The draws and formats for the qualifying rounds of the first two ranking events of the 2017/18 season, the Kaspersky Riga Masters and the China Championship, are now available.
The qualifying rounds run from May 31 to June 6 at the Guild Hall in Preston, with the winners going through to the final stages.
For the 2017 China Championship there will be four Chinese wild cards, selected by the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association.
These four players will come into the draw at the first round (last 128) stage with their round 1 match being held over to the final venue, leaving 124 places available for tour players in the same system as was used in the Home Nations and Riga Masters during the 2016/17 season. These players are guaranteed these spaces and so there are 124 places remaining available to tour players which, had more than 124 players entered would have resulted in pre-qualifiers to reduce tour players down to 124. This is a change to the previous system, where the Chinese wild cards would take part in an additional round, competing against players who had already won their first round matches. Invitational Tour Cards and Amateur Top Ups will then be used to top up the field to 124 players in the event that fewer than 124 tour players enter.
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