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Snooker World Championship 2017 preview: All you need to know

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England's Mark Selby holds the trophy after beating China's Ding Junhui in the final of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield, northern England, on May 2, 2016

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ByDan Quarrell
28/03/2017 at 08:04 | Updated 28/03/2017 at 09:04

Everything you need to know ahead of the 2017 Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield with Ronnie O'Sullivan again the favourite.

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When is it?

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The tournament gets underway on Saturday, April 15.

The final will bring the tournament to a close on Monday, May 1.

Qualifying for the main draw takes place between Wednesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 12.

Where is it?

As always, the tournament takes place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

For more information about the venue, click here to view the official website.

Why is the Crucible so special? We asked snooker legend Dennis Taylor live at the venue last year...

Is it on TV?

It certainly is. You can watch the World Championships live on Eurosport and the Eurosport Player.

The Eurosport Player will show both tables at all times, giving fans comprehensive access.

For more details and to find out how to subscribe to the Eurosport Player, click here.

Are tickets available?

Most of the days have already been sold out, but there are still a few tickets available.

To buy tickets and view the ticketing options in full, click here to view the official hub page.

What are the latest odds?

Ronnie O'Sullivan - 7/2

Mark Selby - 4/1

Judd Trump - 15/2

Neil Robertson - 9/1

Ding Junhui - 11/1

John Higgins - 11/1

Shaun Murphy - 16/1

Barry Hawkins - 18/1

Marco Fu - 18/1

Stuart Bingham - 25/1

Who won the title in 2016?

It was Mark Selby, who is the second favourite for this year's tournament, behind Ronnie O'Sullivan.

We chatted with Selby within minutes of him winning the title last year...

Who could be a surprise dark horse?

The most exciting new addition to the list of potential contenders could be 15-year-old Jackson Page, who enjoyed a breakout run at the Welsh Open in February.

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