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  1. Last time out

    Debutant David Gilbert made a tournament-high 144 break in a dominant 6-2 victory over Stephen Maguire to reach the Masters semi-finals.

    World number 11 Gilbert is in line for a bonus £15,000 after a stunning century in the opening frame.

    The Englishman went 4-1 ahead including runs of 55 and 91 and completed the task in his first appearance at London's Alexandra Palace.

    "I'm absolutely over the moon," said the 38-year-old from Derby.

    Read the full report here.

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    Video caption: David Gilbert dominates Stephen Maguire to reach semi-finals - best shots
  2. What is the Masters?

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    Image caption: Judd Trump is the reigning Masters champion

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

    The 2020 tournament runs from January 12 to 19 with full coverage across the BBC Two, Red Button, Connected TV and iPlayer, plus coverage across the BBC Sport website and app.

    The Masters has been held at Alexandra Palace in London since 2012 and its most decorated player is Ronnie O'Sullivan. The seven-time champion will not be in action though at the 2020 tournament after announcing he would not take part in December.

    Defending champion Judd Trump beat O’Sullivan in last year’s final 10-4 and will hope to retain his title after the World number one exited the UK Championship at the last 32 stage in December.

  3. How to get into snooker

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    Video caption: Get Inspired: How World Snooker is helping build confidence in the community

    Whether you choose to play competitively or socially, snooker is sure to get your brain working.

    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 in to.

    Snooker is essentially a simple sport, once the rules of the game have been learnt you can do that here.

    And a great way to start taking part in snooker is through a local snooker club.

    The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards provides a club finder to locate your local snooker venue.