The Trickshot, Bruges(The semi-final line up of both the Belgian Open and European Open in 2022)

Belgian Open & European Open – 1-5th April ’23

Entries are now open to our double-header of events in Belgium, as we return to The Trickshot in Bruges for the Belgian Open (1-2 April) followed by the European Open (3-5 April).

The Belgian Open is a level 3 World Ranking Event and the European Open a level 5, both of which are open to all. The Belgian Open also includes a Challenge Cup for players who don’t reach the knockout stage.

Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country, and the eighth-largest city of the country by population. Bruges offers a wide range of places to eat and drink, particularly near The Markt, and is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.

The Trickshot has also hosted events on both the World Women’s Snooker Tour and the World Disability tour in recent years, and we look forward to returning following the excellent feedback last year.

Current Champion:

David Causier captured the inaugural Belgian Open last year and followed this in style by successfully defending the European Open. Robert Hall and Martin Goodwill were runners-up in the respective events.

Results from the Belgian Open are available here and the European Open here.

Venue:

The Trickshot
Gouden-Boomstraat 80,
8000 Brugge,
Bruges,
Belgium

A Google location map is included here.

The club serves refreshments, bar snacks and cooked meals on-site.

Travel:

The national Brussels Airport, about 90 minutes away by train or car, offers the best connections. There is a train station (Brussels Airport-Zaventem) located directly under the departures and arrivals halls, at level -1. There are regular trains to Bruges which take around 90 minutes and cost around €22. The train station in Bruges is a short drive from the centre and taxis are usually available outside.

Please note when booking flights not to be confused with Brussels-Charleroi airport which is further away. However, for any players flying into Brussels-Charleroi, The Trickshot may be able to offer a pick-up service. Please contact us for more details.

If travelling by car on the Channel Tunnel or by ferry, it is about a 90 minute drive from Calais to Bruges.

Alternatively, you can travel by train on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels Midi and then change to Bruges.

The nearest major city to Bruges is Ghent which is about 25 minutes away by train.

Hotels:

Players may book accommodation of their choice, however we are pleased to have been offered a discount code at Hotel Velotel. Please note availability at this hotel is limited. It is a short drive (around 5 minutes) from the venue. It also offers easy access to the centre of Bruges. Walking to the market in the centre takes about 25 minutes, or it is approximately €10 in a taxi one-way (up to 8 people in one taxi is possible). There is also a bus stop (Tempelhof) about a 10 minute walk from the hotel, where there are buses every 20 minutes to the centre. The hotel can rent out bikes if requested.

Breakfast can be added at an additional €17 per person. Dinner is also available in the hotel on reservation.

Please use the ‘bonus code’ WORLDBILLIARDSEVENT on the Velotel website. Reservations can be cancelled or amended until 4 pm on the day of arrival.

Players are advised to book accommodation as soon as possible as availability may be reduced if booked at shorter notice. Unfortunately it has been difficult to obtain any other discount codes for hotels in the area. Other options can be found on websites such as booking.com

Belgian Open Prize Pool:

MainWinner£700
Runner-up£350
Semi-Final£175
Quarter-Final£90
Last 16£55
Last 24£30
High Break£50
Challenge CupWinner£90
Runner-Up£40
Semi-Final£20
High Break£20

(Prize pool subject to a minimum of 24 players).

European Open Prize Pool:

MainWinner£1400
Runner-up£700
Semi-Final£350
Quarter-Final£175
Last 16£90
High Break£175

(Prize pool subject to a minimum of 24 players).

Enter Events:

The Belgian Open is a Level 3 World Ranking event and is £50 to enter.

Enter Belgian Open

The European Open is a Level 5 World Ranking event and is £80 to enter.

Enter European Open

The maximum entry number for both events is 50 players. Entries will close on Wednesday 22nd March at 1300 (UK time), or sooner if the limit is reached.

A list of players that have entered is available here and here.