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World Snooker Championship prize money: How much John Higgins, Mark Williams will win

WORLD Snooker Championship prize money - how much will the winner earn?

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has revealed the World Championship winner will receive a £500,000 cheque next year,

He said this week: "We’ve had a meteoric rise in prize money in the eight years since World Snooker was taken over. It started off at £3.5 million and just five or six tournaments, this year it will be just shy of £14 million.

"Next year the prize money will increase to over £15million, and we’re on our way to an achievable £20million prize fund within the next couple of years.
“The winner’s cheque for next year’s World Championship will be £500,000. The total prize fund will be £2.25million.”

But what will the winning man get this year?

World Snooker Championship prize money

  • Winner - £425,000

  • Runner-up - £180,000

  • Semi-finalists - £85,000

  • Last 32 - £18,000

  • Last 48 - £13,500

  • Last 80 - £9,000

  • Televised highest break - £10,000

  • Non-televised highest break - £1,000

  • Total - £1,968,000

Mark Williams was closing in on a third Betfred World Championship title after extending his lead over John Higgins at the Crucible.

At one stage in Monday's afternoon session Williams looked as though he could cross the winning line without needing to return in the evening.

That did not materialise but by stretching his lead from 10-7 overnight to an even more commanding 15-10, the 43-year-old Welshman was just three frames away from the winning line.

Williams is bidding to add to his 2000 and 2003 triumphs and become the oldest world champion since 45-year-old Ray Reardon's 1978 success. He vowed earlier in the tournament to strip off for his post-match press conference if he lands the title, and has said he would stick to that commitment.

Williams reeled off the first four frames of the afternoon as Higgins scored just 31 points.

But it was a different story after the mid-session interval as four-time champion Higgins finally found some fluency as he attempted to avoid a second Crucible final defeat in a row, having lost out to Mark Selby last year.

The last Crucible final to finish with a session to spare was in 1993 when Stephen Hendry beat Jimmy White 18-5.

The slim possibility of another unusually early finish was ended by Higgins winning the first frame after the resumption, with a break of 67 sparing him from what would have been an embarrassing scenario.

Higgins was suddenly right back to his best, and a 72 clearance won him the 23rd frame after Williams had opened with a run of 65.

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