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World Snooker Championship
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Tournament information
Venue Crucible Theatre
(since 1977)
Location Sheffield
Country England
Established 1927
Organisation(s) World Snooker Association
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund GB £2,231,000
Recent edition 2019
Current champion(s) England Judd Trump

The World Snooker Championship is the leading snooker event both in terms of prestige and prize money. The first event was held in 1927 and was won by Joe Davis. Davis won the first 15 championships before retiring from the event, after his 1946 win. In the 1950s snooker went into a period of decline and the championship was not held after 1952, although an unofficial championship was held until 1957. In 1964 the championship was revived on a "challenge basis" and in 1969 the championship became a knock-out event again.

Since 1977 it has been played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The tournament is currently played over 17 days and ends on the first Monday in May. In the modern era (since 1969), the best record is that of Stephen Hendry, who won the title seven times. Steve Davis and Ray Reardon both won six times while Ronnie O'Sullivan has won five titles. The current champion is Judd Trump, whose 2019 win was his first.

Winners

Top performers of the modern era

The 'modern' era is considered to start in 1969, when the championship returned to a knock-out tournament from a challenge format. In the modern game, the best record is that of Stephen Hendry, who won seven times in the 1990s. Steve Davis won six times in the 1980s, as did Ray Reardon in the 1970s.

Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Semi-final

or better
147s Appearances Winrate
Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry  Scotland 7 2 12 3 27 25.9%
Davis, SteveSteve Davis  England 6 2 11 0 30 20.0%
Reardon, RayRay Reardon  Wales 6 1 10 0 19 31.6%
O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan  England 5 1 11 3 27 18.5%
Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins  Scotland 4 4 10 0 25 16.0%
Williams, MarkMark Williams  Wales 3 1 6 1 21 14.2%
Spencer, JohnJohn Spencer  England 3 1 6 0 18 16.7%
Selby, MarkMark Selby  England 3 1 5 0 15 20.0%
Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins  Northern Ireland 2 2 7 0 19 10.5%
Thorburn, CliffCliff Thorburn  Canada 1 2 6 1 19 5.3%
Ebdon, PeterPeter Ebdon  England 1 2 4 0 24 4.2%
Murphy, ShaunShaun Murphy  England 1 2 4 0 17 5.8%
Doherty, KenKen Doherty  Ireland 1 2 3 0 19 5.3%
Dott, GraemeGraeme Dott  Scotland 1 2 3 0 20 5.0%
Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor  Northern Ireland 1 1 5 0 21 4.8%
Trump, JuddJudd Trump  England 1 1 4 0 10 10.0%
Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths  Wales 1 1 3 0 19 5.3%
Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott  England 1 1 3 0 23 4.3%
Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson  England 1 1 2 0 8 12.5%
Robertson, NeilNeil Robertson  Australia 1 0 3 0 15 6.6%
Bingham, StuartStuart Bingham  England 1 0 1 0 13 7.6%
White, JimmyJimmy White  England 0 6 10 1 25 0%
Charlton, EddieEddie Charlton  Australia 0 2 8 0 21 0%
Stevens, MatthewMatthew Stevens  Wales 0 2 6 0 16 0%
Carter, AliAli Carter  England 0 2 3 1 17 0%
Hawkins, BarryBarry Hawkins  England 0 1 5 0 14 0%
Ding JunhuiDing Junhui  China 0 1 3 0 13 0%
Bond, NigelNigel Bond  England 0 1 2 0 15 0%
Mans, PerriePerrie Mans  South Africa 0 1 2 0 13 0%
Owen, GaryGary Owen  Wales 0 1 2 0 7 0%
Pulman, JohnJohn Pulman  England 0 1 2 0 11 0%
Miles, GrahamGraham Miles  England 0 1 1 0 12 0%
Mountjoy, DougDoug Mountjoy  Wales 0 1 1 0 17 0%
Simpson, WarrenWarren Simpson  Australia 0 1 1 0 4 0%
  • Active players are shown in bold.
  • Only players who reached the final are included.

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