A semi-final defeat for Duane Jones in the German Masters on Saturday means that the World Grand Prix line-up is now complete.
Next week’s lucrative event will feature the top 32 players from the one-year money list in this season’s ranking tournaments.
The majority of the World Grand Prix line-up was already known ahead of this week’s action at the Tempodrom but there was still an opportunity for a few competitors to make a late bid for contention.
With so many of the outsiders crashing out early on in Berlin, though, world number 90 Jones was an unlikely final hopeful.
The Welshman needed to lift the German Masters title to force his way into the field at Cheltenham Racecourse.
But making his maiden appearance in the last four of a ranking event was always going to be a difficult enough proposition and World Open runner-up Gilbert duly took advantage to seal a resounding 6-1 success.
While the result finalises the World Grand Prix line-up, the seeding positions can still change depending on the outcome of the remainder of the German Masters.
World Grand Prix Line-Up
(Seeding subject to change depending on the outcome of the German Masters)
- Mark Allen
- Ronnie O’Sullivan
- Mark Selby
- Mark Williams
- Neil Robertson
- Judd Trump
- David Gilbert (final)
- Jack Lisowski
- Stuart Bingham
- Kyren Wilson (final)
- Joe Perry
- Jimmy Robertson
- Stephen Maguire
- John Higgins
- Barry Hawkins
- Martin O’Donnell
- Ali Carter
- Ryan Day
- Noppon Saengkham
- Mark King
- Mark Davis
- Tom Ford
- Zhao Xintong
- Ding Junhui
- Yan Bingtao
- Matthew Stevens
- Stuart Carrington
- Xiao Guodong
- Yuan Sijun
- Shaun Murphy
- Marco Fu
- Gary Wilson
The World Grand Prix represents the first tournament of three in a lucrative new series known as the Coral Cup.
It will be quickly followed by the 16-man Players Championship and a prestigious Tour Championship, that will feature only the top eight competitors on the one-year list.
All three events are set to be staged on ITV, which has done a lot in recent seasons to re-establish itself as a major broadcasting player in snooker alongside the BBC and Eurosport.
Judd Trump, recently a major champion again after triumphing in the Masters at Ally Pally, said: “All of the top players enjoy playing in these ITV events.”
“They have really taken off because the fields are very strong, they are tough to win, similar to the Masters in a way.”
“Cheltenham is close to where I come from so it’s a tournament that I want to do well in.
“I’ll have a few friends and family up from Bristol and hopefully some local support as well.
“I’ve never been to the venue but Jack Lisowski has told me it’s a lovely place.”
The top prizes at the three Coral Cup events will be £100,000, £125,000, and £150,000 respectively, and any player able to capture all three titles will have his total rounded up from £375,000 to £500,000.
Finally, the player earning the most overall prize money across the three events will receive the inaugural Coral Cup.
The World Grand Prix is from February 4th to 10th in Cheltenham.