The draw for the qualifying rounds of the 2018 Betfred World Championship has been made.
The qualifying event runs from April 11 to 18 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Only the top 16 seeds* have earned a an automatic place in the final stages at the Crucible, which start on April 21. All other players must win three best-of-19 frame matches to secure a coveted spot at snooker’s Theatre of Dreams.
Matches to look out for in the first round this week include:
Five-time ranking event winner Stephen Maguire v Allan Taylor
Snooker legend Jimmy White v Sam Craigie
11-time women’s World Champion Reanne Evans v Dominic Dale
Current women’s world number one Ng On Yee v Matthew Selt
Up and coming Chinese ace Yan Bingtao v Jackson Page
Ryan Day v Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo
Former World Champion Peter Ebdon v Thai ace James Wattana
Tickets for the qualifying rounds are still available and offer a fantastic chance to see many of snooker’s best players battling for a place in the final stages of the sport’s biggest tournament. They cost just £10 per day (or £20 for any three days) – for details click here
And you can watch the qualifiers on the Eurosport Player, with live coverage of two tables throughout the eight days. To sign up to the Eurosport Player and enjoy live coverage of many of the biggest tournaments throughout the year, click here.
During the final round on Tuesday April 17 and Wednesday April 18, we will also have extensive coverage on our Facebook Live channel. With commentary from Rob Walker and Neal Foulds, we’ll be following the action on Judgement Day as players compete for places at the Crucible. All you have to do is go to our Facebook page and watch for free.
The draw for the first round at the Crucible will take place at 10am on Thursday April 19 and this will also be live on our Facebook Live channel as well as Betfred TV.
*The top 16 seeds at the Crucible are below.
Click here for the final stages draw. The format for the final stages will be released soon.
1. Mark Selby
2. Ronnie O’Sullivan
3. Ding Junhui
4. Judd Trump
5. John Higgins
6. Barry Hawkins
7. Mark Williams
8. Shaun Murphy
9. Kyren Wilson
10. Neil Robertson
11. Marco Fu
12. Stuart Bingham
13. Luca Brecel
14. Anthony McGill
15. Ali Carter
16. Mark Allen
For me there are a few other first round matches worth the watch:
Ben Wooolasston v Kasper Filipiak – Kasper was semi finalist in Malta.
Martin Gould v Paul Davison
Sunny Akani v Lukas Kleckers
Robert Milkins v Aaron Canavan – Aaron is the Seniors World Champion
Lee Walker v Kristain Helgason – Kristian was semi finalist in Malta and he is a very heavy scorer
Ricky Walden v Joe Swail
Gary Wilson v Adam Stefanow – Adam was runner-up in Malta
Thepchaya Un-Nooh v Alexander Ursenbacher
Hossein Vafaei v Jamie Cope – Jamie was one of the best prospects in snooker, until health issues ruined his career; it will be interesting to see how he plays now.
I’ll be at the qualifiers – without my camera – for the duration except on the 11th evening, and the 12th. I’ll we at the Seniors Masters at the Crucible … with my camera.