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UK Championship Snooker tips and betting advice: The essential guide on how to bet on the Triple Crown event

Jamie Shaw 23 Nov 2016
Neil Robertson of Australia plays a shot (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

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

Thursday's best bets

Alfie Burden v Chris Wakelin - Over 9.5 total frames @ 11/10 with Paddy Power

World number 63 takes on world number 66 in perhaps the most closely-matched tie of the opening round in York.

Both players hit the headlines during last month's English Open, with Burden making a sensational maximum break en route to a First Round defeat, while Wakelin enjoyed a superb victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan.

It's difficult to envisage either player gaining a foothold on this contest, and a minimum of ten frames looks to be the banker bet at the right side of even money.

Stuart Bingham -3.5 frames handicap @ 3/5 with Sportingbet

Former World Champion Bingham begins his quest for a first UK Championship title with a clash against Polish youngster Adam Stefanow in the afternoon session at the Barbican Centre.

The world number two enters the tournament in a rich vein of form, having finished runner-up in the Six Reds and China Championship, as well as reaching a further three ranking Semi-Finals.

He should have little problem in navigating his way past 22-year-old Stefanow, who has failed to win a match in a professional tournament since defeating Ben Woollaston in the Riga Masters back in June. A 6-0, 6-1 or 6-2 win for Bingham, covered by a -3.5 frames handicap, appears the most likely outcome here.

Zhao Xintong to win @ EVS with Betfair

China's Xintong finally demonstrated exactly how much of a raw talent he is during October's English Open when he took Ronnie O'Sullivan all the way to a last-frame shoot-out on his TV debut.

The 19-year-old is appearing in only his second UK Championship and is aiming to catch last year's surprise semi-finalist David Grace cold in the opening round.

A fearless talent who is clinical among the balls, Xintong will be quietly confident of pulling off a minor scalp over this format and offers solid value at even money to edge what should be a close-run affair.

Previous Tips

Ronnie O'Sullivan -4.5 frames handicap @ 7/5 with Betfair (Won)
Shaun Murphy to win 6-0 @ 27/10 with William Hill (Lost)
John Higgins over 0.5 match centuries @ 5/6 with Bet365 (Won)

How to bet on the UK Championship

Betting on the UK 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 UK 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 > UK 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 prestigious UK 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.

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 UK 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.

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Tournament Format

The tournament runs from November 22 to December 4 at the York Barbican Centre, with no play on Friday November 25 and the televised stages commencing on Saturday November 26.

All matches up to and including the Semi-Finals are to be contested over the best of 11 frames and the final best of 19 frames.

Tournament Schedule

Tuesday November 22

Round One

Ding Junhui v Igor Figueiredo (Match 17)
Joe Swail v Ross Muir (Match 18)
Rory McLeod v Jak Jones (Match 27)
Marco Fu v Josh Boileau (Match 28)
Barry Hawkins v David John (Match 37)
Fergal O'Brien v Zhang Yong (Match 38)
Ryan Day v Jimmy White (Match 55)
Kurt Maflin v Allan Taylor (Match 56)

Oliver Lines v Martin O'Donnell (Match 31)
Judd Trump v James Wattana (Match 32)
Tian Pengfei v Zhang Anda (Match 57)
Anthony McGill v Craig Steadman (Match 58)
Sam Baird v Sean O'Sullivan (Match 59)
Kyren Wilson v Mitchell Mann (Match 60)
Zhou Yuelong v Duane Jones (Match 41)
Michael Holt v Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn (Match 42)

Wednesday November 23

Round One

Jack Lisowski v Mei Xi Wen (Match 25)
Martin Gould v Gareth Allen (Match 26)
Stuart Carrington v Yan Bingtao (Match 43)
Liang Wenbo v Kurt Dunham (Match 44)
John Higgins v Alex Borg (Match 49)
Ken Doherty v Noppon Saengkham (Match 50)
Ben Woollaston v Elliot Slessor (Match 51)
Gary Wilson v Paul S Davison (Match 52)

Ricky Walden v  Fang Xiongman (Match 7)
Dechawat Poomjaeng v Scott Donaldson (Match 8)
Robin Hull v Jamie Cope (Match 47)
Shaun Murphy v Itaro Santos (Match 48)
Luca Brecel v Aditya Mehta (Match 35)
Mark King v Sam Craigie (Match 36)
Tom Ford v Hammad Miah (Match 61)
Robert Milkins v Hamza Akbar (Match 62)

Mike Dunn v Darryl Hill (Match 13)
Matthew Selt v Michael Georgiou (Match 14)
Li Hang v Rhys Clark (Match 15)
Ronnie O'Sullivan v Boonyarit Keattikun (Match 16)
David Gilbert v Adam Duffy (Match 23)
Mark Joyce v Lee Walker (Match 24)
Mark Allen v Chen Zhe (Match 53)
Rod Lawler v Anthony Hamilton (Match 54)

Thursday November 24

Round One

Mark Williams v Jason Weston (Match 5)
Andrew Higginson v Hossein Vafaei Ayouri (Match 6)
Ali Carter v Christopher Keogan (Match 21)
Robbie Williams v Akani Songsermsawad (Match 22)
Stephen Maguire v Cao Yupeng (Match 39)
David Grace v Zhao Xintong (Match 40)
Dominic Dale v Sanderson Lam (Match 45)
Graeme Dott v Ian Preece (Match 46)

Ian Burns v Daniel Wells (Match 63)
Mark Selby v Andy Hicks (Match 64)
Stuart Bingham v Adam Stefanow (Match 33)
Yu De Lu v Nigel Bond (Match 34)
Alan McManus v Michael Wild (Match 19)
Jamie Jones v Eden Sharav (Match 20)
Jimmy Robertson v Thor Chaun Leong (Match 29)
Mark Davis v Sydney Wilson (Match 30)

Neil Robertson v Peter Lines (Match 1)
Alfie Burden v Chris Wakelin (Match 2)
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Liam Highfield (Match 3)
Peter Ebdon v Wang Yuchen (Match 4)
Matthew Stevens v James Cahill (Match 9)
Michael White v Fraser Patrick (Match 10)
Xiao Guodong v John J Astley (Match 11)
Joe Perry v Jamie Curtis-Barrett (Match 12)

Friday November 25

No Play

Saturday November 26

Second Round

Eight Matches (TBC)

Eight Matches (TBC)

Sunday November 27

Second Round

​​​​​​​Eight Matches (TBC)

​​​​​​​Eight Matches (TBC)

Monday November 28

Third Round

Four Matches (TBC)

​​​​​​​Four Matches (TBC)

Tuesday November 29

Third Round

​​​​​​​Four Matches (TBC)

Four Matches (TBC)

Wednesday November 30

Last 16

Two Matches (TBC)

​​​​​​​Two Matches (TBC)

Thursday December 1

Last 16

​​​​​​​Two Matches (TBC)

Two Matches (TBC)

Friday December 2


Two Matches (TBC)

Two Matches (TBC)

Saturday December 3


​​​​​​​Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

​​​​​​​Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

Sunday December 4

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