Mark Selby became world champion snooker for the fourth time on Monday.

The 37-year-old Englishman was too strong for single world champion Shaun Murphy in the final in a sold-out room: 18-15.

On the last day of the World Cup snooker, the full capacity of a British sports stadium was allowed to be used for the first time in over a year.

A British government pilot seated 980 spectators at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield.

They saw an exciting final in which Selby proved once again that he is one of the best snooker players ever, especially in the tactical field.

'The Jester from Leicester' was 3-5 after the first session of the final, but already took the lead on Sunday-evening (10-7).

He kept that three frame lead after Monday's afternoon session (11-14) and finished it in the evening.

Selby was previously world champion in 2014, 2016 and 2017. He succeeds six-time winner Ronnie O'Sullivan, who was already eliminated in the second round this year.

With four world titles, Selby is level with John Higgins.

Only Stephen Hendry (seven), Ray Reardon, Steve Davis and O'Sullivan (all six) have become world champions more often in the modern era (since 1969).

The 38-year-old Murphy was very surprisingly crowned world champion in 2005 and has been waiting for his second title ever since.

The Englishman was also a losing finalist in 2009 and 2015.


Hundreds of fans attended the snooker World Cup final in Sheffield