Rolling 147 prize pot clarification
If you are not on Twitter then you would probably not know about the rolling 147 prize pot confusion that has been happening over the past two weeks so I will try to explain.
9 days ago Mike Dunn made a 147 against Kurt Maflin in 12 minutes 12 seconds in frame 4 of a 5-0 white wash, it was confirmed to Mike Dunn that he would receive £3,500 for the 147 from the rolling 147 pot by a SMS message from WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson and later on The World Snooker official website, although this statement has been removed from the main news page it can still be reached here - http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~2525359,00.html
Incase this gets removed I have copies the statement below;
Dunn To Receive 147 Prize23rd November 2011Mike Dunn will receive a maximum break bonus of 3,500 pounds for his 147 in the German Masters qualifiers, providing his break is not equalled in the remainder of the qualifying rounds.
The rolling 147 prize includes PTC events and the qualifying rounds of ranking events.Since Ronnie O’Sullivan made a maximum in PTC4, there have been five PTC events, plus the UK Championship and German Masters qualifiers. The rolling prize is £500 per event so for seven events the total is £3,500.
For PTC10, the pot goes back to £500.
The rolling prize for televised matches in the final stages of ranking events is £5,000 per event and currently stands at £15,000 for the UK Championship.
Yesterday Mike posted on Twitter that his prize had been reduced to just £2,000! confused? yes so was I, so I fired off a email to both Barry Hearn and Jason Ferguson lastnight. at 8:30am Barry Hearn was on the phone to explain how the rolling prize pot worked and that it was actually split into 3 pots, one for major ranking events, one for pre TV stages of major ranking events and another for the last 128 of the PTC’s and no pot for what is classed as the amateur part (rounds before the last 128) of the PTC as these matches were not overseen by referee’s.
Barry also confirmed that the initial statement which is above was a mistake by World Snooker’s press office and has now been removed form the website.
At 10am Jason Ferguson sent me an email which is below;
On Mike Dunn making his 147 there seemed to be some confusion as to how
the prize pots operate. I think it is fair to say that perhaps our original
statement about the introduction of these exciting new prizes lacked some
On behalf of Mike Dunn I have looked in to this further and it is clear
that there are a total of three rolling prizes. The first is the TV stages
of a major ranking event rolling over if not won at £5000.00 per event.
There is a further £500.00 per event for the PTC and pre TV stages. This is
split in to two pots as follows £500.00 per PTC event rolling over through
the PTC series and £500.00 per event rolling over for the pre TV stages of
major ranking events. I would also like to clarify that the PTC prize can
only be won from the last 128 stages as it is only at this stage that
referees are involved in proceedings.
As for the statement on our web site it was Mike Dunn who drew this to my
attention. Mikes 147 prize should have read £2000.00 as this is 4 x £500.00
as the German Masters the fourth event without a 147 being made. This is
also the way previous prizes were paid. This statement was taken down and
on behalf of WPBSA and World Snooker I have personally apologised to Mike
for the misleading statement.
So where do we stand now? well the prize pos’s are now clear to see but this does not sort out the fact that a player was told he was getting £3,500 and is now only receiving £2,000. Jason has personally and now publicly apologised for the confussion in a statement just made on WorldSnooker.com which you can see below;
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “We apologise for any confusion on these prizes caused by previous statements, and I have personally apologised to Mike Dunn on this matter. Hopefully the situation regarding the rolling prizes is now clear.”
Full statement is here - http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~2533810,00.html
Clearly a mistake has been made and apologised for but this does not overcome the fact that Mike Dunn was told that he would get £3,500 and then 7 days later get told he would only be getting £2,000 at this point what should happen and what will happen are two things separated by £1,500
It is clear that Mike will get £2,000 but should be also be entitled to the £1,500?
If the mistake was rectified within 48hours by World Snooker then I would say that a apology for putting the incorrect prize money up on their website would of been sufficient but it has taken 7 days to rectify this so it is my belief that he is entitled to the additional £1,500 as a sign of good will and financial apology for the mistake.
As for David Gray’s 147 in the amateur rounds of PTC 10 he will receive no prize.