How To Bet on Snooker | Snooker Betting
Snooker is a game that has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the last 20-30 years. It appears as if it is now pushing on even further as it becomes one of the most loved sports in the Far East. While it lacks the speed of its cousin Pool, there are few sports in the world that require as much skill. The overall standard of Snooker has risen exponentially in the last 10 years and it is now difficult to predict the outcome of a match as any player in the world’s top 50 is capable of beating anyone. At present, the top Snooker players include Mark Selby, Judd Trump, John Higgins and Shaun Murphy as legends like Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O Sullivan have been phased out.
This is another area where Snooker has grown. At one time, there were only a handful of big tournaments but now, with ever growing prize money, there is seemingly a big event every month. Here is a list of the top 5 for betting:
- World Championship: The biggest of them all, the World Championship takes place each year in Sheffield, England and is the most coveted prize in the sport.
- UK Championship: The second biggest tournament, the UK Championship has been held since 1977.
- China Open: This event only began in 1997 but its stock has risen and this tournament has helped raise Snooker’s profile.
- World Open: Once held in England, the World Open has moved to China in a bid to take the sport worldwide.
- German Masters: This is one of the biggest events in Snooker to take place outside of the UK and China.
Match & Tournament Betting
As there are only two possible outcomes in a Snooker match, one would think that betting on it would be easy. However, as we have already mentioned, the gap between the top 16 and top 50 has closed dramatically. The majority of matches result in odds between 1.50-2.50 and Snooker is one sport where laying the favourite can prove to be the wise decision. Outright tournament betting is even more difficult as you have to pick one player out of a field of 32-64 players in most cases. It is often the case where at least one player from outside the top 16 makes a surprise run to the semi-final and beyond.
Other Snooker Bets
Snooker’s popularity has certainly been helped by the number of different betting options that are available:
- Highest Break/Century Breaks: You can bet on who will make the highest break, how high the break will be, how many centuries there will be in a match and whether any player makes the magical maximum 147 break.
- In-Play: Snooker is a great in-play sport because the standard of each player is now so high that a single missed pot or bad safety play could completely change the momentum of a match and the odds can literally change with every shot.
- Frame Outcome: You can bet on who wins the frame and as we mentioned above, the odds change rapidly and lead to a great deal of excitement.
- Final Score: This isn’t as difficult to predict as other sports since Snooker matches have a pre-determined length. For example, a player may need 6 frames to win. Therefore, you simply need to bet on a score from 6-0 to 6-5 in this case.
Snooker Betting Tips
It can be risky, but betting on an outright tournament victor should be done well in advance of the tournament as you will get better odds. Be wary when betting large sums on what seems like a ‘sure thing’ as Snooker matches are very unpredictable. It is not unusual for an unfancied player to produce an amazing performance and knock out a favourite. Also, you can get real value on players trailing in longer games. Snooker is mentally gruelling so a player is always further away from the finishing line than you think.