Snooker is clearly experiencing a renaissance and best snooker betting sites now claim an ever-increasing share of bookmakers betting turnover. An explosion of popularity in the Far East now sees snooker betting odds available on every ranking tournament and competition along with the more obscure matches such as ‘qualifiers’ and ‘seniors’ events.
Talking of veterans, many will think of Steve Davis or Stephen Hendry – the players who dominated the game in the 80s and 90’s – along with coma-inducing commentators and spectators aged between 75 and dead when they reflect on the sport.
But the game has moved on, there are new players, new formats, new tournaments and ever increasing ways of watching and betting on snooker. With so many snooker betting opportunities and snooker betting odds checker sites, making money from the sport as a gambling medium is probably easier now than ever.
There are two definitions of ‘outright winner’ in snooker. The winner of an individual match or the outright/overall winner of a competition. In snooker match betting you will often see lopsided odds as the early-rounds of competitions and qualifying matches can be apparent mismatches.
To combat this handicap betting, bookmakers even-out the betting odds as favourites are given a mythical frame disadvantage and/or underdogs a an advantage. The handicap marks are always set by a half-frame, so a player can receive (or concede) a ½, 1½, 2½ frame advantage for example. This means there will always be a winner in a handicap snooker bet.
Tournament winning predictions, such as Snooker World Championship betting, is something of an art-form where serious punters compile that much touted investment tool, a portfolio. The bookmakers make it easy for punters too. For example, William Hill snooker betting, offers ante-post competition markets on the winner of each quarter/bracket of the draw as well as prices on a player to simply make the final and great each-way terms on identifying outright competition winners.
But there are loads of bet options with the betting sites, offering snooker betting strategies aplenty. One of our most popular snooker betting tips is considering the correct score markets. Pro punters will point out a player who is a long odds-on shot does not necessarily win by a huge margin. Likewise they will have some players earmarked as ‘roll overs’ meaning they will regularly be beaten by a good margin once a game seemingly slips away from their grasp.
Correct score snooker betting odds are offered by most online bookmakers in televised games, later stages of competitions and all games in the majors such as the World Championship, UK Championship or Masters – the three events which make up snooker’s ‘Triple Crown’. Obviously the rewards for identifying the exact winning score can be great especially in long format games – found in the major tournaments – as there are numerous potential correct score outcomes.
In-play betting markets have flourished in the past five years and snooker betting in play is one of the best sports to trade as a game unfolds. And don’t think simply ‘who will win the contest’. Oh no live snooker betting now encompasses loads of eventualities such as ‘who will win the current frame’ …or the next frame. You can bet in play on almost anything in snooker, such as the winning margin of a frame, the colour of the first coloured ball to be potted, even the player to score the first 40 points in a frame.
As with premiership football the best snooker betting sites encourage customers to combine a number of snooker matches in accumulators. Nothing beats stringing together a number of winners and, within snooker, its one way of getting a healthy return on a number of short-priced winners. Let’s be honest backing some of the sport’s biggest names – O’Sullivan, Trump, Robertson, Higgins, Williams, Selby et-al – to win first round matches individually is rarely going to fund a trip to the Caribbean.
In addition to players markets on major snooker competitions, the best places to bet on snooker will feature odds on statistics such the ‘number of century breaks during the competition’ and the prospect of ‘a 147 to be recorded during the tournament’.
You can normally find snooker betting odds on a reverse forecast, which basically means naming the two finalists. That market will not appear until the draw has been made as your two selections will need to be positioned in opposing ends of the draw.
And here’s a snooker betting tip… odds on the outright destination of a competition are certain to fluctuate dramatically once the draw is made. Generally speaking favourites rarely shorten much after a draw has been conducted but lesser lights can contract significantly in the snooker betting markets if they have fared favourably and avoided ‘name players’ during the first few rounds of a tournament.
During the 2018/2019 season there were 20 ranking snooker tournaments and another significant four non-ranking events: The Masters, Champion of Champions, The Shanghai Masters and the Championship League.
The majority of ranking competitions are 128 player affairs and, unlike the past, the top-16 players in the world are no longer parachuted into the later stages of the competitions. Like all other players they will need to win seven consecutive games to claim the title. This has levelled-out the playing field dramatically and given the public a greater number of players to support at the business end of competitions.
Amongst the few exceptions is the leading snooker betting event, the showpiece Betfred World Championship. It still sees the top 16 players in the world start at the ‘final 32’ stage and kept apart for the opening round. In recent seasons up to six non-ranked players have overcome seeded/ranked rivals and progressed into the second round of the ‘big one’.
With more players given a genuine chance to proceed to the later stages (often televised stages) of tournaments and more competitions than ever, we are seeing a lot of new faces - like amateur James Cahill who knocked Ronnie O'Sullivan out of the 2019 World Championship. Furthermore, with the explosion of popularity in snooker in the Far East, there are more Chinese and Thai players on the professional circuit than ever.
If you intend to take snooker betting seriously, there is an abundance of info sites out there to help with your snooker betting selections. These will give you some vital stats on highest breaks, safety success and other helpful pin-pointers (beyond simple winners/losers and scores) about these up-and-comers.
The maximum snooker break, the fabled 147, is one of the most talked about achievements in mano-a-mano sports and naturally the best snooker betting sites offer betting opportunities on it.
The first official 147 break in competition was recorded by Steve Davis in 1982. Since then over 150 have been made but that does not make them commonplace. You can expect one every five years or so at the World Championships and Ronnie O’Sullivan, considered the greatest snooker player of all time, has recorded a record 15 ‘maximums’ since his career started in 1992.
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