Champion of Champions 2021: snooker tournament prize money, schedule, draw, tickets and how to watch on TV

Britain’s Ronnie O’Sullivan will take part in the 2021 Champion of Champions event which is being played this week in Bolton

The 2021 Cazoo Champion of Champions will be played this week and will see the world’s top snooker players take to the stage.

The tournament will feature 16 participants who are primarily winners of previous snooker competitions that have taken place since the 2020 Champion of Champions.

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Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan will be one of the main stars at the tournament along with Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy, Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson, John Higgins and Neil Robertson.

Britain’s Judd Trump recently criticised his fellow Briton, O’Sullivan, ahead of the tournament saying the 45-year-old “can’t win an event to save his life.” O’Sullivan comes into the tournament hoping to end a 15-month drought of a major title as well as endeavouring to win his fourth Champion of champions. The World number two, Trump, has warned O’Sullivan that “no-one’s that scared to play him, anyone’s game is good enough to beat him on their day. That’s what’s happened over the last year.”

Australian snooker player Neil Robertson will enter this competition fresh from his English Open triumphs which took place two weeks ago.

The Thunder from Down Under recently won the English Open

Nicknamed the Thunder from Down Under, Robertson also won the Champion of Champions event in 2019, beating Judd Trump 10-9 in the final.

As defending champion, he made it to the 2020 final but lost out to Mark Allen 10-6 who won the tournament for the first time.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the 2021 Tournament.

When is the Champion of Champions 2021 tournament taking place?

The event is currently underway and will be played from Monday 15 November 2021 to Sunday 21 November 2021.

Where is the Champion of Champions 2021 tournament being held?

The University of Bolton Stadium will be this year’s host for the competition. The players will compete at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton, England.

What is the Champion of Champions 2021 tournament draw?

This is the group semi-finals draw:

  • Judd Trump v David Lilley
  • Stephen Maguire v Ryan Day
  • Neil Robertson v Mark Williams
  • Kyren Wilson v Jordan Brown
  • Mark Selby v David Gilbert
  • Shaun Murphy v Yan Bingtao
  • John Higgins v Ding Junhui
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan v Stuart Bingham
Mark Allen, right, won the Champion of Champions 2020 event

What is the Schedule for the Champion of Champions 2021 tournament?

Monday 15 November:

  • 1pm GMT: Judd Trump v David Lilley
  • 2pm GMT: Stephen Maguire v Ryan Day
  • 7pm GMT: Trump/Lilley vs Maguire/Day

Tuesday 16 November:

  • 1pm GMT: Neil Roberston v Mark Williams
  • 2pm GMT: Kyren Wilson v Jordan Brown
  • 7pm GMT: Robertson/Williams v Wilson/Brown

Wednesday 17 November :

  • 1pm GMT: Mark Selby v David Gilbert
  • 2pm GMT: Shaun Murphy v Yan Bingtao
  • 7pm GMT: Selby/Gilbert v Murphy/Bingtao

Thursday 18 November:

  • 1pm GMT: Ronnie O’Sullivan v Stuart Bingham 
  • 2pm GMT: John Higgins v Ding Junhui
  • 7pm GMT: O’Sullivan/Bingham v Higgins/Junhui
Judd Trump criticised Ronnie O’Sullivan and insists that anyone can beat the 6 time World champion

How to watch the Champion of Champions 2021 tournament on TV

The Snooker tournament will be available to watch on ITV4 as well as being available to stream on the ITV hub website and app.

The competition is also available to be streamed through Matchroom.Live

How to buy tickets for the Champion of Champions 2021 tournament

Tickets are available to be bought through the Champion of Champions website.

It is possible to purchase tickets by calling 08443380338 or online by heading to the Ticket factory website.

What is the prize money for the Champion of Champions 2021 event?

The total prize fund for the tournament is £440,000. The winner will take away £150,000 and the runner-up will receive £60,000.

Losing semi-finalists will earn £30,000, group runners-up will receive £17,500 and the losing group semi finalists will take away £12,500.

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