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Betting on Snooker

As the game of snooker has become more popular throughout the years, betting on the sport has also become more prominent. Nowadays most of the biggest tournaments are sponsored by bookmakers. Betfred are the chief sponsors of the World Championship, Dafabet sponsor the Masters whilst Betway sponsor the UK Championship. This has led to an increased amount of markets for snooker, providing you with excellent opportunities for betting. Below you can find some of the most popular markets offered in snooker betting:

Win – The simplest market in snooker and used across multiple sports. This simply means to back the player you think will win a certain match.

Correct Score – If you want longer odds, then it may be that predicting a correct score is the market you want. This means that you must correctly predict the winning player, and the score line that they win by to be successful.

Example: Neil Robertson to beat Ding Junhui 5-3 at 5/1.

First 4 Frames – This is effectively a shortened version of the win market, but instead of backing a player to win a match you are backing them to be leading after the first four frames of the match. This will usually have more attractive odds than the win markets and  the player you have backed must be either 3-1 or 4-0 in front after four frames for you to win.

First Colour Potted – A simple bet, this simply means to correctly predict which colour (yellow, green, brown, blue, pink or black) will be potted in a frame.

Handicaps – This is a market which can offer value if you fancy one player to comfortably beat their opponent. It means that you are backing a player to win the match with a frames handicap (e.g. -3.5). This would mean that your selection has to win by at least four frames for you to win the bet.

Example: Mark Selby -3.5 v Adam Stefanow at 4/5.

Now that you have an idea of what markets you can find in snooker betting, read on for more information on the game itself, key words and terminology and some of the successful players to look out for when betting.

The game of snooker

Snooker is a cue sport which first came from India in the late 19 th century. It eventually found its way to the United Kingdom and had its own World Championship by 1927. It was not until the 1970’s when the game became popular in the UK however. Pot Black was commissioned by the BBC and by 1978 the World Championship was fully televised due to more people showing an interest in the game. The sport then boomed in the 1980’s with sports promoter Barry Hearn heavily involved, forming Matchroom. He signed up some of the top stars of snooker such as Steve Davis, Jimmy White and Dennis Taylor who became known as the ‘Matchroom Mob'. Hearn has continued to be heavily involved since and his influence has seen the game grow with more tournaments on the circuit than ever before.

How the game works

  • Two players go head to head in a race to a set amount of frames.
  • Each frame sees 15 reds and six colour balls on the table, with the objective being for players to pot them in the correct order.
  • First a player needs to pot all of the 15 reds, but after each red that is potted they must then pot a colour ball (yellow, green, brown, blue, pink or black). If potted, the colour ball is then re-placed onto its designated spot on the table.
  • Each coloured ball is worth a different amount of points, see below:- Red – 1 point

    – Yellow – 2 points

    – Green – 3 points

    – Brown – 4 points

    – Blue – 5 points

    – Pink – 6 points

    – Brown – 7 points

Key words and terminology

Frame – A frame is an individual game in snooker in which one player must outscore their opponent.

Break – When a player pots a succession of balls, accumulating their number of points.

Ends Maximum Break – This is the most amount of points a player can score in one break, which is 147. They will achieve this by potting 15 reds and 15 blacks before then potting all six colours.

Cue – The piece of equipment used by a player to strike the ball.

Cue ball – Another way of describing the white ball, this is the ball which a player hits at all of the other colours.

Foul – When a player hits an illegal shot. Examples include not hitting a ball, hitting or potting a colour ball first when going for a red or potting the cue ball.

Free ball – If a player is left snookered by a foul shot from his opponent, that player can hit any ball on the table as they cannot see a red.

Screw – A type of spin applied to the cue ball, when a player strikes the white on the bottom of the ball. This applies back spin which will see the cue ball roll backwards after hitting a colour ball.

Side – A type of spin applied to the cue ball, when a player strikes the white to the left or right of centre.

Check Side – Side that checks the ball off a cushion, killing some of its momentum thus widening the angle of its bounce.

Stun – When the cue ball is struck with no top spin or back spin, allowing it to stop dead as it hits the object ball.

Major tournaments

Snooker tournaments are separated into ‘Ranking’ events and ‘Non-Ranking’ events, with the former being the more prestigious tournaments. The biggest two ranking events are the UK Championship which is in December and the World Championship which is held at the Crucible, Sheffield in April. These two tournaments also form 2/3 of the ‘Triple Crown’ along with the Masters which is an invitational non-ranking event for the Top 16 players in the world rankings.

Most successful snooker active players

Below you will find some of snookers most successful names. Look out for these players when betting.

Ronnie O’Sullivan – 5x World Championships, 5x UK Championships, 7x Masters

John Higgins – 4x World Championships, 3x UK Championships, 2x Masters

Mark Selby – 2x World Championships, 2x UK Championships, 3x Masters

Neil Robertson – 1x World Championship, 2x UK Championships, 1x Masters

Mark Williams – 2x World Championships, 2x UK Championships, 2x Masters

Shaun Murphy – 1x World Championship, 1x UK Championship, 1x Masters

Ding Junhui – 2x UK Championships, 1x Masters