The line-up of the top 16 players for this month’s Betfair World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield is now confirmed.
(mick sharp lin) What a line up and Neil is in a great bottom half of the draw and you can see higgins,trump, bingham and murphy are in the top half which
makes this year a great chance for neil to do well.

The Bank of Beijing China Open, the last counting event for the seeding positions, finished on Sunday night with Neil Robertson beating Mark Selby 10-6 in the final.

The Betfair World Championship runs from April 20 to May 6. Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is top seed, with world number one Selby next. The seeds line up in the draw as follows:

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Qualifier
Ali Carter v Qualifier
Stuart Bingham v Qualifier
John Higgins v Qualifier
Shaun Murphy v Qualifier
Graeme Dott v Qualifier
Matthew Stevens v Qualifier
Judd Trump v Qualifier
Neil Robertson v Qualifier
Ricky Walden v Qualifier
Mark Williams v Qualifier
Stephen Maguire v Qualifier
Mark Allen v Qualifier
Ding Junhui v Qualifier
Barry Hawkins v Qualifier
Mark Selby v Qualifier

The seeds will be drawn against the 16 qualifiers in the random draw which will be broadcast live on Talksport radio at 1.30pm on Monday April 15.

Tickets for selected sessions at the Crucible are still available – for details Call 0844 6565 147 or visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk. And for incredible VIP packages call Frank on 01277 359 925 or the Crucible Theatre on 0844 6565 147.

The qualifying rounds start at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield this Thursday (April 4) and run until April 14. The draw was made today and full details are available on www.worldsnooker.com

Jimmy White will face either Tian Pengfei or Martin O’Donnell in his opening match and will then have to beat Xiao Guodong and Robert Milkins to make it to the Crucible.

Steve Davis will meet either Craig Steadman, David Grace or Kurt Maflin, and if he wins his first match he’ll take on fellow former champion Peter Ebdon in the final round.

Belgium’s Luca Brecel, who became the youngest player ever to compete at the Crucible last year, faces Fraser Patrick in his first match this time.

There are also tickets available for the qualifying rounds from April 6 to 14. Call 0114 256 5567 or visit www.arenaticketshop.co.uk

The Betfair World Championship is supported by Sheffield City Council.

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Date: Monday April 1, 2013
Contact: Ivan Hirschowitz, World Snooker media office, 07766 656133
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