The 40th edition of snooker’s Masters tournament gets underway at Alexandra Palace with the world’s top 16 battling it out for the famous trophy, live on BBC Sport and British Eurosport.
The most prestigious invitation tournament on the circuit, the 2014 Dafabet Masters runs from January 12 to 19 at Alexandra Palace in London and sees defending champion Mark Selby lead an all-star cast of snooker’s biggest names.
World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will be aiming to regain the Masters title he has won on four occasions in the past, while world number one Neil Robertson, Chinese ace Ding Junhui, Judd Trump, Stuart Bingham and John Higgins will also be in attendance.
The players will all be chasing a top prize of £200,000 along with the prestige that comes with winning a BBC-televised event, which will also be broadcast live in 68 countries, reaching millions of viewers around the world.
Despite being a non-ranking event, the Masters is one of the most fiercely contested tournaments in snooker.
Consists of the elite top 16 players in the world, the competition will be intense and the quality of snooker at its best.
The pick of the first round matches sees Shaun Murphy take on Ding Junhui, who, earlier in the season, became the first person to win three major ranking tournaments in a row since Stephen Hendry in 1993.
Defending champion Mark Selby kicks off the action on Sunday afternoon with his first round match against Mark Davis.
BBC Sport will televise all eight days of action from the 2013 Dafabet Masters from Alexandra Palace across BBC Two, BBC Red Button and Online.
Hazel Irvine and Jason Mohammad present the BBC’s coverage throughout tournament, including live afternoon and evening programming, nightly highlights and the late-night Snooker Extra shows.
BBC Red Button will screen live action of each evening session from Sunday to Wednesday starting at 7.00pm, plus continued coverage of two quarter-final matches on Thursday and Friday from 7.55pm.
Commentators and guests throughout the week include Ken Doherty, Dennis Taylor, Stephen Hendry, John Parrott, Dennis Taylor and John Virgo.
Six-time world champion Steve Davis returns to the BBC snooker punditry team for the Masters following his exploits on ITV’s reality series ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’.
Online viewers can watch full live coverage from both tables and BBC network TV’s output on PCs, laptops, mobiles and tablet devices via the BBC Sport website and app.
British Eurosport will also have live coverage from north London alongside the BBC’s offering, including high-definition coverage of every session.
Eurosport’s commentary team includes Mike Smith, Mike Hallett, David Hendon and former World Champion Joe Johnson.
Click here for full details of British Eurosport’s TV schedule.
Sunday 12th January
DAY 1 – First Round (Best of 11 frames) Mark Selby 6-5 Mark Davis LIVE: 1.00pm-5.00pm BBC Two
Stuart Bingham 2-6 John Higgins LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm BBC Red Button Highlights: 11.50pm-12.40am BBC Two Snooker Extra: 12.40am-2.40am BBC Two Monday 13th January DAY 2 – First Round (Best of 11 frames) Judd Trump 5-6 Marco Fu
LIVE: 1.00pm-6.00pm BBC Two Stephen Maguire 6-4 Joe Perry LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm BBC Red Button Highlights: 12.20am-1.10am BBC Two Snooker Extra: 1.10am-3.10am BBC Two Tuesday 14th January DAY 3 – First Round (Best of 11 frames) Ding Junhui 4-6 Shaun Murphy
LIVE: 1.00pm-6.00pm BBC Two Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1 Robert Milkins LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm BBC Red Button Highlights: 11.20pm-12.10am BBC Two Snooker Extra: 12.10am-2.10am BBC Two Wednesday 15th January DAY 4 – First Round (Best of 11 frames) Neil Robertson 6-5 Mark Allen LIVE: 1.00pm-6.00pm BBC Two Barry Hawkins 5-6 Ricky Walden LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm BBC Red Button Highlights: 11.20pm-12.10am BBC Two Snooker Extra: 12.10am-2.10am BBC Two Thursday 16th January DAY 5 – Quarter Finals (Best of 11 frames) Marco Fu 4-6 Shaun Murphy LIVE: 1.00pm-6.00pm BBC Two Mark Selby 6-5 John Higgins LIVE: 7.00pm-8.00pm BBC Two / 7.55pm-11.00pm BBC Red Button Highlights: 11.20pm-12.10am BBC Two Snooker Extra: 12.10am-2.10am BBC Two Friday 17th January DAY 6 – Quarter Finals (Best of 11 frames) Ricky Walden 0-6 Ronnie O’Sullivan LIVE: 1.00pm-6.00pm BBC Two Neil Robertson 2-6 Stephen Maguire LIVE: 7.00pm-8.00pm BBC Two / 7.55pm-11.00pm BBC Red Button Highlights: 11.05pm-11.55pm BBC Two Snooker Extra: 11.55pm-1.55am BBC Two Saturday 18th January DAY 7 – Semi Finals (Best of 11 frames) Mark Selby v Shaun Murphy LIVE: 1.15pm-4.30pm BBC One / 4.30pm-6.00pm BBC Two Stephen Maguire v Ronnie O’Sullivan LIVE: 7.00pm-10.30pm BBC Two Sunday 19th January Masters Final (Best of 19 frames) LIVE: 1.30pm-5.15pm & 7.00pm-11.00pm BBC Two