The 2019 Betway UK Championship starts tomorrow in York as Ronnie O’Sullivan defends the 2018 edition he won as Champion.
Coming into the event as a hot favourite is the 2019 World Snooker Champion Judd Trump, who will be seeking to put the icing on the cake for 2019 with a win in York to make it three triple crowns in one year.
His first-round match will be an interesting one as he faces the new addition to the tour, the Moroccan player Amine Amiri, whose pro career, like many these days, hasn’t started off well as he lost to Barry Hawkins 4 – 0 in the 2019 English Open.
Unfortunately, Amiri also faces the World Champion in the event after this one, in the Home Nations in Scotland as well.
It will be an interesting event this one, as Ronnie O’Sullivan will be looking to make it 20 majors to cement his crown further as officially the best snooker player on the planet – despite a confident and in-form Judd Trump being the best in the world this year.
Who will fall first in York?
However, remember, there are 126 other players in the event, and it could well be two weeks of shocks, tears and joy for some of the lower-ranking players on the tour at the Barbican.
Other notable draws to keep an eye on in the first round, include:
Mark Selby v Andy Hicks.
The Jester from Leicester last year was knocked out by James Cahill, who then a few months after went and knocked out Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round in Sheffield.
Cahill will face World Championship semi-finalist David Gilbert this time around.
Hicks regained his tour card to be a pro, and can still be a tough starter for anyone.
Mark Allen v Jimmy White:
Fresh from his Champion of Champion’s appearance against Ronnie, Jimmy White faces last year’s runner-up Mark Allen, and Jimmy’s re-invigorated performance in Coventry may well offer a boost in confidence for York against the Pistol.
Matches are ALL best of 11 until the final, which is the best of 19 and the tournament ends on the Sunday 8th December.
Two weeks of snooker fever, then four days after, possibly ELECTION DEPRESSION…