Hearn to pump more prizemoney into snooker
Winning his first World Championship on Monday night, snooker ace Stuart Bingham picked up a cheque for £300K (€407.8K). That his prize money was the same amount that Mark Selby earned last year, probably didn't bother him. "Twenty years as a professional, blood, sweat and tears on the road.. It's unbelievable," he said after his win.
Bingham's cheque was £50k more than winner Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2013. And the good news ahead of next year's tournament is that Barry Hearn, who took control of snooker in 2010, promises bigger prize money in World Snooker from next season. Total prize money will increase by half a million to £8.5m for 2015-2016 and jumps to £10m in 2016-2017. The winner of the World Championship in 2017-2018 will receive £500k from a £2m total. This year's total prize money was £1,364,000 (€1,854,110). Growing the sport worldwide, Hearn, who plans to stage an Irish Open in Belfast in 2016, says: "We're miles away from peaking. We're not halfway up the mountain."