dramatic final to capture the Alex Higgins Trophy.
Apart from Allen, a stellar field of the sport's top players are expected to battle for the title, including former World Champions Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins and Shaun Murphy and current World and UK Champion Mark Selby.  
The Northern Ireland Open, televised live by Eurosport, is the second of the snooker season's Home Nations series and carries a top prize of 70,000.
And any player winning all four Home Nations events will also earn a massive 1 million bonus, so October's English Open winner will head to Belfast dreaming of that unprecedented prize.
And that winner could easily be Antrim ace Allen, who last season made it through to the last eight, only to lose out to Scotsman Antony McGill.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian

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