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World Snooker Championship: 2023 draw

The draw, results, live scores, and schedule for the 47th edition of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

2023 World Snooker Championship Draw

Round 1 (Best of 19)

1. Ronnie O’Sullivan (1) 10-7 Pang Junxu

2. Ding Junhui (16) 6-10 Hossein Vafaei

3. Luca Brecel (9) 10-9 Ricky Walden

4. Mark Williams (8) 10-5 Jimmy Robertson

5. Judd Trump (5) 6-10 Anthony McGill

6. Jack Lisowski (12) 10-7 Noppon Saengkham

7. Robert Milkins (13) 10-9 Joe Perry

8. Shaun Murphy (4) 9-10 Si Jiahui

9. Mark Allen (3) 10-5 Fan Zhengyi

10. Stuart Bingham (14) 10-4 David Gilbert

11. Ali Carter (11) 6-10 Jak Jones

12. Neil Robertson (6) 10-3 Wu Yize

13. Kyren Wilson (7) 10-5 Ryan Day

14. John Higgins (10) 10-3 David Grace

15. Gary Wilson (15) 10-8 Elliot Slessor

16. Mark Selby (2) 10-8 Matthew Selt

Round 2 (Best of 25)

17. Ronnie O’Sullivan (1) 13-2 Hossein Vafaei

18. Luca Brecel (9) 13-11 Mark Williams (8)

19. Anthony McGill 13-8 Jack Lisowski (12)

20. Robert Milkins (13) 7-13 Si Jiahui

21. Mark Allen (3) 13-4 Stuart Bingham (14)

22. Jak Jones 13-7 Neil Robertson (6)

23. Kyren Wilson (7) 2-13 John Higgins (10)

24. Gary Wilson (15) 7-13 Mark Selby (2)

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Quarter-Finals (Best of 25)

25. Ronnie O’Sullivan (1) 10-13 Luca Brecel (9)

26. Anthony McGill 12-13 Si Jiahui

27. Mark Allen (3) 13-10 Jak Jones

28. John Higgins (10) 7-13 Mark Selby (2)

Semi-Finals (Best of 33)

29. Luca Brecel (9) 17-15 Si Jiahui

30. Mark Allen (3) 15-17 Mark Selby (2)

Final (Best of 35)

31. Luca Brecel (9) 18-15 Mark Selby (2)


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World Snooker Championship format

The 2023 World Snooker Championship draw features the top 16 players in the world rankings and an additional 16 players who came through a qualifying tournament.

A draw took place on Thursday, April 13th to decide the order for the first round, in which the matches are the best of 19 frames in length.

The first round is the only one during the venue stages where the matches will take place over only two sessions.

The format increases to the best of 25 frames during the second round and quarter-finals, played across three sessions.

Four sessions are then on the World Snooker Championship schedule for the semi-finals and the final, which have a distance of 33 and 35 frames respectively.

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Prize money

Like in 2022, the player who emerges from the 2023 World Snooker Championship draw with the trophy in his hands will also pocket a cheque worth £500,000.

The overall prize money is much greater than the majority of other tournaments on the World Snooker Tour calendar, highlighting the prestige attached with playing at the Crucible.

Winner: £500,000
Runner-up: £200,000
Semi-finalists: £100,000
Quarter-finalists: £50,000
Last 16: £30,000
Last 32: £20,000

There is also a bonus of £40,000 if a player manages to compile a maximum 147 break, with a £15,000 jackpot additionally on offer for making the highest break.

Previous champions

A quarter of the field in the 2023 World Snooker Championship draw understands what it takes to go all the way at the Crucible Theatre.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is the defending champion and will challenge for a record eighth title in the modern era this year.

Mark Selby and John Higgins have won the crown on four occasions each, with Mark Williams a three-time winner.

Shaun Murphy, Neil Robertson, Stuart Bingham, and Judd Trump have all triumphed in Sheffield once in the past.

A further three players have contested World Championship finals only to fall one hurdle short of glory – Ali Carter, Ding Junhui, and Kyren Wilson.

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How to watch the snooker

Live coverage of all 17 days will be available on the BBC, Eurosport/discovery+, and through WST’s other broadcasting partners around the world. Other territories will have access via a subscription on Matchroom Live.

Featured photo credit: WST

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