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The 2018/2019 snooker season was a series of professional snooker tournaments being played between 10 May 2018 and 6 May 2019.[1] The season was made up of ranking tournaments, non-ranking tournaments and variant tournaments. In total, 46 events were competed in the 2018/19 season, beginning with the pro-am 2018 Vienna Open, and ending with the 2019 World Snooker Championship.[2]

Snooker season 2018/2019
Details
Duration10 May 2018 – 06 May 2019
Tournaments46 (20 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK ChampionshipEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
MastersEngland Judd Trump
World ChampionshipEngland Judd Trump

To be eligible to play in most tournaments, players had to have qualified to play on the World Snooker Tour, however, some wildcard former professional, and amateur players were eligible in certain competitions. The season also saw four events strictly for over 40s, as a part of the World Seniors Tour.

Contents

PlayersEdit

Players on the Main Tour
by nation
  Australia 1
  Belgium 1
  China 24
  Cyprus 1
  Egypt 2
  England 55
  Finland 1
  Germany 2
  Hong Kong 2
  Iran 2
  Ireland 2
  Israel 1
  Malaysia 1
  Northern Ireland 4
  Norway 1
  Pakistan 1
  Poland 1
  Scotland 9
   Switzerland 1
  Thailand 4
  Wales 12
Total 128

The Main Tour consists of 128 professional players for the 2018/2019 season.[3] The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2018 World Championship and the 34 players earning a two-year card the previous year (excluding Lyu Haotian, who already climbed into the top 64 of the world rankings following the first year of his two-year tour card) automatically qualified for the season. Next, eight places were allocated from the top 8 on the One Year Ranking List, who had not already qualified for the Main Tour. Another two players came from the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs, two players came from the CBSA China Tour and a further 12 places were available through the Q School (four Event 1 winners, four Event 2 winners, and four Event 3 winners). The six remaining entries on to the tour were allocated from the international amateur events.[4]

Due to the disputes between the IBSF and the WPBSA, the WPBSA decided that the winners of the tournaments organised by the IBSF or any continental confederations which were not affiliated to the World Snooker Federation would not be awarded tour cards.[5] The only exception was the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship, which had been concluded before the decision was made.[4]

New professional playersEdit

All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.[4][3]

CalendarEdit

The following table outlines the dates and results for all the ranking and major invitational events.[13][14]

Date
[note 1]
Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
05–10 05–13   AUT P/A Vienna Open 15 Reds Köö Wien Snooker Club Vienna   Michael Georgiou   Ross Muir 5–4 [15]
06–02 06–03   ENG CT Challenge Tour 1 Meadowside Leisure Centre Burton upon Trent   Brandon Sargeant   Luke Simmonds 3–1 [16]
07–10 07–11   ENG CT Challenge Tour 2 Preston Guild Hall Preston   David Grace   Mitchell Mann 3–0 [17]
07–12 07–15   ROU P/A Golden Q Cup Golden Q Snooker Club Baia Mare   Luca Brecel   Michael Georgiou 5–1 [18]
07–28 07–28   LAT CT Challenge Tour 3 Arena Riga Riga   Barry Pinches   Jackson Page 3–2 [19]
07–27 07–29   LAT WR Riga Masters Arena Riga Riga   Neil Robertson   Jack Lisowski 5–2 [20]
07–28 07–31   ENG P/A Pink Ribbon South West Snooker Academy Gloucester   Andrew Norman   Harvey Chandler 4–2 [21]
07–31 08–04   CHN NR Haining Open International Campus Zhejiang University Haining   Mark Selby   Li Hang 5–4 [22]
08–06 08–12   CHN WR World Open Yushan Number One Middle School Yushan   Mark Williams   David Gilbert 10–9 [23]
08–22 08–26   GER WR Paul Hunter Classic Stadthalle Fürth   Kyren Wilson   Peter Ebdon 4–2 [24]
08–27 08–28   GER CT Challenge Tour 4 Stadthalle Fürth   Mitchell Mann   Dylan Emery 3–0 [25]
09–03 09–08   THA VE Six-red World Championship Bangkok Convention Center Bangkok   Kyren Wilson   Ding Junhui 8–4 [26]
09–10 09–16   CHN NR Shanghai Masters Regal International East Asia Hotel Shanghai   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Barry Hawkins 11–9 [27]
09–18 09–19   ENG CT Challenge Tour 5 Cueball Derby Derby   David Lilley   Brandon Sargeant 3–1 [28]
09–24 09–30   CHN WR China Championship Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre Guangzhou   Mark Selby   John Higgins 10–9 [29]
10–04 10–05   BEL CT Challenge Tour 6 De Soeverein Lommel   David Grace   Ben Hancorn 3–0 [30]
10–01 10–07   BEL WR European Masters De Soeverein Lommel   Jimmy Robertson   Joe Perry 9–6 [31]
10–13 10–14   ENG CT Challenge Tour 7 Preston Guild Hall Preston   Joel Walker   Jenson Kendrick 3–0 [32]
10–15 10–21   ENG WR English Open K2 Crawley   Stuart Bingham   Mark Davis 9–7 [33]
10–24 10–25   ENG WST UK Seniors Championship Bonus Arena Hull   Ken Doherty   Igor Figueiredo 4–1 [34]
10–24 10–25   MAC TE Macau Masters (team event) JW Marriott Hotel Macau Macau   Barry Hawkins
  Ryan Day
  Zhou Yuelong
  Zhao Xintong
  Mark Williams
  Marco Fu
  Joe Perry
  Zhang Anda
5–1
10–25 10–25   MAC VE Six-red Macau Masters JW Marriott Hotel Macau Macau   Barry Hawkins   Mark Williams 3–2
10–28 11–04   CHN WR International Championship Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre Daqing   Mark Allen   Neil Robertson 10–5 [35]
11–05 11–11   ENG NR Champion of Champions Ricoh Arena Coventry   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Kyren Wilson 10–9 [36]
11–12 11–18   NIR WR Northern Ireland Open Waterfront Hall Belfast   Judd Trump   Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–7 [37]
11–24 11–25   HUN CT Challenge Tour 8 Snooker Terminál Budapest   Simon Bedford   David Lilley 3–1 [38]
11–27 12–09   ENG WR UK Championship Barbican Centre York   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Mark Allen 10–6 [39]
12–10 12–16   SCO WR Scottish Open Emirates Arena Glasgow   Mark Allen   Shaun Murphy 9–7 [40]
01–05 01–06   IRL WST Seniors Irish Masters Goffs Kildare   Jimmy White   Rodney Goggins 4–1 [41]
01–13 01–20   ENG NR The Masters Alexandra Palace London   Judd Trump   Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–4 [42]
01–26 01–27   ENG CT Challenge Tour 9 Star Snooker Academy Sheffield   Adam Duffy   Matthew Glasby 3–1 [43]
01–30 02–03   GER WR German Masters Tempodrom Berlin   Kyren Wilson   David Gilbert 9–7 [44]
02–04 02–10   ENG WR World Grand Prix The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham   Judd Trump   Ali Carter 10–6 [45]
02–11 02–17   WAL WR Welsh Open Motorpoint Arena Cardiff   Neil Robertson   Stuart Bingham 9–7 [46]
02–21 02–24   ENG WR Snooker Shoot-Out Watford Colosseum Watford   Thepchaiya Un-Nooh   Michael Holt 1–0 [47]
02–27 03–03   IND WR Indian Open Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty Kochi   Matthew Selt   Lyu Haotian 5–3 [48]
03–03 03–03   NIR WST/VE Seniors 6-Red World Championship Waterfront Hall Belfast   Jimmy White   Aaron Canavan 4–2 [49]
03–06 03–07   ENG CT Challenge Tour 10 South West Snooker Academy Gloucester   George Pragnall   Callum Lloyd 3–2 [50]
03–04 03–10   ENG WR Players Championship Preston Guild Hall Preston   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Neil Robertson 10–4 [51]
01–01 03–14   ENG NR Championship League Ricoh Arena and Barnsley Metrodome Coventry/Barnsley   Martin Gould   Jack Lisowski 3–1 [52]
03–15 03–17   GIB WR Gibraltar Open Tercentenary Sports Hall Gibraltar   Stuart Bingham   Ryan Day 4–1 [53]
03–19 03–24   WAL WR Tour Championship Venue Cymru Llandudno   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Neil Robertson 13–11 [54]
04–01 04–07   CHN WR China Open Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium Beijing   Neil Robertson   Jack Lisowski 11–4 [55]
04–11 04–11   ENG WST The Seniors Masters Crucible Theatre Sheffield   Joe Johnson   Barry Pinches 2–1 [56]
04–20 05–06   ENG WR World Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield   Judd Trump   John Higgins 18–9 [57]
WR = World ranking event
NR = Non-ranking event
VE = Variant event
TE = Team event
P/A = Pro–am event
CT = Challenge Tour event
WST = World Seniors Tour

Official rankingsEdit

Points distributionEdit

2018/2019 points distribution for world ranking events:[58]

Tournament/Round→ R144 R128 R80 R64 R48 R32 R16 QF SF F W
Riga Masters £0 £1,500 £3,000 £4,000 £6,000 £15,000 £25,000 £50,000
World Open £0 £4,000 £8,000 £13,000 £20,000 £32,500 £75,000 £150,000
Paul Hunter Classic £0 £600 £1,000 £1,725 £3,000 £4,500 £10,000 £20,000
China Championship £0 £4,000 £7,500 £13,000 £20,000 £32,000 £75,000 £150,000
European Masters £0 £3,000 £4,000 £6,000 £11,000 £17,500 £35,000 £75,000
English Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
International Championship £0 £4,000 £8,500 £13,500 £21,500 £32,000 £75,000 £175,000
Northern Ireland Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
UK Championship £0 £5,000 £10,000 £15,000 £22,500 £35,000 £75,000 £170,000
Scottish Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
German Masters £0 £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £10,000 £20,000 £35,000 £80,000
World Grand Prix £5,000 £7,500 £12,500 £20,000 £40,000 £100,000
Welsh Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
Shoot-Out £0[note 2] £500 £1,000 £2,000 £4,000 £8,000 £16,000 £32,000
Indian Open £0 £2,000 £4,000 £6,000 £10,000 £15,000 £25,000 £50,000
Players Championship £10,000 £15,000 £30,000 £50,000 £125,000
Gibraltar Open £0 £1,500 £2,500 £3,000 £4,000 £6,000 £12,000 £25,000
Tour Championship £20,000 £40,000 £60,000 £150,000
China Open £0 £5,000 £11,000 £18,000 £27,000 £45,000 £90,000 £225,000
World Championship £0 £10,000 £15,000 £20,000[note 3] £30,000 £50,000 £100,000 £200,000 £500,000

Statistics of ranking tournamentsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Dates use the month day format.
  2. ^ First round losers in the Shoot-Out receive £250 prize money which do not count towards the prize money rankings.
  3. ^ Players who lose their first match receive no ranking points.

ReferencesEdit

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