Snooker Betting Strategy

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Like all individual sports, snooker is a game that relies heavily on form and often that means the big names offer low odds. But if you're looking for better value, there are plenty of snooker markets to turn to.

With the snooker world adjusting its world ranking system and its growing popularity starting to produce heavily bet events, all snooker betting enthusiasts should ensure they are approaching each market with an effective strategy.

Snooker Strategy Articles

Check Out the Best Bets of the Snooker Championship 2017
Check Out the Best Bets of the Snooker Championship 2017

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the first ever World Snooker Championship, won by English snooker legend Joe Davis. But long gone are the days of Davis as stars like Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Se ... Read More

Can an Outsider Win the Snooker Players Championship?
Can an Outsider Win the Snooker Players Championship?

The latest edition of the Ladbrokes Players Championships is currently underway and, this year, the top 16 players in the world will be shooting for the £125,000 top prize. Ahead of the event inside L ... Read More

Selby Poised for Double Glory Going AT UK Snooker Championships
Selby Poised for Double Glory Going AT UK Snooker Championships

The winter months serve up a bounty of snooker. The Masters, the much-loved tournament held at London’s Alexandra Palace, is poised on the horizon in January. But first there’s the rather tasty appeti ... Read More

World Snooker German Masters 2016 Betting Preview: Selby Shooting for Success
World Snooker German Masters 2016 Betting Preview: Selby Shooting for Success

Snooker's elite will be back at the baize this week for the William Hill World Snooker German Masters 2016. Running from February 3rd-7th inside Berlin's Tempodrom, the event will be another chance fo ... Read More

World Snooker Masters 2016 Betting Preview
World Snooker Masters 2016 Betting Preview

The post-Christmas lull might be a time for many to sit back and reflect before the New Year kicks into gear; however, for the world's finest snooker players, it can only mean one thing: The Masters. ... Read More

Snooker Betting Strategy: Match Format and Player Styles
Snooker Betting Strategy: Match Format and Player Styles

Snooker is a sport that has been steadily growing in worldwide popularity over the past few years. Expanding outside its traditional UK base, it is creating a strong fan base in China and certain area ... Read More

Outright Markets

In snooker betting, distance in World Ranking status equates to big differences in odds. In the 2013 UK Championship, for example, Andrew Higginson (30th) vs. Li Hang (96th) offered match winner odds of 1/2 and 6/4 respectively at Winner.

The price difference is not surprising, but the lack of value in the underdog is. That's because snooker can be tricky to call before a match starts - particularly lower down the rankings - and that's why an effective snooker betting strategy necessitates a look at alternative markets.

Alternative Markets

Handicap and total frame markets are a good way to get odds around the evens area for quite safe calls. For example, you could have pulled some value from Higginson by betting -1.5 (frames) in the handicap market, which was offered at 4/5 over at Winner. Considering Higginson is an experienced player whose results improved in the build-up to the match, these weren't bad odds.

Total frames, meanwhile, are worthwhile with hot-and-cold players. Higginson's season has been mostly whitewashes and thorough victories, so a bet on Under (+9.5) at 8/11 seemed sensible. Over bets are a good shout on players who take matches to the wire.

Frames Market

For bigger odds (and bigger risk), the same information can be usefully deployed in the frames market. These are especially useful in games where form suggests one player's victory is all-but-assured. Stuart Bingham's matchup with Jimmy White in December is a good example. Bingham looks certain to win, but predicting a whitewash pays 9/1 at Winner, while a 6-1 win is rated at 5/1, and 6-2 at 4/1 at the time of writing.

Post Match-Start Markets

Another way to gain value is to wait until the start of the match. Catching the moment a match swings in the favour of one side or the other is the essence of in-play betting in any sport. However, tactics and angles are arguably more important than stats in snooker because there are some great markets enabling you to get value from predicting a player's plans (or, indeed, their plants).

Betting on the next colour potted, not so tricky if you're watching the angles, yields odds from around 6/4 to 8/1, while betting on who will pot the first ball or be the first to reach a points target is another way to use your eye for the lie of the table. If a break is getting big, or a player is moving out of sight in a frame, you can also bet on the total points in a frame.

Of course, if stats are your forté, you can bet on players completing century, or even maximum, breaks. This is an interesting market when you're watching top players like Neil Robertson, who scored a century break every 14.5 frames in 2013.

New World Rankings System

Remember that from the 2014/15 season the current points system that determines World Rankings will be replaced by prize money earnings: which will skew rankings more toward major tournaments. This makes knowing strategy, form and frame scoring more important to a nuanced gambling system than ever before.

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