The invitation only tournament is the one event of the season that does not follow the 128 player qualification process. It’s only open to the top 16 ranked players, which is why it’s often considered superior to the UK Championship.

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O’Sullivan, who beat Barry Hawkins 10-1 in the final last year, enters as one of the favourites and will be targeting a seventh title, which would mean he surpasses Stephen Hendry as the most successful player in the history of this tournament.
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Other names to look out for include world number one Mark Selby – a three-time winner – and John Higgins who enters the tournament in impressive form
Below are the fixtures for the opening round;
Eurosport’s commentary line-up includes the quartet of Joe Johnson, Mike Hallett, David Hendon and Philip Studd.Sunday 15 January1300-1600 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 - Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Liang Wenbo1845-2205 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 - Ding Junhui vs Kyren Wilson
Monday 16 January
1300-1600 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 - John Higgins vs Mark Allen
1845-2205 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 - Stuart Bingham vs Joe Perry

Tuesday 17 January
1300-1600 LIVE day three on Eurosport 2 - Judd Trump vs Marco Fu
1845-2205 LIVE day three on Eurosport 2 - Neil Robertson vs Ali Carter

Wednesday 18 January
1300-1600 LIVE day four on Eurosport 2 - Mark Selby vs Mark Williams
1845-2205 LIVE day four on Eurosport 2 - Shaun Murphy vs Barry Hawkins
Thursday 19 January
1300-1600 LIVE quarter-final on Eurosport 2
1845-2205 LIVE quarter-final on Eurosport 2

Friday 20 January
1300-1600 LIVE quarter-final on Eurosport 2
1845-2205 LIVE quarter-final on Eurosport 2
Saturday 21 January
1300-1600 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2
1845-2200 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2
Sunday 22 January
1300-1600 LIVE final on Eurosport 2
1845-2205 LIVE final on Eurosport 2
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