IT'S make or break time when some of snooker’s greatest players make a welcome return to Kidderminster, as the 2008 Premier League Snooker reaches the end of its first phase at the Glades Arena on Thursday, November 27.

The final three matches of the round robin section of the competition will see players vie for a position in the top four and secure a spot in the big-money play-offs, which take place over the weekend of December 6 and 7.

There are three best-of-six frame matches and the opener sees world number four Mark Selby square up against Joe Perry.

That is followed by seven-times World Champion Stephen Hendry against China’s Ding Junhui in a match that may well see the winner progress and the loser go out of the competition.

The final match features snooker legend Steve Davis in what could be his final match after 23 years competing in the Premier League. He faces 2007 World Champion John Higgins.

Now entering its 23rd season, Premier League Snooker is the world’s only major snooker tournament played to a league format and is held on Thursday nights, live on Sky Sports across the UK.

All matches are played over six frames and there are two points for a win and one for a draw.

Following the round robin section of play, the top four competitors move forward to the lucrative play-offs at Potters in Norfolk.

The field consists of seven of the very best players in the world and each plays the other once over the best-of-six frames, making a total of 21 matches.

The total prize fund for the league is in excess of £250,000, and the money for the round-robin section will be dished out on a ‘frames won’ basis with £1,000 awarded for each frame.

In addition, there is a ‘double your money’ bonus for a break of 100 or over of another £1,000.

Successful players carry forward their bonuses to the play-offs where the serious money is up for grabs.

The £1,000 bonus for a century stays and the champion receives £50,000, the runner-up takes home an additional £25,000, while the beaten semi-finalists make an extra £12,500 each.

The semi-finals are best-of-11 frames and the final is over 13 frames. The Glades action starts at 6pm, with the doors opening at 5pm and tickets costing £16.

Ticket details can be obtained by calling the leisure centre on 01562 515151 to purchase tickets.