Corporate By William Hill PLC becomes title sponsor of snoker's UK championship

World Snooker is delighted to announce that has signed a deal to become the title sponsor of snooker’s UK Championship.

Europe’s leading online betting firm, who offer the widest range of sports betting and gaming products in the market, will support the BBC-televised nine-day snooker extravaganza.

Snooker’s second biggest ranking event and a firm fixture on the sporting calendar since 1977, the £625,000 UK Championship starts this Saturday at the Barbican in York and runs until the following Sunday, 11th of December.

This year’s UK Championship will feature 32 of the best players in the World – including the reigning world champion and defending UK champion John Higgins. the current world number one Mark Selby, and the recent Premier League winner Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Other former world champions who’ll be playing in York include Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, Neil Robertson, Mark Williams, Graeme Dott, and Shaun Murphy

Kristof Fahy, Chief Marketing Officer at William Hill said “The UK Championship is one of the crown jewels in the world of snooker and we’re delighted to put our name to such a prestigious event.”

“William Hill is a worldwide brand and our sponsorship of the UK Championship gives us the opportunity to promote our online and mobile betting products to a global audience.”

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said "We're delighted to welcome William Hill as the new title sponsor of the UK Championship. Having worked with their team at darts events I know they are a fantastic company, so it's fitting that they're sponsoring one of snooker's biggest tournaments.

"The UK Championship is one of the highlights of the snooker calendar and receives outstanding exposure through coverage on BBC and across the world, providing exceptional brand exposure for the sponsor to hundreds of millions of fans globally.”

"It promises to be a superb tournament with 32 of the best players in the world gunning for the title."

## Coverage of the UK Championship on BBC starts at 1pm this Saturday, 3rd December. Tickets for the event are on sale now - for details call 0844 854 2757 or visit

Latest tournament odds UK Championship (sponsors bet): 6/1 Ronnie O'Sullivan 13/2 Mark Selby 8/1 John Higgins 8/1 Mark Williams 9/1 Ding Junhui 9/1 Neil Robertson 12/1 Shaun Murphy 12/1 Judd Trump 16/1 Mark Allen 25/1 Allister Carter 35/1 Graeme Dott 35/1 Stuart Bingham 40/1 Stephen Maguire 40/1 Matthew Stevens 50/1 Ryan Day 50/1 Marco Fu 50/1 Martin Gould 66/1 Stephen Hendry 66/1 Stephen Lee 80/1 Ricky Walden 100/1 Robert Milkins 100/1 Mark Davis 100/1 Marcus Campbell 100/1 Dominic Dale 125/1 Tom Ford 125/1 Matthew Selt 125/1 Rory McLeod 125/1 Peter Lines 150/1 Li Yan 150/1 Steve Davis 200/1 Adrian Gunnell 200/1 Joe Jogia --- 1/2 Odds Place 1,2