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Snooker 2022/23 season: Key events, dates, results and prize money

It promises to be another fascinating snooker season in 2022/23, and Planet Sport is here to give you all the key events and results.

Planet Sport reviews the 2022/23 snooker season, and looks back at all the major tournament results.

August 16-21 - European Masters

Total Prize fund: £407,000

Winner's share: £80,000

2022 winner: Kyren Wilson

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 took place in Germany with Stadhalle in Furth doing the honours of hosting.

Former World Championship finalist Kyren Wilson bagged his fifth career ranking title following a 9-3 win over Barry Hawkins in the European Masters final. Full report

September 26 - October 2 - British Open

Total Prize fund: £470,000

Winner's share: £100,000

2022 winner: Ryan Day

Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes hosted the tournament and defending champion Mark Williams suffered an early exit in the round of 64 losing to Ben Woollaston 1-4.

Welsh professional Ryan Day claimed the Cazoo British Open title when he reeled off four frames in a row to overcome Mark Allen 10-7 in the final. Full report

October 6-9 - Hong Kong Masters

Total Prize fund: £315,000

Winner's share: £100,000

2022 champion: Ronnie O’Sullivan

Hosted at the Hong Kong Coliseum, this is a non-ranking invitational event that still carries a hefty pay cheque.
The event was last played in 2017 where Neil Robertson beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-3 in the final.

In 2022, O'Sullivan held off a spirited challenge from home favourite Marco Fu to win the Hong Kong Masters in front of a record crowd. Full report

October 16-23 - Northern Ireland Open

Total Prize fund: £405,000

Winner's share: £70,000

2022 winner: Mark Allen

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

Defending champion Mark Allen won eight frames on the trot to retain his Northern Ireland Open title after launching a concerted fightback to beat Zhou Yuelong. Full report

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

Total Prize fund: £440,000

Winner's share: £150,000

2022 champion: Ronnie O’Sullivan

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.
Ronnie O'Sullivan held off a spirited challenge from defending champion Judd Trump to win the Champion of Champions title for the fourth time.

Aided by a brilliant maximum break of 147 in the eighth frame, Trump fought back from 6-1 down to trail 7-6 in the best-of-19 final in Bolton. Full report

November 12-20 - UK Championship

Total Prize fund: £1,009,000

Winner's share: £250,000

2022 champion: Mark Allen

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.

Mark Allen claimed the biggest title of his career after reeling off seven frames in a row to sink Ding Junhui 10-7 and win the 2022 UK Championship.

Allen looked down and out after falling 6-1 behind against the resurgent Chinese star but stormed back to pocket the £250,000 winner's cheque and become the first Northern Irishman to win the prestigious crown since Alex Higgins in 1983. Full report

November 28 - December 4 - Scottish Open

Total Prize fund: £405,000

Winner's share: £80,000

2022 champion: Gary Wilson

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

Gary Wilson claimed his first ranking title with a commanding victory over fellow Englishman Joe O'Connor in the 2022 final. Full report

December 12-18 - English Open

Total Prize fund: £405,000

Winner's share: £70,000

2022 champion: Mark Selby

Mark Selby became the only player to lift the Davis Trophy twice after beating Luca Brecel 9-6 in the final of the English Open and claim his first title in 20 months. Full report

January 8-15 - The Masters

Total Prize fund: £750,000

Winner's share: £250,000

2023 winner: Judd Trump

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.

In the first big event of 2023, Judd Trump claimed his second Masters success after beating Mark Williams 10-8 at Alexandra Palace. Full report

January 16-20 - World Grand Prix

Total prize fund money: £380,000

Winner's share: £100,000

2023 winner: Mark Allen

In-form Mark Allen beat Judd Trump after a nervous finish resulted in a brilliantly close final of the World Grand Prix with the Northern Irishman almost squandering a 7-2 lead. Full report.

February 1-5 - German Masters

Total prize fund money: £427,000

Winner's share: £80,000

2023 winner: Ali Carter

England's Ali Carter claimed his first ranking title in seven years by comfortably beating Tom Ford 10-3 in the German Masters final in Berlin. Full report

February 13-19 - Welsh Open

Total prize fund money: £427,000

Winner's share: £80,000

2023 winner: Robert Milkins

Robert Milkins beat former world champion Shaun Murphy 9-7 to win the Welsh Open and pocket a £230,000 payday in Llandudno. Full report.

February 20-26 - Players Championship

Total Prize fund: £385,000

Winner's share: £125,000

2023 winner: Shaun Murphy

Shaun Murphy claimed his first title in three years after producing another superb display to defeat Ali Carter 10-4 and win the Players Championship in Wolverhampton. Full report

March 16-22 - WST Classic

Total Prize fund: £427,000

Winner's share: £80,000

2023 winner: Mark Selby

Former world champion Mark Selby showed his resiliency to win three matches in one day to claim the WST Classic title on home soil in Leicester. Full report

March 27 - April 2 - Tour Championship

Total Prize fund: £380,000

Winner's share: £150,000

2023 winner: Shaun Murphy

Shaun Murphy claimed a 10-7 victory over Kyren Wilson to win the Duelbits Tour Championship final after battling back from four frames down in Hull. Full report

April 15 - May 1 - World Championship

Total Prize fund: £2,395,000

Winner's share: £500,000

Defending champion: Luca Brecel

Luca Brecel withstood a stirring fightback from Mark Selby to clinch a dramatic 18-15 victory and become the first player from mainland Europe to win the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible.

Five previous visits to the famous venue had yielded no success for Brecel but, having clawed back outlandish deficits to sink both Ronnie O'Sullivan and Si Jiahui in the previous rounds, he switched roles to fend off a late surge by the four-time champion. Full report

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