World number two Stuart Bingham is looking for back-to-back titles as he goes for the Shoot Out win in Watford.
Bingham won the Welsh Open last Sunday, beating Judd Trump 9-8 in a dramatic final in Cardiff, his first title since becoming World Champion 21 months ago,
And the Basildon ace will be one of 128 players at the Watford Colosseum this week for the Shoot Out which runs from Thursday to Sunday.
The event is non-stop quickfire action as all matches last a maximum of ten minutes, with a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and ten seconds for the last five.
“The players who can control their nerves tend to do best in this format,” said Bingham, who reached the final in 2014 before losing to Dominic Dale.
“It helps to have a bit of interaction with the crowd and to enjoy it. The atmosphere will be different this time because it’s a ranking event for the first time, but I’ll still have a bit of fun with the fans while I’m at the table.
“It’s the kind of event that anyone can win because the matches are so short and there is a fair bit of luck involved. But it’s still great fun and I always want to play in as many events as I can.”
Shaun Murphy, Jimmy White and Barry Hawkins are among the other top stars competing in the ITV-televised event.