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Betway agree new three year deal for UK Championship snooker

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.

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.

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.

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.

Betfred make ÂŁ40,000 donation to local charity

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.

Snooker World Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Mark Selby
The main draw for the Snooker World Championship Betting 2017 starts on April 15th and runs through to the Final on May 1st. This famous tournament is once again being staged at the equally famous Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. This is the final ranking event of the 2016/17 snooker season and going back into action as the defending champion this year is Mark Selby. Selby is trading as 4/1 joint-favourite with online betting site Coral for the Snooker World Championship Betting 2017. He will be running in some confidence as well after claiming the China Open title recently, after edging out Mark Williams 10-8 in the final. That result incidentally, left Williams needing to go through qualifying for the World Championships 2017. That was a big result for the form of Selby, particularly because Judd Trump had crashed against the Iranian World Number 76 Hossein Vafaei in the quarter-finals. Selby has won the World Championships twice in the last three seasons now so is definitely going to take some good backing in his one. Judd Trump is still on the hunt for his first World Championship title. At last year’s event, Trump was stopped in the second round by Ding Junhui. But overall he has had a pretty decent season and punters have backed him into that 4/1 joint-favourite position in Snooker World Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds alongside Selby. Selby is the number one seed for the tournament, with Judd Trump running as the second seed so they would be kept apart until the final. There is a price of 12/1 at Coral on a Mark Selby/Judd Trump Final at the Crucible this year. During qualifying, Reanne Evans was looking to become the first ever women to make it through to the main draw of the World Championship. She found herself embroiled in a marathon duel with Welshman Lee Walker though and despite fighting back from 6-1 down to 9-6 in the match and looking in control for most of it, she couldn’t finish the job. So while it is Trump and Selby trading at the head of the market, the field is stacked with potential in the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson

Snooker World Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Judd Trump 4/1, Mark Selby 4/1, Ronnie O’Sullivan 5/1, Ding Junhui 12/1, Neil Robertson 12/1, John Higgins 161/, Barry Hawkins 18/1, Marco Fu 18/1, Shaun Murphy 20/1, Stuart Bingham 25/1, Kyren Wilson 33/1, bar 40/1.

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Snooker World Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Mark Selby - it has been a big season from Selby, who completed his second Triple Crown, and the jester from Lester is tracking along to finish off the season in some style. He has bagged himself four ranking titles this season already and for many, he will be the frontrunner for the action at The Crucible, especially after his recent win in China. There is no-one can touch his form or success on the snooker circuit this season. Judd Trump - If success is measured only in titles, the Trump’s season has not been right up there. He has claimed the European Masters and the Players Championship titles this season, but his tally for the seasons could have been so much bigger because he has been to at least the semi-finals in six other tournaments this season. So he has been there or thereabouts but he hasn’t been able to convert often enough when the pressure has been at its highest. Perhaps the only thing working in his favour is that after his shock loss in the quarter-final in China recently, he will want to come back with something to prove. Ronnie O’Sullivan - You just never know what you are going to get from the Rocket. He emphatically won the Masters this season but that has been it from him. He really hasn’t had the greatest of seasons by any stretch of the imagination and in turning up at the Shanghai Masters recently, that was his first tournament appearance for five months. He is just a wild dark horse in the tournament and he is up in Selby’s half of the draw. He is a five-time World Champion, but he hasn’t quite been on his game this season. Ding Junhui - He was the runner-up to Selby in last season’s World Championship. Going off of his break-building performance at the Crucible last year he is going to be good outside bet. Ding was running pretty hot through the first half of the season, but he hasn’t been back to a final since losing to Mark Selby at the International Championship back in October last year. Neil Robertson - The Australian has had a disappointingly quiet season. He is a former World Champion but has been well short of that kind of quality this season. He is nothing more than an outsider at the moment for this one as he has suffered some strange setbacks such as his loss against Peter Lines in the UK Championship and getting whitewashed by Ronnie O’Sullivan in the European Masters. It hasn’t happened for him this season.

Snooker World Championship Betting 2017 Winner Predictions

We are going on the basis of elimination in this one. Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson are better players than their current form is showing so they aren’t likely to make a huge impact, particularly in the crowded top half of the draw. The same can be said of Ronnie O’Sullivan who is going to have to pull out all of the stops and then some to work his way through a tough draw to get to the final alone. So that boils down to Trump and Selby. Of the two, Trump having been the nearly-man of the season, actually has a much easier path to the final than Selby does and that has to count for something. For that reason, simply because there are bigger hurdles in the way of Selby, we are going with Trump to show his mettle and respond to that shock defeat in China. Our dark horse each way bets for the Snooker World Championship Betting 2017 will be Marco Fu who had that great run at last season’s championships and who recently went to the final of the Players Championship and who won the Scottish Open this season, to have a good run. The other has to be third seed Stuart Bingham who could benefit hugely from the being in the easiest quarter of the draw.

Snooker Players Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

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The top sixteen snooker players in the world will be descending on the Venue Cymru in Llandudno for the March 6th start of the Snooker Players Championship 2017. The tournament was only started in 2011 when Shaun Murphy collected the inaugural title and it is Mark Allen who is the reigning champion but he is out of contention for qualification. The top 16 players on this season's one-year list will scrap it out to become the champion as well as landing the nice purse of the £125,000 top prize. Ronnie O’Sullivan headlines the opening night of action in Wales and he has never won this one. In fact no player has ever won the tournament more than once and Neil Robertson is the only man to have made it to two event finals, but he lost both of those. So who will come out on top in this year’s big clash which is the 16th ranking event of the 2016/17 snooker season? It is Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan who are early 9/2 joint favourites to go out and land themselves the title. Like O’Sullivan, this is a title which has eluded Selby. Selby has collected the UK Championship, the International Championship and the Paul Hunter Classic this season as well as having collected a couple of runners up places in ranking tournaments a well. As for O’Sullivan, he bust out that great win at the Masters for his only ranking success this season. Prior to that he had been stopped in the final of the Champion of Champions by John Higgins and in the final of the UK Championship by Selby. Interestingly you can’t look at last season’s form because neither were in the draw, with Selby withdrawing and O’Sullivan not in the top 32 in the Order of Merit.

Snooker Players Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds

Mark Selby 9/2, Ronnie o’Sullivan 9/2, Judd Trump 11/2, Ding Junhui 11/1, John Higgins 12/1, Neil Robertson 12/1, Barry Hawkins 16/1, Shaun Murphy 16/1, Marco Fu 20/1, Stuart Bingham 20/1, Alli Carter 25/1, bar 33/1.

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Snooker Players Championship Betting 2017 Predictions

With limited history to look back at, including format chances, it’s hard to get a read on this one overall in terms of picking the outright winner. You would therefore have to look at the head of the market just to start digging into something. As well all know, O’Sullivan is capable of pulling out a great tournament, but his recent misfire in Germany will cast some doubts for punters and he hasn’t been to the final since his Master's success. So he is probably worth skipping over for this one. Selby is definitely the man of the season overall and looks the better value of the two really. But then at such a lean price and in such an open field in an unpredictable tournament, there’s nothing wrong will looking at bigger priced options in this one and that should lead you to Judd Trump who frankly should have won more tournaments this season than he has. He misfired in a second round exit in this one last season but he recently ran to the final of the Welsh Open in Cardiff and should be there or thereabouts in the final four for this go around. Digging down the field, Shaun Murphy looks a big value each way punt at 16/1 with William Hill. He was the inaugural winner of the tournament, back when it was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in 2011 and he had a pretty decent run to the semi finals of last season’s edition. He has done nothing in terms of getting close to a title this season but may not make a bad shot in the each way market or just to Reach the Final. Ding Junhui is always a dangerous floater running at a price of 11/1. Then there is 12/1 on two-time losing finalist Neil Robertson as well. But overall our picks for the Snooker Players Championship Betting 2017 would be Selby as the strongest outright contender with a nice each way price sitting on Murphy.

Snooker World Grand Prix Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Prediction

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It is off to Preston this week for the Snooker World Grand Prix and after his recent Masters triumph, it is Ronnie O'Sullivan who is rocketing ahead of the rest of the field to lead the betting at a price of 4/1 with bookmaker Ladbrokes. The action will go through to February 12th and the winner will be walking away with £100,000 in his pocket. This is a 32-man competition for the top 32 players on the one-year ranking list who get a precious spot in the tournament. The defending champion up is Shaun Murphy who edged out Stuart Bingham in last year’s epic final, claiming the title in a deciding frame. O’Sullivan was beaten by Michael Holt in the first round of last season’s action and with the Rocket surprisingly going out of the German Masters in the first round against Mark King last week, it may just send punters in the direction of opposing the favourite, which would make some sense for value here. Basically you never know how interesting O’Sullivan is going to be in a tournament. The interesting thing about this tournament at the Preston Guild Hall, is that there have only been the two previous editions and it only became a ranking tournament for the first time last year. The previous 2015 final saw Judd Trump taking out O’Sullivan in a thrilling final at Llandudno, Wales. So in this busy period of top action on the snooker circuit, who is the one who is most likely going to really oppose O’Sullivan in the betting market? Will it be 17/2 shot Judd Trump who becomes the first man to ever win the tournament twice or will it be the always-threatening Mark Selby who is the closest man to O’Sullivan in the Snooker World Grand Prix Betting 2017 Winner Odds?

Snooker World Grand Prix Betting 2017 Winner Odds

Ronnie O’Sullivan 4/1, Mark Selby 9/2, Judd Trump 17/2, John Higgins 11/1, Ding Junhui 12/1, Neil Robertson 12/1, Marco Fu 18/1, Shaun Murphy 18/1, Barry Hawkins 20/1, 25/1 bar

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Snooker World Grand Prix Betting 2017 Winner Prediction

So how do we break all of this one down? O’Sullivan was immense at the Masters, no-one looked close to touching and it was a fantastic sight seeing him control the baize so well and looking focused-in on his game. The Essex-born legend heads up to Lancashire though as a puzzle for punters. When he is on his game there is still no-one in the world who can get close to standing up to him, but then again, as he showed in his slump in the first round at the German Masters, he is liable to come unstuck. So that is probably the indicator which will send punters away from him and Mark Selby makes the most sense of all the chasing pack to be the one to lift the trophy. He is going into the tournament with more ranking points (actually more than double the amount of any other player) this season than any other competitor. He has won three ranking tournaments this season, so he has been carrying the form and should find himself in the quarter finals easily. Interestingly though, Selby, O'Sullivan and Judd Trump, along with Neil Robertson, are all lumped together inside the top half of the draw. So that makes things hit and miss completely. If you look at the other half of the Snooker World Grand Prix 2017 draw then you will see that Ding Junhui and Marco Fu both have good runs through to what would be a semi final clash between them. Taking our snooker betting fancy this week is Fu who has claimed the Scottish Open title this season and he went to the semifinals at the Masters recently. He is a big enough price to split each way in opposition to either O’Sullivan or Selby from the top half. The cluster of talent in the top half of the table is going to make for an exhausting run for one of those. Our tip would be just to run with the form, the consistent form that is, of Selby to edge his way through the mix from there.

Snooker Masters 2017 Betting Preview & Winner Odds

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Arguably one of the most famous snooker tournaments in the world, The Masters, the biggest non-ranking tournament that is on the top of every player’s list, swings back into action this month. The action from the Alexandra Palace gets underway on January 15th and runs through to January 22nd. This is a relatively small tournament with just the sixteen players competing for the big prize, which is more about prestige and honour and being able to join that Masters winners club than it is about the money. Ronnie O’Sullivan goes back to the tournament as defending champion and is therefore top seed, while World Number One Mark Selby is second seed. The rest of the places in the Snooker Masters 2017 were then filled with the top sixteen in the world. Snooker Masters 2017 Infographic There is just the one player making his Masters debut this season and that is Kyren Wilson. The winner of the tournament will walk away with a cool £200,000 in prize money. Last season it was Ronnie O’Sullivan who landed the prize money as he smashed Barry Hawkins 10-1 in a bit of a non-contest in the final. That was O'Sullivan's first tournament back after eight months away from the game and he still destroyed the field. O’Sullivan is 11/8 at Coral to go out and sweep the Ally Pally field again. Will the Rocket be able to hold on to his title? Last season we also saw arguably the greatest ever Masters match up in the quarter final between Judd Trump and Neil Robertson, with six 100+ breaks in the 11-frame match. For the last decade the winners circle hasn’t been attended by a wide variety of players as seven of the last ten editions have been won by either Mark Selby or Ronnie O’Sullivan. Will the Rocket be able to set a new record of seven Masters titles won during his career? He currently sits level on six titles with Stephen Hendry.

Snooker Masters 2017 Betting Odds

PlayerBetting Odds
Ronnie O’Sullivan11/4
Mark Selby7/2
Judd Trump15/2
John Higgins8/1
Neil Robertson10/1
Ding Junhui11/1
Shaun Murphy16/1
Stuart Bingham25/1
Marco Fu28/1

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Snooker Masters 2017 Betting Draw

You have to look at the draw of course for some betting planning because if there are big early clashes between two contenders, then you have to put some further consideration in. Obviously the top two seeds, O’Sullivan and Selby are on opposite sides of the draw so they could only meet up in the final. They have met three times before in the final of the Masters and Selby holds a 2-1 head to head lead from those clashes. Selby has a little bit of an easier route to the final than O’Sullivan does in this one. Selby opens against 15th seed Mark Williams and then would face either Shaun Murphy or last year’s losing finalist Barry Hawkins in the second road. The highest seed that Selby would have to get past on the way to the final is third seed Stuart Bingham, although Ding Junhui remains a dangerous floater in the half. As for O’Sullivan he could meet up with Neil Robertson in the quarter final sand then have to go through either Judd Trump or John Higgins in the semi finals. The Rocket opens against 12th seed Liang Wenbo. So O’Sullivan could be facing tougher games down the line than what Shelby is going to have to do. It’s a tougher run for O’Sullivan that what it was last year, that's for sure, despite beating Selby in the quarter finals. First Round Masters 2017 Draw Ronnie O’Sullivan v Liang Wenbo Neil Robertson v Ali Carter Judd Trump v Marco Fu John Higgins v Mark Allen Stuart Bingham v Joe Perry Ding Junhui v Kyren Wilson Shaun Murphy v Barry Hawkins Mark Selby v Mark Williams

Snooker Masters 2017 To Reach Final Betting Odds

Ronnie O’Sullivan 5/4, Mark Selby 7/4, John Higgins 3/1, Judd Trump 3/1, Ding Junhui 9/2, Neil Robertson 5/1, Shaun Murphy 7/1, Stuart Bingham 10/1, Barry Kiwanis 14/1, Mark Allen 14/1, Marco Fu 14/1, 20/1 bar

Snooker Masters 2017 Betting Predictions

It has pretty much been Selby and O’Sullivan dominating this for some time. Only Shaun Murphy in 2015, Neil Robertson in 2012 and Ding Junhui in 2011 have managed to break them up. However, this year we are going to go outside of the box and suggest that there is some massive dark horse value running in Judd Trump at 3/1 with Coral. Well, he’s not exactly a dark horse, but he was in cracking form in last year’s Masters, but that epic quarter final took something out of him and then he went down to Barry Hawkins surprisingly in the semi’s. He should be back stronger for that experience this year and even though he is lumped in the congested top half, with eyes and pressure on others, he could slide through. Look for Selby to still dominate the bottom half of the draw as there’s no clash with Ronnie O’Sullivan until the final potentially for him this season. This is likely to be a wide open tournament and ultimately it may just boil down to whether or not O'Sullivan is in the mood. But the Rocket is too short of a price in the outright, so look for Trump or Selby to rule.

Snooker Betway UK Championship 2016 Betting Preview & Winner Odds

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One of the biggest dates on the calendar year for snooker is with us in mid November. The UK Championship 2016 will bring a high quality, high intensity tournament to the season and the big guns will be pushing to land the prestigious tournament. The tournament generally throws up some cracking snooker and Australia's Neil Robertson will head back to the Barbican Centre in York, to defend the title that he picked up last year in beating out Liang Wenbo 10-5 in the final. Robertson is a 10/1 shot to win the title again this year with online betting site Bet Victor. The winner of the UK Championship 2016 will walk away with a £170,000 prize in his pocket and this is the 10th ranking tournament of the season. This is an enormous tournament with 128 players scrapping it out in the first round of the tournament. So there is a very long road to the final in this one and it’s not usually until the round of 64 that things really start getting interesting in the tournament. But the more predictable match ups in the first round of action can actually lead to some great in-play betting opportunities. Heading up the outright winner market in UK Championship 2016 Betting is Ronnie O’Sullivan at a price of 7/2 and that's not a price that will particularly attract a lot of punters. O’Sullivan hasn’t been hanging around the winner's circle of tournaments like he used to when he was dominating the game. He’s more around when the interest in the game is there as opposed to having the mentality of going out and having to win everything. O’Sullivan, should he win this year, would land his sixth title after having won the title on each of his five previous appearances in the final. Former Champion Mark Selby is a price of 13/2 to land the win, with Judd Trump at 6/1 and Ding Junhui at 7/1. Those are the main contenders, but this is such a long grind that you can start looking at the outside chances of the likes of John Higgins, who is carrying some form and Shaun Murphy at 14/1. The rest of the field then are running at a price of 28/1 or bigger to come through the pack for the victory. But this generally a tournament where the top seeds come through with Trump, Selby, Robertson and O'Sullivan having shared the last five titles between them. It's not often at all that an underdog come through.

Snooker Betway UK Championship 2016 Betting Odds

Ronnie O’Sullivan 4/1, Mark Selby 5/1, Judd Trump 13/2, Ding Junhui 7/1, Neil Robertson 10/1, Shaun Murphy 18/1, John Higgins 20/1, Stuart Bingham 22/1, 33/1 bar

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Snooker Betway UK Championship 2016 Draw

So there is a massive field here at the Barbican Centre and you can break your betting down into sections. You will find a high seed in each of the eight sections and top seed Neil Robertson is the big gun in the first section. Ronnie O’Sullivan goes in the second section which means that down the line, there could be a quarter final clash between Robertson and O’Sullivan. From section three and four respectively you would have Ding Junhui and Judd Trump on a quarter final collision course and then the winner of that would square off against the winner of the potential, Robertson v O’Sullivan match up in final four. So there is no easy path to the final that’s for sure from the key players in the top half of the draw, although it would be a big surprise if they weren’t all there at that quarter final stage. Stuart Bingham heads up the fifth section and Shaun Murphy in section 6 in the top part of the bottom half of the draw. Those actually look very wide opens sections of the draw really with some notable contenders floating around like Barry Hawkins, last year’s losing finalist Liang Wenbo and Graeme Dott. That is the area of the draw which looks like a bit of a crap shoot, which is good news for the bottom section of the bottom half of the draw. John Higgins is top seed in the seventh section, opposing Mark Selby in the eighth section. So those two could potentially clash up in the quarter finals, which may well lead to the winner of that having a relatively comfortable semi final opponent from the weaker top half of the bottom half of the draw. The first four rounds of the Snooker Betway UK Championship 2016 is all over 11 frames. That continues then through the quarter finals and the semi finals, but the final itself steps up to the best of 19 frames. The Final will be contested on December 4th and split between and afternoon and evening session.

Snooker Betway UK Championship 2016 Betting Prediction

It is worth a look at the previous nine ranking tournaments across the season to see where the titles have gone to. Of the main contenders for the UK Championship 2016, you have Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Ding Junhui all having won a ranking even this season. Of them, Selby is the only one to have claimed two this season with the title in the recent International Championship to add to his Paul Hunter Classic win back in August. So you would be leaning towards Selby with form and perhaps Ding Junhui, who ranking win came at the end of September at the Shanghai Masters and that followed a win at the Six-Red World Championship. You have had an English or Chinese winner in eight of the last nine tournament (ranking and unranking) this season. So there is that to look at and of course, the history of the UK Championship itself. This is where O’Sullivan comes into play a little but but he's been to the final just once in the last eight seasons so is worth skipping over. Mark Selby has been to two of the last four finals and Judd Trump has been to two of the last five finals. Australia’s Neil Robertson has been to two of the last three. So again, going back to something we mentioned earlier, you are leaning towards the top ranking players in the game. Now to break it down further and we would be looking at Mark Selby to come through the field. He has one of the more comfortable draws and looks as solid wager as he is a steady performer in the UK Championship. His confidence should be high as well after his recent win at the International Championship. Mark Selby 6/1 outright at Bet Victor is our tip.