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Snooker Betway UK Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Snooker Betting
The UK Championship begins on November 28th and runs through to December 10th. This is the eleventh ranking event of the 2017/18 snooker season and going back to defend his title at the Barbican Centre in York is Mark Selby. The winner of the tournament this year will collect £170,000. It is a massive 128 man field stepping out in action for the UK Championship and at the head of the market, it is Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan who are joint 4/1 at sponsors Betway. Snooker UK Championships 2017 Infographic It was a showdown between Selby and O'Sullivan in last year’s final and it was another great battle between the two of them. Selby had won six of the eight afternoon frames to race out to a big lead, but as expected, O’Sullivan came out blazing and fought his way back into contention, but was edged out 10-7 in the end. That was Selby's second UK Championship title, denying O’Sullivan his sixth title at the event.

UK Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds

Mark Selby 4/1, Ronnie O'Sullivan 4/1, Judd Trump 6/1, Ding Junhui 9/1, John Higgins 10/1, Neil Robertson 16/1, Shaun Murphy 22/1, Barry Hawkins 25/1, Marco Fu 25/1, Kyren Wilson 33/1, Mark Allen 33/1, bar 40/1

UK Championship Snooker 2017 Seedings

Each of the top eight seeds for the Betway UK Championship draw will each going into a different section of the draw. As top seed, Selby goes at the very top of the draw in section one and second seed Ding Junhui goes at the very bottom of the draw so the top seeds would stay apart until the final. The full top eight seedings in order are Mark Selby, Ding Junhui, Judd Trump, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy, Mark Allen, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Marco Fu.

The Draw

So the set up for the draw in terms of which seeds could potentially fall against another in the knockout stages is all important to have a look at. In the top half of the draw, there is Mark Selby in the first section, Marco Fu in the second section, Shaun Murphy in the third second and John Higgins in the fourth section. So that isn’t a bad prospect for Mark Selby at all. It means that if he were to get through this quarter, his quarter final tie could be against no-one ranked higher than Marco Fu. Third seed Judd Trump has to be happy with his draw in the top section of the bottom half of the draw, but it all does leave the prospect of a quarter final showdown between O’Sullivan and Fu and the winner of that could have to meet Trump in the semis.

Mark Selby

So Selby has been here before and won it. History is a little bit against him though as no player since Stephen Hendy back in 1996 has managed to successfully defend a UK Championship title. That does show how hard it is. But then Selby does go into the event on the back of decent form having won the Haining Open and the International Championship recently. While he doesn’t have anyone higher than 16th seed Mark Williams in his section of the draw, there could be a tricky quarter final ahead through against Marco Fu (former finalist) or perhaps Neil Robertson (former winner). Just the fact that the title is so hard to defend, may deter punters.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan could become the joint-most successful player ever in the history of the UK Championship by winning his sixth title. Only Steve Davis has done that before. O’Sullivan’s last title at the event was just back in 2014 and he was back in the final last year where he just came up short. But with a win at the English Open and a run to the final of the Champion of Champions (losing to Shaun Murphy) and another final under his belt at the Shanghai Masters, he does appear to be dialled in and will have appeal as a 4/1 shot at Betway.

Judd Trump

With a run to the final of the Shanghai Masters, Trump gave his form a nice boost which could put him back in contention for a decent challenge at the Barbican. Trump has hit a ranking win this season with a win at the European Masters last month and on top of that, he has a pretty decent track record at the UK Championship as well with a title in 2011 and a runners up spot in 2014 to O’Sullivan. Looking at the bottom half of the draw, you think, if not O’Sullivan, then probably Trump.

Ding Junhui

The 2005 and 2009 champion won the World Open back in September for his big ranking win of the season. He only made it back to the Last 32 in last season’s UK Championship challenge where he was stopped by Welshman Jamie Jones, just the when the draw was wide, wide open for him. He wasn't at the recent Champion of Champions nor the Shanghai Masters. It may be too tall of an ask for him to go all the way and has the tougher quarter where Trump and O'Sullivan oppose him.

John Higgins

Scotsman John Higgins won’t be counted out of this one at all by anyone who is lining up again him in the draw. He will be happy that he is avoiding O'Sullivan by going in the opposite half of the draw to him and that’s because Higgins has fallen to a loss against The Rocket at the Champion of Champions and the Shanghai Masters in his last two tournaments. The draw that Higgins has it pretty straightforward and it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him in the last sixteen and then the highest seed that he could meet in the quarter is 5th seed, Shaun Murphy. The three time winner is in with a chance.

Other contenders

Neil Robertson is a dangerous floater in section two and he could be down for a scrap with Marco Fu to get himself out of that section. But there is a potential quarter final clash against reigning champion Selby down the line. Robertson's is 10/3 second favourite at Betway to win the 1st Quarter behind Selby at 6/5. Shaun Murphy (semi finalist last year) gave himself a confidence boost by winning the Champion of Champions tournament over O’Sullivan recently and is a good price to challenge in section three where Kyren Wilson is a big threat and they will be the strongest opposition to Higgins, who is the 13/8 2nd quarter favourite winner option.

UK Championship Snooker Predictions

We are skipping Selby just because of how tricky it has proven for winners to defend their title at the UK Championship. Ronnie O'Sullivan given the form that he has carried recently is actually looking a decent shot to go and win the event. Higgins was a quarter finalist last season at the UK Championship and with a good run in Shanghai during the build up, the Scot may be a decent each way punt to get to the finish line, the same of Shaun Murphy who went well at the Barbican last year and just got that Champion of Champions title under his bet.
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International Championship 2013 Odds – Snooker Betting October 26 – November 3

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The International Championship in Chengdu, China, joined the list of ranking tournaments last season and looks set to be a fixture on the schedule for many years to come. Englishman Judd Trump won the inaugural staging 12 months ago and must have a decent chance of staging a repeat. 'Mr Haircut' is the current world number three having held the top ranking for five weeks earlier this year. But he's not started the new season very well, having suffered first-round defeats in both the Wuxi Classic and Shanghai Masters. He's a general 10/1 this year but, at the same odds, I'd rather take a chance on Mark Selby. Selby made a surprising early exit at the Sichuan International Tennis Centre last year considering he was the second seed and arriving at the back of a victory in the Shanghai Masters. He'll be determined to hang around a lot longer this time and has made another decent start to the new campaign having reached the last eight in both the Wuxi Classic and Shangai Masters. He also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and a second-round exit in the Indian Open may prove to be a blessing in disguise.  'The Jester From Leicester' generally does well in China whereas Ronnie O'Sullivan has disappointed in the Far East in the past. Only 9/2 with BetVictor and sportingbet, 'The Rocket' has been a very low-key profile so far this season and may not be ready to step back into the limelight but Australian Neil Robertson has to go on the short-list. He won the Wuxi Classic in China and came within two frames of becoming the first player since 2003 to win back-to-back ranking tournaments in the following Australian Open only to lose the final. Quarter-final appearances in both the Shanghai Masters and Indian Open suggest 'The Melbourne Machine' is still in decent nick and he can be backed at 7/1 with BetVictor, Boylesports, Coral and William Hill. John Higgins is 14/1 with Boylesports while Martin Gould's general 80/1 should interest a few looking for value.  Boylesports will also lay you 13/8 that a maximum 147 break is recorded in Chengdu.
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2013 Indian Open Snooker Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Mark Selby

Indian Open snooker betting will be taking centre stage this week, in what is the first ever ranking tournament to be held in the country. Because of that, the big guns are out in force, all vying to be the first ones to get their names into the history books in India. It is naturally a huge event of course and there are couple of home based players in the field who have qualified for the main draw. While there has been some withdrawals from the event, including Ronnie O’Sullivan, there is still some great action to follow for your snooker betting.

2013 Indian Open Snooker Betting Odds at online betting site Boylesports Neil Robertson 9/2, Mark Selby 7/1, Ding Junhui 13/2, John Higgins 10/1, Mark Allen 10/1, Stephen McGuire 14/1, Barry Hawkins 18/2, Ricky Walden 20/1

Check in with online betting site Boylesports for great coverage of the Indian Open Snooker betting. Not only can you track action live in play, which is going to be highly valuable for the duration of the event, but you can also make the most of some enhanced odds that they are positing as well in their promotions section. New customers registering an account with online betting site Boylesports can also take advantage of a great welcome bonus and pick up a free bet.

Leading the way in the Indian Open Snooker betting market at online betting site Boylesports is Neil Robertson who is at 4/1 favouritism. The Australian hot-shot started off the new season of ranking tournaments in style, winning in Wuxi City, China but has since failed to get a title on the board. He did finish as runner up minor events in Thailand and Hong Kong recently, which suggests that he may not be far away. However, he only made it to the quarter finals of the last World Ranking tournament, the Shanghai Open back in September.

The playing field is generally pretty level when it comes to snooker betting and the Indian Open is no different. Following on the heels of Neil Robertson is going to be Mark Selby who is running at 15/2 with online bookmaker Boylesports. Selby hasn't managed to land a title yet this season but you are never going to count him out. Still is one of the more consistent players around who can just find that extra gear when it is needed. John Higgins also travels out to India to contest this ranking tournament, the Scotsman having one European Tour event win under his belt this season and running at 10/1 in the Indian Open snooker betting market.

The big three really have all their strengths and yet at the same time there is no-one dominating in the sport to take firm favouritism at all. This is why things are wide open and the draw may be pretty revealing. What makes the draw fascinating is that Higgins, Robertson and Ding Junhui are all piled together in the top half. Indeed, Robertson could meet Chinese star Ding Junhui in the quarter finals. So the top half of the draw immediately eliminates at least two of the big guns.

Ding Junhui himself does look to be in good form, winning the Shanghai Masters recently, and running to the final of the European Tour event in Germany at the start of the month. He has taken a lot of backing and will continue to do so. The man who beat him in that final in Germany was Mark Allen, who has been trading well also on the back of that result. So with the cluttered top half of the draw, it could leave the path open for Mark Selby to take full advantage of and you would expect to see him in the quarterfinals at the very least. He could meet Mark Allen there, but backers will stay with Selby.

 
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2013 Snooker World Championship Betting Odds and Preview

Ronnie O Sullivan

2013 Snooker World Championship Betting Info The Crucible in Sheffield will see the return of Ronnie O’Sullivan to the game after his self imposed exile. There was doubts over whether or not he would return to defend the crown he won last year, fortunately for snooker fans, he has. But his return should not overshadow the fact that there is a very strong, competitive field in contention for this year’s prestigious title, with the action starting on April 20th. Which Ronnie O’Sullivan will turn up, and will he really be able to mount a title defence?

2013 Snooker World Championship Betting Favourite The bookies have been quick to install O’Sullivan as one of the favourites, but online bookmaker Unibet have put Australia’s Neil Robertson at the head of the field at 6/1. Robertson goes as third seed for the event which he won back in 2010. He made a quarter final run last season, butheads into this year’s edition in some pretty strong form. Only once in the last seven ranking tournaments has Robertson failed to make it to the quarter finals. In his last three, he went to the semis of the World Open, the final of the Players Tour Championship and then trended all the way to the win at the China Open. That was his third ranking final of the season, taking just the one title. But generally he has been pretty solid and consistent, and makes a much more sensible outright favourite for your 2013 Snooker World Championship betting.

Other Contenders Ronnie O’Sullivan is in the field and if the world class player that he is shows up, then he will be a contender. He could either crash and burn or hit the headlines here. The thing about Ronnie O'Sullivan is that he has been out of the game for so long now that you just don’t know what you are going to get. He has the natural talent of course in his game, but lack of competitive snooker could hinder him. The four time World Champion hasn’t played for the last twelve months and naturally there is a big media circus around him and his return. Perhaps just too short of a price to back with a lot of confidence.

The world number one Mark Selby, the 2013 Masters champion goes as number two and will be on the opposite side of the draw from O’Sullivan. Along with the Masters he won the UK Championship as well this season and recently made the final of the China Open. While there have been some highs on his season, in between there has been a lot of falling in the early rounds of ranking tournaments. So can be a bit hit and miss, but still a class act when it comes down to it. He has yet to get his hands on the World Championship, and bombed in the first round of last season’s event at the Crucible. Not to be counted out.

Judd Trump is in the top half of the draw alongside Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2013 Snooker World Championship betting. Trump won the International Championship but his recent form in ranking tournaments has dropped, losing in the first round of the Player Tour Championship Finals and the China Open. This is only his fourth appearance in the main draw of the World Championship and he famously went to the final back in 2011 where he lost to John Higgins. Such an exciting talent though and as he avoids Selby and Robertson in the draw, then does make a decent proposition.

You are really looking at the big guns of Selby, Trump and Robertson as the front runners, followed by O’Sullivan.

Best Outside Bet Well in terms of looking for value, it has to be John Higgins. He won the World Championship for the fourth time in his career in 2011, beating Judd Trump in the final. He claimed just one ranking title in 2012, the Shanghai Masters and hasn’t gotten his hands on one in 2013. He is a proven winner of the event of course and that may make him a threat. He could line up against O’Sullivan in the quarter finals, which would be a fascinating clash. Not in the best of form at all, but he is at home in the Crucible and worth a look at long odds of 11/1 with online bookmaker Unibet.

Latest 2013 Snooker World Championship Betting Prices at online bookmaker Unibet Neil Robertson 6/1, Ronnie O’Sullivan 13/2, Mark Selby 13/2, Judd Trump 13/2, Ding Junhui 10/1, John Higgins 11/1, Mark Allen 12/1, Stephen Maguire 14/1

Online Bookmaker Promotion There is a fantastic offer running at Unibet for the 2013 Snooker World Championship betting. All eyes of course will be on the reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in Sheffield. Unibet are thinking that O’Sullivan isn’t going to have enough in the tank to come back and win the title, nor do they think they think that he’ll even reach the final. Place a bet of at least £20 on the Snooker World Championships outright market and if Ronnie O’Sullivan reach the final, then online bookmaker Unibet will refund all losing bets up to £20. There is a risk free £20 bet for new customers registering an account as a welcome bonus at Unibet.

 
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2013 World Open Snooker Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Shaun Murphy
The 2013 World Open snooker betting could well be wide open after some below par performances from the big guns at the recent Welsh Open. The 2013 World Open starts on February 25th and based on recent performances there could be plenty of value in looking beyond the front runners. There appears to be a bit of a breakaway of four players from the rest of the snooker world at the moment, with Judd Trump, John Higgins, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson generally leading the way as pre-tournament favourites. Everyone else then falls back behind them. But with Stephen Maguire coming through the pack to win the recent Welsh Open, there could be an open field. As can be seen from the odds below it is business as usual in the betting markets, however, only Judd Trump went to the semi finals of the Welsh Open, with Selby and Robertson both gone by the close of the second round, with John Higgins going the same way too. So there is any great top form from the big guns at the moment, even though Selby and Robertson would take preference. Selby has been in pretty decent shape but perhaps has been running out of steam a little bit after success at the UK Championship and the Masters in January. As for Neil Robertson, the Australian has been trending very consistently, well up until Newport anyway and looked to be heading towards a title. But he couldn't capitalize on his form and maybe he has missed his chance after crashing out of the second round of the Welsh Open. John Higgins has been well below his best, actually losing in qualification for the German Masters and not even making the main draw. So wouldn’t look at the Scot with any kind of confidence at the moment, and not even snooker’s bright young thing Judd Trump has been firing on all cylinders. He did win the International Championship at the start of last November, but had crashed out in the first rounds of the UK Championship and the German Masters following that. His run to the semi’s of the Welsh Open, where he lost to Stephen Maguire, may see him trending in the right direction again though. Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen is the defending champion of the event, so may attract some interest. But really, he hasn’t been anywhere near threatening to win a tournament for a long time now. Indeed, his last and only major ranking tournament win was the victory twelve months ago at the World Open. Being way out at 12/1 in the market to defend his title, he doesn’t instill a lot of confidence. If you are looking further down the betting order, then it should probably be at Ding Junhui. China’s star did go to the semi finals of the Welsh Open where he was just edged out by Stuart Bingham, and he will be on home soil in Haikou, China for this one. Aside from that, it was a really understated affair at the Welsh Open from the big guns. 2013 World Open Snooker Betting odds at online bookmaker Bet365 Judd Trump 6/1, John Higgins 7/1, Mark Selby 7/1, Neil Robertson 8/1, Mark Allen 12/1, Ding Junhui 12/1, Shaun Murphy 14/1, Mark Williams 20/1 Online betting site Bet365 offer up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus for new customers, as they will match the value of your first stake on a new account. They make a great choice for following your live snooker betting with as well, with a generous amount of new markets opening up while the action is on.
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2012 UK Championship Snooker Bettting Odds and Preview – December 1st to 9th

Mark Selby
Current world number and defending UK Championship titleist Judd Trump looks to be the man to beat. Trump had a tremendous run at last year’s Championship, as he beat out Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson and Mark Allen. Trump is in pretty good form heading into this season’s event as he took a win in the International Championship back in October after finishing runner up in the Shanghai Masters. Trump also hammered John Higgins in the final of the Bulgarian Open, a Minor Ranking final. But Trump is just a man on fire and he will be the one to catch at this season's UK Championship and the player that everyone else will want to avoid. That is why Trump is trading as very strong 7/2 favourite at SkyBet. Trump is naturally number one seed here and doesn’t have a bad half of the draw ahead of him. Fortunately, the main contenders to Trump’s title defence at the Barbican Centre, York are all down in the bottom half. John Higgins’ form is likely to put the Scotsman closest to Trump. Higgins has been there or thereabouts at the business end of tournaments this season. Higgins is back up to world number three and will be eyeing up wrestling the top spot back from Trump come the end of the season. Higgins can churn out the consistent, defensive, percentage snooker that should see him go deep again. Higgins is a three time winner of the UK Championship, his last title coming back in 2010/11 season. Higgins got the better of Judd Trump in the Shanghai Masters in a tremendous battle, winning the deciding frame back in September. The tactical master could have a tricky path, because he would likely meet Mark Selby, Ding Junhui or Neil Robertson in the final. Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui, Mark Selby and Mark Allen all look around the same mark, very evenly matched. What is fascinating is that they are all compressed into the bottom half of the draw, with Roberto, Junhui and Selby all in the same quarter. Former world champion Neil Robertson isn’t in the hottest form. The current Masters Champion looks to be just below his best, but he could be coming into some form. he took a run to the final of the International Championship where he lost to Judd Trump. That is the form he is capable of and hopefully that shows up. Mark Selby goes as second seed for the tournament and there could be a massive second round match against Ding Junhui to come for him. A great outside shot may be Ricky Walden who is carrying some solid form. He took the Wuxi Classic title and after a couple of poor showings at the subsequent ranking tournaments, he went to the quarter finals at the International Championship. There will be some great live in-running snooker betting for the UK Championship available at online bookmaker SkyBet. The bookie, recent winner of the eGaming Review Operator of the Year Award offers a free £10 bet for new customers registering an account, as they automatically credit new accounts with the free bet. Open an account before December 7th and new customers will be able to get a free £5 bet every week. Just place a £5 wager each week and you will get a free £5 back to enjoy. UK Championship Snooker Betting Odds at online bookmaker Skybet Judd Trump 7/2, John Higgins 7/1, Ding Junhui 10/1, Neil Robertson 13/2, Mark Selby 12/1, Mark Allen 12/1 Shaun Murphy 14/1, Stephen Maguire 16/1, Mark Williams 16/1, Stuart Bingham 22/1, Allister Carter 25/1
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2012 Snooker World Championship Match Betting Money Back Special

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Online bookmaker Ladbrokes are running a couple of great Snooker betting promotions for the 2012 Snooker World Championship this week. Alongside their great promotion which paid out any outright winner selection if they hit a 147 in the tournament, regardless of whether they won the event or not, Ladbrokes have a match betting special as well. The tournament outright winner promotion has already been paid out on, as Steven Hendry nailed a 147, so any punters who had a pre-tournament bet on the Scot winning the tournament, has already been paid out as a winner. It doesn't matter if Hendry goes on to win the World Championship or not. But as that applied to pre-tournament bets only, punters still have some great insurance on offer from Ladbrokes, for match betting at The Crucible. If you backed selection in Match betting at the 2012 Snooker World Championship loses out in that match in the deciding frame, then Ladbrokes will refund your lost stake. So nice extra coverage, and the bookie has already paid out on this promotion as well, as Liang Wenbo lost 9-10 against John Higgins, and therefore, any punters who had backed him to win the match, will have gotten their lost stakes refunded. So great coverage for the rest of the match betting from Ladbrokes Coverage on this promotion is up to ÂŁ100. The highly rated online bookmaker offer a free ÂŁ50 welcome bonus offer for new customers registering an account. Simply follow the link here to get the special registration code, and after signing up with it, when you make your first bet on a new account, Ladbrokes will match the value of that first stake with a free bet, up to the maximum value of ÂŁ50! 2012 Snooker World Championship Outright Winner Betting at Ladbrokes Judd Trump 5/1, Neil Robertson 6/1, Ronnie O'Sullivan 7/1, John Higgins 8/1, Mark Selby 8/1
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Ladbrokes 2012 Snooker World Championship Money Back Special

Ladbrokes
Online bookmaker Ladbrokes are offering a Money Back Special for the 2012 Snooker World Championship. The top players in the world are gathering at The Crucible in Sheffield again, for this curtain closer on the 2011/12 season. This is the last ranking event of the season and one of the most prestigious events on the snooker calendar. Young star Judd Trump is leading the way in the betting markets, priced at 5/1 to win the Snooker World Championship this year. Just behind him is the established and proven talent that is Ronnie O'Sullivan at 8/1, while Neil Robertson, John Higgins and Mark Selby are all around 9/1 in the outright winner market. It is in the outright winner market that Ladbrokes have focused their great Money Back Special. If your backed selection in the market makes a maximum 147 break at the event, Ladbrokes will pay you out as a winner, even if he doesn't win the tournament. So, as long as your player hits a 147 at The Crucible, you will have the insurance of being paid out as a winner regardless. This is great coverage for your snooker betting, and the maximum value of the stake is ÂŁ50, but that translates into great profit when you look at the above prices. Online bookmaker Ladbrokes offer a free ÂŁ50 bet for new customers registering an account. Just follow the link here to get the special registration code, and when you make your first bet on a new account, Ladbrokes will match the value of that first stake with a free bet, up to the maximum value of ÂŁ50!
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World Championship 2012 – Snooker Betting (April 21 – May 7)

Shaun Murphy
John Higgins has won the World Snooker Championship three times in the last five years and four times in total. However, he's never won back-to-back titles (nobody has since Stephen Hendry landed the sixth of his seven world titles in 1996) and the Scot has been woefully out of form so far this season. Of course, a return to the Crucible could spark a revival but, after defeat by the likes of Li Yan, James Jones, David Morris and Dechawat Poomjaeng since last May's triumph, no-one in their right mind could view the general 9/1 as any kind of value. Indeed, it would probably come as no surprise if he failed to get past general 150/1 outsider Liang Wenbo in the first round. Judd Trump was immediately installed as favourite after the draw was made and remains market leader (a best 11/2 with bodog). Last year's losing finalist is the new golden boy of snooker and is currently ranked second in the world. The 22-year-old won the UK Championship in York earlier this season but has not scaled the same heights since, despite reaching the semi-finals of the Masters. A quarter-final defeat by Stephen Lee in the recent China Open suggests Trump has problems at present and he simply looks too short in the betting. Lee, incidentally, could give supporters a run for their money at the Crucible at the general 28/1 as he's staged something of a revival this season and ended a six-year barren run this season by winning the PTC in Galway. Another who is often still in contention in the final week in Sheffield is Welshman Mark Williams. Winner in 2000 and 2003 and still the only left-hander to have won the World Championship, he's approaching the veteran stage now and hasn't been at his best in recent tournaments but the format at the Crucible plays to his strengths as he likes to grind down the opposition. He's well worth a saver at 22/1 on Betfair behind my tip Shaun Murphy. Ranked an incredible 48 in the world when winning the tournament as a 22-year-old in 2005, 'The Magician' has been a regular fixture at the Crucible since and his record this season is among the best on the circuit. His only victory came in the Brazil Open, but he also reached the final of the Masters and at least the last eight of every other ranking tournament in which he's competed. Murphy is hugely popular with the Crucible crowds and looks a stand-out at the general 16/1 with several of his higher-ranked rivals coming into the event in indifferent form. Of course, no World Championship preview would be complete without mentioning Ronnie O'Sullivan. But can 'The Rocket' keep a lid on things for the duration? At the 9/1 with Boylesports, sportingbet and William Hill, quite frankly, it's not worth the risk. Bet365 and Boylesports have also opened a book on who, if any, will record a 147 break in the World Championship this year with O'Sullivan a 15/2 chance with the former. England is 6/5 with Betfred and totesport to provide the winner of the tournament with Scotland a general 4/1.
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2012 Snooker World Championship Betting Odds, Preview and Specials

Ronnie O Sullivan
Snooker World Championship Betting Info This prestigious ranking event is played between April 21 and May 7 at the famous old Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. This is the 75th edition of the Snooker World Championships and this is the event which wraps up the 2011/2012 season. Neither legends Jimmy White or Steve Davis made it through qualifying sadly, but Stephen Hendry did manage to clinch his place back at the finals, for the 27th consecutive season. Online Bookmaker Promotion Online bookmaker BetFred have a Snooker World Championship betting promotion running for the 2012 edition. There are actually two offers here being presented by BetFred, which provides some fantastic coverage for your snooker betting. Firstly, if Judd Trump wins the tournament outright, then BetFred will refund all losing single bets placed on the outright market. That alone is good coverage, but their snooker special continues. If your backed selection in the Outright Winner market hits a 147 break during the tournament, BetFred will pay you out as a winner of the tournament, regardless of whether they win or not. Better still, if that player hits a 147 and goes on to win the World Championship, then you will get double the original outright winner odds taken. So some truly fantastic snooker betting coverage BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50. Snooker World Championship Betting Defending Champion Scotland's John Higgins in the defending World Championship champion. He beat rising star Judd Trump in the final 18-15 to take his fourth title. So can he deliver again? Well, somewhat surprisingly after the strong comeback he made to the came, Higgins looks a bit short of confidence Higgins is now down in sixth in the world rankings after a disappointing season and he admitted too that he had lost some passion for the game. He made a timely recourse to suggest that he has just re-discovered his hunger in time for his return to the Crucible. He is not playing as good as what the John Higgins everyone knows can. No-where near it and has failed badly in the big ranking events this season. So he isn't in the kind of form that would suggest that he will step up and defend his title. Snooker World Championship Betting Favourite The thing about the state of snooker at the moment though, is that there really is not a stand out performer. No go-to guy who you expect to stand out from the crowd time and time again. But Judd Trump is the nearest thing to that as he leads the way as favourite in snooker betting. This is only Trump's fourth appearance at the Crucible for the Snooker World Championships, but he is the brightest spark in the pack. We were waiting for him to take the game by the scruff of the neck, after he fulfilled his true potential by taking the UK Championships. He hasn't won a ranking even since then though. He had a great experience in Sheffield last year when he came from nowhere to make it to the final, which all started by knocking out the defending champion Neil Robertson in the first round. He has the game, he has the confidence. He is in the same half of the draw as Higgins, and really that looks to be his biggest threat in not getting to the final. Good draw and should go well at 11/2 with Stan James. Other Contenders The field is deep of course here and all pretty evenly matched. Aussie Neil Robertson seems to be trading very well. He has a couple of Players Tour Championship wins under his belt this season, but his big highlight came in winning The Masters against Shaun Murphy. Here is a man who has been here and done it before and should be in the mix. Like most in the field though, can be hit and miss. Ronnie O'Sullivan, for all dramas and time away from the game has still managed to put in a decent season. He scored a big success a the German Masters at the start of the year, beating Stephen Maguire in the final. He also lifted his 10th Premier League title as well. He still has the game, maybe not the same degree of consistency as he used to have in his prime, but people will still eye him up as the man to beat. After the German Masters win, which was his first ranking final since the 2010 World Open, he crashed in the semi final of the Welsh Open and then in the quarter finals of the China Open. Tricky start for O'Sullivan at the Snooker World Championships though, as he opens against China Open winner Peter Ebdon. Could possibly line up against Neil Robertson in the quarter finals. There is also the presence of Mark Selby in the same half as Ronnie O'Sullivan. Mark Selby has proven plenty of times that he is one of the greats of the game. His only title this year though was a win at the Shanghai Masters, but did put in a final appearance at the Welsh Open. Again, the ranking titles have been spread out quite a bit among players this season, showing just how even the playing field is. Selby, along with the likes of Higgins and Trump should be in the latter stages. You can carry on down the field and look at names like Ding Junhui, Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy and simply take your pick. Welsh Open and Championship League winner Ding Junhui is probably the pick of the bunch. Best Outside Bet We are heading to Scotland for our outside pick, and it's not John Higgins or Stephen Hendry. It is Stephen Maguire, who seems to have rediscovered his best game this season in the build up to the 2012 Snooker World Championship. He reached the final of the German Masters and the China Open as well, losing on both occasions granted but is showing pretty solid form. Those losses at the crucial stage is what keeps him as an outside bet. Could meet John Higgins in the quarter finals, but would back Maguire if that happens. Plenty of value in Maguire at 16/1 with Boylesports. Latest Snooker World Championship Betting Prices Judd Trump: 11/2 at Stan James Neil Robertson: 9/1 at BetFred Ronnie O'Sullivan: 9/1 at SportingBet Mark Selby: 10/1 at SportingBet John Higgins: 10/1 at Bet365 Ding Junhui: 12/1 at Totesport Mark Allen: 14/1 at Bet365 Shaun Murphy: 16/1 at SkyBet Stephen Maguire: 16/1 at Bet Victor
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