2019 Masters (snooker)

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Dafabet Masters
Logo of the 2019 Dafabet Masters
Tournament information
Dates13–20 January 2019
VenueAlexandra Palace
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£600,000
Winner's share£200,000
Highest break
2018

The 2019 Dafabet Masters is a professional non-ranking snooker tournament, taking place between 13 and 20 January 2019 in London, England.[1] It is the 45th staging of the tournament. The tournament is being broadcast in Europe by the BBC and Eurosport.

The defending champion Mark Allen lost 5–6 to Luca Brecel in the first round.

Tournament summary[edit]

The 2019 Masters is the second Triple Crown event of the 2018/2019 snooker season, after the 2018 UK Championship, and is being held between 13 and 20 January 2019. علی پخمه Defending champion Mark Allen was seeded first with world champion Mark Williams seeded second. The remaining places were allocated based on the world rankings after the 2018 UK Championship. Jack Lisowski is making his debut at the Masters.[2]

As in previous years, the top eight seeds were allocated fixed positions in the draw. The rest of the draw was made by drawing lots during the final of the 2018 UK Championship.[3]

Mark Allen, the defending champion, lost 5–6 to Luca Brecel in the opening match. Brecel led 3–1 before Allen levelled the match at 3–3 with a break of 136. Brecel went ahead winning frame 7, with a break of 140, and frame 9 but Allen levelled each time by winning frames 8 and 10. Brecel took the deciding frame with a break of 58.[4] It was Brecel's first win at the Masters, having lost to Allen in the first round when making his debut the previous year.[5]

Two-time winner John Higgins also lost on the opening day, 5–6 to Ryan Day. Higgins led 3–1 but Day won the next three frames to take the lead. Day won the final frame with a break of 128, the highest of the match.[4]

On the second day Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Stuart Bingham 6–2. Bingham took the opening frame but O'Sullivan won the next five, scoring two centuries and won by 4 frames.[6] Ding Junhui won the first 5 frames of his match against debutant Jack Lisowski and won 6–1.[6]

A high quality first round match between two Triple Crown winners saw Neil Robertson beat Mark Williams 6–3. Williams was 3–1 in front and led 57–0 with 59 points left on the table, when he missed an easy pot on the brown. Robertson made a 59 clearance and then went on to win the remaining four frames of the match.[7] Barry Hawkins beat Shaun Murphy 6–2 after winning the first five frames.[8]

Prize fund[edit]

The event's total prize pool stayed identical to that of the previous year.

The breakdown of prize money is shown below:[9]

  • Winner: £200,000
  • Runner-up: £90,000
  • Semi-finals: £50,000
  • Quarter-finals: £25,000
  • Last 16: £12,500
  • Highest break: £10,000
  • Total: £600,000

Tournament draw[edit]

Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
            
1 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 5
15 Belgium Luca Brecel 6
15 Belgium Luca Brecel
8 China Ding Junhui
8 China Ding Junhui 6
16 England Jack Lisowski 1
5 Scotland John Higgins 5
13 Wales Ryan Day 6
13 Wales Ryan Day
4 England Ronnie O'Sullivan
4 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
12 England Stuart Bingham 2
3 England Mark Selby
14 Scotland Stephen Maguire
6 England Judd Trump
6 England Judd Trump 6
10 England Kyren Wilson 2
7 England Barry Hawkins 6
11 England Shaun Murphy 2
7 England Barry Hawkins
9 Australia Neil Robertson
2 Wales Mark Williams 3
9 Australia Neil Robertson 6

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee:
Alexandra Palace, London, England, 20 January 2019.


Afternoon:
Evening:
Highest break
Century breaks
50+ breaks

Century breaks[edit]

Total: 10[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 Dafabet Masters". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 2018-02-13. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Masters 2019 draw: Mark Allen v Luca Brecel; Ronnie O'Sullivan v Stuart Bingham". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 2018-12-10. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "2019 Masters Snooker Draw - SnookerHQ". SnookerHQ. Archived from the original on 2018-12-11. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Masters 2019: Former champions Mark Allen and John Higgins knocked out on first day". BBC. 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Defending champion Mark Allen beaten in Masters first round by Luca Brecel". Metro UK. 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Masters 2019: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Stuart Bingham to reach quarters". BBC. 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Robertson Fight Back Floors Williams". World Snooker. 15 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Masters Snooker 2019: Mark Williams loses to Neil Robertson". BBC. 15 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Dafabet Masters - World Snooker". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 2018-09-20. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Dafabet Masters 2019 - Centuries". World Snooker. Retrieved 16 January 2019.