The São Paulo Masters will mark snooker’s first venture into Brazil and South America. Barry Hearn, chairman of World Snooker and its majority shareholder sees South America as another important step towards making snooker a truly global sport. The 2011 Brazilian Masters is due to take place at the Transamérica Expo Centre in São Paulo next September.
The São Paulo Masters will include the top 12 players in the World Snooker rankings plus four wildcards with a prize fund of $200,000 US dollars. If it proves a success there are further plans to make the Brazilian Masters a World Ranking tournament in 2012. The pressure put on players by the new ranking system should ensure that qualification for all ranking tournaments is fierecly fought.
Snooker has strong history in Brazil but with a few slight differences. Only 10 reds are used and snooker tables are 10ft by 5ft, full size snooker tables are 12ft x 6ft.