From November 26, 2019 to December 8, 2019, all eyes turns to North Yorkshire as the biggest names in snooker take each other on to take the initiative for the season.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is the defending champion after beating Mark Allen last year and goes into this one as joint favourite with Paddy Power at 3/1 alongside Judd Trump.
Trump has won the last two major championships, beating the Rocket in the Masters and then John Higgins in the World Championship in May.
It’s a huge event with over £1million in prize money on the line. Should Trump win three majors in a row it would really secure his legacy among the very best of modern snooker.
The tournament itself has been in existence since 1977, and has moved around the country since starting life at
Blackpool’s Tower Circus. It spent many years in Preston before pit stops in Bournemouth, Telford and now a second spell in York, where it has been now since 2011.
Ronnie O’Sullivan has triumphed most often with seven victories to his name, while Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry have chalked up six and five respectively.
The bookies are fancying him to make it eight, but the likes of two time winners Neil Robertson (6/1) and Mark Selby (9/1) also have a realistic chance if they can find some form over the coming weeks on the practice table.
John Higgins, who has been runner-up the last three years is a 14/1 shot and could be worth a free bet, as he looks to secure his fourth trophy.
Mark Allen (16/1), Kyren Wilson (18/1) and Shaun Murphy (18/1) are heavy outsiders.