The Players Championship 2022 kicked off on Monday, with 16 of the world’s best snooker stars competing for the illustrious crown.
Over the course of the next week, all eyes will be on Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton as the highest-ranked players in the current one-year standings face off in a straight knockout affair.
The tournament comes just weeks after Neil Robertson convincingly beat Barry Hawkins to secure his second Masters title, and the Australian has made an equally strong start to his bid for glory this time around, beating Kyren Wilson 6-4 in their opening clash.
Elsewhere, Mark Williams saw off Gary Wilson in a routine 6-3 victory, while a number of big name stars are waiting in the wings to stake their claims for the trophy.
John Higgins will be hoping to defend his crown after dropping just four sets across the entirety of last year’s tournament, while household names likes Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump are also set to feature.
Meanwhile, two players are making their bow at the event - German Masters winner Zhao Xintong and Iranina talent Hossein Vafaei, who is starting to make a real impact on the upper reaches of the sport.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Players Championship 2022...
What is the schedule and order of play for the Players Championship 2022?
The full schedule for the tournament is as follows. All matches up to the semi-final stage will be best-of-11 frames, with the final itself being best-of-19.
Monday, February 7th
7pm - Mark Williams 6-3
7pm - Neil Robertson 6-4
Tuesday, February 8th
1pm - Zhao Xintong vs Barry Hawkins
1pm - David Gilbert vs Yan Bingtao
7pm - Mark Allen vs Ricky Walden
7pm - Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Judd Trump
Wednesday, February 9th
1pm - John Higgins vs Hossein Vafaei
1pm - Luca Brecel vs Jimmy Robertson
7pm - Mark Allen/Ricky Walden vs Mark Williams
Thursday, February 10th
1pm - Zhao Xintong/Barry Hawkins vs David Gilbert/Yan Bingtao
7pm - Ronnie O’Sullivan/Judd Trump vs Neil Robertson
Friday, February 11th
1pm - John Higgins/Hossein Vafaei vs Luca Brecel/Jimmy Robertson
7pm - Semi-final One
Saturday, February 12th
7pm - Semi-final Two
Sunday, February 13th
1pm - Final, First Session
7pm - Final, Second Session
How can I watch the Players Championship 2022?
The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV.
Viewers can also stream all of the action via the ITV hub, which is free of charge an available via laptops, mobiles, and desktop devices.
What prize money is on offer at the Players Championship 2022?
Players are competing for a winning jackpot of £125,000, but there are a number of cash prizes up for grabs over the course of the week-long competition.
The full list of prize monies is as follows:
- Winner: £125,000
- Runner-up: £50,000
- Semi-final: £30,000
- Quarter-final: £15,000
- Last 16: £10,000
- Highest break: £10,000
- Total prize money on offer: £385,000
What are the latest odds for the Players Championship 2022?
The list of favourites to win the competition outright, as per SkyBet, is as follows:
- Neil Robertson - 4/1
- Judd Trump - 9/2
- John Higgins - 11/2
- Mark Allen - 8/1
- Mark Williams - 8/1
- Ronnie O’Sullivan - 8/1
- Yan Bingtao - 8/1
- Zhao Xintong - 8/1
- Luca Brecel - 16/1
- Barry Hawkins - 22/1
- David Gilbert - 25/1
- Ricky Walden - 28/1
- Hossein Vafaei - 66/1
- Jimmy Robertson - 80/1
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