The draw and schedule for the group stage of the ManBetX Champion of Champions is now complete with the tournament set to break off at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Monday.
The 16-player field is split into eight seeded players and eight unseeded players. The eight seeded players are headed by defending champion Shaun Murphy followed by the next seven players on the current World Ranking List (after the English Open).
The eight unseeded players were drawn at random to play a seeded player with Group 2, which features International Championship finalists Neil Robertson and Mark Allen, scheduled for Thursday, November 8 to allow the players sufficient time to travel from Daqing to Coventry. With both Allen (The Masters) and Robertson (Scottish Open and Riga Masters) having already won events to qualify for the ManBetX Champion of Champions the spot reserved for the International Championship winner now goes to Luca Brecel as the highest player on the World Rankings not to have already qualified.
ManBetX Champion of Champions Group Draw & Schedule
Monday, November 5
Shaun Murphy (1) vs. Jimmy Robertson
Ding Junhui (8) vs. Michael Georgiou
Tuesday, November 6
Ronnie O’Sullivan (4) vs. Stuart Bingham
John Higgins (5) vs. Ryan Day
Wednesday, November 7
Mark Williams (3) vs. Kyren Wilson
Judd Trump (6) vs. Luca Brecel
Thursday, November 8
Mark Selby (2) vs. Neil Robertson
Barry Hawkins (7) vs. Mark Allen
Friday, November 9
Winner Group 1 vs. Winner Group 4
Saturday, November 10
Winner Group 2 vs. Winner Group 3
Sunday, November 11
The ManBetX Champion of Champions features World Snooker tournament winners from the previous 12 months, including World Champion Mark Williams, UK Championship winner Ronnie O’Sullivan and Shaun Murphy, who will defend the title he won last November.
The tournament begins with four groups, each featuring a semi-final and final on the same day with the group winners progressing to the tournament semi-finals on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November. Sunday’s final will be played over 19 frames with the winner taking home £100,000.
Tickets for the ManBetX Champion of Champions start from just £11 with premium and VIP hospitality packages also available at www.championofchampionssnooker.co.uk.