14. Ronnie OSullivan holds a record for the fastest 147 that looks almost impossible to beat. His maximum against Mick Price at the Crucible in 1997 was compiled in only five minutes and 20 seconds. He received £165,000 - which works out to £515 per second. The next quickest Crucible 147, Stephen Hendrys in 1997, took more than twice as long.
15. Going into the 2003 Embassy World Championship there had been 32 breaks over 140 compiled at the Crucible. Leading the way with four, John Higgins. Stephen Hendry, Ronnie OSullivan and Jimmy White have all weighed in with three apiece.
16. The heaviest defeat at Crucible was Steve Davis hammering John Parrott 18-3, with a session to spare, in the final of the 1989 Embassy World Championship. Davis also shares the distinction of enjoying the widest margin of victory in a Crucible semi-final. Twice scoring 16-5, as did Dennis Taylor over Tony Knowles in 1985.
17. In the final qualifying round of the 2002 Embassy World Championship, Dominic Dale won a frame against Paul Wykes without potting a ball. The frame was correctly awarded to Dale by the referee, Eirian Williams, when Wykes completely missed with three consecutive shots a red he could hit directly.
18. A century break in three consecutive frames at the Crucible has been achieved on only three occasions. Ronnie OSullivan pulled off the hat-trick during his 10-9 defeat by David Gray in the first round in 2000 while John Higgins has completed the three timer twice, first against John Parrott in 1998, then against Anthony Hamilton two years later.
19. The world championship began in 1927 - the IBSF World Amateur Championship was first played in 1963 - and yet only one player has won both titles: Ken Doherty in Singapore in 1989 and eight years later at the Crucible.
20. Joe Davis and Ray Reardon both won the Embassy World title at the age of 45 and in 1978 Fred Davis astoundingly reached the semi at the age of 64.
21. The Crucible Theatre was chosen as the permanent home of the Embassy World Championship after Carol Watterson, wife of the promoter Mike Watterson, saw a play at the Sheffield venue.
22. Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis have each won 55 matches at the Crucible in the final stages of the Embassy World Championship.
23. The oldest competitor to play at the Crucible was the late Fred Davis, who was part of the line-up in 1984 at the grand old age of 70.
24. Rex Williams and Cliff Wilson each made eight Crucible appearances but failed to win a single match.
25. The most centuries in a single Embassy World Championship match is eight from the 1999 semi-final between Stephen Hendry and Ronnie OSullivan, who made four apiece.
26. During his quarter-final Embassy World Championship victory over Anthony Hamilton in 2000, John Higgins amassed 485 points without reply, a snooker record.
27. Joe Johnson (in 1987) and Ken Doherty (in 1998) are the only first time Embassy World champions to reach the final again the following year.
28. Stephen Hendry is the youngest player to appear in the final stages. He played at the 1986 Embassy World Championship at the age of 17 and 3 months. He became the youngest ever champion four years later.
29. Stephen Hendry has appeared in the most Embassy World Championship finals, a total of nine, one more than Steve Davis.
30. In 2003, Ken Doherty, the runner-up, played 132 of a possible 137 frames during his marathon progression through the tournament.
1. In April 2003, Ronnie OSullivan became the first player to compile a second 147 break at the Crucible while competing in the Embassy World Championship. The other Crucible maximum men are Cliff Thorburn, who made the first in 1983, Jimmy White (1992) and Stephen Hendry (1995).
2. Embassy first sponsored the World Snooker Championship, held at split sites in Middlesbrough and Manchester, in 1976. The total prize fund was £11,000 with Welshman Ray Reardon securing the first prize of £3,500.
3. The final of the 1985 Embassy World Championship between
Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis attracted the largest television audience in snooker history. A total of 18.5 million people tuned in as Taylor famously edged Davis 18-17 on the final black. This remains a record for any programme on BBC2 and any BBC broadcast after midnight.
4. In 1979 Terry Griffiths, a postman, a bus conductor and an insurance salesman before turning professional less than a year earlier, captured the Embassy World title at his first attempt. It remains the only time this has been achieved at the Crucible.
5. Steady Eddie Charlton has the unenviable record of being the only player to suffer a whitewash at the Crucible. He was drubbed 10-0 by John Parrott, then the defending champion, at the 1992 Embassy World Championship.
6. The longest best of 19 frame match in the Embassy World Championship, and the history of the game for that matter, was played in Newport, South Wales in March 2000. Gary Wilkinson took no less than eleven hours, 38 minutes to beat Jason Ferguson 10-9 in the final qualifying round.
7. The 2004 Embassy World Championship boasts a total prize fund of £1,378,920 with the champion collecting a cheque for £250,000 when he lifts the coveted silver trophy on May 3rd.
8. When Peter Ebdon lost 13-12 to Paul Hunter in the quarter-finals of the 2003 Embassy World Championship he became the 15th player to fall victim of the well known Crucible jinx. No first time champion at the Crucible has returned to Sheffield the following year and successfully defended his title.
9. The most century breaks ever compiled by one player in a single tournament is 16. Stephen Hendry established that record at the 2002 Embassy World Championship.
10. The most points scored in a frame at the Crucible that was eventually re-racked is 97. It came in the final of the 1981 Embassy World Championship between Doug Mountjoy and Steve Davis. The score was 49-48 to Davis with only three colours remaining when referee John Williams called a stalemate. With the blue close to the black that was hanging over a pocket there had been 37 shots in which the frame had gone nowhere.
11. Mark Williams (2000 and 2003) is the only left-hander to win the Embassy World Championship.
12. The fastest best of 19 frame match on record was played in the qualifying competition of the 1997 Embassy World Championship. Alan Burnett, a former world junior champion from Scotland, needed only one hour, 45 minutes to beat the twice UK champion Doug Mountjoy, then in his last season, 10-1.
13. The latest ever finish at the Crucible came in 1983 when Cliff Thorburn, who made his historic maximum break earlier in the match, finally completed an epic 13-12 win over Terry Griffiths at 3.51am.