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World Snooker Championship

World Snooker Championship Preview

Published on March 31, 2023
Written by Chris
World Snooker Championship Preview

The World Snooker Championship

The World Snooker Championship is the longest-running and most prestigious tournament in professional snooker. It is also the most lucrative, with total prize money in 2023 of £2,395,000, including £500,000 for the winner. First held in 1927, it is now one of the three tournaments (together with the UK Championship and the invitational Masters) that make up snooker’s Triple Crown Series. The current world champion is Ronnie O’Sullivan.

World Snooker Championship 2023

The World Championship takes place from April 15 – May 1 at the Crucible in Sheffield.

The current length format of matches per round is as follows. The first round is played over best of 19 frames, played over two sessions. The second round and quarter-finals are the best of 25 frames played over three sessions; while the semi-finals and final are played over four sessions, the semi-finals being best of 33 frames and the final being best of 35 frames.   Great mental strength is required to succeed at this tournament.

The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

The World Snooker Championship has been held at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield since 1977, with John Spencer defeating defending champion Ray Reardon in the final.

World Snooker Championship History

World Snooker Championship: Past Winners

2022Ronnie O’Sullivan
2021Mark Selby
2020Ronnie O’Sullivan
2019Judd Trump
2018Mark Williams

World Snooker Championship: Most Titles

Joe Davis15
Fred Davis8
John Pulman8
Stephen Hendry7
Ronnie O’Sullivan7
Steve Davis6
Ray Reardon6
John Higgins4
Mark Selby4

World Snooker Championship 2023: Latest Odds

Defending champion and world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan is the favourite to win in Sheffield. It would take O’Sullivan, 47, to eight titles, which would be a record for the modern era (from 1969).

At the 2022 World Championship, “The Rocket” made his 30th Crucible appearance, equalling Steve Davis’s record. He defeated Judd Trump 18–13 in the final to win his seventh world title, equalling Stephen Hendry for the most world titles in the modern era. At 46 years and 148 days, he became the oldest world champion in snooker history, surpassing Ray Reardon, who was 45 years and 203 days when he won his last title in 1978.  O’Sullivan also surpassed Hendry’s record of 70 Crucible wins, setting a new record of 74.

This season O’Sullivan has reached the quarter-finals of the UK Snooker Championships and the Masters. He withdrew from the WST Classic with an elbow injury, but hopes to be fit for the Crucible.

 Judd Trump, world champion in 2019 won the Masters and will be looking to add another world title in Sheffield.

Third favourite Mark Selby won the WST Classic in his hometown of Leicester. The 2021 world champion could be in the mix. UK Champion Mark Allen cannot be discounted, nor can Shaun Murphy or Mark Williams.

Seven-time Champion Stephen Hendry will play in the qualifying tournament, as will arguably the greatest player never to win the World Championship, Jimmy White. “The Whirlwind” , 60, defeated Trump in the WST classic and is confident of making another Crucible appearance.

Ronnie O’Sullivan9/2William Hill/BetVictor/ Coral/Ladbrokes/Unibet/Betfred/BetUK/10bet/ SportingIndex/Betway
Judd Trump11/2Paddy Power/Betfair/888sport
Mark Selby13/2BetVictor/Unibet/BetUK/Betfred/Betway
Neil Robertson15/2Paddy Power/Betfair/888sport/ William Hill/bet365
Shaun Murphy12/1Paddy Power/Betfair/888sport
Mark Allen14/1Paddy Power/Betfair/888sport/ William Hill/bet365
Kyren Wilson18/1Unibet/BetUK/10bet
Mark Williams20/1Paddy Power/Betfair/888sport/ William Hill/bet365
Odds correct as of 31.03.23, 15:00. Odds subject to change.

Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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