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Dafabet Masters Line-Up Confirmed

The 16 qualifiers for January’s Dafabet Masters have now been confirmed following the latest results at the Betway UK Championship this week in York.

With five places still to be mathematically confirmed heading into the tournament, Stuart Bingham, Ryan Day, Luca Brecel, Stephen Maguire and Jack Lisowski have all now booked their places at the Alexandra Palace with the final field now set:

(Note the seeding positions below will change depending on Stuart Bingham’s results in the Betway UK Championship)

Mark Allen
Mark Williams
Mark Selby
Ronnie O’Sullivan
John Higgins
Judd Trump
Barry Hawkins
Ding Junhui
Neil Robertson
Kyren Wilson
Shaun Murphy
Stuart Bingham
Ryan Day
Stephen Maguire
Luca Brecel
Jack Lisowski

With defending champion Mark Allen installed as top seed ahead of reigning world champion Mark Williams, the remaining 14 players will qualify on account of their world rankings after this tournament.

There will be one debutant this year, Jack Lisowski capitalising on his career-best start to the season to break into the world’s top 16 for the first time. Also returning having missed out in 2018 are of course Neil Robertson, Stuart Bingham and Stephen Maguire, all of whom have reached at least the last 16 of the UK Championship this week.

Marco Fu misses out on the Masters for the first time since 2013, while Anthony McGill, Liang Wenbo and Ali Carter are the others who were in the field last season but miss out this time.

The top eight in the seeding list following the UK Championship will be randomly drawn against the players seeded 9-16 in the opening round draw. At the time of writing, we do not know for certain who will be in the top eight, with Stuart Bingham still in with a chance of overtaking Ding Junhui for 8th position if he can win the title.

News on when the draw will take place will be announced soon.