UK Championship Snooker Betting

Snooker Betting
The UK Championship is one of the biggest ranking snooker tournaments on the seasonal calendar. Only the World Championship ranks higher than this one and it is also part of the Triple Crown of snooker events (World Championship, UK Championship and the Masters). The rich history of the UK Championship stretches all the way back to 1977 and it is a tournament which has produced some epic moments in the sport such as the great comeback from Alex Higgins against Steve Davis in 1983.

Ronnie O'Sullivan became the youngest ever winner of the tournament in 1993 at just 17 years old as he smashed Ken Doherty 10-1 in the final. There were the four consecutive titles for Steve Davis from 1984 to 1987 while Stephen Hendry came close to achieving that same feat. After winning three in a row between 1994 and 1996 inclusive, he lost the 1997 final against Ronnie O'Sullivan.

The tournament is a big one, standing at a 128-man field which starts the tournament. It has certainly come a long way from that inaugural edition which was held at The Tower Circus in Blackpool in 1977 when there were 24 players starting the event. It was in 1984 that the tournament got its official ranking status which was when professionals were able to compete for the first time.

The event is historically played towards the end of a calendar year, but despite that, it is a relatively early event in the season's calendar (as a season is split, much like the English football season, across two calendar years). Because of the positioning of the tournament in the calendar year, it is seen as something of a pre-cursor in form to the Masters, which starts early in the new year.

Former Winners

Think about some of the legends of the game and they will have been in the winner's circle at the UK Championship. The initial winner was Ireland's Patsy Fagan who beat Doug Mountjoy. It was really in 1980, when Steve Davis won his first title at the event, that the first showing of dominance was laid down. Davis would win the title six times in eight years spanning 1980 to 1987. He did go on to reach two more finals, losing back to back showcase matches against Stephen Hendry in 1989 and 1990.

Hendry collected the title five times during his career out of ten appearances in the final of the event, falling just the one short of matching the record that Davis had set. One of the most momentous moments in the event happened in 1993 when Ronnie O'Sullivan won it for the first time, taking out Stephen Hendry of all people. Although he had to wait until 1997 for his second title, in 2017 O'Sullivan would win it for the sixth time in his career, matching up to the record that Davis had set back in the 80's.

2017 Masters Snooker Review

Mark Selby started the 2017 UK Championship as the reigning champion, but he slipped to a shock early defeat in the round of 64 against Scott Donaldson, a player who was on a ten-match losing streak for the season. So that was the top seed out of the way early on, opening up the draw in the top quarter which Welshman Ryan Day took advantage of to power his way through to a surprising semi-final berth. He was opposing Shaun Murphy, the 2008 champion in the final four, and it was the latter who got through, having a fairly comfortable time of things really with a 6-3 success.

Down in the bottom half of the draw, it was always Ronnie O'Sullivan who was going to be the one to beat. Nobody managed to do so. In the quarterfinals, O'Sullivan was paired up with fellow Englishman Martin Gould and O'Sullivan took the win 6-3. It was then on to a showdown against Stephen Maguire in the semifinals with O'Sullivan triumphing 6-4. Of the players in the last sixteen of the tournament, only four of them were top-sixteen seeded players. In the history of the tournament, that was the lowest number of seeded players to make it to that stage.

So it was down to a Shaun Murphy v Ronnie O'Sullivan final and it was an even contest early on. The afternoon session of the final had finished 4-4 and things stayed even at the beginning of evening session where they traded one frame each. But then O'Sullivan went into overdrive winning the following five frames on the bounce, two of them with over a century-break to give him his sixth UK Championship title.

Snooker Betting - Odds, Preview and Predictions

2018 Masters Snooker Preview

The 2018 UK Championship is to be held from November 27th through to December 9th at the Barbican Centre in York. The winner of the title will walk away with 170,00 in prize money. After his success in last season's final Ronnie O'Sullivan is the defending champion for this, which will be the 9th ranking tournament of the season. O'Sullivan is the 3/1 odds favourite to win the event again* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 11:40 pm).

If he were to do it then he would create a piece of history for himself as he has never before managed to win the UK Championship in back to back years. In each of the last three seasons, O'Sullivan has won at least one of the Triple Crown events. Australia's Neil Robertson has won two of the last five editions of the tournament while Mark Selby has triumphed in two for the last six editions.

So over the last six UK Championship tournaments, it has been either Selby, Robertson or O'Sullivan who has won. No-one else has gotten a look in. Between them, O'Sullivan and Selby have won six of the last eight Triple Crown events as well. Other Main contenders at the head of the outright winner market for the 2018 UK Championship include John Higgins, Judd Trump and Ding Junhui.

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