The World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament that took place from 15 April to 1 May at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Total prize fund : £1. The World Championship, sponsored by Betfred until , is snooker's most important event, and one of the highlights of the sporting calendar. For 17 days. The World Snooker Championship is the leading snooker tournament both in terms of prestige and prize money. The first championship was held in and Current champion(s) : Mark Selby.