Ronnie O’Sullivan in but Judd Trump and Neil Robertson out of Snooker Shoot Out field

Ronnie O’Sullivan is having a crack at the Shoot Out this year (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan will be playing in the Snooker Shoot Out this year for the first time since 2015 as he has a crack at claiming the £50,000 top prize.

The increased prize money, up from a £32,000 top prize last year, has attracted a few big names, with Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Shaun Murphy and Mark Allen all competing this year.

Somewhat surprisingly it has not attracted Neil Robertson or Judd Trump, though, despite the fact they are jostling for the first ever European Series bonus this year.

The Shoot Out has been grouped along with the European Masters, German Masters and Gibraltar Open to create the European Series and the most successful player across the four tournaments wins a £150,000 bonus.

Trump and Robertson have shared the first two events but have come to an agreement that neither will contest the Shoot Out and they will battle it out in Gibraltar for the whopping prize.

Also heading to the Watford Coliseum will be the Women’s World Championship winner and runner-up from last year Reanne Evans and Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who have grabbed wildcard spots.

Defending champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh will be there as well, after his stunning victory last year which saw him make the highest break in Shoot Out history.

Often clocked as the quickest player on tour, the Shoot Out suits the Thai star down to the ground, and it showed as he rolled in a 139 in his semi-final win over Jamie Clarke, before downing Michael Holt in the final.

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh achieved Shoot Out glory last year (Picture: Getty Images)

The Shoot Out is now a full ranking event, having made the switch in 2017, and has since been won by Anthony McGill, Michael Georgiou and Thepchaiya.

The draw is yet to be made, but the tournament runs from 20-23 February and will be shown live on Eurosport.

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