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Welsh Open: All you need to know

The fourth and final leg of the Home Nations Series on the WST this season is once again staged in Llandudno.

WhatWelsh Open
WhereVenue Cymru, Llandudno, Wales
When Monday 12th February - Sunday 18th February
How to watchEurosport & BBC red button

What is the Welsh Open?

The Welsh Open has been played since 1992 and is the third-longest running tournament on the World Snooker Tour calendar after the World Championship and the UK Championship.

It forms the first part of the Home Nations Series, which includes the Northern Ireland Open, the Scottish Open and the English Open, while it is also the eighth and final event of the European Series.

When is the Welsh Open?

The Welsh Open will start on Monday 12th February with the final scheduled for Sunday 18th February.

Where will the Welsh Open be held?

The Welsh Open will be held at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno for the second time and it will also be only the second-time ever that the tournament will take place outside either Cardiff or Newport.

Previous venues have been the Newport Centre, Cardiff International Arena, Welsh Institute of Sport, Celtic Manor and the International Convention Centre.

Who are the previous winners of the Welsh Open?

No player has won the Welsh Open on more occasions than Scotland’s John Higgins, who has triumphed five times. His last success came in 2018 when he beat Barry Hawkins 9-7 in the final.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, 4/1 To Win Outright the World Championship, comes next in the list with four victories, but he has not won the Welsh Open since 2016 when he saw off Neil Robertson 9-5.

Stephen Hendry was the first winner of the Welsh Open in 1992 and he is the only other player to have won the tournament more than twice.

Mark Williams, 16/1 To Win Outright the World Championship, is the only Welsh winner of the tournament to date and experienced professional Robert Milkins is the defending champion after his shock success last season.

The winner receives the Ray Reardon Trophy, named after the Welsh six-time world champion.

How does the Welsh Open format work?

A total of 64 players will be looking to claim glory at the Welsh Open and qualifiers have been taking place at the Metrodome Centre in Barnsley.

The first three rounds will be decided on a best-of-seven-frames format. The quarter-finals will be best of nine, the semi-finals best of 11 and the final will be best-of-17 frames.

Will the Welsh Open be televised?

The tournament will be televised on Eurosport and on BBC Cymru as well as the BBC red button.

What are the current world rankings?

Ronnie O’Sullivan is at the top of the world rankings, Belgian Bullet and current world champion Luca Brecel is at number two and is 12/1 to defend his Crucible crown.

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