The Born-Again Sport
Snooker has been through a lot over the years. When we were younger, we remember the conversations with our grandparents regarding the local snooker clubs throughout the 1950’s and how snooker was the number one sport out there! This would have been hard to believe growing up, but with the sudden merge of the famous Ronnie O’Sullivan, is snooker back where it belongs in the core of British culture?
The once-again born sport has really begun to attack our screens once more and is one of the only reliable sports in which we can see during daytime TV! This is because there are plenty of competitions involved with snooker and here are some of the top ones!
The History of Snooker
The World Snooker Championship is no doubt one of the penultimate prizes in world snooker since its debut competition in 1927. This famous trophy is played for at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and will see the World’s elite come together and take each other on for snookers biggest crown. The brothers of Joe and Fred Davis are the most successful individuals to bring the crown home after their huge success during the 1920’s – 1950’s.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is today without a doubt the most famous snooker player around and has made plenty of headlines over the last 20 years due to his personality and playing style. He currently has eight World Championship’s to his name with the latest one coming in August 2020 following a seven-year spell without winning it.
One tournament which has been dominated by Ronnie is the UK Championship which takes place in York on an annual basis. With the next tournament taking place in November, current holder Ding Junhui will look to reclaim his crown following the impressive victory over John Higgins in 2019. O’Sullivan has won this competition a record seven times with his first victory coming in 1993.
The Masters is also another competition which is notable upon the neutral eye with it taking place at the Alexandra Palace in London. Once again this has been dominated by the same person with his first title coming in 1995.
The Triple Crown
These three tournaments make up the Triple Crown which is the most prestigious title to win within the snooker world. This has only been completed a few times in history with the last person to win all three competitions was Mark Williams in 2002. Many have come close in recent years with Judd Trump coming the closest in 2019 but missed out as arch-rival Ronnie O’Sullivan was victorious.
To be specific, the Triple Crown has been won four times in history as with along with Williams, Stephen Hendry won it twice in 1989 and 1995 as did Steve Davis in 1987.
147 – Impossible or Improbable?
The 147 is debatably one of the hardest combinations to complete in world sports, never mind snooker! This has only been completed a handful of times over the years, although most recently, this has been occurring more often. Bookmakers can offer specials at very high prices to see whether a punter may think that the 147 can be hit.
This is the highest break in snooker and will have all eyes watching, including the opponent on that day. To this day, the last 147 to be completed was in January 2019 by David Gilbert. Not surprisingly, Ronnie O’Sullivan also holds this record of maximum breaks within professional snooker with a total of 15! He also holds the record for doing this in record time which was five minutes and eight seconds in the 1997 World Championship.
Snooker Betting Markets
Betfred has formerly been a huge supporter of snooker and with them being an old school bookies in general, this comes as no surprise. Around big events, Betfred will look to offer excellent price boosts to go along with their extensive market in which offers some solid choices for punters.
A typical bookmaker will look to offer outright winners, framed betting and predict the correct score! Bet365 will look to go beyond that and offer prices on the first colour of the potted ball and how many a number of centuries will be released in the match.
Snooker Betting Offers
Ladbrokes also looks to be on the front-foot in terms and offering free bet drops for certain snooker matches. This is usually involved in big events with Ladbrokes already being a firm believer of the popular £1 Free Bet drop. This can be aimed towards players who don’t tend to bet on snooker that often and will use it as a pulling way to get more people involved with that market.
Of course, we are not complaining as we now have a Free Bet and some very competitive prices which enables Ladbrokes to be one of the best in the business for sportsbook offers and promotions.
Snooker Betting Tips
The next event for the Triple Crown comes in November for the Betway UK Championship. As bookmakers begin to open up their markets with some solid antepost prices, here are some of our tips to get you ahead of the game!
With Betway being hosts, these are the only current bookies offering a market on this at the minute with World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan currently looking like second favourite with odds of 4/1.
He is shortly behind current World Number 1 who will look to redeem himself following the World Championships. His price is currently at 10/3.
However, we like big prices and our main punt would see Ding Junhui to come out on top for the UK Championship following a good season. His current odds of 25/1 could be very appealing to a lot of punters following his recent performances. This could even prove worthier with an each way punt ahead of the tournament!
Be ready to get hooked to your screens with all the snooker on TV over the next couple of weeks and keep checking back to see our offers in what is said to be a good conclusion to the World Snooker season.
Snooker Free Bets Explained
If Beaten By A Century Break Get a Free Bet
A popular offer with the bookmakers, you simply need to place a bet on the winner of the match and if your bet loses and selection is beaten by a century break in the final frame, you will receive your stake back as a free bet (staking limits apply). This can be a handy offer to take up when betting against high break players such as ronnie o´sullivan.
If Selection Loses in Deciding Frame Get a Free Bet
Another great insurance free bet offer for your snooker betting. Nobody likes to lose a bet in the final frame of a match and if you take this snooker betting promotion up you will be covered. If your selection loses in the final frame of a match, you will receive your stake back as a free bet up to a certain value.
Free Bet For Every Century Break Your Player Scores
This is a fantastic offer, which doesn’t come around all the time, when it does, it’s worth jumping on. You simply need to back a player to win the tournament and for every century that they score, you will receive a free bet.