World Championship 2017: Neil Robertson admits he was 'hooked' on gaming – BBC News

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2017 World Snooker ChampionshipVenue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 15 April – 1 MayCoverage: Live on BBC One and Two, Red Button, BBC Sport app, Connected TVs and online. List of times and channels

Neil Robertson says he is focused on his snooker again after getting “hooked” on computer games.

Australian Robertson, world champion in 2010, has revealed he would sit up all night playing games, which affected his ability to practise the next day.

“They can be the most fun thing in the world but they can really set you off on the wrong track in your career,” Robertson told BBC Radio 5 live.

Robertson beat Noppon Saengkham 10-4 in the first round at the Crucible.

The 35-year-old, who has not reached a ranking final since his win at the Riga Masters in June 2016, said he was “heavily addicted” to a game called Diablo 2.

“It got to the point, back home in Australia, that my mum would have to create an account and log on to see if I was actually on it instead of playing snooker,” he said.

“I’ve got quite an addictive personality and I’ve decided to just make a clean break from them. I can’t play them.”

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I’m two months ‘sober’ – Robertson

Robertson, who has won 12 career ranking titles and is a former world number one, says at one stage computer games threatened to become “more important than the snooker”.

“I’ve had really good application in my practice after dragging myself away from playing too many video games,” Robertson told Eurosport.

“I’m two months sober, if you like, from playing them. And the multi-play online ones I can’t touch because I

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