A former regional journalist has won £10,000 after betting Judd Trump would become world champion when he was aged eight.
Neil Morrice placed the 1,000-1 wager in 1998 after seeing Trump play against his son at a snooker club near Bristol.
Trump, pictured, saw off John Higgins 18-9 on Monday to seal his maiden title.
He told BBC Sport: “Judd looked something special even as an eight-year-old, so I’ve been following his career closely from the start.”
In order to win the bet, Neil needed 29-year-old Trump to win the title before he turned 30.
Neil added: “Eight years ago, I thought I might win my bet, it was John Higgins who stood in Judd’s way then, so I was hoping for a different outcome this year, and thankfully there was,” added Morrice.
“I guess I’ll have to back him again next year, although of course I won’t be getting odds of 1,000-1.”