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PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 05 July 2010

FOR the first time ever, an east coast venue has been selected to host the final of one of the world's favourite televised snooker events.

Potters Leisure Resort, at Hopton, is counting down the days to the climax of the 2008 PartyPoker.

FOR the first time ever, an east coast venue has been selected to host the final of one of the world's favourite televised snooker events.

Potters Leisure Resort, at Hopton, is counting down the days to the climax of the 2008 PartyPoker.com Premier League Snooker, which will take place next weekend Saturday and Sunday, December 6/7.

The Premier League Snooker semi-final and final will be played in Potters' famous international arena, known as the venue for the World Indoor Bowls championship - and making it even more prestigious, the event will be televised live on Sky Sports.

This is the first time the venue has played host to the final of such a prestigious, televised snooker event; featuring sporting legends such as John Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan, who has won the title for the past four years running.

Now in its 23rd season, the Premier League Snooker is the world's only major snooker tournament played to a league format.

The field consists of seven of the world's very best players, each battling it out over the best of six frames; making a total of 21 matches. There are two points available for a win and a point for a 3-3 draw; following the round-robin section of play the top four players move forward to the big money play-offs hosted by Potters Leisure Resort next weekend.

The semi-finals (Saturday) are the best of 11 frames and the final (Sunday) is over 13 frames. The players taking part in the 2008 Premier League Snooker are Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Steve Davis, Mark Selby, Joe Perry and Ding Jun-hui - with Selby, O'Sullivan and Perry already qualified and guaranteed to appear at Potters at the play-offs, and the final place will be contested by either Hendry or Jun-hui.

Chairman and founder of Potters Leisure Resort Brian Potter said: “We have built a world-wide reputation as the home of the World Indoor Bowls Championships and are really proud of this.

“But we thought the time was right to bring a new sporting event to Potters. We know that many of our guests are snooker fans and when we were approached by Matchroom Sport to host the semi-final and final of such a prestigious event as the Premier League Snooker we grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

“Like bowls, snooker is a sport that is open to absolutely anyone; you don't have to be wealthy or super-fit to start playing and can enjoy it at whatever level you play.”

Day tickets are available for both the semi-finals and the grand final at £17.50 each. Potters has also planned a three-night festive break starting on Friday, December 5. The three-night showbreak, designed especially for adults, costs £244 and includes tickets for both nights of the Premier League Snooker, accommodation, entertainment and three meals on each full day of your stay.

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