Snooker is a sport which takes place throughout the year and so there is rarely a shortage of matches to bet on. Top players compete in several major tournaments such as the World Championship, which is held at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in April and is watched by millions around the world.
Snooker has in the past, been dominated by British players. However, new players emerging from China has brought more competition to the game as well as awareness which has resulted in more betting options for punters.
There are several betting markets available when betting on snooker which include both pre-match and in-play markets. The most popular is the Match Winner and the Tournament Winner markets where you bet on either the winner of an individual match or of the tournament which they are competing in. Other popular snooker betting markets include:
Correct Score: Bet on the correct score based on the number of frames each player will win in the match.
Handicap Betting: If there is a strong favourite in a match, a handicap bet can give the underdog a head start with a number of frames advantage.
Total Number Of Frames: Bet on the cumulative total of frames from both players in a match.
Highest Break: Bet on which player will score the highest break in a match.
Frame winner: Bet on either player to win any given frame.
Frame Points: Bet on the total number of points in any given frame. You usually have the option to bet on ranges for frame points such as 100-120 etc.
First ball: Bet on which player will pot the first ball in a frame.
In-Play: There are a number of in-play markets available for snooker matches. Punters can bet on a player to win the next or current frame, to pot the next ball and many others.
147: Bet on whether or not a 147 will be scored in a match or tournament.
147’s are relatively uncommon but they are a popular bet. You can generally get very attractive odds on either player scoring a 147 and if it comes in, you not only get to enjoy watching it but also pocket some money.
Some snooker matches and tournaments are televised but not all. Thankfully though, you’re able to watch a large number of snooker matches online through online betting sites. The advantage of this is that you can have the live snooker stream open alongside the available betting markets and bet on the matches as you watch them.
You’ll find a list of snooker matches which are available to stream on our snooker live streams page. We recommend Bet365 for snooker streams due to the large number of matches covered, the high quality of the streams and the range of pre-match and in-play betting markets available.
Value can be found in many snooker betting markets if you know the players and the game. Here at WhichBookie, we provide many betting tips for snooker and other sports which are well researched by individuals who have an in-depth knowledge of the sport. All of the betting tips available on WhichBookie are 100% free and cover a range of markets including the match winner and overall tournament winner.
Not all bookies offer the same odds for snooker betting and not all bookies offer the same markets. Therefore, it’s good to shop around for the best odds on the markets you want to bet on. Online bookmaker Bet365 generally offers very competitive odds for many sports, including snooker, and are our top recommended bookie for snooker betting.
One great thing about snooker as a sport is that there are tournaments taking place around the world all year long. Below, we have listed some of the most popular snooker tournaments.
The World Championship is held annually in April at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, UK. It is the most prestigious tournament on the snooker calendar similar to how Wimbledon is for tennis.
The World Snooker Championship has been running since 1927 when Joe Davis won the first ever title. Impressively, this was to be his first in 15 consecutive world titles from that point onwards.
It was only from 1969 when the World Championship format changed to a knockout style tournament and only from 1977 when it was first held at the Crucible. Since then, Stephen Hendry holds the most titles with seven victories.
As well the World Championship and the Masters, the UK Championship is considered one of the three Triple Crown events.
First held in 1977 at Tower Circus, Blackpool and was won by Patsy Fagan, the UK Championship is a sought after title which is made even more attractive by the £200,000 prize for the winner (2019).
Only behind the World Championship, The Masters is the second longest-running tournament in snooker having been established back in 1975.
Legendary Ronnie O’Sullivan is the player to have won The Masters the most number of times with 7 titles to his name after reaching the final a record 12 times.
The China Open is one of the more recent prestigious snooker tournaments having been established in 1997. The tournament is extremely well-known due to the increased popularity of the sport in China.
In 2019, the tournament had a total prize fund of £1,000,000 with the tournament winner pocketing £225,000.
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