So just how much moula do the world’s leading Snooker players earn?
Well quite a bit, even excluding endorsements.
During the 2015/16 World Snooker season England’s Mark Selby was the highest earner, winning £510,909 in prize money.
That’s $995,478.84 in Australian Dollars of which $642,987.33 came from winning the world championship in May.
It was the second time in three years that the reigning world champion has topped the list having picked up a cool $1,361,636.74 in 2013/14.
It’s quite a handsome sum of money!
Australia’s Neil Robertson came in second in claiming $805,454.65 across the season.
Just over half of that was pocketed in winning the Champion of Champions and the UK Championships.
In 2013/14 Robertson finished fourth highest with $95,1675.81 and in 2014/15 came in fifth with $651,852.77.
Below are the top ten total prizemoney earners of last season.
|3||John Higgins MBE||$645,494.98|
|4||Ronnie O’Sullivan OBE||$588,625.68|
Now before you start feeling sorry for Ronnie O’Sullivan OBE, the forty year olds career prizemoney tally currently stands at $16 497,270.22. The winnings have come from the 278 tournaments he has played since 1992.
O’Sullivan has a 74.21% winning record – 817 wins from 1,101 games played.
Robertson’s career Prizemoney earnings is $6,107,239.83 with a 63.67% winning percentage from 779 matches played.
But chances are by the end of his career, 34 year old Robertson’s earnings will more than likely outstrip O’Sullivan’s, with prizemoney on the up.
In this coming season total prizemoney will top $10 Million pounds ($19,484,464.67AUD) for the first time with the addition of new world ranking tournaments and prizemoney increases.
Prize money at the Players Championship and Welsh Open will increase, with the Cardiff tournament now joining new events in England, Scotland and Ireland to form the Home Nations Series.
And take this, any player that wins all four Home Nation Series will pocket a £1,000,000 ($1,948,446.47) bonus.
So what’s the moral of the story – get practicing!!
Whatever the case the massive money up for grabs will inject even more tension into the 2016/17 World Snooker Tour which begins on June 22nd in Latvia with the Kaspersky Riga Masters.