Snooker UK Championship 2022 Prize Money Distribution

York Barbican is all set to host the UK Snooker Championship from 24th November till 6th December. The best around the world will be participating against others in one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year. Snooker UK Championship 2022 prize money offers many rewards for the winners.

Snooker UK Championship 2022 Prize Money

Snooker might not be offering a ‘pool’ of money as to what Football, Baseball, and Basketball do. But what WST promises is to offer a fair amount of money to the finest players who bring their best game to the table.

UK Snooker Championship is one of the highest paying events after the World Snooker Championship. The Betway sponsored event rewards a total purse amount of £1,009,000.

However, this year the players won’t see any inflation in the prize money due to COVID 19. Thus, the prize distribution of the total fund money round wise is as follows.

RoundTotal PlayersPrize Money Individual Prize Money Collective
Winner1£200,000£200,000
Runner Up1£80,000£80,000
Semi-finalists2£40,000£80,000
Quarterfinalists4£24,500£98,000
Last 168£17,000£136,000
Last 3216£12,000£192,000
Last 6432£6,500£208,000
Highest Break1£15,000£15,000
Total =64£1,009,000

The winner takes home a whopping value of £200,000. Also, it is very evident to note that there are 128 players participating in the tournament but only 64 players get paid for their performance. Thus, the players who get eliminated in round 1 are not paid anything and head home with empty pockets.

For those who are wondering what is the highest break, in snooker, it refers to the first shot taken to shatter the frame of balls similar to carrom. While the maximum break is associated when a player clears all the balls in a frame in his first shot itself.

Thus, the player with the highest maximum break is rewarded with extra £15,000 euros. Stephen Maguire won the reward in the last edition while Ronnie O’Sullivan holds the record for the fastest maximum break at the 1997 World Snooker Championship in just 5 minutes and 20 seconds.

Prize Money Distribution Over The Years

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the tournament for a record 6 times and the first time he won the trophy was back in 1993. Let’s draw a comparison of inflation of prize money for Champions from 1993 till present.

YearChampion’s Prize Money
1993£70,000
1994£70,000
1995£60,000
1996£70,000
1997£75,000
1998£75,000
1999£78,000
2000£78,000
2001£100,000
2002£100,000
2003£84,500
2004£70,000
2005£70,000
2006£77,000
2007£100,000
2008£100,000
2009£100,000
2010£100,000
2011£100,000
2012£125,000
2013£150,000
2014£150,000
2015£150,000
2016£170,000
2017£170,000
2018£170,000
2019£200,000
2020£200,000

Since 1993 the tournament has seen huge inflation from £70,000 in 1993 to £200,000 in 2022. While there were many years where the winner’s share declined from the previous year. Ding Junhui in 2019, became the first play in the history of the UK snooker championship to win prize money in 200K’s.

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