World Championship Snooker: Crucible dates, draw, schedule, results, betting odds, tips, where to watch on TV and more

Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump

The Betfred World Championship is under way and runs until August 16. We have a complete draw and schedule plus results and much more in our guide.

Snooker was among the first sports to emerge from lockdown in the United Kingdom, and it was soon announced that the Betfred World Championship would take place from July 31 to August 16 at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Judd Trump began the favourite to defend his crown but Ronnie O'Sullivan is close behind him in the betting to claim his sixth and a record-breaking 37th ranking title in the process.

The star duo are in opposite halves of the draw so a dream final is a real possibility, but the likes of Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, John Higgins, Mark Allen and recent Coral Tour Championship winner Stephen Maguire will be out to stop them.

Here, we have everything you need including the full draw, schedule, results, details of how to watch, prize money details, how the non-seeded players qualified and a history section.


World Championship draw & results

Seedings in brackets, scroll further down for daily schedule

ROUND TWO (Best of 25 frames)

  • (1) Judd Trump 13-11 Yan Bingtao (16)
  • Martin Gould v Kyren Wilson (8)
  • (5) John Higgins 11-13 Kurt Maflin
  • Anthony McGill v Jamie Clarke
  • (3) Mark Williams 13-11 Stuart Bingham (14)
  • (11) Ding Junhui v Ronnie O’Sullivan (6)
  • (7) Mark Selby 13-12 Noppon Saengkham
  • (15) Barry Hawkins v Neil Robertson (2)

ROUND ONE (Best of 19 frames)

Quarter one

  • Judd Trump (1) 10-8 Tom Ford
  • Yan Bingtao (16) 10-7 Elliot Slessor
  • Stephen Maguire (9) 3-10 Martin Gould
  • Kyren Wilson (8) receives a bye after Anthony Hamilton withdrew
  • John Higgins (5) 10-5 Matthew Stevens
  • David Gilbert (12) 8-10 Kurf Maflin
  • Jack Lisowski (13) 9-10 Anthony McGill
  • Mark Allen (4) 8-10 Jamie Clarke
  • Mark Williams (3) 10-5 Alan McManus
  • Stuart Bingham (14) 10-7 Ashley Carty
  • Ding Junhui (11) 10-9 Mark King
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan (6) 10-1 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  • Mark Selby (7) 10-6 Jordan Brown
  • Shaun Murphy (10) 4-10 Noppon Saengkham
  • Barry Hawkins (15) 10-2 Alexander Ursenbacher
  • Neil Robertson (2) 10-5 Liang Wenbo

World Championship: Daily schedule & results

* denotes 'final session, play to a finish'

Saturday August 8
Morning session – 10am
Second Round (Best of 25 frames)

  • Martin Gould 3-5 Kyren Wilson
  • Barry Hawkins 3-5 Neil Robertson

Saturday August 8
Afternoon session – 2.30pm
Second Round (Best of 25 frames)

  • Anthony McGill 7-8 Jamie Clarke
  • Ding Junhui 8-8 Ronnie O'Sullivan

Saturday August 8
Evening session – 7pm
Second Round (Best of 25 frames)

  • Martin Gould v Kyren Wilson
  • Barry Hawkins v Neil Robertson

Sunday August 9
Afternoon session – 1pm
Second Round (Best of 25 frames)

  • Martin Gould v Kyren Wilson
  • Barry Hawkins v Neil Robertson

Sunday August 9
Evening session – 7pm
Second Round (Best of 25 frames)

  • Anthony McGill v Jamie Clarke
  • Ding Junhui v Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • More schedule information to follow

How to watch the World Championship

All sessions of the World Snooker Championship will be televised by BBC - either on One, Two, online or red button - and Eurosport.


World Championship format

All matches at the Crucible are played over multiple sessions.

  • Round one: Best of 19 frames
  • Round two: Best of 25 frames
  • Quarter-finals: Best of 25 frames
  • Semi-finals: Best of 33 frames
  • Final: Best of 35 frames

World Championship prize fund

  • Winner: £500,000
  • Runner-up: £200,000
  • Semi-finalists: £100,000
  • Quarter-finalists: £50,000
  • Last 16: £30,000
  • Last 32: £20,000
  • Last 48: £15,000
  • Last 80: £10,000
  • Last 112: £5,000
  • 147 break: £40,000
  • Highest break: £15,000

Total: £2,395,000


How the non-seeded players qualified

The 16 non-seeded players came through the tense qualifying rounds in Sheffield last week. Unfortunately this did not include Jimmy White, who won two matches before falling short to Robert Milkins in the third of four rounds. Here are the results of the fourth and final qualifying round, but you can click here to see how the entire week unfolded.

Round four

  • Alexander Ursenbacher 10-8 Andrew Higginson
  • Martin O'Donnell 3-10 Elliot Slessor
  • Noppon Saengkham 10-2 Eden Sharav
  • Anthony Hamilton 10-5 Scott Donaldson
  • Ashley Carty 10-8 Robert Milkins
  • Matthew Selt 1-10 Kurt Maflin
  • Fergal O'Brien 9-10 Liang Wenbo
  • Alan McManus 10-5 Louis Heathcote
  • Jamie Clarke 10-7 Sunny Akani
  • Jordan Brown 10-6 Ryan Day
  • Stuart Carrington 8-10 Tom Ford
  • Mark King 10-6 Ian Burns
  • Graeme Dott 6-10 Martin Gould
  • Matthew Stevens 10-5 Ricky Walden
  • Anthony McGill 10-1 Sam Baird
  • Liam Highfield 7-10 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

World Championship history

The World Championship is snooker's most prestigious tournament in the calendar and also the leading event to bet on among the sport's punters.

Taking place at Sheffield's world famous Crucible Theatre around April and May every year, with the exception of this one, the World Championship provides the climax to every snooker season and is the title all players dream of winning throughout their careers.

It is also the cornerstone of snooker's Triple Crown, which also includes the UK Championship and the Masters, and any player winning all three tournaments during their careers becomes an undisputed legend of the sport.

The World Championship, which was first held way back in 1927 when the legendary Joe Davis won the first of his record 15 crowns, has seen a number of repeat winners over the years such as Ray Reardon, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan.

However, the heavily backed crowd favourite Jimmy White was a beaten finalist on no fewer than six occasions - including five in a row between 1990 and 1994 - in one of the sport's tales of heartbreak.

While 'Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan's five world titles and three much-celebrated 147 Crucible breaks have brought much cheer to snooker fans in more recent times, the highly unexpected triumph of journeyman pro Stuart Bingham in 2014 was a real fairytale story that ranks closely behind the shock underdog victories that Dennis Taylor, in the 'Black Ball Final of 1985', and Joe Johnson enjoyed over Steve Davis in the 1980s.

Mark Williams rolling back the years to win his third world title in 2018 also brought the house down, especially when deciding to fulfil his promise to strip naked for the post-match interviews, while Judd Trump finally rose to the top of the sport last spring to win the first of what many believe will be several world titles.


World Championship finals

1927-1952 Early years, knockout format

  • 1927 - Joe Davis 20-11 Tom Dennis
  • 1928 - Joe Davis 16-13 Fred Lawrence
  • 1929 - Joe Davis 19-14 Tom Dennis
  • 1930 - Joe Davis 25-12 Tom Dennis
  • 1931 - Joe Davis 25-21 Tom Dennis
  • 1932 - Joe Davis 30-19 Clark MCConachy
  • 1933 - Joe Davis 25-18 Willie Smith
  • 1934 - Joe Davis 25-22 Tom Newman
  • 1935 - Joe Davis 25-20 Willie Smith
  • 1936 - Joe Davis 34-27 Horace Lindrum
  • 1937 - Joe Davis 32-29 Horace Lindrum
  • 1938 - Joe Davis 37-24 Sidney Smith
  • 1939 - Joe Davis 43-30 Sidney Smith
  • 1940 - Joe Davis 37-36 Fred Davis
  • 1946 - Joe Davis 78-67 Horace Lindrum
  • 1947 - Walter Donaldson 82-63 Fred Davis
  • 1948 - Fred Davis 84-61 Walter Donaldson
  • 1949 - Fred Davis 80-65 Walter Donaldson
  • 1950 - Walter Donaldson 51-46 Fred Davis
  • 1951 - Fred Davis 58-39 Walter Donaldson
  • 1952 - Horace Lindrum 94-49 Clark McConachy

1952-1957 Professional Matchplay Championship

  • 1952 - Fred Davis 38-35 Walter Donaldson
  • 1953 - Fred Davis 37-34 Walter Donaldson
  • 1954 - Fred Davis 45-26 Walter Donaldson
  • 1955 - Fred Davis 37-34 John Pulman
  • 1956 - Fred Davis 38-35 John Pulman
  • 1957 - John Pulman 39-34 Jackie Rea

1964-1968 Challenge Match Era

  • 1964 - John Pulman 19-16 Fred Davis
  • 1964 - John Pulman 40-33 Rex Williams
  • 1965 - John Pulman 37-36 Fred Davis
  • 1965 - John Pulman 25-22 Rex Williams
  • 1965 - John Pulman 39-12 Fred van Rensburg
  • 1966 - John Pulman 5-2 Fred Davis
  • 1968 - John Pulman 39-34 Eddie Charlton

1969-onwards Knockout Tournament

  • 1969 - John Spencer 37-24 Gary Owen
  • 1970 - Ray Reardon 37-33 John Pulman
  • 1971 - John Spencer 37-29 Warren Simpson
  • 1972 - Alex Higgins 37-32 John Spencer
  • 1973 - Ray Reardon 38-32 Eddie Charlton
  • 1974 - Ray Reardon 22-12 Graham Miles
  • 1975 - Ray Reardon 31-30 Eddie Charlton
  • 1976 - Ray Reardon 27-16 Alex Higgins
  • 1977 - John Spencer 25-21 Cliff Thorburn
  • 1978 - Ray Reardon 25-18 Perrie Mans
  • 1979 - Terry Griffiths 24-16 Dennis Taylor
  • 1980 - Cliff Thorburn 18-16 Alex Higgins
  • 1981 - Steve Davis 18-12 Doug Mountjoy
  • 1982 - Alex Higgins 18-15 Ray Reardon
  • 1983 - Steve Davis 18-16 Cliff Thorburn
  • 1984 - Steve Davis 18-16 Jimmy White
  • 1985 - Dennis Taylor 18-17 Steve Davis
  • 1986- Joe Johnson 18-12 Steve Davis
  • 1987 - Steve Davis 18-14 Joe Johnson
  • 1988 - Steve Davis 18-11 Terry Griffiths
  • 1989 - Steve Davis 18-3 John Parrott
  • 1990 - Stephen Hendry 18-12 Jimmy White
  • 1991 - John Parrott 18-11 Jimmy White
  • 1992 - Stephen Hendry 18-14 Jimmy White
  • 1993 - Stephen Hendry 18-5 Jimmy White
  • 1994 - Stephen Hendry 18-17 Jimmy White
  • 1995 - Stephen Hendry 18-9 Nigel Bond
  • 1996 - Stephen Hendry 18-12 Peter Ebdon
  • 1997 - Ken Doherty 18-12 Stephen Hendry
  • 1998 - John Higgins 18-12 Ken Doherty
  • 1999 - Stephen Hendry 18-11 Mark Williams
  • 2000 - Mark Williams 18-16 Matthew Stevens
  • 2001 - Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-14 John Higgins
  • 2002 - Peter Ebdon 18-17 Stephen Hendry
  • 2003 - Mark Williams 18-16 Ken Doherty
  • 2004 - Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-8 Graeme Dott
  • 2005 - Shaun Murphy 18-16 Matthew Stevens
  • 2006 - Graeme Dott 18-14 Peter Ebdon
  • 2007 - John Higgins 18-13 Mark Selby
  • 2008 - Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-8 Ali Carter
  • 2009 - John Higgins 18-9 Shaun Murphy
  • 2010 - Neil Robertson 18-13 Graeme Dott
  • 2011 - John Higgins 18-15 Judd Trump
  • 2012 - Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-11 Ali Carter
  • 2013 - Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-12 Barry Hawkins
  • 2014 - Mark Selby 18-15 Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2015 - Stuart Bingham 18-15 Shaun Murphy
  • 2016 - Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui
  • 2017 - Mark Selby 18-15 John Higgins
  • 2018 - Mark Williams 18-16 John Higgins
  • 2019 - Judd Trump 18-8 John Higgins

Multiple world champions

  • 15: Joe Davis (1927-1946)
  • 8: Fred Davis (1948-1956)
  • 8: John Pulman (1957-1968)
  • 7: Stephen Hendry (1990-1999)
  • 6: Steve Davis (1981-1989)
  • 6: Ray Reardon (1970-1978)
  • 5: Ronnie O'Sullivan (2001-2013)
  • 4: John Higgins (1998-2011)
  • 3: Mark Williams (2000-2018)
  • 3: Mark Selby (2014-2017)
  • 3: John Spencer (1969-1977)
  • 2: Walter Donaldson (1947-1950)
  • 2: Alex Higgins (1972-1982)

Crucible maximum breaks

The first 147 at the World Championship was achieved by Canada's 'Grinder' Cliff Thorburn in 1983 while Jimmy White (1992), Stephen Hendry (1995, 2009, 2012), Ronnie O'Sullivan (1997, 2003, 2008), Mark Williams (2005) and Ali Carter (2008) are the others to managed Crucible maximums.

O'Sullivan's effort in 1997 against Mick Price, timed at five minutes 20 seconds, is the fastest ever recorded in the professional game.

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