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English Open Snooker Preview, Dates & Predictions 2023

Hot on the heels of the British Open, the 2023 English Open is the next highlight of the snooker season. This is one of the newer ranking tournaments on the Tour after being inaugurated in 2016.

This year’s English Open comes from the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, from October 2nd – 8th. The event is part of Snooker’s Home Nations Series, which also includes the Northern Ireland Open, the Scottish Open and the Welsh Open. 

Heading to the tournament as the reigning champion is Mark Selby, who defeated Belgium’s Luca Brecel in last year’s high-quality final. 

In 2023 English Open snooker betting, there are some familiar faces at the head of the market. After pulling out of the recent British Open, Ronnie O’Sullivan is back in action this week and running as the pre-tournament favourite.

Judd Trump, John Higgins and runner-up in the British Open, Mark Selby are also in the leading pack of contenders. 

Important Dates

Here are the important dates that you need to mark in your sporting diary so that you don’t miss a single stroke of action at the British Open.

  • October 2nd – Held Over Qualifying
  • October 3rd – 7th – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, QF and SF
  • October 8th – Final

British Open Prize Money

This is a big-ranking tournament on the Snooker World Tour. The total prize pot for the English Open is at £427,000. The winner in Brentwood will collect £80,000 of that to take home.

As well as collecting a nice payday, the winner of the English Open will secure a place at the 2023 Champion of Champions tournament later in the season as well.

All players entered into the 2023 English Open snooker main draw will claim prize money. There is also a £5,000 bonus to be earned for recording the tournament’s Highest Break.

  • Winner: £80,000
  • Runner-up: £35,000
  • Semi-final: £17,500
  • Quarter-final: £11,000
  • Last 16: £7,500
  • Last 32: £4,500
  • Last 64: £3,000
  • Highest break: £5,000
  • Total: £427,000

Players And British Open Draw

The first stage of qualification for the British Open happened in September. The top fifteen players in the World Rankings plus the reigning champions all play a qualifying round on the opening day of action in Brentwood.

It adds an exciting dynamic as the leading crop of players have some work to do, just to get into the main draw. That’s a familiar set-up for ranking snooker tournaments.

Once all the qualifying matches are complete, the first round will be set with 64 players competing in matches of the Best of 7 Frames. The Last 32 and Last 16 Rounds are also contested over the Best of 7.

The Quarter-finals move up to the Best of 9, with the Semi-finals at the Best of 11. The Final of the English Open is a more demanding affair as it’s a Best of 19 Frames fixture.

Unlike the recent British Open, where each round was a randomised draw, there is a structured bracket at the English Open. So you can use that for snooker predictions by plotting the potential routes to the final of leading players like Mark Selby and Luca Brecel.

World Snooker Tour 2023 Season Finals

  • Championship League – Shaun Murphy 3-0 Mark Williams
  • European Masters – Barry Hawkins 9-6 Judd Trump
  • Shanghai Masters (non-ranking) – Ronnie O’Sullivan 11-9 Luca Brecel
  • British Open – Mark Williams 10-7 Mark Selby
  • English Open – TBD

Where to watch the 2023 English Open Snooker

UK viewers can catch the 2023 British Open snooker on Eurosport and Discover+. The Matchroom live-streaming subscription service will also carry streams.

Judd Trump World Snooker Championship

About the English Open

The first edition of what is now known as the British Open was held in 2016 and was won by China’s Liang Wenbo. The trophy that the players battle for is the Steve Davis Trophy, named after the legend of the sport.

Ronnie O’Sullivan won the second edition of the tournament, and five of the seven titles have been claimed by an English player. Mark Selby is the only player to have won the British Open on more than one occasion with titles in 2019 and 2022.

Judd Trump is the only other player besides Selby to have reached the Final of the English Open twice. After his 2016 defeat to Wenbo, Trump picked up the 2020 crown against Neil Robertson.

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Lee Jackson

Lee has been a freelance sports writer for over a decade and is a massive sports fan, following Chelsea in the Premier League and Gloucester in Premiership Rugby. Few sports events get him more excited than Ashes cricket, however.

Lee has followed darts since the good old days of Eric Bristow and John Lowe producing highlight moments at the World Championships on dark winter nights.