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UK Championship 2019 Odds

Who wins the UK Championship 2019?

Odd unit: EU | UK | US
Ding Jun-Hui1.531.53
Stephen Maguire2.502.50

The 2019 UK Snooker Championship is due to be held in the Barbican Centre, York, England, in late November 2019. The event is the first of the lauded “Triple Crown” events shown on terrestrial TV in the UK (BBC), and around the world, preceding The Masters (held in January), and the World Championship (in May).

The 2018 event witnessed record breaking achievements by the defending champion, and subsequent winner, Ronnie (“The Rocket”) O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan broke Steve Davies’ record of 6 UK Championship wins, and Stephen Hendry’s record of 18 Triple Crown wins. O’Sullivan is now also the second player to have successfully defended all Triple Crown events (after Hendry). The push for records, as opposed to merely wins, is taking the sport to new levels and getting fans more excited than ever to see what top players can come up with in terms of performance.

The potential structure of the 2019 event was cast into doubt by Ronnie O’Sullivan, who expressed dissatisfaction with the way top ranking players were treated by World Snooker. O’Sullivan cited examples of “burn out” due to top ranking players being made to compete in a number of unglamorous, qualifying tournaments. He spoke about the experience of John Higgins (who lost in the first round, and subsequently discussed retirement) as evidence. O’Sullivan pulled out of the 2018 Scottish Open, due to begin the next day after winning the tournament, for these reasons.

O’Sullivan put forward the possibility of a break-away from World Snooker events by top ranking players, if reform was not implemented. Members of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) suggested that a discussion could be had behind closed doors about potential changes to the structure but that the press was not the right forum for the debate. World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn was less enthusiastic and voiced his disapproval of the suggestion in a filmed segment shown during the championship as it was aired on the BBC.

Changes to the structure are extremely unlikely. The suggestion that players should be able to essentially cover all events in China is one go rather than throughout the year (causing the need for a lot of long-haul flights) would not please the Chinese audiences. Just as in the UK promoters would struggle to create and sustain interest in the game and generate revenue if all the events happened in one short time frame and then fans were left with nothing to watch for almost a year.

Barry Hearn is considered to have been instrumental in getting snooker on the world stage and generating enough money to have lots of tournaments throughout the year and prize money that can attract the top players. It can be assumed that his opinion on this will be what fuels the final decision on a change to the structure of the snooker calendar for 2019 and beyond.

Make sure you tune in for the 2019 UK Snooker Championship for another mesmerizing and, probably just as dramatic event with all the big names and no doubt a few newcomers as well.

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