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Masters Snooker 2020: Schedule, TV coverage, Prize Money and Odds


The 2020 Masters also known as the 2020 Dafabet Masters, is an upcoming professional non-ranking snooker tournament. It will take place between 12 and 19 January 2020 at the Alexandra Palace in London, England. The event is the 2nd of 3 Triple Crown events in the 2019-2020 season, following the 2019 UK Championship and preceding the 2020 World Snooker Championship. It will be the 46th staging of the Masters tournament, which was first held in 1975. All matches up to and including the Semi Finals are best of 11 frames, the Final will be best of 19 frames.

Judd Trump is the defending champion, as he claimed a comprehensive 10-4 victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the 2019 final, ending an 8 year wait for a 2nd Triple Crown title after winning his first – the UK Championship – in 2011. He went on to complete the set of Triple Crown titles at the World Championship in May.

The Masters is generally contested by the world’s top 16 players but unfortunately 7 time winner O’Sullivan has chosen not to take part in this year’s event. Therefore his place has gone to world number 17 Ali Carter, who will be joining the rest of the contenders at the Alexandra Palace.

The winner of this year’s tournament, which is in its 47th year, will take home £250,000 in prize money out of a total prize pot of £725,000.



2020 Masters Schedule and TV Coverage

There will be a comprehensive live coverage on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, Red Button, Connected TV, online and the BBC Sport app, as well as match highlights on the BBC Sport website for UK audiences.

First round (best of 11 frames)

Sunday, 12 January

13:00 – Ding Junhui (Chn) v Joe Perry (Eng) 13:00-17:15 – BBC Two

19:00 – Mark Selby (Eng) v Ali Carter (Eng) 19:00-23:00 – BBC Red Button

Monday, 13 January

13:00 – Neil Robertson (Aus) v Stephen Maguire (Sco) 13:00-16:45 – BBC Two

19:00 – Mark Allen (NI) v David Gilbert (Eng) 19:00-23:00 – BBC Red Button

Tuesday, 14 January

13:00 – Judd Trump (Eng) v Shaun Murphy (Eng) 13:00-16:45 – BBC Two

19:00 – John Higgins (Sco) v Barry Hawkins (Eng) 19:00-23:00 – BBC Red Button

Wednesday, 15 January

13:00 – Kyren Wilson (Eng) v Jack Lisowski (Eng) 13:00-16:45 – BBC Two

19:00 – Mark Williams (Wal) v Stuart Bingham (Eng) 19:00-23:00 – BBC Red Button

Quarter-finals (best of 11 frames)

Thursday, 16 January

13:00 – Ding/Perry v Selby/Carter 13:00-16:45 & 19:00-20:00 – BBC Two

19:00 – Robertson/Maguire v Allen/Gilbert 19:00-23:00 – BBC Red Button

Friday, 17 January

13:00 – Trump/Murphy v Higgins/Hawkins 13:00-16:45 – BBC Two

19:00 – Wilson/Lisowski v Williams/Bingham 19:00-23:00 – BBC Red Button

Semi-finals (best of 11 frames)

Saturday, 18 January

13:00 – TBC v TBC 13:15-16:30 – BBC One

19:00 – TBC v TBC 16:30-17:30 & 19:00-23:00 – BBC Two

13:15-17:30 – Uninterrupted, BBC iPlayer, Connected TV & online

Final (best of 19 frames)

Eight frames in first session

Sunday, 19 January

13:00 & 19:00 – TBC v TBC 13:00-17:15 & 19:00-23:00 – BBC Two


Judd Trump will be defending his title

Betting Odds

The betting odds for each match according to is as follows:

Ding Junhui VS Joe Perry                                1.44      2.75

Mark Selby VS Ali Carter                                1.36      3.20

Neil Robertson VS Stephen Maguire           1.30      3.50

Mark Allen VS David Gilbert                          1.57      2.37

Judd Trump VS Shaun Murphy                     1.33      3.40

John Higgins VS Barry Hawkins                     1.66      2.20

Kyren Wilson VS Jack Lisowski                      1.66      2.20

Mark Williams VS Stuart Bingham               1.90      1.90

Masters Snooker 2020 Prize Money

The total prize money allocated for this year’s Masters contenders amounts to a whopping £725,000 and its distribution is mentioned below:

Winner: £250,000

Runner-up: £100,000

Semi-finals: £60,000

Quarter-finals: £30,000

Last 16: £15,000

Highest break: £15,000

Total: £725,000

Long Story Short

With everything said, Judd Trump will defending his title against 15 of the world’s best snooker players at the Alexandra Palace in London. The second Triple Crown event of the season is going to have to do without Ronnie O’Sullivan this year, since the Rocket pulled himself out of the event. Fortunately it has paved way for Ali Carter the lucky beneficiary of O’Sullivan’s decision and David Gilbert will be making his Masters debut this year. The World number one and defending champion still in the tournament, the event is sure to grab the world’s attention to north London.

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