How To Bet On Snooker

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Snooker is one of the most popular sports in the world and it is one of the simplest to bet on although even those who are experts will know the importance of snooker betting tips for some of the more complex markets.

Snooker is not one of the most traditional betting sports with horse racing, football, tennis and even darts enjoying more popularity with punters but that is all set to change in the next few years. Barry Hearn has thrown his weight behind the game and secured some lucrative sponsorship deals with the likes of William Hill, Betfred and Betfair and so we can expect to see a boom in snooker betting very soon.

The game is set up nicely for punters as well with snooker betting tips fairly easy to understand. Either you back one player or another, there are no draws and there are clear winners at the end of each match or tournament. Indeed, there would appear, on the face of it to be two types of bet that can be placed on snooker.

Tournament Winner

This is exactly what it sounds like, you bet on who you think will win a particular tournament. This type of bet is fantastic for those who want an interest in one of the bigger tournaments and don’t want to spend too much money. You can support your player through every round and because of the difficulty of winning a big event the odds are usually fairly good. Ronnie O’Sullivan was, for example, a widely available 7/1 before the 2013 World Championships while Mark Selby was as big as 9/1 when he won the Masters. Those who had faith in these players would have been well rewarded for their bets if they had been placed before the tournaments began.

Tournament winner bets are, of course, very subjective but, even if you have an inkling that a player will win an event, it is still worth checking out some snooker betting tips before placing your wager. If the experts agree with your selection then that is all the more reason to place your bet but if they don’t then why not? If it’s simply an opinion then that’s fair enough – even the pros get it wrong sometimes! However, if there is a valid reason such as an outside factor influencing the player’s mentality or an awful record when playing in a certain city then it is certainly worth knowing and reassessing if need be.

Match Winner

This is the second of the ‘obvious’ types of snooker bet, a bet on who you think will win an individual match. There are only two possible outcomes of a snooker match (there are only draws in the Championship League format) so the odds will be much reduced compared to the tournament winner ones. However, you’re only betting on one match, not five or six in a row. Obviously the O’Sullivans, Selbys and Robertsons will be favourites to win their matches against the lesser players but often there can be value to be found in match betting when you have detailed knowledge about a particular player.

There were plenty of people, for example, who will have backed Michael White to beat Mark Williams at the World Championships as they will have known that White is an up and coming youngster and Williams has fallen out of love with the game. Similarly, Judd Trump’s meteoric rise has hardly been surprising, given his natural talent, but the Bristol boy will have been some big prices to win matches early on in his career. Those in the know, or those who pay attention to snooker betting tips, will have made plenty of profits from Trump’s potting.

Other Types of Bet

The claim that there are two main types of snooker bet is true, however, there are actually hundreds and thousands of wagers that can be placed on individual matches. These range from who will win the next frame to how many frames a player will win by to which colour of ball will be potted first. If there is something that you can consider in a match then the chances are that the big bookmakers, particularly those who live stream the major events, have odds on it. Often these markets are to be avoided as they can play into the bookies’ hands but if you pay attention to the statistics and read up on your snooker betting tips then you can sometimes steal a march on the odds compilers!

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