Last month’s Shanghai Masters was the most recent tournament to have affected the world rankings. So who are currently the top five ranked players?
5. John Higgins
The “Wizard of Wishaw” has been playing professionally since 1992, making his first big splash in the 1994/5 season by winning the Grand Prix at the age of 19. In all, he’s won 28 ranking titles, including four World Championships.
Though Higgins has had ups and downs, including allegations of match-fixing (which he was cleared of), he’s remained a popular player and was awarded the MBE in 2006.
4. Judd Trump
A 27-year-old from Bristol, Trump turned professional in 2005, winning the China Open in 2011, followed by the International Championship in 2012 and the Australian Goldfields Open in 2014.
Judd Trump is an exciting player who specialises in break building. Even in a relatively short professional career, to date he’s amassed over 350 century breaks.
3. Shaun Murphy
Raised in Northamptonshire, Shaun “The Magician” Murphy has been a professional since 1998, but he really arrived at the 2005 World Championship where he became only the third qualifier ever to win the title. He’s won two other World Championships among his eight ranking titles, including a career Triple Crown.
Especially known for his long potting, Murphy has scored more than 300 century breaks in his career.
2. Stuart Bingham
A late bloomer, Stuart Bingham turned professional in 1995 but won his first ranking title at the age of 35 with the Australian Goldfields Open in 2011. He followed that with the World Championship in 2015, making him only the second player to win both the amateur and professional world titles. He has three maximum breaks to his name.
Although he didn’t retain his world title this year, Stuart Bingham’s number-two ranking suggests that he’s one to beat this year.
1. Mark Selby
The reigning world champion, Mark Selby turned professional in 1999 at the age of 16. After working his way up the rankings, Selby was world runner-up in 2007 and won the first of his three Masters in 2008. He has eight ranking titles, including a career Triple Crown.
Selby, who is also a pool champion, is known for his prolific break-building, having scored over 400 century breaks as a professional.
So these are currently the five highest-ranking snooker players in the world. But, with a dozen or so ranking tournaments to come over the next six months, what will the table look like when the next world champion is crowned in April 2017?