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English Open Snooker Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Snooker Betting
English Open Snooker 2018 Preview - October 21st - 25th, 2018 The next World Ranking event of the 2018/19 Snooker Season is the English Open which kicks off on October 21st. The action comes from the K2 in Crawley and it will be the sixth ranking event of the season. The reigning champion is Ronnie O’Sullivan who is, not surprisingly, the 3/1 odds favourite* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 5:07 pm).

English Open Winner Odds*

Ronnie O’Sullivan 3/1 Mark Selby 11/2 John Higgins 7/1 Mark Williams 8/1 Judd Trump 11/1 Neil Robertson 14/1 Kyren Wilson 16/1 Barry Hawkins 20/1 Shaun Murphy 28/1 Jack Lisowski 33/1 Mark Allen 33/1 Marco Fu 33/1 Ryan Day 33/1 Stuart Bingham 40/1 Allister Carter 40/1 Joe Perry 40/1 Bar 50/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from William Hill on October 12th, 2018 at 5:22 p.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="William-hill"]

Reigning Champion

Ronnie O'Sullivan swept his way to last season’s title beating Kyren Wilson in the final. It can be argued that he had a fairly easy run of things in terms of the draw. He beat Jack Lisowski in the quarter, Anthony McGill in the semi's before romping to a 9-2 win in the final over Wilson. That was after a deciding-frame victory over John Higgins in the last sixteen. O’Sullivan is looking for his first ranking title of the new season. That is because he hasn’t entered any of the other five that have gone down so far. He did win the non-ranking Shanghai Masters for a title defence back in September. That took his career winnings to over £10 million, the first player to ever reach that figure. He is the 3/1 outright favourite* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 5:07 pm) and punters won’t have a lot of trouble backing him.

Contenders

Mark Selby warmed up well with a win at the World Ranking China Championship at the end of September so that was a big boost for him. That was after winning the Naining Open (non-ranking) earlier in the season so he isn’t in bad shape and that is why he is going as the second favourite at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 5:07 pm). He lost in the third round last season against Xiao Guodong. There is last season’s runner-up Kyren Wilson who may pique the interest of punters. Not only does he have that form from last year’s run at the tournament, but he took a World Ranking win at the Paul Hunter Classic in August and then in September won the Six-red World Championship. So he is certainly a decent enough 16/1 each way option* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 5:07 pm).

Will Big Guns Do Better?

A lot of the big names struggled at the event last season. Shaun Murphy made it to the last sixteen though but he hasn’t been in the winner's circle at any event, ranking or non-ranking this season so far. He will have a point to prove through after failing to qualify for the recent European Masters. John Higgins had his best performance of the season at the China Championship, in reaching the final there. He withdrew from the European Masters following that. He will have been cursing his luck after having met O’Sullivan in the round of sixteen last season at the English Open. He was a quarter finalist in the inaugural season. Judd Trump reached the final of the inaugural English Open two years ago and he went back to the fourth round last season, so not a bad return from him at the tournament. It’s enough, on top of his quarter final run at the China Championship to warrant having a look at him. He crashed out in the second round of the European Masters recently on a quest for his third straight title there.

The Draw

Ronnie O’Sullivan has a pretty manageable section of the draw ahead of him. So you would expect to see him reach the quarter finals at the very least. Kyron Wilson is the most likely opponent that he would meet at that stage given the way that the draw is set up. Judd Trump heads up section three which puts him on a quarter final collision course where he could potentially meet John Higgins or Marco Fu, the big names from the fourth section of the draw. Mark Selby should have nothing to stop him reaching the quarter finals really, only himself. The draw ahead at the quarter final stage (dropping into the opposite half of the draw from O’Sullivan) looks comfortable too. That will add to his appeal. Shaun Murphy, with his current lack of form, could find his section a bit of a grind. If he battles his way through though there is a decent enough draw ahead of him that could be waiting at the quarter-final stage.

Home Nations Series

The English Open is the first of the four tournaments which make up the Home Nations Series. The other tournaments are the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast, the Scottish Open in Glasgow and the Welsh Open in Cardiff. If a player can win all four tournaments in one season then there is a huge ÂŁ1m bonus prize to be collected. This is just the third season of the Home Nations and as of yet, no-one has even managed to win more than one in a season.

English Open Predictions

A tournament still pretty much in its infancy and so we can only look at current form. Ronnie O’Sullivan got that great title defence achieved recently in Shanghai and he has to be worth a look here to do the same in Crawley. Selby does look like the other sensible option, partially because of the draw. For our longer-priced offering, we are going to eye up Mark Allen. He was a losing quarter finalist last season at her English Open and just made a good run to the quarters of the European Masters. From 28/1 in the easiest section of the draw, he’s worth a look* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 5:07 pm).
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BetVictor sponsor English Open Snooker

Betvictor
Bookmaker, BetVictor have made a return to snooker sponsorship as they have taken up the sponsorship of the English Open, starting with this year’s event which starts on October 15th and runs through to the 21st. From 2013 BetVictor had sponsored the Welsh Open for four straight years to put their weight behind the sport. The English Open is the first of the season’s Home Nations series which will also see tournaments in Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff. If a player can win all four in a single season there is a massive £1m bonus up for grabs. Among the top stars in the field, there will be Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Judd Trump and John Higgins. The format of the tournament is a straight knockout draw with 128 players starting the evening.

Snooker Popularity Growing

Director of sportsbook at BetVictor, Matt Scarrott, said: “Over the last few years, snooker has grown in popularity at an astonishing rate as it continues to gain international relevance. Director of sportsbook at BetVictor, Matt Scarrott, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with World Snooker. Over the last few years, snooker has grown in popularity at an astonishing rate as it continues to gain international relevance. At BetVictor, we’ve been following the sport for quite some time, having previously sponsored the Welsh Open for four years, and partnering with World Snooker once again will allow us to expand our footprint into this growing global market.” World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled to bring BetVictor back on board for the first ranking event to be staged in The UK this season. They have been great supporters of snooker over the years and they are a fantastic team to work with. “This is the first time we have staged a major tournament in Crawley and I hope to see the arena packed as the fans have the chance to see 128 of the best players on the planet live in action. Eurosport broadcasts our sport to 137 million homes in 54 countries so the television audience is vast. It will be a sensational week of snooker,” added Hearn.  
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Snooker European Masters 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Snooker Betting
European Masters Snooker 2018 Preview - October 1st - 7th, 2018 The European Masters Snooker is running this week and it is the fifth-ranking event of the new 2018/19 season. The tournament is being held out in Belgium and Judd Trump is the one with all of the pressure on his shoulders as he is the defending champion. Trump is the 11/2 second favourite for this week's action, second only to Mark Selby. Serbu and Trump are on the opposite sides of the draw so they would stay apart until a potential showdown in the final.

Snooker European Masters Winner Odds*

Mark Selby 4/1 Judd Trump 11/2 Barry Hawkins 10/1 Mark Allen 121/1 Jack Lisowski 12/1 Yan Bingtao 22/1 Stuart Bingham 22/1 Joe Perry 25/1 Liang Wenbo 30/1 Ryan Day 33/1 Allister Carter 33/1 Luca Brecel 40/1 Zhao Xintong 50/1 * (betting odds taken from William Hill on October 1st, 2018 at 7:05 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="william-hill"]

The Main Contenders

The first World Ranking tournament of the new 2018/19 season was just back at the end of August so there's not a lot of forms to go on in terms of action from the top tiers. What we did see recently though was a big win for Mark Selby at the China Championship so he is coming in hot for Belgium this week and is the 4/1 outright favourite* (betting odds taken from October 1st, 2018 at 7:05 pm) That was not his first win of the season as he also picked up the title at the Non-Ranking Haining Open in early September. So there is form behind him although this tournament title has eluded him during his career. Judd Trump has owned this event for the last two years and is out looking for a three-peat. Just in the contest of sporting achievements that is such a hard thing to pull off. So that is a decent reason to oppose him, even though he has lifted the title in the last two years. No-one has ever managed to win three European Open titles in a row before so history is fully against Trump this week in Lommel. He is also on the hunt for his first title of the season as well. There have been some notable names absent from the draw. Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins both withdrew, while two-time tournament winner Shaun Murphy was eliminated in qualification.

Underdogs can challenge

Kyren Wilson, who is already through to the second round looks to be a good option as an outsider to come through the field. He wouldn’t be that big of an outsider though, to be honest as the Englishman has shown a bit of form with wins at the Paul Hunter Classic and the Six-red World Championship. So he has been in a winning frame of mind and out at 66/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 1st, 2018 at 7:05 pm) early on Monday evening, made him a great each-way option to consider. Barry Hawkins has been trading well in the outright winner market at 10/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 1st, 2018 at 7:05 pm). He reached the final of the Shanghai Masters, the semi-finals of the World Cup and then the quarter finals of the China Championship. So he is in pretty handy form as well although his tournament history is pretty miserable, not having been past the second round before.

Prediction

The field is pretty open here, but we are going to oppose the reigning champion Trump and stick with Selby as the favourite in terms of the main contenders at the head of the pack. But take a look at Wilson because he has  been shaping up well recently and has every chance of getting in contention.
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ÂŁ100k Snooker Acca landed at Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes
There was a stunning win for a punter at Ladbrokes this week as they collected a £100,000 windfall from a staggering 15-fold snooker accumulator. The total profit was £100,124.82 after placing the wager was struck late on Sunday. This was a long-shot punt, to say the least, and it was focused on the first round matches at the World Open in China. The punter selected 15 players from the field to make it through their opening matches at the event including the likes of Marco Fu, Ryan Day and Ali Carter. Six of the fifteen selections in the bet were settled in a deciding frame just to add a bit of tension. Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “This is the biggest snooker accumulator win we’ve ever seen placed on a BetStation. Predicting the wins of 15 games has sent our traders snooker loopy, but we can only applaud this gentleman’s belief.”

Winning bet in full

Matthew Selt to beat Lee Walker – 4/5 Robert Milkins to beat David Lilley – 4/11 Ricky Walden to beat Dominic Dale – 2/5 Fergal O’Brien to beat Zhao Xintong – 11/8 Marco Fu to beat Peter Ebdon – 4/11 Noppon Saengkham to beat Rod Lawler – 4/9 Stephen Maguire to beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh – 4/11 Jamie Jones to beat Zhou Yuelong – 1/1 Barry Hawkins to beat Akani Songsermsawad – 3/10 Gary Wilson to beat Tom Ford – 5/6 Jack Lisowski to beat Chris Wakelin – 2/5 Jak Jones to beat Zhang Anda – 8/5 Ali Carter to beat Rory McLeod – 2/9 Ryan Day to beat Robbie Williams – 1/3 Luca Brecel to beat Scott Donaldson – 8/13 £100 stake returned £100,124.82
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Snooker World Championship Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Snooker Betting
The biggest ranking snooker tournament in the world begins on April 21st, 2018 and runs through to its completion on May 7th. This is the 2018 World Snooker Championship of course and it is back at its home at the Crucible in Sheffield. Not only is it the most prestigious ranking event out there to be won in the sport, it also signals the end of the 2017/18 season with it being the last ranking event being played. It is the twentieth ranking snooker tournament of the season.

Reigning champion

Mark Selby is the current World Champion and he is a 7/2 poke with Bet365 to make a successful title defence this season. He went into battle against John Higgins twelve months ago and that was also a title defence for him in what was the 40th anniversary of the World Championship. Selby had a pretty easy passage through the tournament last year, beating out Fergal O’Brien in the first round before taking out Xiao Guodong and then Marco Fu to reach the semis. He did have a tough scrap against Ding Junhui in the semi-finals winning 17-15 before moving through to meet Higgins in the showcase match. Selby pulled off his title defence with an 18-15 victory.

2018 World Snooker Championship Odds

Ronnie O’Sullivan 2/1, Mark Selby 7/2, Judd Trump 8/1, John Higgins 11/1, Ding Junhui 12/1, Neil Robertson 14/1, Mark Williams 20/1, Barry Hawkins 22/1, Shaun Murphy 25/1, Mark Allen 28/1, bar 33/1* (betting odds taken on April 12th, 2018 at 5:54 p.m.)

Format

The top 16 in the World automatically get their place in the first round of action and they all will meet a qualifier in that first round, in matches which are the best of 19 frames. So it is not until the second round of action that you will seed player taking on a seeded player. The second round and the quarter finals are both the best of 25 frames, with the semi finals going over the best of 33 frames. The Final then steps up to the best of 35 played out over four sessions if needed.

Top 8 Rankings

Mark Selby (top seed because of being the defending champion) Ronnie O’Sullivan Ding Junhui Judd Trump John Higgins Barry Hawkins Mark Williams Shaun Murphy Among the top sixteen in the world heading to the 2018 Snooker World Championships, there are seven former winners (including Selby) of the tournament. Along with the current champion Selby, they are Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Shaun Murphy, Neil Robertson and Stuart Bingham. Of the other top sixteen, Ali Carter, Judd Trump, Barry Hawkins and Ding Junhui are all former losing finalists. As the draw is set up, in the top half of the draw, the highest four seeds are Mark Selby (1), Judd Trump (4), John Higgins (5) and Shaun Murphy (8). In the bottom half then that leaves O'Sullivan (2), Ding Junhui (3), Barry Hawkins (6) and Mark Williams (7).

Mark Selby

Mark Selby could create a bit of history for himself in this one. Not since Stephen Hendry produced a five-tournament winning streak from 1992-1997 has anyone won the Snooker World Championship three times in a row. But after back to back wins at the Crucible, Selby is in line to do that. The Jester from Leicester is carrying some form forward as well, notably winning the China Open in Beijing last month, the last ranking tournament before the World Championships. Last year before going on to launch his successful title defence Selby won in China, so is history going to be repeating itself?He would be on course for a final duel with O’Sullivan though and that will be his biggest challenge to overcome.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

O'Sullivan has been in cracking form this season having five titles under his belt. His most recent triumph was in the Players Championship and that tally of five, well that’s a joint-record for a single season. So he clearly still has it but couldn’t step it up last season at the Crucible where he went home at the quarter-finals stage to Ding Junhui. His last World Championship title was back in 2013 and he is looking for what would be his sixth title in the tournament. He is going to be a threat to anyone who gets in his path, it is that huge prospect of a final showdown against Selby which is going to be the most interesting. He has a comfortable run and a semi-final berth is a real prospect when he could meet Ding Junhui.

Ding Junhui

Ding’s only ranking title this season was back in September last year when he took the World Open on home soil in China. He only made it to the last sixteen at the China Open recently and that was after falling to O'Sullivan in the quarter finals of the Players Championship. So it hasn’t quite been there for them but he does have a good track record recently at the World Championship, making the semi's last season and the final the year before than. The prospect of having to get past O’Sullivan in his half of the draw could be problematic for him.

Judd Trump

Trump’s big moment this season came at the European Masters back in October for what is his only ranking tournament success this season. He did get to the semi finals of the Players Championship recently taking out Stephen Maguire and Neil Robertson along the way but was stopped in the final four by O’Sullivan in a deciding frame. He is just blowing really hot or really cold at the moment. He has three semi-finals in his last five appearances in the main draw of a ranking tournaments, but recently he was a losing qualifier at the China Open, not even getting the main draw. He also tumbled in the first round of the World Grand Prix then in the second round at the Welsh Open. Inconsistent, but more than capable. Overall he has been to five semi finals this season.

John Higgins

The Wizard of Wishaw is a former World Champion and will always post a threat to some degree in the championship. He has had his successes this season and they have been recent too, claiming the Welsh Open and then the non-ranking title in the Championship League. But overall this season he has had eleven first-round exits in ranking tournaments and that is just a tough thing to back him on. He would have to get past both Trump and Selby just to the reach the final as well.

Best Outside Chance

Kyren Wilson catches our eye in World Snooker Championship betting odds at bet365. The Warrior has had a terrific form and has reached a high of ninth in the world ranking. He has been to two semi-finals and two finals this term (the World Open and the English Open). He was in form at the Masters at the start of the year as well reaching the final there. He is the best of the outside shots and value at 33/1 each way odds* (betting odds taken on April 12th, 2018 at 5:54 p.m.). Wilson was a quarter finalist at the World’s last season and goes to Sheffield having lost in the semi finals against Selby in the China Open recently.

2018 World Snooker Championship Predictions

Selby looks in hot form at the moment and held his composure well last season to land a title defence. He should go close here. O’Sullivan just hasn't quite put it together at the World Championships for a while for some reason and with inconsistency in the games of Higgins and Trump and Ding, then the path could be a pretty successful one ahead for Selby to make it three in a row.
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Snooker Betting Strategy of Mart

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Hello

This is my snooker betting strategy:

You start to watch a frame between player 1 and 2. You have to watch the first minutes of the frame, because it is very important how and where the balls move, if they move onto the sides more and colors move safe, then you take under 100 points, but if colors and red balls are free, then you take at least&over 100 points. Small stakes recommended on this. Also you have to wait if 1 player gets in the frame and starts potting the balls. It is good if you get a start on under 100 points with having 1 red ball potted and no color gone with it. Another recommendation: If 1 player finds him self in a very bad position at the start(has been snookered by other player), then it is time to take at least&over 100 points. All this can be done on bwin.

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Snooker Players Championship Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Snooker Betting
The eighth edition of the Snooker Players Championship starts on Monday, March 19th in Llandudno, Wales and this is the eighteenth ranking tournament of the current season. Heading back to the tournament as the reigning champion is Judd Trump after his success over Marco Fu last season. This is a 16-man tournament which will run for a week, the final being held on March 25th.

Reigning Champion

Judd Trump got his hands on the title last season and his big challenge really was getting past Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter finals. He met up with Marco Fu in the final and it was a tense struggle between the two of them as well. Fu didn’t manage to get a century break in the match, while Trump landed four of them and finished with the tournament's highest break of 136 in the eighth frame.

Snooker Players Championship winner odds*

Ronnie O’Sullivan 9/4, John Higgins 5/1, Mark Selby 7/1, Judd Trump 8/1, Neil Robertson 12/1, Mark Williams 12/1, Ding Junhui 14/1, Shaun Murphy 18/1, Mark Allen 18/1, Ryan Day 20/1, Kyren Wilson 25/1, bar 28/1* (betting odds taken on March 18th, 2018 at 11:07 p.m.)

Qualification

It is a pretty straightforward affair for qualification requirements. The top sixteen on the one-year ranking list (up to and including the Gibraltar Open) for the season gets their places.

The Draw

The draw will be split out over the seeds, so the top seed plays the bottom seed, the second seed plays the second from bottom seeds and so on. 1 Ronnie O'Sullivan 2 Mark Williams 3 John Higgins 4 Judd Trump 5 Luca Brecel 6 Shaun Murphy 7 Mark Selby 8 Ding Junhui 9 Mark Allen 10 Ryan Day 11 Kyren Wilson 12 Neil Robertson 13 Stephen Maguire 14 Anthony McGill 15 Yan Bingtao 16 Graeme Dott So that means that the draw for the round of sixteen is Top Half Ronnie O’Sullivan v Graeme Dott Ding Junhui v Mark Allen Luca Brecel v Neil Robertson Judd Trump v Stephen Maguire Bottom Half John Higgins v Anthony McGill Shaun Murphy v Kyren Wilson Mark Selby v Ryan Day Mark Williams v Yan Bingtao

Ronnie O’Sullivan

Last season O’Sullivan lost out to Judd Trump in the quarter finals and the two would be on a for a mouth-watering collision course in this season's semi-final. So there is a tricky road ahead for both of them. The opposition there in O’Sullivan’s quarter isn’t all that tough for him to get through if he is on song. He’ll be looking to add to his World Grand Prix title won back at the end of February. You would get the feeling that he gets past Trump the title is his.

John Higgins

John Higgins bombed last season in the first round, losing a decider in his opener against Ding Junhui. He is short in the odds because of his win at the Welsh Open recently. That was his second title this season. He has a pretty shocking record though at the Players Championship and is worth skipping over.

Mark Selby

Mark Selby's form really isn’t going to be instilling too much confidence into any punter at the moment. A semi-final at the World Grand Prix is really all that he has to speak of in his current form and hasn’t been on top of his game and looks vulnerable. He exited with a heavy loss against Marco Fu in last season’s quarter finals of the Players Championship.

Judd Trump

After his back to back semi finals at the Scottish Open and the German Masters, Trump hasn’t quite been at his best. However, there was a bit better from him at the non-ranking Romanian Masters last week where he made the quarter finals. He should definitely be in the mix in this one as he has a comfortable draw. Would he be able to take down O’Sullivan again if it came to it?

Each Way Options

Ryan Day at 20/1 odds with bet365 heads up * (betting odds taken on March 18th, 2018 at 11:07 p.m.) the each way options. He just busted out a win at the Romanian Open in early March for the second ranking tournament of the season. He followed that up with a win at the Romanian Masters too last weekend, a non-ranking event. He hasn’t been past the second stage of the Players Championship from his four previous visits though. Kyren Wilson is the other each-way option at 25/1 with bet365* (betting odds taken on March 18th, 2018 at 11:07 p.m.) and he is carrying good form into the tournament. He made the quarter finals of the Gibraltar Open and then made the semi-finals at the Romanian Open last week so hasn’t been in bad form at all. This will only be his second crack at the Players Championship though. O’Sullivan should handle things in the top half of the draw and a potential showdown with Trump should be a great thing to see. Of them, it is probably worth riding O’Sullivan to edge the battle because when he is on his game he’s unstoppable. From the bottom half of the table, there are a lot of good players there without any of them really being in any kind of form. So it is worth having an each way punt on either Wilson or Day.
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Snooker World Grand Prix Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Prediction

Snooker Betting
The next big occasion for the snooker season is the World Grand Prix which gets its start on February 19th. The event, hosted at the Guild Hall in Preston will be the fifteenth ranking event of the season and there will be no title defence from anyone this season as Barry Hawkins, the 2017 champion has failed to qualify for the event. With Ronnie O’Sullivan set for an appearance in Preston, it is the Rocket who is trading as the 10/3 outright favourite at Paddy Power.

Snooker World Grand Prix Reigning Champion

Barry Hawkins produced a win to collect the third ranking title of his career in last year’s edition. Hawkins beat out Welshman Ryan Day 10-7 in the final. However, he hasn’t done enough to get himself back into the competition this year.

Qualification

The top 32 players on the order of merit are the ones who get to take their place at the, Snooker World Grand Prix. That is based on the one-year ranking from the 2017 Riga MAsters through to the recent 2018 Snooker Shoot out. Heading up the qualifiers is Ronnie O'Sullivan as the leader of the Order of Merit, with the last player to squeeze their way into the tournament being Robert Milkins. 1 Ronnie O'Sullivan 2 Mark Williams 3 Judd Trump 4 Luca Brecel 5 Shaun Murphy 6 Mark Selby 7 Ding Junhui 8 John Higgins

The Draw

This is a straight knockout competition with the first two rounds being played over the best of seven frames. The quarter finals are the best of 9 frames, the semi finals the best of 11 frames and then the final is the best of 19 frames. The draw is simply organised by seeding. The top seed plays the lowest seed, second seed plays the 31st seed and so on until the middle where 16th plays 17th seed. Breaking all that down it leaves top seed O’Sullivan in the top half of the draw along with 4th seed Luca Brecel, 5th seed Shaun Murphy and 8th seed John Higgins. Down in the bottom half of the draw, you have 2nd seed Mark Williams, 3rd seed Judd Trump's, 6th seed Mark Selby and 7th seed Ding Junhui and all that makes the bottom half of the draw a much tougher path for players to try and grind their way through.

Snooker World Grand Prix Winner Odds*

Ronnie O’Sullivan 10/3, Mark Selby 9/2, Judd Trump 8/1, John Higgins 9/1, Mark Williams 12/1, Neil Robertson 14/1, Ding Junhui 14/1, Shaun Murphy 14/1, Mark Allen 20/1, 22/1 bar* (betting odd taken at 8:57 p.m. on January 16th, 2018).

Snooker World Grand Prix Contenders

Ronnie O'Sullivan O’Sullivan reached the final of the inaugural edition of the Word Grand Prix back in 2015 but was toppled there by Judd Trump. He fell in the second round last season in the tournament with Neil Robertson having gotten the better of him. Since his triumph at the UK Championship, O'Sullivan hasn’t been back in the winner's circle and he was well below par in his quarter-final defeat against Mark Allen at The Masters. This is probably as good of a time as any to totally opposed the rocket, especially at those odds. Mark Williams Mark Williams has found a nice bit of form for himself recently with a win at the Northern Ireland Open being followed up by a success recently at the German Masters. That should at least put him in contention in this one although he is in that tough bottom half of the draw and could have either Ding Junhui or Kyren Wilson to content with at the quarter final stage. Not a bad each way flutter given the current form though. Shaun Murphy Murphy won the World Grand Prix title in 2016 but was stopped in the quarter finals of his title defence last season by Ryan Day. His big moment of this season really came at the Champion of Champions tournament in Coventry when he beat Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final of the non-ranking event. He did get himself all the way to the semi finals of the German Masters recently so that could put a bit of wind in his sails for another title assault Ryan Day The Welshman was narrowly edged out in a decider in the German Masters quarter finals against Shaun Murphy recently and he was runner-up at the World Grand Prix last season. He is a big price to go and win this thing by at the end of the day a tidy 40/1 each way bet at Paddy Power* (betting odd taken at 8:57 p.m. on January 16th, 2018). He could have an early duel with Murphy though in the round of sixteen and the winner of that potential clash would look value to make a semi-final berth so he could be in this. Judd Trump Trump makes our list of contenders in Preston. He bombed in the second round here last season, but with him going to the semi finals at the Masters and then against at the German Masters it looks as if he isn’t too far away from a title. Trump has one ranking title this season having won the European Masters out in Belgium. The one stumbling block would be that he is the tough bottom half of the draw and would have to get through Mark Selby or Neil Robertson on his way maybe even Mark Williams to get to the final. He will basically have to bring his A-game.

Snooker World Grand Prix Predictions

We like the look of Mark Williams and Judd Trump to come through the bottom half of the table. It’s so congested down there though that anything could happen. It is Trump and Williams of them all though who are carrying the better form. It is worth skipping over O'Sullivan at the moment which blows the top half of the draw open. The winner of the potential Ryan Day v Shaun Murphy clash would be worth considering going all the way in that top half.
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Snooker Masters Betting 2018 – Winner Odds & Predictions

Snooker Betting
The Masters Snooker 2018, the most prestigious of all tournaments in the sports, despite it being a non-ranking event, will kick into action on January 14th. This is a great start to the calendar year for snooker action, even though the tournament itself actually falls around two-thirds of the way through the season which is split over two calendar years. So the best in the world get to battle it out at the Alexandra Palace in London over the week in what will be the 44th edition of the tournament.

Reigning Champion

Heading back to the Masters as the reigning champion is Ronnie O’Sullivan who is 5/2 with Betfair to defend* (Betting Odds taken January 7th, 2018 at 4pm). The snooker maverick took a 10-7 win over Joe Perry a year ago and he created history for himself at the same time as well, becoming the most successful player ever in the history of the event. That was his seventh title last year, taking him past the six title haul of Scotland's Stephen Hendry. O'Sullivan has finished runner-up on five other occasions in the Masters. The tournament is clearly a good fit for him.

Snooker Masters Betting 2018 Odds*

Ronnie O’Sullivan 5/2, Mark Selby 7/2, Judd Trump 6/1, John Higgins 8/1, Ding Junhui 9/1, Shaun Murphy 12/1, Barry Hawkins 25/1, Mark Allen 28/1, Mark Williams 28/1, Marco Fu 33/1, Kyren Wilson 33/1, Luca Brecel 33/1, bar 50/1.

Qualification

The qualification for the Masters is straightforward and simple. This is actually an invitational event and the top sixteen players on the Order of Merit are the ones who actually get the invites to participate. All of the top sixteen with one exception are participating in the 2018 event. Stuart Bingham ranked 12th is banned because of breaking betting rules and so 17th ranked Liang Wenbo gets into the tournament in his place.

The Draw

It is a straight knockout all the way and the first three rounds are all the best of 11 frames, with the final being the best of 19 Frames. Two players are making their Masters debut this season, namely Belgium’s Luca Brecel and Scotland’s Anthony McGill. First Round Draw Ronnie O’Sullivan v Marco Fu Mark Allen v Luca Brecel John Higgins v Anthony McGill Ding Junhui v Ryan Day Judd Trump v Liang Wenbo Shaun Murphy v Ali Carter Barry Hawkins v Kyren Wilson Mark Williams v Mark Selby

The Main Contenders

Ronnie O’Sullivan has such a tremendous history at the tournament that he is good value to go and get yet another title there. He has won two for the last four ranking tournaments for the season as well, claiming the Shanghai Masters and the UK Championship. So he’s right on top of his game at the moment and he looks to be enjoying himself without any pressure at all. That makes him dangerous. John Higgins may ultimately be his big challenge in his half of the draw. The Scotsman isn’t a bad price at 8/1* (Betting Odds taken January 7th, 2018 at 4pm) to rattle through and get close to what would be his third Masters title. He had a decent run to the semi finals of the Scottish Open recently, and he took the Championship League this season. Still, at the end of the day, he comes off second best in term of form to O’Sullivan and O’Sullivan is a very good price of 5/4* (Betting Odds taken January 7th at 4pm) to reach the final from the top half of the draw. So that leaves a really competitive bottom half of the draw with Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby all rattling around down there. Selby is the one with the proven track record at the Masters, being a three-time winner of the event and he would be looking for his first success there since 2013. He has been in decent from, winning the non-ranking Haining Open before following up with a win at the International Championship. He fell surprisingly early in the quarter finals last season so will be hungry for much better. Trump was a first-round casualty last season and his stats at the Masters isn’t great. He has been to the semi finals twice but he has gone out in the first round in three of the last four seasons. Shaun Murphy, the 2015 Masters Champion beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Champion of Champions tournament in November and he has made the semi finals at least in four of his last six attempts at the Masters.

Outsiders

The big outsider would have to be Kyren Wilson who goes into the tournament with the most promise from an underdog position. He has reached the World Open and the English Open finals this season and this will be just the second crack at the Masters for him, after losing in the first round last year to Ding Junhui. There's no easy path for him to the final unless Selby and Trump are upset in the early rounds, but he carries the most threat to strike and is 14/1* (Betting Odds taken January 7th at 4pm) to reach the final.

Predictions

It should be O’Sullivan all the way again. He is enjoying his snooker at the moment even with taking power naps in between frames and letting spectators take shots for him. This is a tournament he enjoys so much and the draw really ahead of him will give him a great chance of getting that title again. There would be nothing wrong with shooting for an O'Sullivan/Selby shot at 6/1 with Betfair* (Betting Odds taken January 7th, 2018 at 4pm) in the Name The Finalists market.
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Betway agree new three year deal for UK Championship snooker

Betway
The current sponsor of the UK Snooker Championship, Betway have dedicated themselves to producing further support of the sport. They will be keeping the prestigious tournament in its sponsorship portfolio as the operator has agreed on a new three-year deal and that continues their huge support of the sport. Forming part of the sports Triple Crown, alongside the Masters and World Championship, this latest partnership continues the initial two year £850,000 deal agreed two years ago. Barry Hearn, World Snooker Chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome Betway on board for at least another three years, especially as they are such a fantastic team to work with. “This year we celebrate 40 years of the UK Championship and remember the iconic moments that this marvellous tournament has produced. Last year we saw an incredible final between Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan which proved the remarkable skill of the players at the top level. Betway CEO Anthony Werkman, added: “The Betway UK Championship is a fantastic event to be involved with and we’re really happy to be extending our partnership for a further three years. “Continuing our sponsorship in snooker, and particularly with a top level event like the Betway UK Championship, is really important as we look to build on the strong growth we have achieved in recent years.” Betway are also current sponsor of the Grand national Festival at Aintree and they are the principal sponsors of Premier League side West Ham as well.
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