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Ronnie O’Sullivan all fired up for his record-breaking £1m bonus bid in Belfast


By Robert Jones

Ronnie O’Sullivan will continue his chase for an unprecedented £1million bonus when he plays in the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast next month.

O’Sullivan is a quarter of the way to winning the bonus having landed the English Open title in Barnsley last Sunday by beating Kyren Wilson 9-2 in the final.

That was the first of the season’s four Home Nations events and any player capturing all four trophies would receive the £1million bonus, which would be by far the biggest prize in snooker history.

O’Sullivan resumes the quest at the Northern Ireland Open which runs from November 20 to 26 at the Waterfront Hall.

Once again there will be 128 top players battling for the coveted title and £366,000 prize money, with Shaun Murphy, John Higgins, Neil Robertson, Jimmy White and home favourites Mark Allen and Joe Swail among the other star names who have already committed to the event.

The entry deadline is November 1, after which the full line-up will be announced.

Victory for O’Sullivan gave him his 29th career ranking title, putting him level with John Higgins on the all-time list, but still well behind Stephen Hendry’s record of 36.

Asked about the £1million bonus, O’Sullivan said: “I’d need to win another 21 matches and it is doable. Anything is possible but over these short matches that are best of seven frames, it will be very tough.”

Tickets for the Northern Ireland Open are on sale now and start at just £10.

With all 128 players in action over the first two days, it’s an incredible chance to see top class live sport.

For details visit or call 028 9033 4455.

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