Reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan gets his defence underway with a re-match of last year’s final as he faces Essex’s World No.10 Stuart Bingham. The winner of that Group 1 clash then plays the winner of Shaun Murphy and Marco Fu for a place in the weekend’s semi-finals.
In Group 3, Neil Robertson will play either returning Ali Carter or the winner of the International Championship, should it be a player not already qualified for the Dafabet Champion of Champions. The other Group 3 match sees Ricky Walden go up against Mark Allen.
Wednesday 5th, Group 1 (first match at 1.00pm)
Ronnie O’Sullivan (1) v Stuart Bingham
Shaun Murphy (2) v Marco Fu
Friday 7th, Group 3 (first match at 1.00pm)
Neil Robertson (1) v Ali Carter (or winner of International if not already qualified)
Ricky Walden (2) v Mark Allen
Monday 3rd, Group 4 (first match at 1.00pm)
Ding Junhui (1) v Dominic Dale
Barry Hawkins (2) v John Higgins
Tuesday 4th, Group 2 (first match at 1.00pm)
Mark Selby (1) v Steve Davis
Judd Trump (2) v Stephen Maguire
With a £270,000 prize fund, including £100,000 for the ultimate winner, the Champion of Champions will be screened live throughout on ITV4 in the UK.