Snooker 2022/23 season: Key events, dates and prize money for the upcoming campaign

It promises to be another fascinating snooker season in 2022/23, and the calendar is starting to take shape nicely.

The 2021/22 snooker season will be one remembered for the sport emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic and Ronnie O'Sullivan making history.

It's impossible to predict what is coming next season, but there are plenty of key dates to mark in your diary.

Many of the smaller tournaments are yet to be confirmed, but we know when and where the big events will be in the 2022-23 season.

August 16-21 - European Masters

Total Prize fund: £407,000

Winner's share: £80,000

Defending champion: Fan Zhengyi

The Championship League is the official start of the 2022/23 season, but as far as the top players are concerned things get underway at the European Masters in August.

This year's edition will take place in Germany with Stadhalle in Furth doing the honours of hosting.

Fan Zhengyi is the defending champion foillowing his success in Milton Keynes last season.

September 26 - October 2 - British Open

Mark Williams at the table at snooker World Championships

Total Prize fund: £470,000

Winner's share: £100,000

Defending champion: Mark Williams

The British Masters took a 17-year hiatus until last year, but everyone was happy to see it return.

Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes will be hosting and Mark Williams will be defending.

The Welsh Potting Machine was not at his usual smooth best despite winning the tournament last year, but he will happily take that again if it means successfully defending his crown.

October 16-23 - Northern Ireland Open

Mark Allen during his match against Judd Trump during day four of the 2022 Cazoo Masters

Total Prize fund: £405,000

Winner's share: £70,000

Defending champion: Mark Allen

The Home Nations Series gets underway in Belfast in October with the Northern Ireland Masters.

Last season it was won by home favourite Mark Allen, and he will be desperate to repeat that this time around.

October 31-November 6 - Champion of Champions (Invitational)

Judd Trump, Turkish Open

Total Prize fund: £440,000

Winner's share: £150,000

Defending champion: Judd Trump

There are no rankings points available in the Champion of Champions, but it is still one of the most coveted titles around.

It's an invitational event, which means fewer competititors sharing the prize fund.

What the players are really competing for, though, is the bragging rights.

November 12-20 - UK Championship

Total Prize fund: £1,009,000

Winner's share: £200,000

Defending champion: Zhao Xintong

The season really clicks into another gear in November as the players converge on the Barbican Centre in York for the first Triple Crown event of the campaign.

Last season the brilliant Zhao Xintong, becoming the fourth Chinese player to win a ranking title, won the title and there was a 147 from Gary Wilson.

Xintong beat Luca Brecel to the title, which made it an all-debutant final.

November 28 - December 4 - Scottish Open

Luca Brecel in confident mood

Total Prize fund: £405,000

Winner's share: £70,000

Defending champion: Luca Brecel

The Home Nations Series moves to Scotland in November, although last year it was held in Wales so don't take that literally.

A venue for the 2022 edition is yet to be confirmed at this stage, but it will be Luca Brecel, who had the temerity to beat Scotsman John Higgins in the final, defending.

There was a 147 in this event last year too, with Xiao Goudong obliging.

December 12-18 - English Open

Total Prize fund: £405,000

Winner's share: £70,000

Defending champion: Neil Robertson

The English Open final in 2021 was arguably snookers best match of the season, with Neil Robertson beating John Higgins 9-8 in an absolute thriller.

Milton Keynes' Marshall Arena had the hosting duties last season but the event will move to Brentwood in Essex for the 2022 edition.

January 8-15 - The Masters

Neil Robertson won the Final of Masters 2022

Total Prize fund: £750,000

Winner's share: £250,000

Defending champion: Neil Robertson

The second part of the Triple Crown roars into Alexandria Palace in January for what may be the most unique atmosphere in snooker.

It's a non-ranking event that invites the top 16 players in the world only to fight it out for some big money and prestige.

Last year it was won by Neil Robertson, who was close to being unstoppable at times during the season.

April 15 - May 1 - World Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan, Snooker World Championship

Total Prize fund: £2,395,000

Winner's share: £500,000

Defending champion: Ronnie O'Sullivan

Obviously this is the big one that the whole season builds towards.

Last season was a real corwd-pleaser with the class of 92 all making the semi-finals and Ronnie O'Sullivan winning a record-equalling seventh world title.

Can he go one better in 2023 and become the first player to win eight? Or will one of the richly Chinese youngsters finally come through and win a historic first world corwn for their country?

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