The draw for the first round of the World Snooker Championship will take place next Monday, March 21, after the qualifying round was completed at the weekend.
The ballot will take place at 10.45am and will pit the 16 qualifiers against the 16 seeded players in the opening stage of snooker’s premier tournament.
The World Snooker Championship will take place between April 16 and May 2 at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. Neil Robertson will be hoping to retain the crown he won last year and he will no doubt attract plenty of snooker bets.
The conclusion of the qualifying rounds for the English Institute of Sport threw some interesting names into the hat. Jimmy Robertson and Andrew Pagett will both make their Crucible debuts next month and the former couldn’t help but express his delight after stunning Ken Doherty to reach the main event.
Speaking after his 10-6 success, he said: “I’m buzzing, it’s unreal to be going to the Crucible.
“I’m sure I will be nervous when I first step into the arena but I will be there to enjoy it. I would love to draw one of the big names like Ronnie O’Sullivan.”
Meanwhile, Pagett defeated Andrew Higginson by the same scoreline and is hoping to draw his practice partner Mark Williams, who is another 8/1 shot in Ladbrokes Snooker Betting to win the World Championship.
Pagett said: “That would be a dream come true.
“He’s been texting me saying I’ve been lucky and now I’m going to text that I’m coming to get him.”
Other qualifiers for the event include former UK and Masters champion Matthew Stevens and Dominic Dale, who has won the Grand Prix and Shanghai Masters in the past.