The Masters Tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the world of snooker. The tournament, which is also known as the Dafabet Masters for sponsorship reasons, is an invitational event that features the top 16 players in the world rankings. The tournament is organized by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and has been held annually since 1975.
The tournament is held in January each year and takes place at the Alexandra Palace in London, England. The event is known for its unique and intimate atmosphere, as the Alexandra Palace only seats around 2,000 spectators. This creates a more intense and exciting atmosphere for the players and fans alike.
The format of the tournament is a single-elimination knockout competition. The players are seeded based on their world ranking, with the top eight players being placed in the top half of the draw, and the remaining eight players in the bottom half. The tournament uses a best-of-11-frames format for all matches up to and including the semifinals, with the final being a best-of-19-frames format.
The winner of the Masters Tournament is awarded the Paul Hunter Trophy, which was introduced in 2006 in memory of the three-time Masters champion who passed away in 2006 at the age of 27. The winner also receives a prize money of £250,000, making it one of the most lucrative snooker tournaments in the world.
The Masters Tournament has a rich history, with some of the greatest snooker players in history having won the event. The tournament’s most successful player is Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has won the event seven times. Other notable winners include Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, and Alex Higgins.
The Masters Tournament is broadcast live on television around the world, with millions of fans tuning in to watch the action. The tournament is known for its high-quality snooker and exciting matches, and it is a must-watch event for any snooker fan.