Star names to compete at the Taom Helsinki International Snooker Cup

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The appetite for snooker in Finland is booming, and the nation’s capital city is preparing to host a very special event with 150,000 Euros in prize money on offer.

Several of the sport’s biggest names - including newly crowned world champion Kyren Wilson - are set to compete in the inaugural Taom Helsinki International Snooker Cup later this month.

Held on the weekend of May 25 & 26 at the Kulttuuritalo Helsinki Hall of Culture, the eight-player spectacular has a prize fund of 150,000 Euros and is primed to be the biggest snooker event ever held in the Nordic region.

Interest in the sport continues to blossom across the region; earlier this year, Mark Selby and Mark Williams played exhibitions in Oulo and Tampere in front of over 1,000 fans on both nights.

The upcoming competition is expected to have around 1,350 spectators for each match, with several sessions already sold out at the impressive venue.

Who are the players in the Taom Helsinki International Snooker Cup?

The tournament features a knockout format with the four opening round (best of 7 frames) matches played on Saturday with the semi-finals (best of 9) and final (best of 11) on Sunday.

Maiden Crucible king Wilson will break off the tournament against Ryan Day, followed by Robert Milkins against Judd Trump.

In the bottom half of the draw, Ali Carter - a very late replacement for Luca Brecel - meets Jimmy White, and Stuart Bingham faces Jak Jones in a rerun of their semi-final meeting at the recent world championship. Crucible finalist Jones replaced Jack Lisowski in the draw.

Referees Desislava Bozhilova and Sami Erkkilä will officiate the action.

The day before the tournament begins, Trump will also take part in exhibition matches against Bingham and Jackson Page.

The event organisers for the Taom Helsinki International Snooker Cup are and Gramopop. For further information, please visit the event website here.

The event is not televised.

Thanks to promoter/organiser Jussi Tyrkkö from Billiard Promotions Finland for information in this article.

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