Betfred World Championship Qualifiers Draw

Ponds300The draw (and format) for the qualifying rounds of the Betfred World Snooker Championship has been made, with all players seeded outside the top 16 set to battle for places at the Crucible.

The qualifiers start this Wednesday (April 8) at Pond’s Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

In a change to the usual format, the concluding session of all 16 final round matches will be played on the last day, Wednesday April 15. The 16 winners on ‘Judgement Day’ will earn a coveted spot in the final stages, to run from April 18 to May 4 at the Crucible Theatre.

All 128 players in action at Pond’s Forge must win three best-of-19 frame matches to progress.

Ten-time World Ladies champion Reanne Evans, aiming to become the first woman to play at the Crucible, has been drawn against 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty on Thursday April 9.

Six-time World Champion Steve Davis is up against Jamie Cope on Friday.

Rising star Michael White, who won the Indian Open last month and just missed out on a top 16 place, will play Steven Hallworth on Wednesday.

Jimmy White, hoping to reach the Crucible for the first time since 2006, will take on James Wattana on Saturday.

Tickets for the qualifiers are NOW ON SALE at a cost of just £10* for an all day ticket. BOOK NOW at or call 0114 2233777. Tickets will also be available direct from Ponds Forge.

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The draw for the final stages will take place at 10am on Thursday April 16th, live on

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  • Bob Lockhart

    I can not wait for the world qualifers at ponds forge.some mouth watering matches ive picked two because of who thay involve.firstly jimmy white v james wattana a tough opener for the whirlwind james is good match player.who has being top pro for years.he may not get results he used to but he is still capable of doing on his day as for jimmy he will have being practicing like mad for this but consistency the for him.hes got to be on it from the word go my one fear is he can miss a bread an butter pot at an important time.dont get me wrong all players can miss pots even tot ones.but in matches like this the balls sometimes don’t forgive you.its vital for to get off two a good start his millions of of which I am one would love to see him back at the crucible.good for the tournament good for rateings I predict 10 8 to jimmy c on the peoples champion..the second is the legend steve davis v Jamie cope for his love the game keeps him comeing back you have to admire him for that.the one area he will out fox cope is the safety department still a master at that if he can keep cope down it may get in his head but the games all about poting an break building.and on that basis theres on one winner cope for me while he has reached two ranking finals hes never kicked on for me.all players players play on confidence but more often than not seems to have a lack of it if you watch him he never happy during a match.maybe that’s his demeanour but he doesent win many frames in one visit because of his consentration goes walk about for me I prodict 10 7 cope.