Wednesday December 23, 2015
Once Christmas is over and the New Year celebrations are behind us, there is still plenty to look forward to in the world of snooker. The Dafabet Masters 2016 is set to begin on 10th January, running through until the 17th. The Sunday to Sunday event means there will be plenty of weekend action as well as weekday matches taking place from day two.
The draw has been released now as well, and there will be two matches per day, with an afternoon and an evening session taking place on each. The draw for the first four days has been released, with four players taking their places in the arena on each day. Famous names include Judd Trump, John Higgins, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson among those you might be able to see if you get tickets.
The quarter-finals then begin on Thursday 14th January, featuring those who have got through the earlier round. With two quarter-finals on Thursday and two on Friday, this leaves the semi-finals to be played on Saturday afternoon and evening. The final will then be played over two sessions on the second Sunday, at 1pm and 7pm.
According to information about the tournament, every match will be the best of 11 frames. The only exception is the final, where the winner will need to win 10 frames in order to clinch the Masters title (best of 19 frames).
The defending champion this year is Shaun Murphy. He put in a stellar performance last year when he beat Neil Robertson in the final, winning it 10 frames to just two. The winner will scoop £200,000 for getting all the way through the draw.
If you want to see some action live in this event, you will have to try and get tickets to see it at Alexandra Palace. If not, you can still place a bet or two on the potential outcome, in the hope of backing the right person to win. Why not find out the latest odds on each of the players now, and see whether you can pick the right person or the right score line in this case? Snooker is definitely getting off to a great start when 2016 dawns on us.