🎱 World Snooker Championship Preview and Form

Updated: 1961 Snooker

The 2024 World Championship takes place in Sheffield between Saturday 20th April and runs through until Monday 6th May. Luca Brecel is the defending champion.

🎱 World Snooker Championship Preview and Form

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Horse Racing, greyhounds and snooker specialist with thirty years experience of writing about sport across multiple platforms. A QPR and Snooker fan

World Championship odds 2024

World Championship 2024 14 Apr @ 18:18 - Win Tournament
Ronnie OSullivan 3.50
Judd Trump 5.00
Mark Selby 10.00
Mark Williams 15.00
Mark Allen 15.00
Neil Robertson 17.00
Luca Brecel 19.00
Ding Junhui 23.00
John Higgins 26.00
Shaun Murphy 26.00

World Championship Format

The World Championship has been played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield since 1977.

The top 16 players in the World Rankings automatically play in the tournament at The Crucible and are seeded 1-16. The reigning champion is always the number one seed. The remaining sixteen spots are up for grabs in a qualifying tournament that is played shortly before the main event. 

Once the 32 players are known the sixteen qualifiers are drawn at random to play each of the sixteen seeds.

Each of the qualifiers has to win up to four matches to make it to the first round proper at The Crucible. The first three rounds of qualifying matches are played over the best of eleven frames. The final qualifying round, also known as 'Judgement Day', is played over nineteen frames.

OLBG's expert snooker tipsters will have tips on all the matches at The Crucible. 

Once the action makes it to The Crucible the number of frames played in each round is as follows:

  • Round 1: Best of 19 frames
  • Round 2: Best of 25 frames
  • Quarter-Finals: Best of 25 frames
  • Semi-Finals: Best of 33 frames
  • Final: Best of 35 frames

Don't forget that we have a special, extra £200 competition for the World Snooker Championship. Full details can be found here.

World Championship 2023: Results

Round 1 - Best of 19 frames 

Seeds in brackets

Ronnie O'Sullivan (1) 10 v Pang Junxu 7

Ding Junhui (16) 6 v Hossein Vafaei 10

Luca Brecel (9) 10  v Ricky Walden 9

Mark Williams (8) 10 v Jimmy Robertson 5

Judd Trump (5) 6 v Anthony McGill 10

Jack Lisowski (12) 10 v Noppon Saengkham 7

Robert Milkins (13) 10 v Joe Perry 9

Shaun Murphy (4) 9 v Si Jiahui 10

Mark Allen (3) 10 v Fan Zhengyi 5

Stuart Bingham (14) 10 v David Gilbert 4

Ali Carter (11) 6 v Jak Jones 10

Neil Robertson (6) 10 v Wu Yize 3

Kyren Wilson (7) 10 v Ryan Day 5

John Higgins (10) 10 v David Grace 3

Gary Wilson (15) 10 v Elliot Slessor 8

Mark Selby (2) 10 v Matthew Selt 8

Remember to check out OLBG's top Snooker tipsters

Major tournament winners 2023-2024 season

Below is a table of all the tournament winners and runners-up for this season:

Tournament
Winner
Runner-up
Championship League June/July
Shaun Murphy
Mark Williams
European Masters
Barry Hawkins
Judd Trump
Shanghai Masters
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Luca Brecel
British Open
Mark Williams
Mark Selby
English Open
Judd Trump
Zhang Anda
Wuhan Open
Judd Trump
Ali Carter
Northern Ireland Open
Judd Trump
Chris Wakelin
International Championship
Zhang Anda
Tom Ford
Champion of Champions
Mark Allen
Judd Trump
UK Championship
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ding Junhui
Shoot Out
Mark Allen
Cao Yupeng
Scottish Open
Gary Wilson
Noppon Saengkham
Masters
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ali Carter
World Grand Prix
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Judd Trump
German Masters
Judd Trump
Si Jiahui
Welsh Open
Gary Wilson
Martin O'Donnel
Players Championship
Mark Allen
Zhang Anda
World Masters
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Luca Brecel
Championship League March
Mark Selby
Joe O'Connor
World Open
Judd Trump
Ding Junhui
Tour Championship
Mark Williams
Ronnie O'Sullivan

Last ten winners of the snooker world championship

Top Tip: Fifteen of the last eighteen winners of the World Championship had played in at least one previous World Championship Final.

YearWinnerRunner-UpScore
2023
Luca Brecel
Mark Selby
18-15
2022
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Judd Trump
18-13
2021Mark SelbyShaun Murphy18-15
2020Ronnie O'SullivanKyren Wilson18-8
2019Judd TrumpJohn Higgins18-9
2018Mark WilliamsJohn Higgins18-16
2017Mark SelbyJohn Higgins18-15
2016Mark SelbyDing Junhui18-14
2015Stuart BinghamShaun Murphy18-15
2014Mark SelbyRonnie O'Sullivan18-14

World Championship wins by players who have played at the Crucible

World Championship 2023: Ten year Crucible form of eight of the top players

YearBrecel (1)
O'Sullivan (2)
Trump (3)
Allen (4)
Selby (5)
Williams (6)
Ding (7)
Murphy (8)
2023
W
QF
R1
SF
F
R2
R1
R1
2022
R1
W
F
R2
R2
SF
R1
R1
2021
LQ
R2
QF
R2
W
QF
R1
F
2020LQ
W
QF
R1
SF
QF
R2
R1
2019R1
R1
W
R1
R2
R2
R2
R2
2018R1
R2
QF
QF
R1
W
QFR1
2017R1
QF
R1
R2
W
LQ
SFR2
2016LQ
R2
R2
R2
W
QF
FR1
2015LQ
QF
SF
R2
R2
R1
QF
F
2014LQ
F
QF
R2
W
LQ
R1
QF


2023 World Championship: Season Form, Seeds 1-4

The table below covers the major tournaments played in the 2022-23 season:


Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)
Mark Selby (2)
Mark Allen (3)
Shaun Murphy (4)
European Masters
DNP
R1
R4
R3
British Open
LQ
QF
F
LQ
Northern Ireland OpenR1QFWR2
Champion of Champions
W
SF
QF
R1
UK Championship
QF
R1
W
QF
Scottish Open
R2
QF
R2
R1
English OpenR2WSFR3
Masters
QF
R1
R1
QF
World Grand PrixR2R1WSF
German MastersDNPR2SFR2
Welsh Open
QF
R3
QF
F
Players ChampionshipDNQR1R1W
WST Classic
DNPW
R3R2
Tour ChampionshipDNQSF
QFW

Key:

DNP = Did not play

DNQ = Did not qualify

LQ = Lost in qualifiers

2023 World Championship: Season Form, Seeds 5-8

The table below covers the major tournaments played in the 2022-23 season:


Judd Trump (5)
Neil Robertson (6)
Kyren Wilson (7)
Mark Williams (8)
European Masters
QF
DNP
W
SF
British Open
R3
DNP
R1R1
Northern Ireland Open
R1
SF
R2
QF
Champion of Champions
F
R1R1DNQ
UK Championship
R2
R1R2R1
Scottish Open
QF
SF
QF
R3
English Open
QF
SF
R2
QF
Masters
W
R1
R1
F
World Grand Prix
F
R1
R2
QF
German Masters
LQ
R5
QF
LQ
Welsh OpenR3
R2R2
R2
Players Championship
R1
DNQ
SF
DNQ
WST Classic
R3
R2
R4R2
Tour ChampionshipDNQDNQ
F
DNQ

Key:

DNP = Did not play

DNQ = Did not qualify

LQ = Lost in qualifiers

What score has occured the most in the World Snooker Final?

World Championship highest break winners in the last 10 years

  • 2023 = 147 Kyren Wilson and Mark Selby
  • 2022 = 147 Neil Robertson
  • 2021 = 144 Shaun Murphy
  • 2020 = 147 John Higgins
  • 2019 = 143 John Higgins
  • 2018 = 146 John Higgins
  • 2017 = 146 Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2016 = 143 Kyren Wilson
  • 2015 = 145 Stuart Bingham and Neil Robertson
  • 2014 = 140 Neil Robertson

Sure to be popular in the highest break market will be John Higgins who made the highest break for three of the last six years including a maximum in 2020.

147 breaks at The Crucible

1.
Cliff Thorburn
1980
2.
Jimmy White
1992
3.
Stephen Hendry
1995
4.
Ronnie O'Sullivan
1997
5.
Ronnie O'Sullivan
2003
6.
Mark Williams
2005
7.
Ronnie O'Sullivan
2008
8.
Ali Carter
2008
9.
Stephen Hendry
2009
10.
Stephen Hendry
2012
11.
John Higgins
2020
12.
Neil Robertson
2022
13.
Kyren Wilson
2023
14.
Mark Selby
2023


One of the most iconic moments in the history of the world championship at The Crucible is when Cliff Thorburn made the first 147 break at the venue. The break began with an outrageous fluke, but the rest of the break was perfection and the elation Thorburn displays when potting the final black is pure theatre.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has made three of the twelve maximum breaks to be achieved at The Crucible, but it is his first 147 in 1997 that stands out as he made the complete clearance in an amazing five minutes and twenty seconds!

The latest 147 break to be made in Sheffield was in 2023 when Kyren Wilson completed his first Crucible Maximum.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has recorded an amazing fifteen 147 breaks in his career to date (seven more than anyone still playing) so the six-time World Champion is likely to be the favourite to record a maximum again this year.

Do you think there will be another maximum break in the World Championships in 2023?  If so why not check out our guide to the best bookmakers for snooker odds?

Number of century breaks at The Crucible in the World Snooker Championship in the last ten years

World Championship 2022: Results

First Round (best of 19 frames) Seedings in brackets

  • Mark Selby (1) 10 v Jamie Jones 7
  • Yan Bingtao (16) 10 v Chris Wakelin 6
  • Barry Hawkins (9) 7 v Jackson Page 10
  • Mark Williams (8) 10 v Michael White 3
  • Kyren Wilson (5) 10 v Ding Junhui 8
  • Stuart Bingham (12) 10 v Lyu Haotian 5
  • Anthony McGill (13) 10 v Liam Highfield 7
  • Judd Trump (4) 10 v Hossein Vafaei 4
  • Neil Robertson (3) 10 v Ashley Hugill 5
  • Jack Lisowski (14) 10 v Matthew Stevens 8
  • Luca Brecel (11) 5 v Noppon Saengkham 10
  • John Higgins (6) 10 v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 7
  • Zhao Xintong (7) 10 v Jamie Clarke 2
  • Shaun Murphy (10) 8 v Stephen Maguire 10
  • Mark Allen (15) 10 v Scott Donaldson 6
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan (2) 10 v David Gilbert 5

Second Round to the Final

Only two qualifiers have ever won the World Championship - Terry Griffiths in 1979 and Shaun Murphy in 2005The last qualifier to make it to the Final was Ding Junhui in 2016.

Don't be fooled though into thinking that all the seeds must be certainties to go through to the second round. Big shocks in the first round regularly happen such as amateur James Cahill beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2019, Robert Milkins beating Neil Robertson in 2018 and Rory McLeod beating Judd Trump in 2017. 

As many as 50% (2012) of the first-round matches have gone to qualifiers recently so there will always be shocks.

The number of qualifiers that made it to the second round in the last ten years:

  • 2022 = 3
  • 2021 = 2
  • 2020 = 5
  • 2019 = 4
  • 2018 = 6
  • 2017 = 4
  • 2016 = 7
  • 2015 = 3
  • 2014 = 5
  • 2013 = 6

Contributor Information

We are fortunate to have two snooker obsessed staff members at OLBG in Tipster Competition manager Darren Brett and our Editor-In-Chief Steve Madgwick, working together with Dan Tracey our data man, we are proud to provide this World Snooker Championship Preview and Form article and all major snooker events throughout the year.

Darren Brett

Snooker Tips and Content Manager

As the manager of our tipster competition and all the players, Darren brings his passion for snooker to the forefront of his role. His expert knowledge of the game makes him the ideal person to nurture our network of snooker tipsters. Darren is also responsible for all of our snooker content and event updates, meticulously verifying every detail for accuracy before they go live. Darren is truly our ace in the pocket.

- Darren Brett, Tipster competition manager

Dan Tracey

Snooker Stats on Hand

While snooker might not hold the title as Dan's premiere passion, when it comes to crunching numbers, he is indisputably our mastermind. Harnessing the power of raw data, Dan meticulously compiles results, statistics, and insights, enabling him to unearth unique perspectives. This extensive groundwork lays the foundation for our team to craft high-quality snooker event previews and premium content. With Dan on our team, our snooker coverage is always on cue!

- Dan Tracey, Data scientist and football editor

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