Ronnie O'Sullivan made the 73rd official maximum break during his match against Mark King. This was O'Sullivan's record 10th official 147, however he had to be persuaded by referee Jan Verhaas to play the final black, as he became aware that there was no distinct prize money for a maximum break in the tournament and planned to end his break at 140. There was only a £4,000 prize for the highest break of the tournament.
Neil Robertson was the defending champion, and he retained his title by defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan 5–1 in the final.
The first two rounds took place between 21 and 23 August 2010 at the World Snooker Academy, Sheffield. Eleven selected round three matches were held over until the start of the tournament in Glasgow. The rest took place at the Academy on 24 August. All matches were best of 5 frames. All times are BST.
Matches 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 evening session did not start before the time indicated on the format.
The draw up to and including the semi-finals were made on a random basis. All matches up to and including the semi-finals were best of 5 frames and the final was best of 9 frames. All times are BST.