This year’s only Alexandra Palace rookie enjoyed a dream debut on Monday but how many Masters snooker players do you remember?
The game’s most prestigious invitational tournament has been running since 1975 in the English capital city of London.
In its inaugural staging, ten players were involved at the West Centre Hotel and, after a few years in the New London Theatre, the Masters moved to the Wembley Conference Centre in 1979.
It was here where a huge chunk of the event’s history was formulated, from 147 breaks when they were a rarity to dramatic black ball finishes.
The Wembley Arena took over the honours of hosting in 2007 before the Masters ended up at its new spiritual home of the Ally Pally in 2012.
For the first decade, various formats were incorporated before it became customary in 1984 for the top 16 ranked professionals to be invited to compete.
A qualifying tournament and a wildcard round existed until 2010 but, coinciding with the introduction of the Barry Hearn era, entry has since been solely restricted to the elite 16.
In total, there have been 89 Masters snooker players and 23 of those have emerged with at least one title.
Nine competitors have been able to become multiple champions, with a magnificent seven currently standing as the all-time record for most victories.
One third of the Triple Crown series of majors in the sport, the Masters is undoubtedly one of the most important tournaments on the calendar – many people’s choice as the second most prestigious after only the World Championship itself.
It’s a trophy that every snooker player wants to earn the right to play for, and ultimately get their hands on.
The question is, how many Masters snooker players can you remember?
***NOTE! Players who share the same surname with another player must be written in full.***
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