The 2021 Betfred World Snooker Championship will be held at the Crucible Theatre, in Sheffield, England. It is the final ranking event of the 2020-21 snooker season. The event will take place from 17th April to 3rd May. The event is organised by World Snooker Tour, who are a subsidiary body under World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. This is the 45th consecutive year, when the event is held at the Crucible theatre. Qualifying rounds for the tournament will be held between 5th to 14th April. 128 participants, a mixture of professional and invited amateur players, will take part in the qualifying round. This round is to be held at English Institute of Sports, Sheffield. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association announced a list of 16 amateur players who will compete in the qualifying round. The list includes Reanne Evans, Rebecca Kenna, Ben Mertens, Ross Muir, Paul Davison, Michael White etc.
The winner of the event will receive £500,000 from a total prize fund of £2,395,000. The breakdown of prize money for the event is shown below-
Last 16: £30,000
Last 32: £20,000
Last 48: £15,000
Last 80: £10,000
Last 112: £5,000
Highest break (qualifying stage included): £15,000.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is this year’s defending champion. He defeated Kyren Wilson 18-8 in the final. Players from the top 16 rankings of world snooker will compete in the event. This will include Judd Trump, David Gilbert, Shaun Murphy, Kyren Wilson, John Higgins, Mark Allen, Mark Williams apart from Ronnie O’Sullivan. Qualifying rounds for the tournament will be held between 5th to 14th April. 128 participants, a mixture of professional and invited amateur players, will take part in the qualifying round. This round is to be held at English Institute of Sports, Sheffield. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association announced a list of 16 amateur players who will compete in the qualifying round. The list includes Reanne Evans, Rebecca Kenna, Ben Mertens, Ross Muir, Paul Davison, Michael White etc. Meanwhile, Stephen Hendry has drawn Jimmy White in the opening round of qualifying for the Betfred World Snooker Championship. The pair, with a combined age of 110, faced each other in four world finals between 1990 and 1994 with Hendry winning all of them in a decade of dominance.
On 13 March 2021, World Snooker announced that the event would welcome a limited number of fans, as part of an Events Research Programme run by the government although the exact numbers who will be able to attend, in line with government protocols and strict testing on any fans who are welcomed, has not yet been announced. It will mark the first event of the season to not be staged behind closed doors. It was announced that the World Championship will be among a number of events across the sport and entertainment industry to be utilised in a new pilot scheme. The tournament has been chosen as part of this pilot scheme set up by the United Kingdom government. The data from these test-runs, which also includes the FA Cup final, will be used to facilitate more widespread access to venues for the public during the summer and beyond. Snooker, of course, was part of another pilot scheme for fans last year that coincided with the rescheduled 2020 World Championship in July and August. The initiative lasted just one morning before COVID-19 community spikes enforced its immediate postponement, although a small audience did witness Ronnie O’Sullivan win the final just over two weeks later.
The Betfred World Snooker Championship is one of the most classic tournaments in the history of this sport. Therefore, it can be a natural reflex for you to stay hooked to the live-stream action of this event. In such cases, we have you covered with the latest live-stream details for the Betfred World Snooker Championship 2021.
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- Apart from these, BBC One, BBC Two, Channel 4, Channel 5 and iTV are going to live-stream the entire event across all of the UK.
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