Galway will host the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in 2013, after seeing stiff competition to host the event from a number of countries including Thailand and Qatar.

The tournament is the culmination of a series of 13 events on the Players Tour Championship this season, staged around the UK, Europe and Asia.

The top 25 players from the Order of Merit plus seven from the Asian Order of Merit will go through to Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway to battle for the world ranking title.

The last of these events will be held in Munich from 4-6 January, and after that the full line-up of players will be announced.

Already sure to be among those 32 players are top stars including Ken Doherty, world number one and UK Champion Mark Selby, ?world number two and potting sensation Judd Trump and four-time world champion John Higgins.

Also in the field will be last year’s runner-up in Galway Neil Robertson, China’s top player Ding Junhui and World Open champion from Antrim Mark Allen.

"Now all eyes will be on Galway for the thrilling conclusion." - Barry Hearn

"We are thrilled to be heading back to Galway for this prestigious tournament," said World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn.

"The Bailey Allen Hall proved an excellent venue last year and there was a superb atmosphere in the arena.

"The people in Galway and the surrounding area obviously love snooker, there was even a petition among the NUI students this year to bring the sport back to the city.

"The line-up of players is the best there has been for the PTC Grand Finals with so many of the top names in the field, including Ken Doherty who no doubt will draw a lot of support.

"The PTC series has taken the players all over the world this season, to countries including China, Poland, Bulgaria, Belgium and Germany. Now all eyes will be on Galway for the thrilling conclusion.

"We have increased the prize money for the Grand Finals this year to €369,000, and the winner’s prize to €123,000, and there are also world ranking points on offer so there’s plenty of incentive for the players."