Indian Open snooker prize money - How much the winner will make this week
SNOOKER welcomes back the Indian Open this week with 64 competitors set to battle it out over five days in Kochi - but how much will the winner earn?
John Higgins was the winner of the 2017 competition, beating fellow Scotsman Anthony McGill 5-1 on the night. The four-time World Champion won £50,000 for his efforts, with McGill also taking home £25,000 himself at the time from the total £323,000 prize fund.
In this year’s tournament, the prize fund is set to remain the same with the winner still going to pocket a healthy £50,000 cheque.
The runner-up of the competition will take home £25,000 while the two losing semi-finalists will also win £15,000 each.
The highest televised break will receive an added bonus of £2,0000 while the “rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break is currently at £10,000.
The tournament sees a solid fields of competitors make the 10-hour flight over to the west coast of India to participate in the competition.
Last week’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh is present and fancies his chances at winning up to £50,000 this week, while the likes of Graeme Dott are also expected in India.
World No. 14 Stuart Bingham is also in the field as he continues his preparations for April’s World Championship.
However, Ronnie O’Sullivan will not be present at the tournament as the five-time World Champion has opted to avoid the long flight.
He has previously stated he doesn’t plan to travel all over the world to play in tournaments, unless he gets paid a lot of money.
“You are not going to see me doing that unless someone gets out a big, fat cheque then I might consider it,” O’Sullivan said.
“Otherwise I’m staying in the UK, cutting down on my travelling.”
However, ’The Rocket’ is still scheduled to take part in next week’s Players Championship despite his absence from the weekend’s tournament.
Mark Selby, Mark Williams and Judd Trump are also absent from the Indian Open, along with the likes of Kyren Wilson and Neil Robertson.