The UK Championship is one of the most prestigious events on the snooker calendar and, alongside the World Championship and Masters, forms part of snooker's Triple Crown.
The tournament has been a fixture on the snooker calendar since it was first staged as a non-ranking event in 1977.
Ranking points were then introduced for the first time at the UK Championship in 1984 and it has developed into one of the most prestigious tournaments in snooker.
Here is all you need to know about the UK Championship.
|Where||Barbican Centre, York|
|When||Saturday 25th November, 2023 - Sunday 3rd December, 2023|
|Odds||Ronnie O'Sullivan , Judd Trump 6/1, Neil Robertson 6/1, Mark Selby 7/1, Shaun Murphy 11/1|
The UK Championship is traditionally staged at the end of the calendar year in late November and sometimes into December.
The 2023 tournament will be no different, with the event getting underway on Saturday 25th November and reaching a conclusion on Sunday 3rd December.
The UK Championship has been held at the Barbican Centre in York in every year since 2011, except in 2020 when the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes temporally took over hosting duties.
Prior to moving to the Barbican, numerous venues staged the UK Championship, including Preston's Guild Hall, the Telford International Centre and Tower Circus in Blackpool where the first event was held.
Broadcasting rights for this year's UK Championship are yet to be confirmed, but the tournament has been traditionally shown on the BBC and Eurosport in recent years.
|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 was a new format introduced for the 2022 event, with organisers hoping to mirror the same schedule used for the World Championship.
The new format proved to be a success, as the top 16 players in the world were seeded through to the last 32, with 16 qualifiers meeting them at that stage.
Along with a new format, there was also a boost to prize money for the UK Championship in 2022 and that is expected to remain for this year's event.
The champion receives £250,000 for winning the tournament, with the runner up pocketing £100,000. Beaten semi-finalists pick up £50,000 and those exiting in the quarter-finals take home a cheque for £25,000.
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 most recent 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.
Allen, who had previously lost two finals at the UK Championship, including to O'Sullivan in 2018, finally got his hands on the trophy last year, beating Ding Junhui 10-7 in the final.
As the the most successful player in UK Championship history, it is no surprise to see O'Sullivan at the top of the betting for this year's event. The Rocket is available in the To Win Outright market at .
2011 champion Judd Trump is next in the betting at 6/1, the same price as three-time winner Robertson, who last lifted the trophy in Milton Keynes in 2020.