🎱 Masters Snooker Preview, Stats and Betting Guide

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🎱 Masters Snooker Preview, Stats and Betting Guide

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Darren Brett Tipster Competition Manager

Horse Racing, greyhounds and snooker specialist with thirty years experience of writing about sport across multiple platforms. A QPR and Snooker fan

Welcome to the definitive Masters Snooker Betting Guide, where snooker betting fans can sharpen their strategy. In this article, you'll find an in-depth look at the Masters Snooker Draw, critical form considerations, and a retrospective of previous champions. This guide delivers essential insights tailored to enhance your betting approach to the Master Snooker Championship

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Masters Preview And Player Form Against Top 16 Opponents

The Masters traditionally brings together the current best sixteen players in the snooker world. All involved are high-class performers and winners of multiple titles but are they the sort of players that grind out the results against lower level opponents but falter when playing the other elite players?

With such a high quality field there should be no ‘lucky’ draws where players benefit from avoiding the other top players. With that thought in mind, how does this group of players fare when pitted against other members of the top sixteen? 

Below is a table highlighting how each of the players in this tournament have fared since the beginning of the 2021 season when playing members of the top sixteen.

The results have been taken when the players have played a best of eleven or more and relate to when the player in question has been pitted against one of the top sixteen seeds from each tournament. (Note - certain matches are excluded, such as the recent tournaments in Macau, where no seedings were given.)

Player
Played
Won
Lost
Winning Percentage
Judd Trump
35
24
11
69%
Luca Brecel
21
14
7
67%
Neil Robertson
21
14
7
67%
Zhang Anda
6
4
2
67%
Ronnie O'Sullivan
25
16
9
64%
Barry Hawkins
18
11
7
61%
Shaun Murphy
16
9
7
56%
Mark Williams
17
9
8
53%
Ding Junhui
14
7
7
50%
Kyren Wilson
19
9
10
47%
John Higgins
28
13
15
46%
Mark Selby
24
11
13
46%
Mark Allen
20
9
11
45%
Jack Lisowski
10
4
6
40%
Robert Milkins
8
3
5
37%
Ali Carter
10
3
7
30%

Impressive figures from Judd Trump (69%) winning twenty-four of his thirty-five matches against Top 16 opponents in the last three seasons. The reigning champion is joint-favourite with the bookies to win his third Masters title and the World Ranked number two player has been in terrific form this season, already winning three titles and making the final in two other events. Trump has been the standout player of this season and makes plenty of appeal at odds of 4/1 where there are many question marks surrounding the majority of his likely opponents.

Trump shows two percent ahead in recent Top 16 victories victories from World Champion Luca Brecel (67%) and Neil Robertson (67%) but both those players have found their top form hard to find this season. Robertson has lost five out of his last six against Top 16 opponents and his high ranking in this table is predominantly due to a remarkable run of eleven consecutive victories over Top 16 opponents in the 2021/22 seasons. Brecel looks to be not enjoying his higher profile after victory in Sheffield and apart from making the Final in Shanghai his season has been a disappointment so far.

Zhang Anda (67%) can probably be called the most improved player on the circuit this season recording a win in the International Championship and losing out in the final of the English Open. Only a small sample size but Anda has won four of his six recent matches against Top 16 opponents, including the last four games he has played. That excellent run of form has seen the thirty-two year-old make it to Alexandra Palace for the first time where he looks to have an excellent chance of a long run in the event and continues to be overlooked by the bookies. A pre-event price of 28/1 looks great value for Zhang Anda.

Ronnie O'Sullivan (61%) is perhaps lower down the stats than most people would imagine but he is unbeaten in his last six matches against Top 16 rivals. This great run will give hope to The Rocket's supporters this week where he is looking for his eighth win in this event. O'Sullivan sits top of the World Rankings, cemented by his recent win in the UK Championship, but last won The Masters in 2017 and hasn't made the Final since 2019.

Next in our table is a bit of a surprise in Barry Hawkins (61%). 2023/24 has been a good season so far for Hawkins with his first ranking event win for six years when taking the European Masters. Two other semi-final appearances have meant Hawkins' record against Top 16 opponents has markedly increased. Hawkins tends to do well in matches over eleven frames and he must have a great chance of beating the out of form Neil Robertson in the first round. Unfortunately, old foe Ronnie O'Sullivan could be waiting in the Quarter-Finals, with the current head to head between those two players currently at 18-3 to O'Sullivan. Any enthusiasm for Hawkins' chance in the Masters is diluted by this likely match-up with O'Sullivan.

Shaun Murphy (56%) is another player who has had a very quiet season given his high standards. Murphy can be a very streaky player as shown by his great run of form towards the end of last season where he won the Tour Championship and the Players Championship in the space of six weeks. The 2005 World Champion has been experimenting with using multiple cues in his matches for which he has received a lot of criticism on social media and it remains to be seen if he will continue the experiment at Alexander Palace. Murphy has only made one quarter-final so far this season would need to step up considerably on his current form to figure here.

Beaten Finalist here last year, Mark Williams, (53%) won the first event of this season, the British Open, back in October but has appeared to struggle with his form since then. Williams stated this week on social media that he has hurt his back so it remains to be seen if he will be able to hit top form in the Masters.

A resurgent Ding Junhui has a recent 50% record against Top 16 opponents and his recent run to the Final of the UK Championship came as something of a surprise where he eventually lost out 10-7 to Ronnie O'Sullivan. Ding is surely one of the hardest players to predict and he faces a really tough start to this event where he takes on O'Sullivan again in the first round.

Kyren Wilson (47%) has only managed one ranking event success (European Open 22/23) since 2019 which is surely a low return for a player of his abilities. A dangerous opponent for any player but his lack of top titles tempers enthusiasm for him for an event such as The Masters, although his price of 28/1 is likely to appeal to many snooker fans.

It is surprising to see John Higgins, Mark Selby and Mark Allen all returning recent stats of under 50% against Top 16 opponents. Higgins has won only one title (Players Championship 2021) since 2018 and surely only his biggest fans would consider backing the Scot at odds of around 16/1. 

Mark Selby appears to have struggled to recover from losing last year's World Championship Final to Luca Brecel and a return of just one Final appearance (British Open) will be seen as a poor return to the season so far for a player of Selby's quality. Odds of 7/1 look on the skimpy side given his current form.

Mark Allen won another big title this season when taking the Champions of Champions, but that performace has been the exception rather than the rule this season where the Northern Irishman has met with some heavy defeats in the early rounds of events. 

Jack Lisowski (40%) continues to be a frustrating enigma who unfathomably is still searching for his first big title. Surely only the most optimistic snooker fans could consider him here at odds of 22/1? 

Robert Milkins and Ali Carter's stats of 37% and 30% respectively would suggest that they both are likely to struggle against such a high quality field, although Carter may benefit from Mark Williams' bad back in Round One.

Masters 2024: Draw and Results

The Masters will take place at Alexandra Palace in London from the 7th to the 14th January

Final (Best of seventeen frames)

Ronnie O'Sullivan 10 Ali Carter 7

Semi-Finals (Best of eleven frames)

Ali Carter 6 Mark Allen 3

Ronnie O'Sullivan 6 Shaun Murphy 2

Quarter-Final Draw (Best of eleven frames)

Judd Trump 5 Ali Carter 6

Mark Selby 5 Mark Allen 6

Ronnie O'Sullivan 6 Barry Hawkins 3

Sean Murphy 6 Jack Lisowski 3

First Round Draw (Best of eleven frames)

Judd Trump 6 Kyren Wilson 5

Mark Williams 4 Ali Carter 6

Mark Selby 6 Robert Milkins 1

Ronnie O'Sullivan 6 Ding Junhui (Ding made a 147 in this match, the fourth in Masters' history)

Neil Robertson 3 Barry Hawkins 6

Shaun Murphy 6 Zhang Anda 2

Luca Brecel 2 Jack Lisowski 6 

Mark Allen 6 John Higgins 5

The Masters - Ten Year Form

Below is a table outlining how each of this year's players have performed over the last ten years at The Masters:


Player
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
Neil Robertson1RW1R
1R
SF

QF
QF
F
QF
Mark Selby1RQF1R1RQF1RQFQF1RF
Judd TrumpWSFWD1RWSF1RSF1R1R
Ronnie O'SullivanQFQFQF
FQFWWSFW
Kyren Wilson1RQFQFQF1RF1R


Shaun MurphyQF1RQFSF1RQF1R1RWSF
John Higgins1RQFFQF1RSF1RQF1RQF
Mark WilliamsFSF1R1R1RQF1R1R

Barry HawkinsQFF
1RQF1RSFF1R1R
Mark Allen1R1R1R1R1RWQFQFSF1R
Luca Brecel1R


QF1R



Jack LisowskiSF1RWD1R1R




Ding Junhui

1R1RSF1RQF1R1R1R
Ali Carter
1R
1R
1R1RQF
1R
1R


Robert Milkins







1R1R
Zhang Anda










Judd Trump and Jack Lisowski had to withdraw from the 2021 tournament due to covid.

The Masters Snooker - Previous Winners

The Masters final has been played over nineteen frames since 1996. Below are records of all winners, runners-up, interval scores, number of centuries and highest break in each final:

YearWinnerRunner-upFinal Score1st session scoreTotal centuriesHighest Break
2024
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ali Carter
10-7
3-5
4
127
2023
Judd Trump
Mark WIlliams
10-8
5-3
5
138
2022
Neil Robertson
Barry Hawkins
10-4
5-3
2
114
2021
Yan Bingtao
John Higgins
10-8
3-5
2
116
2020Stuart BinghamAli Carter10-85-33133
2019Judd TrumpRonnie O'Sullivan10-47-12114
2018Mark AllenKyren Wilson10-74-41119
2017Ronnie O'SullivanJoe Perry10-74-43117
2016Ronnie O'SullivanBarry Hawkins10-17-11136
2015Shaun MurphyNeil Robertson10-26-22127
2014Ronnie O'SullivanMark Selby10-47-1097
2013Mark SelbyNeil Robertson10-65-31102
2012Neil RobertsonShaun Murphy10-65-33103
2011Ding JunhuiMarco FU10-46-21120
2010Mark SelbyRonnie O'Sullivan10-93-55129
2009Ronnie O'SullivanMark Selby10-84-44114
2008Mark SelbyStephen Lee10-35-33141
2007Ronnie O'SullivanDing Junhui10-35-35143
2006John HigginsRonnie O'Sullivan10-95-33139
2005Ronnie O'SullivanJohn Higgins10-35-33134
2004Paul HunterRonnie O'Sullivan10-92-65127
2003Mark WIlliamsStephen Hendry10-46-22102
2002Paul HunterMark Williams10-93-5084
2001Paul HunterFergal O'Brien10-92-64136
2000Matthew StevensKen Doherty10-85-33140
1999John HigginsKen Doherty10-84-41109
1998Mark WilliamsStephen Hendry10-93-52120
1997Steve DavisRonnie O'Sullivan10-84-44130
1996Stephen HendryRonnie O'Sullivan10-56-23125


The record number of centuries in finals at the Masters played over nineteen frames is five, achieved in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2023

Only twice since 1996 has the Masters final failed to see a century break (2002 and 2014).

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Masters Snooker 2023 Results

2023 Masters Results

Final (best of 19 frames)

Judd Trump 10 Mark Williams 8

Semi Finals (best of 11 frames)

Judd Trump 6 Stuart Bingham 1

Mark Williams 6 Jack Lisowski 0

Quarter Finals (best of 11 frames)

Stuart Bingham 6 Shaun Murphy 0

Judd Trump 6 Barry Hawkins 5

Jack Lisowski 6 Hossein Vafaei 4

Mark Williams 6 Ronnie O'Sullivan 5

First round matches are over 11 frames (seedings in brackets)

Neil Robertson (1) v Shaun Murphy (12) 4-6

Kyren Wilson (8) v Stuart Bingham (14) 3-6

Mark Allen (5) v Barry Hawkins (13) 0-6

Judd Trump (4) v Ryan Day (15) 6-5

Mark Selby (3) v Hossein Vafaei ()* 2-6

John Higgins (6) v Jack Lisowski (10) 3-6

Mark Williams (7) v David Gilbert ()* 6-2

Ronnie O'Sullivan (2) v Luca Brecel (11) 6-1

*Hossein Vafaei and David Gilbert replaced Yan Bingtao and Zhao Xintong who were suspended pending a match-fixing investigation.

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Who has won the most Masters' titles?

Ronnie O'Sullivan has made the final of the Masters an amazing 13 times, lifting the trophy on a record seven occasions:

Player
Number of wins
Number of runner-ups
Ronnie O'Sullivan
7
6
Stephen Hendry
6
3
Mark Selby
3
2
Cliff Thorburn
3
1
Steve Davis
3
0
Paul Hunter
3
0
Alex Higgins
2
3
John Higgins
2
2
Neil Robertson
2
2
Mark Williams
2
2
Judd Trump
2
0


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The Masters - Highest Break

The following players made the highest break at The Masters over the last ten years:

Year
Player
Highest Break
2024
Ding Junhui
Mark Allen
147
2023
Hossein Vafaei
Mark Williams
143
2022
Stuart Bingham
139
2021
John Higgins
145
2020
David Gilbert
144
2019
Luca Brecel
140
2018
Liang Wenbo
139
2017
Marco Fu
141
2016
Judd Trump
140
2015
Marco Fu
147
2014
Marco Fu
138
2013
Mark Allen
138


147 Breaks at The Masters

The Masters was first played in 1975 when John Spencer beat Ray Reardon in the first ever Final.

There have been a further forty-seven renewals of The Masters since that first event but on only five occasions has the tournament seen a 147 break:

  1. Kirk Stevens 1984
  2. Ding Junhui 2007
  3. Marco Fu 2015
  4. Ding Junhui 2024
  5. Mark Allen 2024


Before the start of this year's tournament the odds on there being a maximum break this year were priced at around 2/1.

How this Article was Created

We are blessed at OLBG to have a superb expert team contributing to all of our content - And this Master Snooker Betting preview and guide is no exception. Firstly there is the comprehensive data collection and curation which in this instance, such is his love of the sport, was completed by Darren Brett our Tipster Competition manager who is also a huge snooker fan, player and aficionado.

Darren Brett

Written by Darren Brett

Darren has been with OLBG since almost day 1 and is well placed in having a considerable hand in our snooker content. A Fan of the sport, and in particular in having a bet at any stage of a major tournament, Darren enjoys nothing more than pouring over the facts and figures both ahead of a major championship and also over the results post-event.

- Darren Brett, Tipster competition manager

Dan Tracey

Fact Checked by Dan Tracey

Dan will not claim to be a huge snooker fan, but he is our very capable data scientist and has a meticulous eye for detail in all of our deep data on OLBG.com to ensure the numbers and the facts are correct.

- Dan Tracey, Data scientist and football editor

Steve Madgwick

Editor-in-Chief - Trump and Dale Fan

Steve might get more benefit in betting on Judd Trump these days than Dominic Dale but he follows the pair avidly whenever they play - A league player down in Dorset, Steve will generally be found working [Hopefully] with snooker on in the background at every opportunity and has a peculiar fascination with our snooker betting content!

- Steve Madgwick, Editor-in-chief

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Contributor Information

We are fortunate to have two snooker obsessed staff members at OLBG in Tipster Competition manager Darren Brett and our Editor-In-Chief Steve Madgwick, working together with Dan Tracey our data man, we are proud to provide this Masters Snooker Preview, Stats and Betting Guide article and all major snooker events throughout the year.

Darren Brett

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As the manager of our tipster competition and all the players, Darren brings his passion for snooker to the forefront of his role. His expert knowledge of the game makes him the ideal person to nurture our network of snooker tipsters. Darren is also responsible for all of our snooker content and event updates, meticulously verifying every detail for accuracy before they go live. Darren is truly our ace in the pocket.

- Darren Brett, Tipster competition manager

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While snooker might not hold the title as Dan's premiere passion, when it comes to crunching numbers, he is indisputably our mastermind. Harnessing the power of raw data, Dan meticulously compiles results, statistics, and insights, enabling him to unearth unique perspectives. This extensive groundwork lays the foundation for our team to craft high-quality snooker event previews and premium content. With Dan on our team, our snooker coverage is always on cue!

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