The world ranking event at the iconic Guild Hall will feature 32 players battling for a top prize of £100,000. Running from February 19-25, the event will be televised by ITV4.
The top 32 players on this season’s one-year ranking list will qualify for the tournament, with the cut-off point falling after next week’s Coral Shoot Out in Watford. On Monday February 13 the full draw and format will be announced.
The following players are already guaranteed a spot in Preston and their opening matches have been scheduled as follows:
Monday February 19
Five-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan v opponent
China Championship winner Luca Brecel v opponent
Tuesday February 20
Masters champion Mark Allen v opponent
Four-time World Champion John Higgins v opponent
Eight-time ranking event winner Judd Trump v opponent
Triple Crown winner Shaun Murphy v opponent
Wednesday February 21
World number one and World Champion Mark Selby v opponent
Two-time World Champion Mark Williams v opponent
13-time ranking event winner Ding Junhui v opponent
Tickets for the tournament are ON SALE NOW and with a special Winter Offer currently running, they start from as little as £13.05.
“This year the field for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix is incredibly strong, with all of the top stars contesting the title.
“There are two more tournaments to go until the full line up of 32 stars is known: this week’s German Masters and next week’s Coral Shoot Out. All of the players with a chance to qualify will be desperate to jump up the ranking list and earn a place in Preston.
“With tickets selling fast, fans must book their seats now for the chance to see the best players on the planet, at fantastic value for money.”
Unsurprisingly, Ronnie has entered it. I can’t imagine why anyone who qualified wouldn’t enter: it’s £5000 counting towards their ranking even if they lose first round, it’s only 32 players and it’s in Preston.