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The 2010 PokerStars.com Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 10–17 January 2010 at the Wembley Arena in London, England. This was the first time that the Masters was sponsored by PokerStars.com.[1]

PokerStars.com Masters
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Tournament information
Dates10–17 January 2010
VenueWembley Arena
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£486,000
Winner's share£150,000
Highest breakScotland Stephen Maguire (140)
Australia Neil Robertson (140)
Final
ChampionEngland Mark Selby
Runner-upEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Score10–9
2009
2011

Mark Selby won his 2nd Masters title by beating defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–9 in the final after trailing 4–1, 5–3 and 9–6.[2][3]

FieldEdit

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was the number 1 seed with World Champion John Higgins seeded 2. Places were allocated to the top 16 players in the world rankings. Players seeded 15 and 16 played in the wild-card round against the winner of the qualifying event, Rory McLeod (ranked 39), and wild-card selection Jimmy White (ranked 56).[4] Rory McLeod was making his debut in the Masters following his win in the qualifying tournament; this to date is the last Masters to feature such qualifying tournament and the wildcard round in general.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5][6]

Qualifying stageEdit

  • Winner: £2,000
  • Runner-up: £680
  • Semi-final: £250
  • Quarter-final: £105

Televised stageEdit

Wild-card roundEdit

In the preliminary round the wild-card players played the 15th and 16th seeds:[7]

Match Date Score
WC1 Monday 11 January   Mark Williams (15) 6–2   Rory McLeod
WC2 Sunday 10 January   Mark King (16) 6–2   Jimmy White

Main drawEdit

[8][9][10]

Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
            
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
9   Neil Robertson 4
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
14   Peter Ebdon 3
8   Marco Fu 2
14   Peter Ebdon 6
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
15   Mark Williams 5
5   Ali Carter 3
15   Mark Williams 6
15   Mark Williams 6
4   Shaun Murphy 4
4   Shaun Murphy 6
10   Stephen Hendry 4
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
7   Mark Selby 10
3   Stephen Maguire 6
16   Mark King 3
3   Stephen Maguire 6
6   Ryan Day 1
6   Ryan Day 6
12   Joe Perry 0
3   Stephen Maguire 3
7   Mark Selby 6
7   Mark Selby 6
13   Ding Junhui 1
7   Mark Selby 6
11   Mark Allen 5
2   John Higgins 3
11   Mark Allen 6

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Jan Verhaas
Wembley Arena, London, England, 17 January 2010
Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)
  England
9–10 Mark Selby (7)
  England
Afternoon: 35–81, 90–34 (56), 86–7 (86), 122–0 (122), 101–4 (101), 0–83 (83), 0–112 (112), 74–33 (54)
Evening: 0–117 (54, 58), 114–8 (92), 0–129 (129), 74–41, 0–78 (78), 137–0 (89), 91–3 (91), 25–92 (62), 8–109 (109), 67–78, 0–65
122 Highest break 129
2 Century breaks 3
8 50+ breaks 8

QualifyingEdit

The 2009 Masters Qualifying Event was held between 26 and 29 October 2009 at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales.[11][12] Rory McLeod was rewarded with a wild-card to the 2010 Masters, becoming the first ever black player to appear at the final stage of the tournament.[13]

  Round 1
Best of 7 frames
Round 2
Best of 9 frames
Round 3
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 9 frames
Final
Best of 11 frames
                                                         
  Matthew Selt 3       Barry Hawkins 1  
  Ben Woollaston 4       Ben Woollaston 5  
    Ben Woollaston 5  
    Liu Song 1  
  Liu Song 4   Fergal O'Brien 4
  Sam Baird 2       Liu Song 5  
    Ben Woollaston 5  
    Michael Holt 3  
  Martin Gould 4       Gerard Greene 3  
  Chris Norbury 3       Martin Gould 5  
    Martin Gould 4
    Michael Holt 5  
  Ken Doherty 2   Michael Holt 5
  Michael White 4       Michael White 3  
    Ben Woollaston 1  
    Rory McLeod 5  
  Atthasit Mahitthi 1       Stephen Lee 3  
  David Gray 4       David Gray 5  
    David Gray 5
    Jimmy White 4  
  Jimmy White 4   Ian McCulloch 3
  Andrew Norman 1       Jimmy White 5  
    David Gray 2
    Rory McLeod 5  
  Daniel Wells 4       Rory McLeod 5  
  Jimmy Robertson 1       Daniel Wells 0  
    Rory McLeod 5
    Ricky Walden 2  
  Lee Page 2   Ricky Walden 5
  Bjorn Haneveer 4       Bjorn Haneveer 0  
  Rory McLeod 6
  Andrew Higginson 1
  David Gilbert 1       Dave Harold 2  
  Zhang Anda 4       Zhang Anda 5  
    Zhang Anda 3  
    Andrew Higginson 5  
  Andrew Higginson 4   Judd Trump 1
  Noppadol Sangnil 1       Andrew Higginson 5  
    Andrew Higginson 5  
    Matthew Stevens 1  
  Simon Bedford 4       Matthew Stevens 5  
  Craig Steadman 1       Simon Bedford 2  
    Matthew Stevens 5
    James Wattana 3  
  Mark Joyce 1   Stuart Bingham 4
  James Wattana 4       James Wattana 5  
    Andrew Higginson 5
    Anthony Hamilton 3  
  Tom Ford w/d       Joe Swail 2  
  Joe Jogia w/o       Joe Jogia 5  
    Joe Jogia 1
    Anthony Hamilton 5  
  Matthew Couch 4   Anthony Hamilton 5
  Brendan O'Donoghue 2       Matthew Couch 0  
    Anthony Hamilton 5
    Barry Pinches 0  
  Robert Milkins 4       Jamie Burnett 3  
  David Hogan 2       Robert Milkins 5  
    Robert Milkins 4
    Barry Pinches 5  
  Barry Pinches 4   Jamie Cope 2
  Jordan Brown 2       Barry Pinches 5  

Century breaksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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