2022 World Snooker Championship Betting Odds, Tips & Preview

A look ahead to the Snooker World Championship 2022 as Neil Robertson heads to Sheffield as the favourite

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We are reaching the end of the season which brings us 2022 World Snooker Championship betting. It’s the biggest tournament of the year and it will, as always, be hosted at the famous Crucible in Sheffield.

In this 2022 World Snooker Championship betting guide, we take a look at the key players in the contest.

We also size up the latest snooker odds for the World Championship, examine some of the history and break down the draw.

2022 World Snooker Championship Odds

Neil Robertson 7/2
Judd Trump 11/2
Ronnie O’Sullivan 6/1
Mark Selby 9/1
John Higgins 15/1
Kyren Wilson 16/1
Zhao Xintong 22/1
Yan Bingtao 25/1
Ding Junhui 22/1
Mark Williams 33/1
Barry Hawkins 40/1
Luca Brecel 40/1
Mark Allen 40/1
50/1 bar
* (odds record at 04:23 GMT on April 15th, 2022 at Betfred)

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2022 Snooker World Championship Betting Favourite

Neil Roberston is the current 7/2 favourite in Snooker World Championship betting odds* (odds record at 04:23 GMT on April 15th, 2022 at Betfred).

The Australian enters the action as the third seed for the draw as he looks for his second World Championship title.

Robertson got his hands on the crown in 2010 when he beat Graeme Dott 18-13 in the final.

He enters the action at the Crucible for the World Championship snooker with some big form under his belt this season.

It’s been three ranking titles for Robertson this season, plus he added the Masters to boot.

Robertson has made a quarter-final exit in each of the last three editions of the World Championship snooker tournament.


2022 Snooker World Championship Seeds Top 8

  • Mark Selby
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • Neil Roberston
  • Judd Trump
  • Kyren Wilson
  • John Higgins
  • Zhao Xintong
  • Mark Williams


What is the date of the 2022 Snooker World Championship?

This year’s edition of the Snooker World Championship begins on the 16th of April and concludes on the 2nd of May.

The Final is played across two days, May 1st and 2nd, 2022 (four sessions).

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What is the format of the 2022 Snooker World Championship?

There is a field of 32 in the main draw for the World Championship. The first round is the Best of 19, the second round and quarterfinals are the best of 25, with the semi-finals playing at the best of 33.

The final of the Snooker World Championships is the best of 35 frames.

Our betting prediction:
Ronnie O’Sullivan

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* (odds record at 04:23 GMT on April 15th, 2022 at Betfred)


Who is the reigning Snooker World Championship title holder?

In the final of the 2021 Snooker World Championship, Mark Selby came through the pack to claim the title.

He pulled out an 18-15 win over Shaun Murphy to claim his fourth world title.

Ronnie O’Sullivan had been the top seed, but he bowed out in the second round to Anthony McGill in a deciding frame.

Judd Trump, one of the tournament favourites as the then World Number One, was eliminated in the quarter-finals by eventual runner up Shaun Murphy.

Murphy did win the highest break prize with a 144 posted in the second round.

There was a record tally of 108 century breaks at last year’s World Snooker Championship.

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Who are the main contenders in Snooker World Championship betting?

Aside from the favourite Neil Roberston, who are the key contenders in the Snooker World Championship betting odds?

In the next section of this preview, we look at those who are expected to make strong challenges.

Judd Trump made his big World Championship breakthrough in 2019 when he was the dominant force in the game for a good three years.

The 2021/22 season has been a little tougher for Trump.

After notching up at least three ranking titles in each of the three previous seasons, it’s been only one for Trump in this campaign.

But that was a recent title at the Turkish Masters.

Trump has reached at least the quarter-final in each of his last four editions of the World Championship.

He enters the picture as the current 11/2 second favourite* (odds record at 04:23 GMT on April 15th, 2022 at Betfred).

Can O’Sullivan Make It Seven?

Six-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan’s name is going to get tossed around whenever he is in the draw.

O’Sullivan is a quote of 6/1 to win outright in snooker betting* (odds record at 04:23 GMT on April 15th, 2022 at Betfred).

O’Sullivan’s last World Championship crown was earned in 2020 and is the only one in the last eight editions of snooker’s leading event.

Reigning champion Mark Selby is the only other player currently in single figures at 9/1 for World Championship snooker betting* (odds record at 04:23 GMT on April 15th, 2022 at Betfred).

Selby hasn’t won a title since landing last year’s World Championship, really having had struggles in getting deep in the ranking tournaments.

But four ties in the last eight editions of the World Championship means that he will be a threat at Sheffield.


Last 10 Snooker World Championship Winners

  • 2021 Mark Selby
  • 2020 Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2019 Judd Trump
  • 2018 Mark Williams
  • 2017 Mark Selby
  • 2016 Mark Selby
  • 2015 Stuart Bingham
  • 2014 Mark Selbry
  • 2013 Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2012 Ronnie O’Sullivan


2022 Snooker World Championship 1st Quarter

Mark Selby 7/4
Yan Bingtao 3/1
Barry Hawkins 7/2
Mark Williams 4/1
33/1 bar
* (odds record at 04:23 GMT on April 15th, 2022 at Betfred)

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The clear favourite in the top section of the draw at The Crucible this year is Mark Selby. He’s a proven performer at the World Championships.

The 2021/22 season hasn’t been a great one for him so he could be worth taking on.

There could be a fascinating showdown between Selby and youngster Yan Bingtao in the second round. 2020 Masters winner Bingtao could pose a bit of a threat.

2022 Snooker World Championship 2nd Quarter

Judd Trump 6/5
Kyren Wilson 7/2
Ding Junhui 6/1
Stuart Bigham 13/2
Anthony McGill 12/1
20/1 bar
* (odds record at 04:23 GMT on April 15th, 2022 at Betfred)

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The second quarter is a competitive one, and this is where Judd Trump is housed. The 4th seed opens against Hossein Vafaei in the first round, who will be the first Iranian in the main draw of the tournament.

Kyren Wilson faces Ding Junhui in a cracking first-round match in this section, while Stuart Bingham is a dangerous floater as well.

2022 Snooker World Championship Third Quarter

Neil Roerbston 4/5
John Higgins 12/6
Luca BRecel 17/2
Jack Lisowski 14/1
25/1 bar

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The heavyweight in this section of the World Championship is Neil Roberston who is an odds-on quote to land the section. There doesn’t look to be much in his way at all, until a potential clash with John Higgins in the quarter-finals. Still, the Australian would be fancied to prevail there.

2022 Snooker World Championship Fourth Quarter

Ronnie O’Sullivan 7/5
Zhao Xintong 10/3
Mark Allen 5/1
Shaun Murphy 8/1
11/1 bar
* (odds record at 04:23 GMT on April 15th, 2022 at Betfred)

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Ronnie O’Sullivan leads the way in the betting market to win the fourth and final quarter of the World Championship snooker draw.

He opens his account against David Gilbert. The other big danger in this section could be Shaun Murphy whose, not a bad outside bet.

Rising star Zhao Xhintong, who has won two ranking titles this year, is also in the mixer.

History of the Snooker World Championship

The first-ever Snooker World Championship was hosted in 1927, which makes it the longest-running event in the sport.

The World Championship forms a leg of snooker’s Triple Crown along with the UK Championship and the Masters.

Going back to the start of the tournament there was an astonishing run of success put together by the great Joe Davis.

He won the first 15 editions of the World Championship and retired from the sport undefeated in the tournament.

The World Championships snooker changed to a straight knockout format in 1969. The current format of a draw of 32 in the first round has pretty much been in place since the early 1980s.

The move to Sheffield

It was in 1977 that snooker’s biggest tournament moved to Sheffield. The tournament has been held at the Crucible Theatre since 1977.

There have been two distant decades of the World Championship Snooker which have been dominated by a single player.

The 1980s was bossed by Steve Davis who won the title six times.

The following decade it was all Stephen Hendry when he started racking up his title.

Hendy is the all-time leading champion at the World Championship is Stephen Hendry who won the tournament seven times.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is one of three players with six world titles, along with Ray Reardon and Steve Davis.

In the history of the Snooker World Championships, there have been eleven 147 breaks produced. The first of those was made by Cliff Thorburn in 1983.


List of Multiple World Champions

  • Stephen Hendry 7
  • Steve Davis 6
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan 6
  • Ray Readron 6
  • John Higgins 4
  • Mark Selby 4
  • Mark Williams 3
  • John Spencer 3
  • Alex Higgins 2


Betfred Top Price for the 2022 Snooker World Championship.

Bookmaker Betfred, who are sponsors of the Snooker World Championship, are top price for this year’s event.

They are the Top Price on all confirmed qualifiers to win the Betfred World Snooker Championship.

For the offer, the prices are compared to selected bookmakers.

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