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International Championship Snooker tips and betting advice: The essential guide on how to bet on the season's eighth ranking event

Jamie Shaw 26 Oct 2016
England's Ronnie O'Sullivan plays a shot (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Get the latest International Championship snooker tips as we pick out our best bets for each day's play in the essential guide to betting on the 2016 International Championship.

Thursday's best bets

Ding Junhui to win @ 4/5 with Betfred

Home hero Ding aims to remain unbeaten on Chinese soil this season by ending the reign of John Higgins as International Champion in Daqing.

Ding picked up both the Six Reds and Shanghai Masters titles last month and appears to have finally found the formula for handling the added pressure of competing on home soil.

Higgins has lost his last four meetings with Ding, and having sailed past a trio of lower-ranked opponents en route to the Quarter-Finals this week, faces his first genuine test against the formidable all-rounder - who is expected to edge a close-run contest.

Judd Trump v Shaun Murphy - Over 9.5 total frames @ 6/5 with Coral

As the world rankings would suggest, this tasty clash between world number three and four has all the makings of a potential close-run classic.

Trump is bidding to reach his third consecutive ranking event final and has breezed into the business end of this competition without being troubled so far.

Trump may have every shot in the book when it comes to the attacking side of the game, but it's Murphy who could hold the tactical upper-hand, as well as the ability to kill off frames in one visit.

It would be no surprise to see this best of 11 tie go the distance, and odds-against for a minimum of ten frames in total appears to be a banker bet.

Joe Perry +2.5 frames handicap @ 6/7 with Marathonbet

Perry is very much a dark horse in every tournament he appears in, and the Cambridge ace has gone about his business quietly and efficiently once again this week, notably thrashing Neil Robertson 6-2 in the last round.

On that basis, the world number eleven has to be favoured to run Mark Selby close over this middle-distance format, especially having won the last three competitive meetings between the two.

This should be by no means straightforward for Selby, and though he is justifiably favourite to progress given his superior all-round game, the World Champion looks a tad short-priced at 4/11, making Perry the value option in the handicaps market to help himself to a minimum of four frames.

Previous Tips

Michael Holt +2.5 frames handicap @ 23/20 with Coral (Won)
Ding Junhui over 0.5 centuries @ 8/11 with Bet365 (Lost)
Stuart Bingham v Ali Carter - Either player to win three successive frames (No) @ 4/1 with Bet365 (Lost)

Zhou Yuelong to win @ EVS with William Hill (Won)
Ali Carter v Stephen Maguire - Over 9.5 total frames @ 11/10 with Paddy Power (Won)
Kurt Maflin +3.5 frames handicap @ 19/20 with Coral (Won)

How to bet on the International Championship

Betting on the International Championship could not be simpler, with a wide range of pre-match, outright and in-play markets at your fingertips via the majority of leading sports bookmakers.

To place a bet on the International Championship, simply go to the home page of your chosen bookmaker on either the desktop site or mobile app and head to the A-Z sports menu.

From there, select Snooker > International Championship and locate the match or market you wish place a bet on. Single bets for outright winner, match coupons for accumulators and in-play markets are then listed on the interface. Compile your bet by clicking on the odds which will then add it to your betslip.

On the betslip, you can then key in your stake and the type of bet you wish to place, for example, singles, multiples or each-way. Once your bet has been placed, keep an eye out for the cash-out option while your bets are still open, which is offered by most of the big bookies.

Markets offered

Typically, the top bookmakers for snooker such as Bet365 and Coral can offer as many as 50 pre-match markets on major ranking tournament matches, and this is the case for the latter stages of the International Championship.

Popular markets include match result - simply betting on which player will win the tie and frame handicaps, whereby a virtual advantage or disadvantage to either player is awarded in order to even the field, for example a +2.5 frames handicap bet would be for Player A or B to win the match if 2.5 frames were to be added to their final tally.

Judd Trump of England celebrates (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
A two-way market for the total number of frames is a sensible bet if the contest appears too close to call on paper and is not reliant on either player to win. For example backing over 7.5 frames in a best of 11 match at the International Championship is covering the total number of frames being anything from eight to the maximum of 11.

Punters can also bet on the number of centuries breaks in any given match, including a total number for either player or Player A or B to compile the most 100+ breaks. Significant odds of around 25/1 are often available for one player to produce snooker's holy grail - a maximum 147 break.

Other notable snooker betting markets include correct score for those with a gut prediction, a bet on whether either player will win three successive frames at any stage of the match as well as whether or not the match will go to a deciding frame.

Best bookmakers 

Tournament format

The tournaments runs from October 23-30 at the Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre in Daqing, China, with all matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 frames, Semi-Finals best of 17 and the Final best of 19.

The total prize fund on offer is £657,000, with £125,000 going to the winner and £65,000 to the runner-up. Should any player make a 147 break, a £5,000 bonus will be allocated on a shared basis.

Tournament schedule

All times BST (local time seven hours ahead)

Sunday October 23

Round One (WC = Wildcard Round)

3 Ian Burns 3-6 Yuan SiJun (WC)
5 Ross Muir 3-6 Zhang Jiankang (WC)
10 Jak Jones v Jimmy Robertson
11 Martin Gould 3-6 Mark Joyce
12 Anthony McGill 3-6 Zhou Yuelong
13 Matthew Stevens 6-1 Chris Wakelin
22 Akani Songsermsawad 4-6 Marco Fu
24 Robin Hull 4-6 Shaun Murphy

1 John Higgins 6-0 Sydney Wilson
6 Tian Pengfei 3-6 Chen Zifan (WC)
8 Mark Selby 6-4 Paul S Davison
15 Fergal O'Brien 1-6 Graeme Dott
18 Zhao Xintong 3-6 Tom Ford
20 David Gilbert 3-6 James Wattana
21 Sam Baird 6-2 Michael White
29 Kurt Maflin 6-2 Matthew Selt

2 Ding Junhui 6-5 Mitchell Mann
4 Wang Yuchen 5-6 Xu Si (WC)
7 Liang Wenbo 6-5 Mei Xi Wen
26 Luca Brecel 4-6 Dominic Dale
27 Allister Carter 6-3 Robbie Williams
28 Stephen Maguire 6-2 Rod Lawler
31 Jamie Jones 2-6 Michael Holt
33 Neil Robertson 6-0 Oliver Lines

Monday October 24

Round One

9 John Higgins 6-3 Eden Sharav
17 Judd Trump 6-3 Yuan SiJun
19 Mark Williams 5-6 Xu Si
25 Stuart Bingham 6-1 Zhang Jiankang
32 Stuart Carrington 2-6 Daniel Wells
34 Anthony Hamilton 6-2 Gary Wilson
35 Joe Perry 6-5 Andrew Higginson
36 Ryan Day 2-6 Aditya Mehta

14 David Grace 1-6 Ding Junhui
16 Ken Doherty 3-6 Ricky Walden
23 Mike Dunn 2-6 Yan Bingtao
30 Xiao Guodong 4-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan
37 Chen Zifan 5-6 Liang Wenbo
38 Li Hang 6-1 Lee Walker
39 Mark King 4-6 John J Astley
40 Alfie Burden 2-6 Mark Selby

Tuesday October 25

Second Round

42 Mark Joyce 4-6 Zhou Yuelong
44 Graeme Dott 4-6 Ricky Walden
46 Xu Si 4-6 James Wattana
47 Sam Baird 6-4 Marco Fu
48 Yan Bingtao 5-6 Shaun Murphy
49 Stuart Bingham 6-2 Dominic Dale
53 Neil Robertson 6-4 Anthony Hamilton
56 John J Astley 2-6 Mark Selby

41 John Higgins 6-2 Jak Jones
43 Matthew Stevens 2-6 Ding Junhui
45 Judd Trump 6-1 Tom Ford
50 Allister Carter 6-5 Stephen Maguire
51 Kurt Maflin 4-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan
52 Michael Holt 6-5 Daniel Wells
54 Joe Perry 6-5 Aditya Mehta
55 Liang Wenbo 6-1 Li Hang

Wednesday October 26

Last 16

57 John Higgins 6-2 Zhou Yuelong
60 Sam Baird 1-6 Shaun Murphy
61 Stuart Bingham 6-1 Allister Carter
64 Liang Wenbo 5-6 Mark Selby

58 Ding Junhui 6-5 Ricky Walden
59 Judd Trump 6-3 James Wattana
62 Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-6 Michael Holt
63 Neil Robertson 2-6 Joe Perry

Thursday October 27


65 John Higgins v Ding Junhui
66 Judd Trump v Shaun Murphy

67 Stuart Bingham v Michael Holt
68 Joe Perry v Mark Selby

Friday October 28

Semi-Final 1

Saturday October 29

Semi-Final 2

Sunday October 30


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International Championship Snooker tips and betting advice: The essential guide on how to bet on the season's eighth ranking event

Get the latest International Championship snooker tips as we pick out our best bets for each day's play in the essential guide to betting on the 2016 International Championship.

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