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Scottish Open: Start date, times, how to watch, format & more

The Scottish Open returns to the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh in 2023 for its 30th edition, having first been held back in 1981.

Steve Davis was the winner on that occasion 42 years ago, when it was called the International Open. Since then it has also been known as the Matchroom Trophy (1985) and the Players Championship (2004).

The tournament now looks at home in its current slot as part of the four-event Home Nations series and many of snooker’s top performers will be in action. 

Scottish Open dates

The Scottish Open's various guises have seen it moved around on the calendar. The event's early years as the International Open and Matchroom Trophy saw the tournament take place in August, September and October.

It was held in April in 1993 and then February from 1994 to 1997. The February or early spring date remained after the tournament first became the Scottish Open in 1998, but it has been held towards the end of the year since returning from an eight-year hiatus in 2012.

That slot has remained after the tournament returned from another break in 2016 and the 2023 tournament will take place between 11th to 17th December 2023. 

Scottish Open times

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

Scottish Open venues

The tournament's nomadic nature has seen it held at a number of different towns and cities across England and Wales.

Derby, Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent, Plymouth, Bournemouth and Swindon shared the honours early on before Aberdeen, Glasgow and others hosted.

Recent events have been held in Milton Keynes and Llandudno, but the 2023 tournament will return to the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, after being staged at the venue for the first time in 19 years last season. 

Newly rebuilt and reopened, Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh has enjoyed plenty of history, becoming the first venue to be included in the hosting of two Commonwealth Games in 1986, having also done so in 1970.

Meadowbank has also staged concerts, including Elton John in 2016, while its wide range of facilities makes it a key sporting hub for Edinburgh.

Scottish Open how to watch

The tournament is available to watch on bet365’s Sports Live Streaming Service.

Eurosport hold the television broadcasting rights, with matches at the tournament shown across their TV channels and the Eurosport Player online. 

Scottish Open format

Sixty-four players from the Tour enter the main draw following two pre-qualifying rounds, which take place at the Morningside Arena in Leicester between 30th October and 2nd November.

The current top-16-ranked players will play their qualification matches at the Meadowbank Sports Centre 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 a two-session 17-frame contest. 

Scottish Open previous winners

Gary Wilson won his first ranking title when taking down the Scottish Open crown last year. 

Belgium's Luca Brecel got the better of John Higgins 9-5 in 2021, that was Higgins' third final defeat, but he has won this tournament twice, albeit when it was the International Open.

Steve Davis has won the tournament a record six times, all of those during the International Open era.

Since it became the Scottish Open, Mark Selby is the only player to have won the tournament more than once, taking the trophy in both 2019 and 2020. 

Scottish Open history

The Scottish Open has taken place on 29 previous occasions but has not always been a regular event since first being played in 1981.

There was a hiatus between 1990-1992, as well as 2005-2011 and 2013-2016.

However, it is now a regular on the tour and with Meadowbank's facilities giving it the potential to be a permanent venue, looks set to continue beyond its 30th edition in 2023.

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