With more televised tournaments and prize money on offer than ever before, snooker is in the midst of a new boom under the governing of Chairman Barry Hearn 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 televised 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, Judd Trump and Mark Selby become household names, with World Snooker and the BBC at the heart of the 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. Punter 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 accumulator bets to be placed on a series of early round matches, as well as a vast array of other frame and break markets.
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, with the vastly improved strength in-depth of the field meaning typically that there are now half a dozen genuine title contenders for each event.
Shaun Murphy stunned the Snooker world and bookmakers alike when he sensationally stormed to a maiden world title as a qualifier in 2005 at odds of 150/1. Judd Trump announced himself onto the scene at the Crucible in 2011 when he enjoyed a fairy-tale run to the final after starting out as a rank outsider. Now the young 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, Robertson and Higgins all start out as equal favourites or within close proximity in the betting.
A number of fearless young guns 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 markets including 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, but the excitement of witnessing the moment of perfection remains undiminished.
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.
The majority of top events are now title sponsored by bookmaker firms, meaning enhanced prices and an abundance of markets are on offer, with more live darts on TV than ever before.
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