Heads up: Belgian Open 2008

Details have emerged regarding the 2008 Belgium Open, an invitational tournament featuring some of the best players in the world that will be staged from the 19th to the 21st of September.

Official Press Release:


Belgian Open Snooker Live on Your Computer Screen!

For the first time in the history of snooker, a non-televised national snooker event will be broadcast live on the internet in what promises to be the beginning of a new era for the game.

CueSport TV, the world’s first online dedicated cuesport channel has teamed up with Connect Management and MaXimumbreak Snooker to broadcast the Belgium Open live from 19th – 21st September at the Tennis Centre in Duffel. The world’s best snooker players including John Higgins, Mark Selby, Steven Maguire, Shaun Murphy, Ken Doherty, Matthew Stevens, Jimmy Michie and Tony Drago and others will compete for the 20,000 Euro prize pot.

Neil Cummins, Managing Director of MaXimumbreak.com commented ‘The future of snooker coaching and development is most definitely with the internet and this is a unique opportunity to watch the world’s best snooker players competing in an event that snooker players would otherwise not be able to see so we are naturally delighted to be involved’.

Full coverage of the event is available for just £8.00 (€10.00, $15.00). The pay-per-view tickets are sold online via the CueSport TV portal.

Cuesport TV, which was officially launched in February 2008 has 10,000 unique viewers per month with viewers from 110 countries worldwide. Together, MaXimumbreak, Cuesport TV and Connect Management aim to bring many more snooker events to viewers on a global scale including the Austrian Open in October.

About MaXimumbreak Snooker

Founded in 2003, MaXimumbreak Snooker is an online snooker resource aimed at developing
the game of snooker globally and improving snooker ability.

Cue Sport players are invited to be able to find a snooker coach in a professional snooker coaching database and to hire professional snooker players for exhibition matches and corporate events. A wealth of snooker coaching information is freely available at www.maximumbreak.com.

About CueSport TV

CueSport TV is the world’s only multi-discipline Cue Sports TV channel that offer’s coverage of pool, snooker and billiards through a 24/7 free-to-air schedule and video on demand.

The unique nature of the system means that a viewers Internet connection speed is detected on first visit. This allows the TV platform to serve a video file that is suitable for the connection, with CueSport TV you will not experience buffering or loading and most connection speeds can watch on full screen.

About Connect Management

Connect Management provides consultancy to elite athletes and businessmen. The highly competitive nature of elite sport means that the careers of sports people are usually restricted to the short term, therefore, Connect advises on tax and investment related issues.

Connect is responsible for the management of leading UK snooker players, Jimmy Michie, Tom Ford and Mark King, all of whom will be competing in the Belgium Open.

Ticket Info

If you want to go one better and attend the matches in person however, tickets can be purchased from here and a full seating chart is also available on the relevant Connect Management page here.