The popular EPSB Open Series will return for a third edition during the 2023/24 season, and once again there will be two free Q-School entries on offer come the end of the campaign.
A total of 426 players took part in the 2022/23 EPSB Open Series season consisting of amateur and professional competitors representing several different nations.
Hamim Hussain won the order of merit, winning five events across the season – at four different venues – as he comfortably finished 79 points clear at the top of the rankings ahead of second-placed Ryan Davies, the inaugural Open Series number one from 2021/22.
Hussain earned a free Q-School berth for his achievement, while Daniel Womersley triumphed at the 16-player playoff to secure the other free Q-School place.
Once again in 2023/24, the overall rankings winner will receive a free Q-School entry (2024), with those ranked 2-17 going into a straight knockout playoff for the other*.
Again, the Series is open to all – regardless of playing status, age or nationality. If a current main tour professional player (with a 2023/24 WST Card) plays an amateur player, the amateur player receives a +18 points handicap each frame.
The dates and venues for the first half of the 2023/24 EPSB Open Series can now be announced. These are below, although always check WPBSA SnookerScores in case of any date/venue changes since the release of this article.The second half of events for the new year will be released in due course.
Sunday 1st – North East Snooker Centre (10am start)
Sunday 8th – Landywood Snooker Club (10.30am start)
Saturday 14th – Hurricane Room, King’s Cross, London (10am start)
Sunday 15th – Cueball Derby (10.30am start)
Sunday 22nd – Breakers Snooker Club, Leicester (10am start)
Sunday 29th – SAMS Snooker, Hartlepool (10am start)
Saturday 4th – Elite Snooker Club, Preston (4pm)
Sunday 5th – North East Snooker Centre (10am)
Sunday 12th – Cueball Derby (10.30am)
Sunday 19th – Landywood Snooker Club (10.30am start)
Saturday 25th – Hurricane Room, King’s Cross, London (10am start)
Sunday 26th – Breakers Snooker Club, Leicester (10am)
Sunday 26th – SAMS Snooker, Hartlepool (10am)
Saturday 9th – Hurricane Room, King’s Cross, London (10am start)
Sunday 10am – SAMS Snooker, Hartlepool (10am start)
Saturday 16th – Elite Snooker Club, Preston (4pm start)
Sunday 17th – Landywood Snooker Club (10.30am start)
Full information on the Open Series including entry details, prize money and dress code can be read via the tournament page here.
* providing the player is eligible (does not already have a 2024/25 WST Card). Should any player be ineligible or decline, the player in line from the final rankings list will be invited.