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  1. Shaun Murphy v Ali Carter 13:00 GMT
  2. John Higgins v Anthony McGill 19:00 GMT
  3. First round, Alexandra Palace (best of 11 frames)

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All times stated are UK

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BBC Coverage

All times GMT and subject to late changes

Wednesday, 17 January


Shaun Murphy (Eng) v Ali Carter (Eng)


John Higgins (Sco) v Anthony McGill (Sco)

TV coverage

13:00-16:45, BBC Two (13:00-14:30 & 15:30-16:45, BBC Two Scotland)

19:00-23:00, BBC Red Button and online

00:15-01:05, Highlights, BBC Two

01:05-03:05, Extra, BBC Two

Ronnie O'Sullivan fights back to win 2017 Masters

Ronnie O'Sullivan won a record seventh Masters title by coming from behind to beat Joe Perry 10-7 at the 2017 Masters.

The Rocket, who won his first Masters title in 2005, fought back from three frames down to retain the Masters trophy in the final at London's Alexandra Palace.

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Masters final highlights 2017: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Joe Perry 10-7

What is it?

The second of the so-called Triple Crown snooker events, the Masters is considered snooker’s most prestigious invitation tournament.

The 2018 tournament runs from January 14 to 21 with full coverage across the BBC.

The Masters has been held at Alexandra Palace in London since 2012.

Paul Hunter trophy

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It requires skill and concentration and will improve your focus and hand-eye coordination. Anyone can play regardless of age, gender or ability and it's not an expensive sport to get into.

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