Snooker fans will soon be packing into the Barbican Centre in York for the 2022 UK Championship, which has a new format this year.
The UK Championship is one of snooker's most prestigious Triple Crown tournaments.
China's Zhao Xintong will hope to fend off his rivals to defend his crown this winter after he beat Belgium's Luca Brecel in the 2021 final.
The Triple Crown also refers to the World Championship and Masters, so it is fair to say the UK Championship holds plenty of prestige on the professional circuit.
|Where||Barbican Centre, York|
|When||Saturday 12th November, 2022 - Sunday 20th November, 2022|
|How to watch||Eurosport, BBC, CCTV5 and Matchroom Live|
|Odds||Neil Robertson 9/2, Ronnie O’Sullivan 9/2, Judd Trump 11/2, Mark Selby|
The 2022 edition of the competition will start on Saturday 12th November 2022, with the final set to take place on Sunday 20th November 2022.
The UK Championship has been held at the Barbican Centre in York since 2011. The tournament was initially held at the Tower Circus in Blackpool, but fans have been heading to north Yorkshire for the last decade.
The UK Championship will be available to watch on Eurosport this year, while the BBC, CCTV5 and Matchroom Live are also expected to broadcast matches during one of the most high-profile snooker events of the year.
|First round||Best of 11 frames|
|Second round||Best of 11 frames|
|Quarter-finals||Best of 11 frames|
|Semi-finals||Best of 11 frames|
|Final||Best of 19 frames|
There is a new format for this year's event, with organisers hoping to mirror the same schedule that the World Snooker Championship uses.
The top 16 players in the world will now be seeded through to the last 32, with 16 qualifiers set to meet them in York.
With 128 players involved in qualifying, and with a new format in place, there's plenty to look forward to in November.
The top 16 will be drawn at random against the 16 players who come through qualifying, which will run from November 5th to November 10th in Sheffield.
Along with a new format, there is also a boost to the prize money for the UK Championship. The prize money has been increased from £1,009,000 to £1,205,0000, while first prize is now £250,000, up from £200,000.
A total of 19 147s have been recorded at the UK Championship.
Willie Thorne achieved the first in 1987, and some of the world's best players have since followed suit.
Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Selby have all hit maximums in the tournament.
While 17 147s have occurred in the regular tournament, both Andy Hicks and Jack Lisowski recorded one each during qualifying for the 2012 tournament.
England's Ronnie O'Sullivan has won the most UK Championship titles, with seven victories to his name. He has also finished second once, while Steve Davis has one less trophy with six wins.
O'Sullivan won his first in 1993, while his last success came in 2018 when he beat Mark Allen 10-6 in York.
Scotland's Stephen Hendry won five UK Championships during his dominating spell, while John Higgins, Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson have all secured three titles.
Australian Robertson recently lost 6-2 to Allen in the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Open, while O'Sullivan beat him in the final four at the Hong Kong Masters before he then lifted the trophy at the expense of Marco Fu.