Potters to continue as Premier League Snooker’s Norfolk home for 2011

Hopton-on-Sea will once again be home to the climax of Premier League Snooker as even more of the world's top players take to the baize in 2011.

Hopton-on-Sea will once again be home to the climax of Premier League Snooker as even more of the world's top players take to the baize in 2011.

Norfolk's Potters Leisure Centre has been a great success as sell-out hosts to the league's play-offs since 2008 – a level of support the venue maintained in 2009 and last year.

For this year's competition there will be 10 players competing from the off, rather than the usual seven – all aiming to take one of four semi-final spots at Potters on Saturday, November 26, before the following day's final.

'It's hugely satisfying for both Norfolk residents and the Potters' team for us to be hosting this major televised sporting event for a fourth year in a row,' said Potters chairman Brian Potter. 'And, with the new format now in place, the competition is set to be as fierce as ever.'

The extended list of Premier League competitors is set to include the winner of every major snooker event in the world calendar.

It means German Masters champion Mark Williams, World, UK and Welsh Open winner John Higgins, Masters champion Ding Junhui and World Open title holder Neil Robertson should all get a shot at the lucrative Premier League.

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Ali Carter, who triumphed at the Shanghai Masters, PTC champion Shaun Murphy, China Open and young snooker sensation Judd Trump, plus Matthew Stevens (Championship League) and Jimmy White (World Seniors) are also expected to compete for a place at Potters.

And completing the line up for weeks of Premier League fixtures held across the country is Ronnie O'Sullivan – the defending champion, 10-times winner and Premier League great.

'Last season was a watershed year for snooker and one of the consequences has been the incredible standard of play and the number of players now operating at the very highest level of the sport,' added Barry Hearn, chairman of the Premier League promoters, Matchroom.

Millions around the world have watched Premier League snooker on television, while Potters has seen more than 1,000 fans packed into its International Arena for the last three finals.

n Tickets are already on for the Premier League's climax. For more information or to book, visit www.pottersholidays.com or call 0845 456 6537.