World Snooker Championship 2021: Everything you need to know

By Snooker Jim •  Updated: 04/17/21 •  3 min read

The 2021 World Snooker Championship, sponsored by Betfred, is here and you can follow it all live on TV and online.

Here is everything you need to know, and we’ll keep you up to date throughout the tournament.

2021 World Snooker Championship schedule and results

First round (best of 19 frames) – April 17-21

Second Round (best of 25) – April 22-26

Quarter Finals (best of 25) – April 27-28

Semi Finals (best of 33) – April 29-May 1

Final (best of 35) – May 2-3

Can fans attend the 2021 World Snooker Championship?

Yes – crowds up to 33% of capacity can watch the first round and this will then increase during the tournament all the way up to a full capacity crowd for the final, all at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield of course.

Fans will be tested for COVID-19 before and after attending the event, as part of the Government’s Events Research Programme to get fans back to sports events.

Who is the bookmakers favourite to win the tournament?

Judd Trump – who caused controversy in the build-up to the tournament with his comments about some of the games traditions – is the 11/4 pre-tournament favourite with sponsors Betfred.

Reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is 4/1 second favourite to win a seventh world title, which would equal Stephen Hendry’s record.

Here’s the full list of 2021 World Snooker Championship odds:

When can I play snooker again?

Unfortunately, snooker clubs aren’t permitted to open due to the Government’s lockdown restrictions.

Snooker clubs can re-open from May 17, as part of the scheduled roadmap of easing restrictions.

Your local club may have recently re-opened in other ways, such as serving food and drink outside the venue, as per the hospitality guidelines.

Elite players are exempt from lockdown restrictions, and are able to play at snooker clubs, who must follow the snooker authority’s COVID-19 facility guidance.

Snooker Jim

Gone from a 6ft table in my dad's garage as a kid to a 9ft table at the office, with the full-size snooker club visits in between. Hoping one day to get the playing technique right.