The DMT Open, now the most prestigious snooker tournament in our country, will be held for the seventh time this weekend. The new Delta Moon club in Jemappes will be the stage where 128 players will compete for the title.
Currently, World Cup qualifiers are being played in the UK, but high-level snooker can also be seen in our country this weekend. 128 players, both local amateurs and international professionals, will compete for the first prize of €3,000 during the seventh edition of the DMT Open. The list of honors includes names like former pro Bjorn Hanifer, Ben Mertens and our world number 10 Luca Bressel. The last two were not allowed to participate by World Snooker, just like our other professional Julien Leclercq. The International Snooker Federation imposed fines if any of the three appeared on the live broadcast. However, the field of participants remains strong without them: Belgian champion Kevin Hansens faces opposition from professional players such as Bulksu Revs, Umut Dikme, Florian Nosel and Stephen Kershaw. But also keep an eye out for Sybren Sokolowski and Peter Bullen.
It is now the seventh edition of the tournament, which is being organized by Jerry de Mol. He is the force behind both the DMT Open and the DMT Tour, with the tournament taking place across Belgium approximately every two weeks. He has steadily built DMT’s name recognition, and as a result nearly every tournament he organizes is fully booked at any given time. Professionalism including some live broadcasts, live scores and fun different formats are ingredients of a successful recipe.
The new, stale organization is thus in stark contrast to the painful time that Belgian snooker is currently going through at the national level. A split has arisen in recent years between two “bonds” BBSA and BSF, each of which will operate with a portion of affiliated players. In a country where snooker is not a big sport, this turns out to be a bad development. Official tournaments receive a lukewarm reception, which results in a limited scoring field. A new merger is urgent, but it remains to be seen who can get everyone around the same table again.
Just in case, and to warm up for the Snooker World Cup, you should hurry to this weekend Delta Moon A four-day high-level snooker tournament.
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