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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

Betting Advice

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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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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Snooker International Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Snooker Betting
The next major ranking event in the Snooker season is the International Championship out in Daqing, China. This is the 8th ranking event of the season and it will start on October 29th and run through to November 5th. The qualifying for the event took place back at the end of September and going back to the tournament as the reigning champion is Mark Selby who crushed Ding Junhui twelve months ago 10-1 in the final. Selby goes as 9/2 joint favourite at Betfair alongside Ronnie O’Sullivan for the event. There is a 64 man field for the main draw and all rounds up to an including the quarter finals are the best of 11 frames. Things then step up to the best of 17 frames for the semi finals and then go to best of 19 for the Final itself. The tournament starts on October 29th and there will be the remainder of the qualifying matches played out there on that day, including Mark Selby, John Higgins, Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo all getting their qualification matches done.

Snooker International Championship Betting Odds

Ronnie O'Sullivan 9/2, Mark Selby 9/2, Judd Trump 11/2, Ding Junhui 15/2, John Higgins 10/1, Neil Robertson 14/1, Shaun Murphy 20/1, Mark Allen 25/1, Mark Williams 33/1, Barry Hawkins 22/1, Kyren Wilson 25/1, 40/1 bar

Mark Selby

Selby is the reigning champion after getting his hands on the title for the first time last year. Going in the tournament he has warmed up pretty well with a recent win at the Haining Open, taking down Tom Ford in the final. That was non-ranking title though and he hasn’t yet gotten his hands on a ranking title yet for the 2017/18 season. He only made it to the third round of the English Open recently where he was stopped by Xiao Guodong, but should be a decent challenger in this on the back of his win last season.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

The Rocket eased his way to the English Open title recently, beating Kyren Wilson 9-2 in the tournament in Barnsley. That was pretty much a cruise for him all the way and he looked to be enjoying himself at the table. That was his first title of the new season, bettering his runners up place at the Hong Kong Masters earlier the season. Just because of the form he was showing last week, looking relaxed he should well be in the mix, but the Rocket is at that stage where upsets are as likely as him rattling off a quick fire century. Does he have the full focus to win back to back events.

Judd Trump

Trump won this season’s European Masters, a World Ranking event and he was untroubled in qualifying for the International Championship as he smashed Scotland’s Chris Totten 6-0. Trump made it to the last sixteen of the English Open recently, taking a surprise hit against Jack Lisowski, but is obviously a stronger player than that and he does have a little bit of form tournament history as well because he won the inaugural event back in 2012 in beating Neil Robertson. He’s a decent 11/2 jolly at Betfair.

Ding Junhui

The Chinese star would have had high hopes going into last season’s final on home soil, but blew it badly in that heavy loss against Mark Selby. Still, it was a good tournament for him and he has a World Ranking event under his belt this season with a win at the World Open last month. He is one of those players who no-one else in the field is really going to want to meet and he will be looking for some serious redemption after a second round exit at the English Open recently. He is the only man in the field to have been to two separate International Championship finals, winning it 2013.

John Higgins

John Higgins won the International Championship just two years ago and it’s always worthwhile looking at players with tournament history behind them. He took a last sixteen defeat against Ronnie O’Sullivan at the English Open recently, which was a bit of a kick in the pants for him, but he has been in the winners circle already this season with a victory at the Indian Open. Still a threat.

The Best of the Rest

Kyren Wilson has had a good season with runners up places at the World Open and the recent English Open. He did take the World Games (non ranking) tournament as well earlier in the season so has been one of the steadier, more reliable players on the circuit this season and is always a good underdog. Australia’s Neil Robertson had a good run at the English Open recently and could get himself in the mix and Liang Wenbo on home soil could easily play himself into the mix. He took a 147 maximum at the English Open recently.

Snooker International Championship Prediction

As for a favourite who could go all the way, then Ding Junhui, who has better tournament history than any other player in the field has to be a good priced option. Back to back World Ranking wins for O’Sullivan would be a little bit of a stretch as he has a bit of a tricky draw and could meet Trump in the semis. Mark Selby will have his mental focus dialled in as the reigning champion and he is overdue a title this season as well. As for an outsider, it has to be Kyren Wilson who has seriously knocked on the door of a World Ranking victory this season.
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Snooker World Cup 2017 Betting Previews & Predictions

Snooker Betting
Although this is just an invitational tournament, the Snooker World Cup represents a really exciting event for fans of the game. This contest features teams of two players who step out to represent their country at the game. This tournament, while low in featuring on the yearly snooker calendar, was actually originated all the way back in 1979. From 1996 though it took a long break until it was revived in 2011 and then there was a four year wait for the next edition. The gap has now been cut down to two. This year’s Snooker World Cup is hosted out at the Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium in China and it is China who has won the last two editions of the tournament so they are the ones to beat. Actually, China have two teams at the tournament. In 2015 it was their China B team of Zhou Yuelong and Yan Bingtao who took the title and in the edition before that, it was their China A team of Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo who won it. Both Chinese teams are exactly the same for the Snooker World Cup 2017 edition. The tournament runs through to July 9th and you have four groups of six nations. That’s right, there is a total of twenty-four nations taking part and the winner walks away with $200,000 in their pocket, so it is a nice payday. In the group stage, each team in a round robin format, players the other in best-of-five frame matches (all five frames are played regardless). The matches consist of two single frames, a doubles frame and then two reverse singles. Then from that, the top two teams from each group go through to the knockout stages. In the knockout stages, you have the competition stepping up to the best of seven frames and so in the race to four frames, the format is two singles, a doubles frame, two reverse singles, another doubles frame, and a winner-take-all singles if necessary. So it is pretty exciting stuff to watch, especially watching some of the top players around the world getting some doubles action on, because that is something that you rarely, rarely see.

Snooker World Cup 2017 Odds

England 5/2, China A 4/1, Wales 11/2, Scotland 7/1, China B 15/2, Northern Ireland 11/1, Hong Kong 16/1, Thailand 16/1, Australia 33/1, Belgium 33/1, bar 40/1

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Snooker World Cup Preview

So there are a total of 24 nations and breaking things down a bit, there are eight seeds, which means that two seeds go into a group and for your betting, those seeds will be the favourites to win through to the next round.

Overall Snooker World Cup Rankings (in order)

China B - Zhou Yuelong, Yan Bingtao) Scotland - (John Higgins, Anthony McGill) England - Judd Trump, Barry Hawkins) China A - (Ding Junhui, Liang Wenbo) Hong Kong - (Marco Fu, Au Chi-wai) Australia - (Neil Robertson, Kurt Dunham) Northern Ireland - (Mark Allen, Joe Swail) Wales - (Mark Williams, Ryan Day)

Group A

China B, Wales, Brazil, Malaysia, Norway, Finland Well, the Welsh duo should get out of this group easily enough and they did open with a comfortable win over Norway. China B got off to a flyer as well in crushing Finland as you would expect. This pretty much should just come down to a battle between the two who meet on July 6th, to see who wins the group. Wales are 11/13 at Coral to do that, with China A at 11/10.

Group B

China A, Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Egypt You would expect the China team to be pretty strong though this one as well and they opened with a 5-0 demolition of Ireland. So it was easy pickings for them and it should be that way through the group stage. The Hong Kong duo are expected to raise a challenge though with Belgium being the pick of the dark horses. But still, they are a long shot to qualify out at 9/2 with their duo of Luca Brecel and Jeff Jacobs. China A are 6/11 favourite to top the group, with Hong Kong at 3/1.

Group C

England, Australia, Malta, Switzerland, Iran, Pakistan This would be a shocker if England didn’t get out of their group and to some extent, it would be a shock if they didn’t win it too. They easily beat Switzerland in their opening match, while Australia, who are second favourites to win the group, lost to Malta in their opener. So that has thrown the race for the second place open a bit with the Aussies at 13/2 so it may be worth a flutter at getting in on one of the underdogs, probably Malta, even though there’s enough time for the Aussies to bounce back. England are 1/10 odds on at Coral to win the group.

Group D

Scotland, Northern Ireland, Thailand, India, Cyprus, Israel Again, it is not a group where you would expect to see an upset, except there was one on the opening day with Thailand beating second seeds Scotland. So the Scots will have to respond to that and it leaves the door wide open for Northern Ireland to power though at 2/1 to go and win the group. Scotland are 11/13 to fight back and top the pile, with Thailand in the mix at 3/1. In the group stage, all teams play a match each day through to July 7th. Then you have all of the quarter finals being played on July 8th and then both semi finals and the final itself being contested on July 9th. So interesting stuff and since it’s inception, England are the most successful nation at the tournament, having won it four times before, most recently back in 1989 in the three-man team format when they beat the Rest of the World in the final. Ireland are the next most successful nation with three titles and then Wales, Canada and China have two each. Scotland are the other nation to have won it, with Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and Alan Mcmanus triumphing over Northern Ireland in the 2011 Final.

Snooker World Cup 2017 Predictions

You would have to be looking at the top of the betting market for this one to find a winner. The Chinese are going to be strong contenders on home soil, and given their track record, it’s hard to ignore them and the stronger of the two is their A side. But England looks well equipped to at least make a run at the title in this one. They are a very tempting 6/4 price at Coral To Reach The Final, while Northern Ireland looks handily placed out at 11/1 as an each way punt.
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Betfred make ÂŁ40,000 donation to local charity

Betfred
Betfred have paid out £40,000 donation to a Local Charity in the south-west to mark the 40th year of snooker at the Crucible. The recent World Championships at the famous venue was sponsored by the bookmaker and at the start of the event, Betfred had pledged to give out £200 for every century made during the 17-day event, to be rounded up to £40,000 if the total hit 80 centuries. The target wasn’t reached and boss Fred Done topped up the sum as promised. The donation was made to Jesse May, who provides hospice at home care for terminally ill children in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and she was chosen as World Snooker’s official charity partner for the 2016/17 season. Last year World Snooker Chairman, Barry Hearn, visited Bristol to meet nurses and some of the children cared for by Jessie May. He said: “The players may not have hit 80 centuries, but the snooker on the 40th anniversary of the Crucible has been magical and so that’s why I’ve decided to donate the £40,000 to Jessie May which does an amazing job and is a very worthy cause.” Register an account with online betting site Betfred and celebrate with a nice welcome bonus. Register and when you bet £10 on your first wager on the account, you will get a £30 free bet back as a welcome bonus from them! It’s a great way to get started with the popular bookie.
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