888.com Sponsors World Snooker Championship - Friday 27th of January 2006

GIBRALTAR – 888.com, the world's number one online casino and online poker room, will sponsor the World Snooker Championship for the next five years after entering into a multi-million euro contract.

888 is also an associate sponsor of other snooker events including the UK Championship, the Masters, and the Grand Prix.

John Anderson, 888.com's chief executive, is thrilled by the sponsorship.

"I am delighted that we have the opportunity to be associated with something as prestigious as snooker's premier event," Anderson said.

"Snooker is a national institution in the UK and is booming overseas. We are excited to be playing a part in taking the sport into a new era."

The chairman of World Snooker, Rodney Walker, was also enthusiastic about the relationship. "This is a big day for snooker. The World Championships is our flagship tournament, and a major event on the sporting calendar," Walker said.

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