Guide to 2017 World Snooker Championship
Many snooker fans around the globe are quite excited about the upcoming World Snooker Championship that is scheduled to start on 15 April 2017.
Since 1977, the tournament has been organized at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England and has reached its 40 consecutive edition. The current champion is Stuard Bingham who won last year’s trophy after defeating Oliver Lines 4-0 in the final.
Besides its generous cash prizes totalling £1,500,000, the championship is also the last ranking event for the 2015/2016 season.
Sponsored by the betting company Betfred.com, the competition is considered to be the most prestigious snooker tournament on the planet. In fact, last year’s Championship has been watched by more than 400 million people worldwide.
In addition to its huge popularity, the Betfred World Snooker Championship provides a wide range of bet markets for punters to choose from.
In the following paragraphs, we are going to take a closer look at some of the favourites, the most popular bet markets and odds offered by top online bookmakers and some good practices when betting on snooker.
2017 Snooker World Championship odds and favourites
As you probably know, 32 players are competing in the tournament. Based on current world rankings, the top 16 seeds gain direct entry in the competition whilst the remaining 16 qualifiers are selected from a pool of 128 players from ranks 17-144, after passing three qualifying rounds organized prior to the main tournament.
According to the odds offered by top online bookmakers, the following players are considered favourites:
- Ronnie O’Sullivan
- Neil Robertson
- Judd Trump
- Mark Selby
For snooker enthusiasts, Ronnie O’Sullivan needs no further introduction. Nicknamed “The Rocket”, Ronnie is a brilliant tactical player who currently holds the record for the most competitive century breaks (819).
Throughout his professional career, O’Sullivan has won the Snooker World Championship five times (2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013), the UK Championship five times and has played in 40 other ranking events finals. At the moment, he occupies the sixth position in world rankings and has recently declared that he is “not really bothered” about the 2017 Snooker World Championship and that he will treat the event in a relaxed manner just “like a vacation”.
Neil Robertson is another snooker legend. The Australian professional snooker player has won the World Championship in 2010 and the UK Championship in 2013 and 2015. As of April 2017, Robertson is ranked on the 4th position.
Judd Trump is a former world number one and in his professional snooker career has won several tournaments including UK Championship (2011), China Open (2011, 2015), International Championship (2012), Australian Goldfields Open (2014) and has attended a total of 10 ranking finals. Judd occupies the 5th place in the world rankings.
Mark Selby is the current World No. 1 and the 2014 World Snooker Champion. “The Jester from Leicester” has attended 14 ranking event finals and throughout his career has won the Welsh Open (2008), Shanghai Masters (2011), UK Championship (2012), World Snooker Championship (2014), German Masters (2015) and China Open (2015).
Betting tips & recommendations
The most popular bet markets for the 2017 World Snooker Championship are considered to be:
- Straight Winner
- To Qualify
- To Reach Final
- Winning Quarter.
For the Winner market, we recommend placing your bets after the first or second round of the tournament. This will allow you to evaluate each player’s current form and how they perform in the tournament.
The rest of the markets are easier to predict and bets should be placed before the event starts when the odds are still high. Each of the above-mentioned favourites has great odds on those markets.
Where to bet online on the World Championship
In case you want to bet on the 2017 World Snooker Championship it is important to know that you can do it from home. This implies finding a reliable bookmaker.
The first rule of wagering online is creating an account. We recommend checking several sports betting providers before committing to one. Also, pay close attention to odds and current promotions in order to make the most of it.
Top 5 Snooker Bookmakers
Many sports bettors wonder which are the top bookmakers that offer a decent number of snooker bet markets and odds. The list narrows to these 5 providers:
- William Hill
- Paddy Power
Our first pick is Betfred of course since they are the ones who organize the tournament. With them, you can rest assured you get the highest number of bet markets and some of the best odds in the industry.
Betfair is another great pick. It is the largest online betting exchange in the world thus we highly recommend them.
William Hill, Paddy Power, and Unibet are among the most popular online bookmakers, with a solid background, and they’re snooker bet markets are quite similar. However, they might disagree on odds so make sure to check them out.
It is going to be interesting to follow this year’s World Snooker Championship . Don’t forget to bet smart!
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