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Really looking forward to seeing Ronnie O'Sullivan play. Hope he wins this.

Dafabet Masters 2018: Tournament Preview

Televised snooker returns this Sunday with the start of the 2018 Dafabet Masters from the Alexandra Palace in London. As ever, 16 of the world’s top players will battle it out to claim the biggest invitational title in the sport, with Ronnie O’Sullivan looking to capture the title for a record eighth time – and third in a row.

The oldest invitational event remaining on the professional calendar, the Masters is unsurprisingly steeped in history, with some of its most memorable moments chronicled by World Snooker in a recent article. Known as one of snooker’s ‘triple crown’ events in modern times, the format remains the same as the world’s top 16 descend upon the ‘Ally Pally’, home to the tournament since 2012, with just one table taking centre stage in front of a packed house.

A break from the flat 128 format that we now see regularly in ranking competition, the Masters of course remains a non-ranking event but that does nothing to lessen its prestige. Some might say that it enhances it, as there are no ranking distractions or seeding cut-offs for future cut-offs to consider, with all attention on the £200,000 top prize and the chance to lift the Paul Hunter Trophy, named after the late three-time former champion last year.