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English Open: Start date, times, how to watch, format and much more

The English Open is one of four Home Nations Series events that are held annually on the World Snooker Tour. 

Here is everything you need to know about the tournament, which was held at the Brentwood Centre in Essex in 2023.

WhatEnglish Open
WhereBrentwood Centre, Essex
When2024 Dates TBC
How to watchbet365 live sports streaming, Eurosport

English Open dates

The 2023 English Open got underway on Monday 2nd October 2023, with the final taking place on Sunday 8th October 2023.

Dates for the 2024 event have not yet been assigned by World Snooker. 

Qualifiers for the event took place in September at the Morningside Arena in Leicester and, in 2023, it was the fourth ranking event of the season. 

English Open time

As with most snooker tournaments, matches are played throughout the day and can sometimes involve a late night finish. The early rounds of the English Open are played on a multi-table format.

English Open venues

The 2023 tournament was played at the Brentwood Centre in Essex - the second time the event has been held there. 

Previously, it has been staged at EventCity in Manchester, the Barnsley Metrodome, the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley and, most recently, the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

English Open how to watch

Matches at the English Open can be viewed via the bet365 live sports streaming service.

Eurosport have the broadcast rights with matches to be shown on their TV channels and the Eurosport Player online.

English Open previous winners

The English Open produced six different winners in each of the seven years since the tournament's inception in 2016. 

In 2022, Mark Selby became the first player to lift the trophy on more than one occasion, defeating soon-to-become world champion Luca Brecel in the final. 

Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stuart Bingham, Neil Robertson and Judd Trump have all claimed the honours before, while the last-named earned his second title in 2023 – defeating Zhang Anda 9-7 in the decider. 

English Open format

Sixty-four players from the Tour enter the main draw following two pre-qualifying rounds, which took place at the Morningside Arena in Leicester in September in 2023. 

The current top-16-ranked players will play their qualification matches at the venue for the televised stages of the tournament, with those encounters, together with matches in rounds one, two and three, being played over the best-of-seven frames. 

That increases to nine in the quarter-finals and further up to 11 for the last-four matches, while the final will be contested over 17 frames.

English Open trophy

Competitors in the English Open are competing for the Davis Trophy, named after former six-time world champion Steve Davis, who retired in April 2016, six months before the inaugural tournament took place.

English Open prize money

The winner will scoop a cheque of £80,000 with the runner-up taking £35,000. Reaching the tournament itself will be worth £3,000 while there is a highest break pot of £5,000. In total, £427,000 is on offer to the 64 players who made it to Brentwood.

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