With more tournaments and prize money on offer than ever before, snooker is in the midst of a new boom and has consequently opened up an array of new betting avenues, with fans able to place pre-match and in-play bets on all major matches. This can be on your PC, tablet or mobile device.
The return of the sport into the living rooms of millions has seen the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson Judd Trump and Mark Selby become star names at the heart of game’s new golden age.
With over 25 major tournaments in a season spanning 11 months, there are more opportunities than ever before for betting customers to get in on the action. Punters are winning at big odds week-in, week-out, with many now enjoying accumulator bets with the potential to get a large return from a small stake.
Tournaments such as The Masters and the World Championship, which span over nine and 17 days respectively, offer the chance for large multi bets to be placed on a series of early round matches, as well as a vast array of other frame and break markets.
One of the 10 ranking events played each year takes place here in Australia with the Australian Goldfields Open
a popular event among fans and players. It takes place in Bendigo each July and is streamed live online through our partner Bet365
As well as this, popular invitational tournaments such as the Championship League and the Shoot-out, are live streamed online under adapted formats, and allow for a quicker turnaround in outright betting. The vastly improved strength in-depth in snooker means typically that there are now six or seven genuine title contenders for each event.
Shaun Murphy stunned the snooker world and bookmakers when he sensationally stormed to a maiden world title as a qualifier in 2005 at odds of $151. Judd Trump was another outsider to shine when he enjoyed a fairytale run to the final at the Crucible in 2011. Now the left-hander is set to carry the mantle for the sport when Ronnie O’Sullivan decides to hang up his cue.
O’Sullivan, who has dipped in and out of the sport in recent years, remains the most popular outright bet prior to any tournament in which he is involved, but the strength in-depth of the field often means that the likes of Trump, Selby and Robertson all start out as equal favourites or within close proximity in the betting.
A number of fearless young players now look set to emerge into the big time, with the taxing new regime installed by Barry Hearn perhaps not suited to the establish stars, but offering the perfect platform for the likes of Jack Lisowski, Michael White and Luca Brecel to shine through.
Other popular betting markets in snooker include match handicap – offering either player an invisible leg deficit – as well as mini-session correct scores and who will make the highest break?
The holy grail of snooker – a maximum 147 break – also often offers long odds, especially in a specific match, but such is the standard of the modern day game – the price for one to be hit in any tournament has dropped.
Several bookmakers also run promotions for each big tournament, which means there is the chance to get money back or even double your money should, for example a specific player win the tournament, or a match ends with a century break.
If you enjoy betting on snooker or just like to watch the games being played then you’ve come to the right place as we cover all major events.