The World Snooker Championship (also known as the Betfred World Championship) is the most prestigious and lucrative tournament for the sport. The tournament has a long history and usually draws the biggest viewership. This year, the event will begin on July 31st and come to an end on August 16th of 2020. As usual, the Crucible Theatre located in Sheffield, England hosts this great event. There are several ways to watch coverage of the World Snooker Championship. If you are in one of the areas that will be showing it, you are all set. If you are not and still want to watch, you will need to use a VPN.
How to Watch 2020 World Snooker Championship from Anywhere
There are several networks that will show coverage. We will use the BBC for our guide.
The first World Snooker Championship was held in 1927. It is known as the first professional Snooker tournament in the world. That said, the English Amateur Championship started in 1916. The first version consisted of 10 professionals. These days, there are many more playing. Through the 90+ years of its existence, the winners have been almost entirely from the UK. However, there have been players from other countries to win the championship. Those include China, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.
Since the tournament is held in England, prize money is awarded in British Pounds. The total prize money for this tournament is £2,395,000. The first place winner is £500,000 and the second place winner receives £200,000. Let’s take a look at this year’s round 1 match ups for the different days and the countries they are from. A full schedule of the event can be found here. We are updating this post prior to the qualifying event which will take place July 21 to 28 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Tournament Seeding and Schedule
At this time the top 16 players have been seeded. They will compete against the winners from the qualifying event to take place just before the Snooker World Championship. Here are the top seeds going into the tournament:
- Judd Trump of England
- Neil Robertson of Australia
- Mark Williams of Wales
- Mark Allen of Northern Ireland
- John Higgins of Scotland
- Ronnie O’Sullivan of England
- Mark Selby of England
- Kyren Wilson of England
- Stephen Maguire of Scotland
- Shaun Murphy of England
- Ding Junhui of China
- David Gilbert of England
- Jack Lisowski of England
- Stuart Bingham of England
- Barry Hawkins of England
- Yan Bingtao of China
As we mentioned, you can find this tournament on several different channels. Those include the BBC and EuroSport. Unfortunately, geo-restrictions block users outside of the UK and Europe from viewing those networks. When you use a VPN, you can create a connection to a server located there. By doing so, the blocking software will grant you access.
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