Former world number one and four-time World Snooker Champion Mark Selby is 6/1 to prevail in Sheffield in April.
As well as capturing the world crown on four occasions, he has also tasted success in the Masters on three occasions as well as landing the UK Championship twice.
His tally of 22 puts him eighth in the all-time list of ranking winners, with his most recent success coming at the WST Classic in his home city of Leicester in March.
Selby secured his first World Snooker Championship title in 2014 after prevailing 18-14 against O’Sullivan.
Since then though, he boasts a 100 percent record in world finals, having followed up his 2014 win with a second in 2016 (18-14 v Ding Junhui) and a third against Higgins (18-15) 12 months later.
His fourth success in the competition came in 2021 when he edged Shaun Murphy out 18-15 to become only the ninth player in history to register four tournament triumphs.
This will be Selby’s 19th successive Crucible appearance having made his tournament debut during the 2004/05 campaign.
Prior to then he missed out on the final stages of the World Snooker Championship on five consecutive occasions after being beaten in the qualifiers.
Selby is 39-years-old and will celebrate his 40th birthday on August 20, 2023.
He has made a total of 776 centuries throughout his professional career, a tally that puts him sixth on the all-time list.
He has since followed it up with maximums in the 2013 UK Championship, the 2018 Champion of Champions and the 2022 British Open.
Selby is equally adept at pool as he is at snooker, and actually developed his love for cue sports initially through pool.
A talented cueist as a youngster, Selby moved into English eight-ball and Chinese eight-ball as a teenager, partaking in competitions across the UK and Europe.
In June 2006, he claimed his first major pool title, the World Eight-ball Championship, beating Darren Appleton 11-7 in the final.
As well as featuring heavily on the WST (World Snooker Tour), Selby also operates in Ultimate Pool – a series of televised English eight-ball events that are held in Newcastle-Under-Lyme and Blackpool.
His second seed position means that he will take on one of the 16 qualifiers in the opening round of the 2023 World Snooker Championship, and providing he comes through that, then a potential last 16 showdown with Gary Wilson (15) awaits.
If the top seeds continue to progress then Selby would take on Kyren Wilson (7) in the quarter-finals, whilst a victory in that showdown would set-up a semi-final showdown with third-seed Mark Allen.