Contents History edit edit The tournament was held for the first time in 1975 at the West Centre Hotel in London, when ten leading players were invited.
McCulloch was, however, the wild-card choice.
In 2014 World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was ranked 24 so that Graeme Dott, ranked 16, was not invited.
In 2007 all three wild-card matches were played on the first Sunday so that the last-16 round did not start until Monday.None of the players who played in the wild-card round won the tournament although two players, John Higgins (in 1995 ) and Ding Junhui (in 2007 ) reached the final.Retrieved "Benson hollywood casino bay st louis poker tournaments Hedges Masters 1996".Archived from the original on Retrieved "The Masters History".Retrieved "saga Insurance Masters 2006".Retrieved "The Masters 2011".The inclusion of wild-card players meant that there were an additional two or three matches to be arranged.Archived from the original on Retrieved "Betfair Sponsor The Masters".Retrieved 27 February 2017.Results, sA15zagermany: German Masters - 007ermany German ADE AB3CR3AC3CXFord.The Masters began as an invitational event for 10 top players.Just as Hunter himself rose swiftly through the amateur ranks, the scholarship will give a gifted young player the chance to fulfil his talent through elite training." 18 In a slight change for 2007, one extra discretionary wild-card place was awarded, bringing the total number.For the 1991 tournament, the Benson Hedges Championship was introduced: this granted the winner one of the two wild-card places.Retrieved "Superb Rocket beats Ding in final".In the summer of 2008 saga Insurance pulled out of the sponsorship of the event, 29 and the event was unsponsored in 2009.The event was sponsored by the cigarette company Benson Hedges.ADE AB3CR3AC3CXChuan Leong.World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.33 In 2012 the event was moved to the Alexandra Palace in London, 34 and was sponsored by BGC Partners.Retrieved "Betfair Masters (2013.Retrieved 11 November 2014.
The format has been largely unchanged since 1984 and the tournament generally involves the leading 16 players in the world rankings.
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