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The Masters Snooker Betting

Snooker Betting

Despite this being one of the most prestigious snooker tournaments, the Masters is not a ranking one. The Masters is an invitational event and it has been up and running since 1975. Even though there are no ranking points on offer, it is one of snooker’s Triple Crown tournaments along with the UK Championship and the World Championship. These are the big three events to win in the sport and every January, the sixteen invites get to take centre stage to start the new year with a bang.

Even though the event is played at the start of the year, it is not the start of the season, as the Masters pretty much falls two-thirds of the way through the regular snooker season, which is split over two years. Qualification for the Masters has a cutoff qualification period which is after the preceding UK Championships for that given season. The top sixteen players on the Order of Merit for the season at the close of the UK Championships all get their invite to the Masters.

The first edition of the masters was held in 1975 and there were just ten men in the field then. But it has steadily grown and the current format of the top sixteen players being the invitees has been in place since 1984. The tournament has produced some famous moments down the line such as Kirk Stevens landing the first ever 147 break at the event back in 1984. It took until 2007 for the second one to crop up when Ding Junhui completed his maximum.

Former Winners

John Spencer was the inaugural winner of the Masters as he edged Ray Reardon in a deciding frame in 1975. Reardon returned the following year to earn his only success at the tournament. Stephen Hendry won the tournament sixteen times before retiring, but he saw his record victory count at the Masters broken when Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed it for the seventh time in his career in 2017. Steve Davis won the event three times during his career while Paul Hunter collected it three times as well, as did Cliff Thorburn. Mark Selby joined the list of players who had won the Masters three times with his third success in 2013.

2017 Masters Snooker Review

Ronnie O’Sullivan became the most successful player in the history of the tournament in the 2017 edition of the Masters as he won it for the seventh time in his career. That was his third win in four seasons as well as he returned to be a dominant force in the event. He also became just the second player ever to successfully defend a Masters title, with Paul Hunter the first to achieve it back in 2002. O’Sullivan went through Liang Wenbo, Neil Robertson and Marco Fu before taking down Joe Perry in the final in 2017. Second seed Mark Selby, a three-time winner of the Masters, fell in the quarter finals to Barry Hawkins.

Snooker Betting – Odds, Preview and Predictions

2018 Masters Snooker Preview

Once again the Alexandra Palace will be hosting the famous snooker Tournament and once again Ronnie O’Sullivan is the number one seed. He will be going back to the tournament as the 5/2 outright favourite head of joint second-favourites Mark Selby and Judd Trump who are 5/1 options. The reigning champion at the Masters is always the top seed at the event. 2012 Champion Neil Robertson failed to make the top sixteen despite winning the Scottish Open after the UK Championship, so he won’t be there and with Stuart Bingham suspended (12th rank), Liang Wenbo, who was ranked 17th steps in. There will be Masters debuts coming up for Belgium’s Luca Brecel and Scotland’s Anthony McGill.

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