Judd Trump says most of snooker’s top stars are happy with the current format on the tour.
The recent Northern Ireland Open winner was responding to claims from Ronnie O’Sullivan that a breakaway tour might be in the offing.
Trump was forced to tally in overcoming Dominic Dale 6-5 to move into the UK Championship last-16 on Sunday and will face Mark King for a quarter-final spot on Wednesday afternoon.
His only previous Triple Crown success came at this tournament seven years ago and, having captured the ninth ranking event win of his career in Belfast last month – where he tumbled O’Sullivan in the final – Trump gave his thoughts on the Rocket’s talk of a breakaway.
“He’s living on a different planet to the rest of us,” the 2011 UK champion said. “Money is not an issue to him. He can take chances and has such a strong following that he will always be able to earn money in the game and away from the table when he retires.”
Trump feels the majority of players currently on the circuit are happy with the state of the game and that fact that is still appears to be growing.
“He’s a bit on his own there, I think. What Barry Hearn has done is amazing for us. Money is going up every year,” he added. “I am more than happy with what is going on. For most of the players, I think we are all pretty happy.”
Trump is 5.00 to defeat Mark King 6.30 in their UK Championship clash, with King priced at 4.33 to win the match and upset the Bristol potter.