The Complete Guide to Betting on Snooker

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With snooker becoming more and more global, the season has expanded to pretty much all year round, so there are many opportunities to have a bet on the Green Baize. Each season is divided into a mixture of ranking events, Players Tour Championship Events and Invitationals.

There are currently eleven rankings events, the largest of these being the World Championship in Sheffield at the end of May, and these events will have the best fields, more ranking points and the most prize money in the game. There are twelve Players Tour Championship events (minor ranking events) and currently two big Invitational events, the Champion of Champions (all event winners from the last year) and the Masters (the top 16 ranked players in the World).

We’ll take a look at the differing events, formats and main betting opportunities, ending with the variety of individual match markets available.

Players Tour Championship Events

The Complete Guide to Betting on SnookerThese tournaments take place over four or five days, with the profession al players only joining for the final three days, which are generally a Friday, Saturday and Sunday (qualifiers will take place for a couple of days before). The events generally have a field of one hundred and twenty eight, and each match up to and including the final is played over the best of seven frames.

In terms of betting, most bookmakers will offer overall an overall tournament winner market, and individual match markets.

Due to the fact that each match is played over just seven frames, there is more possibility for upsets, and this will be reflected in the bookmakers odds for both matches and the overall markets.

Some bookmakers will offer free live streaming of these tournaments (normally just the main table), so being able to watch the match with a financial investment is always good.

Due to the roll on/roll on nature of these tournaments, the exact timing of matches is not always clear, so sometimes you have to be quick to know who is playing who and at what time. Due to this fact, only some bookmakers will offer additional markets on these matches. These events will generally be priced up a day or two before the tournaments start.

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Planet Mark's Top Rec:

32Red are giving the old 'High Street Bookies' sports betting brands some real trouble in 2019.

This very slick site offers top-rated odds; a huge range of bets and a big list of player promotions (really, check the latest before you bet elsewhere). This now includes an excellent 100% profit boost offer for all new players.

32Red are my go-to betting site, you’ll quickly find out why once you see www.32red.com/sports for yourself - check them now!

 

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Normal Ranking Events

I would include all of the events apart from the World Championship, the UK Championship and the International Championship in China in this category.

These events generally will feature matches that are best of nine all the way to the quarter final, with a best of eleven semi final and a longer final (seventeen or nineteen frames). The field size is once again one hundred and twenty eight, but this includes qualifiers, so when we reach the final venue, the field may have been whittled down to thirty two.

Bookmakers will be more active on these events as the start times are more set in stone, television coverage is greater and the field strength is stronger – most top players enter all or most of the ranking events.

Tournament outright betting will be available, each match will be priced up, as well as bets as to who will win their respective quarter of the draw – as well as many individual match markets (see below). Betting on the outright market will be available around a week beforehand.

UK Championship and International Championship

These two events are considered the biggest ranking events outside of the World Championship. They are both contested over slightly longer formats – each match being a minimum of best of eleven, with the International Championship featuring longer semi- finals of best of seventeen.

Because of the longer formats, there is less chance of an upset, and in general you would expect a better player to take the trophy on the Sunday night.

On top of the normal ranking events markets, bookmakers may offer additional markets – for example will there be a 147 in the whole tournament, or nationality of the tournament winner.

These will be priced up a week or two beforehand.

The Champion of Champions

This is a new non ranking event where players who have won in the previous year automatically qualify. The first round is best of seven, quarter finals and finals are best of eleven, and the final is best of nineteen – a slightly strange format in the fact that each quarter of the draw is decided daily, so each day produces a semi- finalist.

In terms of betting, this will be very similar to a standard ranking event.

The Masters

Online Betting on SnookerThe Masters is played in January every year, and is considered one of the biggest tournaments of the year with a huge prize fund and a long history. Having an elite field of sixteen means every match is a tough one, and the matches are best of eleven until the final.

At this event there is only one table, so all the focus is on just one game at a time – which will lead to more individual match markets (see below), as well as the usual outright tournament betting, and match winner markets. You may see more special bets offered by bookmakers here, being such a big event, and prices will be available two to three weeks beforehand.

The World Championship

Played over seventeen days in Sheffield this is the one that every player dreams of winning. The elite field of thirty two play matches starting at best of nineteen, going all the way up to best of thirty five in the final. This is a test of both skill and stamina.

You can place a bet on this event all year around, with bookmakers pricing it up for the following year pretty much as soon as the final ball goes in the previous year. Being the World Championship, there are many more markets available on this event. These include Nationality of winner, will there be a first time winner, to reach the final, how many final frame finishes, highest break betting and many more.

Being the World Championship, the qualifiers that take place a week or so beforehand are very popular in terms of betting, and all bookmakers will have these matches priced up as well – once again many of these matches will be streamed.

Individual Match Betting

In each match at the bigger events, as well as the general match odds, there will be a variety of markets available.

Correct Score betting is very popular. If you fancy Ronnie O’Sullivan to win easily, but he is a prohibitive price in the match odds, you could back him to win 5-0 or 5-1 at more sizable odds.

Handicap betting will also be available in most matches. The player considered the outsider will be given a start of a certain number of frames – for example Peter Ebdon may be given a one and a half frame start over Neil Robertson. In this case, you add the 1.5 to Ebdon’s score, so if he were to lose 5-4, you’d still be in the money. A good bet if you think a player has a chance, or will make the game a lot closer than many expected.

The Over/Under Frames market is another popular market. This is where you predict if the total number of frames in the match is under or over a given amount. Once again, if you think it will be a close long drawn out affair, you may want to back the overs, or a one sided breeze, go unders.

Session betting is also popular, especially at the World Championship. Before intervals, there will generally be four frames played, and you can wager on the outcome of these four frames – both in terms of correct score and just to be ahead (or drawing 2-2 of course).

On the biggest events individual frame betting is available, as well as which player will have the highest break in the match, total amount of century breaks in the match, or even for a quickfire bet, which player will pot the first ball, or which colour will be potted first.

Planet Mark's Top Rec:

32Red are giving the old 'High Street Bookies' sports betting brands some real trouble in 2019.

This very slick site offers top-rated odds; a huge range of bets and a big list of player promotions (really, check the latest before you bet elsewhere). This now includes an excellent 100% profit boost offer for all new players.

32Red are my go-to betting site, you’ll quickly find out why once you see www.32red.com/sports for yourself - check them now!

 

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Planet Mark's Top Rec:

32Red are giving the old 'High Street Bookies' sports betting brands some real trouble in 2019.

This very slick site offers top-rated odds; a huge range of bets and a big list of player promotions (really, check the latest before you bet elsewhere). This now includes an excellent 100% profit boost offer for all new players.

32Red are my go-to betting site, you’ll quickly find out why once you see www.32red.com/sports for yourself - check them now!

 

30181

 

Planet Mark's Top Rec: There are a lot of good reasons why Bovada are the number #1 US friendly sportsbook. Look beyond the big welcome bonus and you'll find the real magic...

Bovada have a huge range of markets (especially when it comes to the bigger events), competitive lines and super-easy deposits / withdrawals.

The killer reason is the promos – you’ll find their list of offers for regular bettors unrivalled anywhere online. Check out www.bovada.lv to see the latest deals for yourself now!

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Snooker – the future?

Snooker is going through a bit of a boom right now, with new tournaments appearing, a huge surge for snooker in Asia (especially in China), and because of Eurosport, a growing number of fans in continental Europe. Because of this each season may see new events, more prize money, and of course, more betting opportunities – a good time to get involved!

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