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World Snooker Championship 2024: draw, dates, results and Crucible schedule as Ronnie O’Sullivan chases eighth title | Snooker news

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Ding Junhui, Judd Trump and Mark Williams are among the players looking to stop Ronnie O’Sullivan from winning a record eighth World Snooker Championship; The tournament runs from April 20 to May 6 at The Crucible in Sheffield, with the champion taking home £500,000 and £40,000 awarded for a 147 break


0:02, UK, Sunday April 21, 2024

The 2024 World Snooker Championship will take place in Sheffield between April 20 and May 6, with Luca Brecel, the defending champion, and Ronnie O’Sullivan aiming for a record eighth title.

Belgian star Brecel defeated O’Sullivan 13-10 in the quarter-final of The Crucible last year before beating four-time world champion Mark Selby in the final to become the first player from mainland Europe to claim snooker’s top prize.

O’Sullivan won the World Championship in 2022, equaling Stephen Hendry’s record of seven Crucible crowns, and comes into the 2024 event having won five titles in the 2023-2024 season, including The Masters and the UK Championship for a record of each eighth time.

World Snooker Championship – tournament format

  • Round one (last 32) – best of 19 frames
  • Round two (last 16) – best of 25 frames
  • Quarter-finals – best of 25 frames
  • Semi-finals – best of 33 frames
  • Final – best of 35 frames

Prize money for the World Snooker Championship

  • Winner – £500,000
  • Runners-up: £200,000
  • Semi-final exit – £100,000
  • Quarter Final Result – £50,000
  • Second round exit – £30,000
  • First round exit – £20,000

The 48-year-old will become only the fourth player to win all three Triple Crown events (World Championship, The Masters, UK Championship) in the same season if he triumphs in Sheffield, after Steve Davis, Hendry (twice) and Mark Williams. .

Second seed O’Sullivan starts his tournament on Wednesday April 24 at 2.30pm against Jackson Page, with top seed Brecel kicking off his defense at 10am on the opening day against David Gilbert and wrapping up his opening match later that evening.

If the 32-player tournament goes according to seedings, O’Sullivan will face Barry Hawkins in the second round, Ding Junhui in the quarter-finals, Judd Trump in the semi-finals and Brecel in the semi-finals on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May. final. .



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Mark Selby is a four-time world champion

Brecel’s route would see him meet Robert Milkins in the last 16, Shaun Murphy in the quarter-finals and Mark Allen in the semi-finals – although the defending champions are not among the most sought-after players after reaching just one quarter-final this season.

In the first round, the 16 seeds are drawn against the 16 players who reached the qualification.

Six-time runner-up Jimmy White, 1997 champion Ken Doherty and 2010 winner Neil Robertson all failed to qualify.

Full first round draw – Best of 19 frames (place number in brackets)

(1) Luca Brecel 9-10 David Gilbert
(16) Robert Milkins vs. Pang Junxu
(9) Ali Carter vs. Stephen Maguire
(8) Shaun Murphy vs. Lyu Haotian
(5) Mark Selby vs. Joe O’Connor
(12) Kyren Wilson vs. Dominic Dale
(13) John Higgins vs. Jamie Jones
(4) Mark Allen vs. Robbie Williams
(3) Judd Trump vs. Hossein Vafaei
(14) Tom Ford vs. Ricky Walden
(11) Zhang Anda vs. Jak Jones
(6) Mark Williams vs. Si Jiahui
(7) Ding Junhui vs. Jack Lisowski
(10) Gary Wilson vs. Stuart Bingham
(15) Barry Hawkins vs. Ryan Day
(2) Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Jackson Page

Where is the World Snooker Championship held?

The Crucible Theatre, in the heart of Sheffield, has hosted the World Championship every year since 1977 and the venue’s current contract runs until 2027.

O’Sullivan recently mentioned it The sun that he would like to see the World Cup moved, proposing Saudi Arabia and China as alternatives.

What do you get if you make a maximum of 147 breaks?

Each player who makes a maximum breakthrough at the World Championship will receive £40,000, 14 of which have been earned over the years, including two in the 2023 tournament.

Kyren Wilson achieved the feat in the opening round before Selby became the first player to hit a 147 in a final during his 18-15 defeat to Brecel.



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Mark Williams won the Tour Championship in April and could compete for a fourth world title

World Snooker Championship – last 10 winners

2023: Luca Brecel
2022: Ronnie O’Sullivan
2021: Mark Selby
2020: Ronnie O’Sullivan
2019: Judd Trump
2018: Mark Williams
2017: Mark Selby
2016: Mark Selby
2015: Stuart Bingham
2014: Mark Selby

World Snooker Championship 2024 – final first round schedule

Sunday April 21

10am
Mark Selby vs. Joe O’Connor
Zhang Anda vs. Jak Jones

2:30 p.m
Shaun Murphy vs. Lyu Haotian
Judd Trump vs. Hossein Vafaei

19:00
Ali Carter vs. Stephen Maguire
Tom Ford vs. Ricky Walden

Monday April 22

10am
Shaun Murphy vs. Lyu Haotian
Gary Wilson vs. Stuart Bingham

2:30 p.m
Mark Selby vs. Joe O’Connor
Mark Williams vs. Si Jiahui

19:00
Robert Milkins vs. Pang Junxu
Gary Wilson vs. Stuart Bingham

Tuesday April 23

10am
Kyren Wilson vs. Dominic Dale
Ding Junhui vs. Jack Lisowski

2:30 p.m
Mark Allen vs. Robbie Williams
Mark Williams vs. Si Jiahui

19:00
Robert Milkins vs. Pang Junxu
Barry Hawkins vs. Ryan Day

Wednesday April 24

10am
Kyren Wilson vs. Dominic Dale
Ding Junhui vs. Jack Lisowski

2:30 p.m
Mark Allen vs. Robbie Williams
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Jackson Page

19:00
John Higgins vs. Jamie Jones
Barry Hawkins vs. Ryan Day

Thursday April 25

1 o’clock in the afternoon
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Jackson Page

19:00
John Higgins vs. Jamie Jones

Second round – Thursday April 25 – Monday April 29
Quarterfinals – Tuesday April 30 – Wednesday May 1
Semi-finals – Thursday May 2, Friday May 3, Saturday May 4
Last – Sunday May 5 and Monday May 6