It’s time for the first Triple Crown event of the 2023/24 snooker season, the UK Championship.
Alongside Allen among the 16 seeded – and already qualified – players for the eighth ranking event of the season are the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and Luca Brecel.
Read on for everything you need to know…
When is the UK Championship?
The tournament starts on November 25 and runs until December 3, with the venue being the York Barbican.
How to watch and stream the UK Championship
Who is playing in the UK Championship?
The top 16 seeds have been named and they are: Mark Allen, Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson, Tom Ford, Luca Brecel, Zhang Anda, Shaun Murphy, Ali Carter, Judd Trump, Barry Hawkins, Mark Selby, Jack Lisowski, Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, Neil Robertson and Robert Milkins.
Among those outside the top 16 seeds and therefore featuring in a star-studded qualifying draw are the likes of Ding Junhui, Hossein Vafaei, Si Jiahui, Jimmy White, Stephen Maguire and Stuart Bingham.
What is the UK Championship schedule?
Qualifying for the UK Championship run between November 18-23, taking place at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.
The first round proper of the event begins on November 25 in York, with defending champion Allen first on the baize.
What is the UK Championship format?
- First round: Best of 11 frames
- Last 16: Best of 11 frames
- Quarter-finals: Best of 11 frames
- Semi-finals: Best of 11 frames
- Final: Best of 19 frames
When is the UK Championship final?
The final will take place on December 3, at the York Barbican venue.
What is the UK Championship prize money?
There will be a total of £1,205,00 prize money to be won, split as follows:
- Winner: £250,000
- Runner-up: £100,000
- Semi-final: £50,000
- Quarter-final: £25,000
- Last 16: £15,000
- Last 32: £10,000
- Last 48: £7,500
- Last 80: £5,000
- Last 112: £2,500
- Highest break: £15,000
As announced on November 16, the World Snooker Tour will also award a £147,000 bonus to any player who makes two maximum breaks during this season’s Triple Crown Series.
UK Championship main draw (all times UK)
- Mark Allen v qualifier
- Mark Williams v qualifier
- Kyren Wilson v qualifier
- Tom Ford v qualifier
- Luca Brecel v qualifier
- Zhang Anda v qualifier
- Shaun Murphy v qualifier
- Ali Carter v qualifier
- Judd Trump v qualifier
- Barry Hawkins v qualifier
- Mark Selby v qualifier
- Jack Lisowski v qualifier
- Ronnie O’Sullivan v qualifier
- John Higgins v qualifier
- Neil Robertson v qualifier
- Robert Milkins v qualifier
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