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The Gibraltar Open has been a tournament snubbed by the majority of the top 16 over the last few years but this time it has serious relevance where the upcoming tour championship is concerned.

With the old saying that “3 into 2 doesn’t go” This applies to the race for a top 8 position on the one year ranking list to get into next week’s lucrative Tour Championship in Llandudno.

Stuart Bingham and Kyren Wilson currently occupy 7th and 8th position respectively but a first round exit for either and run to the semi finals for 9th placed David Gilbert would see the talented Tamworth cueist through to the Tour Championship and in the hunt for the £150,000 first prize.

All 3 players in contention are huge fan favourites of and we wish them all the best in their quest for Gibraltar open glory.

Our man Kurt Maflin takes on Welsh open semi finalist Joe O’Connor in an exciting first round encounter on Friday at 12pm UK time so we wish him the best of luck for that match and the tournament.