Important changes for the coming season

The following changes have been announced on social media by Jason Francis, chairman of WSS

Following consultation with the Players Commission the following recommendations have been made by them which I am largely happy to adopt.

1, Black Ball
For the World Championships and Uk Championships to begin with the respot will be removed with all matches to semi final being best of 5 and from semi finals best of 7. The conditions to allow this are as follows
a, Matches may begin at 9am
b, the competition must be played down to the quarters by end of play Saturday.
c, players should expect much longer days
d, a minimum third referee will be added and their hours scheduled in shifts as no one should be expect to officiate for 12 hours.
e, in order to fund and third referee and potentially another TD to help T BAG the entry fee for qualifiers we run will be increased to £60.

2, Prize Money For the qualifiers we run (predominantly Uk but some overseas) Prize money will be as follows
£700 winner
£400 runner up
£200 semi finals
£100 quarter finals
£100 High Break

3, Consideration for Saturday play will only be considered for players entering from outside the country where the event is being staged. Consideration does not mean a promise and players will need to confirm on entry they are available to play at any time during the tournament specified dates. I am happy to consider requests for Friday play but again this is a request and no promises can be made.

The commission is currently considering some other points.

We will announce the first set of qualifiers on Tuesday with entries opening Wednesday.

ROKiT World Snooker Logo

A very important announcement at the WSS ROKiT Masters 2019 Champion’s Dinner

Ahead of the WSS ROKiT Masters 2019, the defending Champion, Cliff Thorburn hosted a Canadian themed dinner, designed by his wife, Barbara.

It had everything: great food, laugher, memories… Cliff Thorburn was duly honoured. Jason Ferguson, representing WPBSA, Mandy Fisher, representing WWS, Nigel Mawer representing WDBS were all present. There was an auction, a raffle, trick-shots …

Here is the story in pictures…

And a very important announcement: The Crucible Theatre will host the WSS World Championship in the future, and this year event will take place mid August. WLBS and WDBS players will be invited in dedicated sessions. And the event will grow in the coming years featuring more players. Tomorrow’s show will be the last “Snooker Legend” show at the Crucible and the tenth since it all started with Alex Higgins in 2010.

Here it is as posted on WPBSA Web Site

Crucible to Stage World Seniors Snooker Championship

11th April 2019

 

With just ten days until the World Professional Snooker Championship hits Sheffield, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has announced a new major annual snooker tournament that will see the game’s icons go head to head for the ultimate World Seniors title.

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship is coming to the Crucible Theatre as part of a new partnership with Sheffield City Council to give the city a second major snooker event each year.

Legends such as Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White join a field of 20 players from 16 countries who will battle it out over four days to see who will lift the World Seniors Championship trophy.

Also for the very first time, within their four-day stay, a session will be dedicated to showcase the talents of the World Women’s Snooker (WWS) Tour and the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) Tour.

Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA said: “It’s great news to place the World Seniors Championship in the venue where our legends created their legacy.

“Being able to use the event to also showcase the talents of the women’s and the disability tours sends an important message for our sport and also opens up the dream of playing in the Crucible Theatre for everyone.”

The event takes place from 15-18 August at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, home of the annual World Snooker Championship since 1977.

Paul Billington, Director of Culture and Environment at SCC, said: “We’re delighted to bring a second major snooker event to Sheffield, the true home of the sport. Many of the legends who will take part in the ROKiT World Seniors Championship made their name in our iconic Crucible Theatre, where this new tournament will also take place.

“As well as the chance to watch legends from the men’s game, this event showcases women’s and disability snooker at the highest level opening up the game to a whole new audience.

“We look forward to welcoming snooker’s elite and many visiting fans to Sheffield for what promises to be a thrilling showdown.”

The competition will see 20 of snooker’s best-loved personalities play over 12 sessions across four days. Tickets go on sale for all 12 sessions on Thursday 18 April.

Tickets to the women’s and disability sessions can be purchased for just £1.47 with any full price World Seniors ticket.

Tickets will also be available for a VIP meet experience with senior players, that will be held on the final day.

All tickets will be available at http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

and the poster!

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Meanwhile, remember, this is happening at the Crucible today!

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Jonathan Bagley was playing yesterday at the World Championship 2019 Qualifiers at the English Institute of Sports. He was beaten 10-4 by Thepchaya Un-Nooh, but did himself proud. Jonathan really struggled at the start of the match in  those unfamiliar conditions. He trailed 8-1 at the end of the first session, but the match had been closer than the score suggested especially after the MSI. This showed in the second session: “Theppy” needed only two frames, but Jonathan made him work for them, winning the first mine session by 3-1.

Another WSS player was at the table as well. Michael Judge beat former World Seniors Champion Peter Lines by 10-0, in a match that lasted over 10 hours and finished at nearly 3 am…

WSS ROKiT Tour gives a voice to the players

ROKiT World Snooker Logo

A few days back Jason Francis took on social media to stress how important it is for the WSS Tour future and growths that the players have a place to voice their opinions, concerns and suggestions. Jason and the other people at the elm of the WSS Tour really want this tour to be developed FOR the players and WITH the players. Therefore Jason invited the players interested in participating in a “Players Commission” to come forward.

He has been heard. On Thursday afternoon, Jason came back on social media with this announcement (source Facebook)

PLAYERS COMMISSION
I am delighted to announce that the following have accepted an invitation to represent the players on the World Seniors Tour next season. I have reserved a couple of spaces for invitations in the future as I believe we will need some overseas representation and perhaps some voices from lower down the ranking list. I may announce some more people soon. I am also asking T Bag to sit on the team as well. Your Commission is

PATRICK WALLACE -Chairman
T BAG
IAN SPAWTON
LEE RICHARDSON
SIMON DENT
BARRY PINCHES
IAN WAGSTAFF
RICHARD EMERY

Please support them

And a bit later he added this

Also delighted to confirm our World Champion has found out how to use that ROKiT phone and has also accepted a place on the commission. AARON CANAVAN

If you wonder who T Bag might be, the man has a name, Paul, and he’s been helping Jason with all things logistics since the start of the Snooker Legends.

This is an important and positive move regarding the future of the WSS ROKiT Tour. It’s also good to see the referees represented in this commission by Ian Wagstaff.

 

 

The WSS Sponsor is at Phoneweek in Los Angeles

The World Seniors Tour main sponsor, ROKiT is in Los Angeles for the  “Phoneweek” event.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ROKiT, a revolutionary telecommunications company, today introduced its
line of five mobile handsets, including three smartphones, to market. At
an event hosted this morning in downtown Los Angeles, company founders
John Paul DeJoria and Jonathan Kendrick announced that the handsets
would be officially available for purchase online across the U.S.
exclusively at ROKiT.com and Walmart.com starting today.

UNLIKE ANY OTHER PHONE BRAND, ROKIT IS SHAKING UP THE MOBILE LANDSCAPE
BY PAIRING ITS PHONES WITH VITAL LIFE SERVICES LIKE FAMILY TELEMEDICINE,
LEGAL COUNSEL, AND MORE. THE COLLECTION ALSO INCLUDES TWO SMARTPHONE
MODELS WITH THE BEST GLASSES-FREE 3D TECHNOLOGY ON THE MARKET AND A VAST
LIBRARY OF EXCLUSIVE 2D AND 3D LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATED CONTENT. THESE
UNRIVALED ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFESTYLE PACKAGES COME PACKED INTO PREMIUM
MOBILE HANDSETS AVAILABLE AT A FRACTION OF THE COST OF COMPETITORS.

“WE STARTED ROKIT WITH A MISSION TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH WELL-BEING AND
SECURITY, AND OFFER A REALISTIC ENTRY POINT TO TOP NOTCH TECHNOLOGY. IT
HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE TO SEE OUR VISION REALIZED AS PEOPLE REACT TO THE
PHONES,” SAID JOHN PAUL DEJORIA, CO-FOUNDER OF ROKIT. “NOT ONLY HAVE
THEY BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY THE GLASSES-FREE 3D EXPERIENCE ON THE
SMARTPHONES, BUT THEY CAN’T BELIEVE JUST HOW MUCH THEY’RE GETTING FOR
SUCH A REASONABLE PRICE. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO US TO BE THE FIRST PHONE ON
THE MARKET WITH SUCH AN EXTENSIVE LIFE SERVICE AND ENTERTAINMENT
OFFERING THAT WILL SURELY CHANGE LIVES.”

ROKIT SMARTPHONES OFFER ENDLESS ENTERTAINMENT THROUGH ITS ROK
ENTERTAINMENT PLATFORM, WHICH INCLUDES ACCESS TO SUBSCRIPTION-BASED
STREAMING TELEVISION, MUSIC, AND GAMES. TWO OF ROKIT’S SMARTPHONE
MODELS, THE ROKIT IO 3D AND IO PRO 3D, FEATURE STEREOSCOPIC SCREEN
TECHNOLOGY METICULOUSLY CRAFTED TO PROVIDE A CRISP, VIBRANT 3D IMAGE AND
ELIMINATE PREVIOUS BARRIERS TO 3D’S SUCCESS. TO ENSURE A SEAMLESS
EXPERIENCE FOR USERS, THE PHONES ALSO ENABLE ACCESS TO PREMIUM,
QUALITY-CONTROLLED 3D CONTENT AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON THROUGH THE
ROKFLIX 3D APP, AN EXPANSIVE CATALOGUE OF FEATURE FILMS AND CUSTOM
CONTENT CREATED BY ROKIT STUDIOS, THE COMPANY’S 3D AND ANIMATION STUDIO
IN FRANCE.

ROKIT’S LIFE-CHANGING BUNDLES ARE ROOTED IN PROVIDING HEALTH AND
PROTECTION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. ROK LIFE SERVICES COME PRE-LOADED ON
SELECT MODELS IN ROKIT’S PHONE RANGE, KICKING OFF WITH A YEAR’S FREE
ACCESS TO 24/7 TELEMEDICINE AND DISCOUNTED PHARMACEUTICALS, WITH
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE, FAMILY LEGAL SERVICES, AND ACCIDENTAL DEATH, BURIAL
AND CREMATION, AND IDENTITY THEFT INSURANCE AVAILABLE AT LOW-COST
MONTHLY RATES.

“AT ROKIT WE LIKE TO SAY WE’RE A PEOPLE-FIRST COMPANY, BECAUSE JOHN PAUL
AND I FIRMLY BELIEVE IN BUILDING A BRAND THAT PRIORITIZES MAKING A
DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD OVER MERELY SELLING A PRODUCT,” SAID JONATHAN
KENDRICK, CO-FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF ROKIT. “TODAY MARKS A MASSIVE
MILESTONE AS WE CONNECT PEOPLE WITH WHAT THEY NEED AND WHAT THEY LOVE BY
OFFICIALLY SELLING OUR PHONES GLOBALLY. WE HAVE LOTS MORE IN STORE AND
ARE EAGER TO CONTINUE THIS MOMENTUM FROM HERE.”

ALL FIVE SLEEK BLACK HANDSETS ARE UNLOCKED, EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST
ANDROID FEATURES AVAILABLE, AND INCLUDE DUAL SIM, WIFI CALLING,
WHATSAPP, FACEBOOK, BLUETOOTH, FM RADIO, AND MP3 AS STANDARD.

ROKIT’S FULL LINE OF FIVE MOBILE DEVICES INCLUDE:

  • ROKiT One ($34.99) – Classic bar phone
  • ROKiT F-One ($39.99) – Return of the flip phone
  • ROKiT IO Light ($89.99) – Lightweight touchscreen smartphone
  • ROKiT IO 3D ($199.99) – Mostly-loaded 3D smartphone
  • ROKiT IO Pro 3D ($299.99) – Fully-loaded 3D smartphone

ROKIT PHONES ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE IN THE U.S. AT ROKIT.COM AND
WALMART.COM AND WILL BE ROLLING OUT TO THE UK NEXT MONTH VIA
AMAZON.CO.UK.

ABOUT ROKIT

ROKIT IS A REVOLUTIONARY TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS THAT OFFERS
CONSUMERS STATE OF THE ART MOBILE HANDSETS AND WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY AT
AN UNBEATABLE VALUE. AS PART OF ROK BRANDS, ROKIT HAS BEEN FOUNDED BY
BUSINESS INNOVATOR JOHN-PAUL DEJORIA (JOHN PAUL MITCHELL SYSTEMS, PATRON
TEQUILA, JOHN PAUL PET) AND JONATHAN KENDRICK (BRITISH ENTREPRENEUR).
ROKIT’S CORE INNOVATION IS THE BRAND’S UNIQUE COMBINATION OF DEVICE AND
SERVICE OFFERINGS BROUGHT TO MARKET AT AGGRESSIVE, ATTENTION-GETTING
PRICE POINTS. AS PART OF ROKIT’S PLEDGE TO PROVIDE CONNECTION, HEALTH,
AND SECURITY FOR ALL, THE COMPANY HAS PARTNERED WITH ORGANIZATIONS WITH
SIMILAR VALUES TO HELP FURTHER THIS IDEAL AROUND THE GLOBE. ROKIT IS THE
OFFICIAL WIRELESS PARTNER OF THE LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, THE INAUGURAL
JERSEY PARTNER FOR THE HOUSTON ROCKETS, AND MOST RECENTLY BECAME THE
TITLE PARTNER OF THE WILLIAMS RACING FORMULA ONE TEAM. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.ROKIT.COM

ABOUT ROK BRANDS

ROK BRANDS WAS FOUNDED BY SEASONED BUSINESS INNOVATORS JOHN PAUL DEJORIA
AND JONATHAN KENDRICK. THE CORPORATION INCLUDES ROK VISION, ROK DRINKS
(ABK BEER, REAL IRISH WHISKEY, BOGART’S SPIRITS, AMONG OTHERS), ROK
WATER, ROK STARS, ROK BOOKS AND OTHER BRANDS. HEADQUARTERED IN THE
UNITED KINGDOM AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ROK BRANDS OFFERS A DIVERSE
PORTFOLIO OF PRODUCTS THAT IMPROVE THE LIFESTYLE OF MANKIND AROUND THE
WORLD. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.ROKBRANDS.COM.

Invitation to the Main Tour World Championship 2019 Qualifiers News

With the WSS World Championship delayed into the summer, you may have wondered if there would be an invitation for a WSS player at the Main Tour World Championship Qualifiers next month, and who might get it. Here is the answer, as posted by Jason Francis on social media.

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Published by Jason Francis

We are today delighted to announce that the WPBSA has granted an invitation to this year’s Betfred World Championship in Sheffield for the player who is ranked number 1 on the ROKiT World seniors ranking list following the conclusion of this weekend’s qualifying event in Leeds.

The invitation looks to be a straight fight between Jonathan Bagley from Leeds and Patrick Wallace from Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Both have held the number 1 spot this season.

Taking into account ranking points to be removed at this event, Bagley heads to Leeds with a three-point lead and with their current seeding meaning that they can’t meet until the final this weekend, it’s likely the race will be decided on how they perform against the other players.

Follow all the action this weekend for free on www.snookertv.net

The World Seniors Snooker Tour has announced a new naming rights tour partnership with Global Telecom Giant ROKiT.

Here is the Press Release

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Press Release 20th February 2019

The World Seniors Snooker Tour has announced a new naming rights tour partnership with Global Telecom Giant ROKiT.

The agreement will see ROKiT become the naming rights partner for the tour backed by snooker’s world governing body the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), as well as the title sponsor for the upcoming World Seniors events in Belfast and Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

The partnership with ROKiT follows the announcement last week that the company will become the new title sponsor of the Williams Formula 1 team.

Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman said: “I am delighted by the announcement of an agreement that will help us to take the World Seniors Snooker Tour to the next level. I have been hugely impressed by ROKiT’s mobile handsets and am excited by the opportunities that this cooperation presents.”

Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of ROKiT, said: The last time we got involved in snooker was in 2013 when we sponsored Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the World Championship and it’s great to once again align the ROKiT brand with the legends of this game. With our ROKiT phones we can bring snooker to audiences in new and pioneering ways, including through our glasses- free 3D technology and our Wi-Fi capabilities.”

Io Pro.pngThe new ROKiT phone will be the official mobile phone of the World Seniors Snooker Tour www.rokitphones.com

The first ROKiT World Seniors Snooker event will be the all-new 6-Red World Seniors Championship where snooker greats including Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and Ken Doherty will battle it out for a

£20,000 winner takes all prize. The event takes place on one action-packed day in Belfast on Sunday 3rd March 2019.

For tickets go to:

http://waterfront.co.uk/what-s-on/all-events/world-

seniors-snooker/

About ROKiT

ROKiT is a telecommunications business that offers consumers state of the art mobile handsets and wireless connectivity at an unbeatable price. ROKiT has been founded by business innovator John-Paul DeJoria (John Paul Mitchell Systems, Patron Tequila, John Paul Pet) and Jonathan Kendrick (British entrepreneur). ROKiT’s core innovation is the brand’s unique combination of device and service offerings brought to market at aggressive, attention-getting price points.

For all press enquires to arrange any interviews or media with our legends please email Jason@snookerlegends.co.uk

Those are the new posters for the World Seniors Six Reds Championship in Belfast and the World Seniors Masters in Sheffield, both sponsored by ROKiT

And there is more !

At all events this season a ROKiT Hospitality area will be created which will in effect be the players lounge, it will serve beverages from the ROK Drinks portfolio including ABK Beers, ROK Natural Energy Drink, Bogarts Gin and Rum and more.

ROKiT Shot

 

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It’s great for World Seniors Snooker to get the support of such a prestigious sponsor. Indeed, the ROKiT company also just announced as headline sponsor for Williams F1. Here is photo is their drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica in front of the new F1 car using a ROKiT phone.

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ROKiT support for snooker is nothing new. Jonathan Kendrick, chairman of ROKiT, sponsored Ronnie O’ Sullivan with his Oval Vodka brand in 2013 and we all know what happened next!

ROKiT sponsored Ronnie in 2013

And, tomorrow,  both Jimmy White and Reanne Evans will wear ROKiT logos when they clash at the Snooker Shoot Out 2019.