Matches on Sunday 12 October were played on a roll on/roll off basis. Play started at the allocated time each day with a 15 minute interval between matches. The third and fourth match did not start before 3pm. The evening session did not start before the time indicated on the format.
The draw for round one was made on completion of the qualifiers on 26 September 2008. The draw from round two up to and including the semi-finals was made on a random basis. The order of play and table numbers for all matches up to the semi-finals were determined once the draw for that round was made and published by the tournament director.
All matches up to and including the quarter-finals were best of 9 frames, semi-finals were best of 11 frames and the final was best of 17 frames. (Seedings in parentheses. All times are BST.)