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  • Dates: Saturday, 20 April 2024 until Monday, 6 May 2024
  • Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • Event: World Snooker Championship

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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 prize money totalling £2,395,000 in 2023, with of £500,000 of that reserved for the winner. Held for the first time 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 the Belgian Luca Brecel.

World Snooker Championship 2024

The World Championship takes place from Saturday, 20 April 2024 until Monday, 6 May 2024 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

The World Snooker Championship has a rich history. We bring you a list of past winners and a list of the players who have won the most titles.

World Snooker Championship: Past Winners

YearWinner
2023Luca Brecel
2022Ronnie O’Sullivan
2021Mark Selby
2020Ronnie O’Sullivan
2019Judd Trump
2018Mark Williams
2017Mark Selby
2016Mark Selby
2015Stuart Bingham
2014Mark Selby
2013Ronnie O’Sullivan
2012Ronnie O’Sullivan
2011John Higgins
2010Neil Robertson
2009John Higgins
2008Ronnie O’Sullivan

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 2024: Main Contenders

World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan is the favourite to win in Sheffield. It would take O’Sullivan, 48, to eight titles, which would be a record for the modern era (from 1969). O’Sullivan has already secured the two other major titles this season, the UK Championships and the Masters. The “Rocket” is currently 3/1 with BetUK to win.

At 48 years old he is showing little sign of slowing down and, if anything, appears to be playing better than ever. Such is his longevity he is both the youngest and oldest champion in a number of tournaments. He is the oldest winner of all three triple crown events and is the oldest and youngest winner of the Masters and the UK Championships.

O’Sullivan appears to be being more selective with the tournaments he plays in, ensuring that he is in top condition for the ones which matter to him. And so far this season, that policy appears to be paying dividends.

Last year, O’Sullivan went out in the quarter finals to eventual champion Luca Brecel. Brecel is 18/1 to retain his title. 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.

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

Third favourite Mark Selby, the 2021 world champion could be in the mix. Mark Allen cannot be discounted, nor can Shaun Murphy, Mark Williams, Neil Robertson or defending champion Brecel

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” , 61, is hopeful of making another Crucible appearance.

World Snooker Championship 2024: Latest odds

Bet UK Odds
Ronnie O’Sullivan5/2
Judd Trump4/1
Mark Selby8/1
Mark Allen12/1
Mark Williams14/1
Neil Robertson16/1
Luca Brecel20/1
John Higgins22/1
Ding Junhui22/1
Shaun Murphy22/1
Ali Carter28/1
Kyren Wilson28/1
Anda Zang28/1
Gary Wilson33/1
Barry Hawkins33/1
Odds, from BetUK, correct as of 13.04.24, 22:00. Odds subject to change.

Prediction

If O’Sullivan is in the type of form which he has demonstrated this season, especially at the Masters and the UK Championship, then it will be hugely difficult to stop him adding an eighth title. However, it has to be remembered that there are a number of other players who are consistently producing a high standard of snooker. Judd Trump is a major threat to O’Sullivan and the talented Luca Brecel is capable of beating anybody on his day and could be a good each-way bet at 18/1.

We think that O’Sullivan, who is managing his tournament load really well and is more adept than ever at making it count on the big occasion, will make more history by securing his eighth title.

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