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O'Sullivan unhappy with snooker's prize money

ESPN staff
September 16, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has criticised the lack of prize money on offer in snooker, although he has admitted that things are improving under Barry Hearn.

O'Sullivan, 38, won £250,000 for winning the world title in May, but said he was better off winning titles 20 years ago.

"Barry is telling me and the players there is a lot of money in the game now," he told the Daily Star. "But when I was 18 or 19 I could take my winnings for the season and buy six one-bedroom flats in Stratford in east London.

"Now, I couldn't afford one. There is money in the game but everything else has gone up astronomically and snooker has stayed where it was. There have been improvements but I have noticed that you can't do so much with what you earn as you used to."

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