Mick Hill won't be leaving Blackpool empty handed after making a winning return to the 8-Ball Pool circuit.
Indeed, his small table rivals must be wishing Hill had stuck to American Pool.
The Yorkshire based star has already wrapped up his second World Masters title after beating Jordan Church in 2008.
A 10-4 victory over Northern Ireland's Thomas Morrow also secured Hill a £5,000 prize.
Now, he has sights set on the Foster's World Championship title and another cheque for £10,000.
After Morrow threatened an upset as he trailed by only two, Hill won four in a row to complete victory.
In the semi-finals, the former England international defeated Welsh hope Jon Bushnell 9-2.
"I'm in shock," said Hill who returns to the table tomorrow (Tuesday) against Gareth Hibbott.
"I played well in the big frames but I didn't play as well as I can play.
"I certainly didn't have any great expectation coming here.
"I've not played much 8-Ball because I have been learning my trade at American Pool.
"And just before I came to Blackpool I jarred my neck at the gym and probably only had an hours practice.
"I thought I would use the Masters as practice for the worlds.
"But I beat Steve Petty in the last 32 and played well against him so I knew I had a chance.
"And probably because where the Masters is played-in the middle of the world championship- it doesn't get the prestige it deserves.
"In fact, because there are so many players and you don't get protected with a seeding, it's probably harder to win than an UK Tour."
This article was taken from World Eightball Pool Federation.
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