The Welsh Open 2024 prize money: How much will players earn?

ROBERT Milkins lifted the Ray Reardon trophy in 2023, defeating Sean Murphy 9-7 in a thrilling Welsh Open final.

Here we look at the prize money snooker players earn for reaching each stage of the ranking event.

Robert Milkins holding the Ray Reardon Trophy following his victory over Sean Murphy in the 2023 Welsh Open finalRex

The Welsh Open 2024 prize money

As well as the winning the Ray Reardon Trophy, the winner of the Welsh Open will take home tens of thousands of pounds.

The full prize money breakdown is as follows:

Last 64: £3,000

Last 32: £4,500

Last 16: £7,500

Quarter-final: £11,000

Semi-final: £17,500

Runner-up: £35,000

Winner: £80,000

Highest break: £5,000

Total: £427,000

When is the Welsh Open 2024 final?

The Welsh Open begins at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Monday February 12.

This year’s tournament marks just the second time the final event in snooker’s Home Nations Series hasn’t been held in Cardiff or Newport.

Last year was the first time in the tournament’s history it hadn’t been staged in either of the Welsh cities mentioned above, when it was also in Llandudno.

Here is the 2024 Welsh Open schedule (all UK times — schedule subject to change):

Monday, February 12th

10:00-16:30 & 19:30-22:00

Tuesday, February 13th

10:00-16:30 & 19:00-22:00

Wednesday, February 14th

10:00-16:30 & 19:00-22:00

Thursday, February 15th

12:30-16:30 & 19:00-22:30

Friday, February 16th

Quarter-finals (best of nine frames)

12:30-16:30 & 19:00-22:00

Saturday, February 17th

Semi-finals (best of 11 frames)

13:00-16:30 & 19:00-22:00

Sunday, February 18th

Final (best of 17 frames)

13:00-16:30 & 19:00-22:00

Where can I watch the Welsh Open 2024 on TV?

The Welsh Open 2024 will be shown live on BBC Two in the UK.

You can also live stream the action on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

As long as you have a TV licence, the Welsh Open is free to watch and stream on the BBC.

Why isn’t Ronnie O’Sullivan playing at the Welsh Open 2024?

Ronnie was scheduled to play Liam Graham in a held-over pre-qualifying match on Monday, February 12th.

However, on February 10th Ronnie announced that he would not be able to playopening up about his battle with “stage fright”.

Ronnie released a statement on X, formerly Twitter, reading: “Morning guys, I wanted to let you know that I’ve decided I’m not able to play in Llandudno next week.

“It’s hard to explain but for years I’ve suffered from stage fright at times, brought on by anxiety.

“It’s not something I can predict or control but I try to manage it as best as I can.

“I’m sorry to everyone who’s bought tickets but I just can’t get my cue out when I feel like this and I think this [is] what’s best for me right now.

“I still want to be around the tournament so I’ll be doing some work with Eurosport and I hope to see you all there.”

Ronnie also pulled out of the German Masters in January 2024 for “health and wellbeing” reasons.

This isn’t the fist time the seven-time world champion has cancelled a match against Liam — he did so at the Scottish Open in December 2023, with the young scottish player accusing the Rocket of “disrespect”.