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Snooker Betting Guide: Types of Bets and Popular Events for Gambling

Snooker Betting Advice

Snooker is a great sport to have a bet on. Constant tournaments with a season lasting the whole year mean that there are always opportunities to bet with so many markets and in play options that will allow you to do more when it comes to the sport.

This Snooker Betting Guide aims to inform you of every aspect to consider and teach you how to bet on Snooker.

Snooker Betting Guide Contents

The snooker betting advice you will find on this page is comprehensive so scrolling down to find the section you want could be a task. 

Feel free to find what you are looking for in the list below and conveniently tap any list item to skip to your desired section.

  • Snooker Betting for Beginners

  • Betting on Snooker Explained

  • Types of Snooker Events to Bet on

  • Types of Snooker Bets

  • In-Play Snooker Betting

  • Snooker Betting Odds Explained

  • Where to bet on Snooker

  • Snooker Betting Tips and Tipsters

  • Further Reading

Snooker Betting for Beginners

If you have not placed a bet on snooker before but are after some help and guidance to show you the way, then you will find a huge amount of information to guide you in this Snooker Betting Guide.

The key part to think about is to keep it simple when you first start betting on snooker, making sure that you understand the key markets that are available. 

It’s key to know every single outcome of the bet you place before you put it on so you know what the outcome will be and what your returns could be. Snooker matches will only have one winner with the total number of frames being odd to rule out a draw, but there are certain markets where ties can happen so it’s important to read up on that. 

Betting on Snooker Explained

Snooker is one of the top sports in the UK, with a large audience in Asia too. With events such as the World Snooker Championship, which has a total prize pot of over £2,000,000, there aren’t many sports that can prove to be as appealing.

The popularity of Snooker makes it one of the most gambled on sports in the British and Asian markets, with so many different events and markets that you can bet on. From the basic win market, to frame betting, to handicap betting and so much more, bookmakers offer a large range of opportunities to bet on the sport.

Our Snooker Betting Guide is going to help you approach betting on the sport from a beginner’s point of view, all the way to becoming an expert. From the different events there are, to the basics of the sport itself, to some of the most popular Snooker players, we will look to help you perhaps make a profit from betting on the sport.

How to Bet on Snooker

Betting on Snooker involves making a prediction on the outcome of a specific market on the sport, where odds are provided by different bookmakers. 

You firstly make a prediction from your opinion of an outcome and then select how much you want to put on that outcome. Once you’ve decided, you can place a bet with a bookmaker which you then either lose or you can win more than you placed.

Types of Snooker Bets

There are a huge range of markets you can bet on. The most popular are as follows.

Outright tournament winner

When betting on the outright winner of a snooker tournament you are predicting  who will win the tournament. There are many different tournaments that you can bet on, but some of them have a lot more money to be won than others but player [should] take each of them as seriously as the others, especially the triple crown events.

To win a match

A single match in snooker is a head to head between two players over a predetermined number of frames. The first  player to reach the predetermined number of frames wins. This market can have short odd and be a little one-sided and this is where handocap betting comes into play

Handicap betting 

Handicap betting is betting odds available on each player with a handicap attached. Each player will start  with a different handicap. The player with the higher starting score will have to win more frames than their opponent in order for them  to be successful

Correct score 

One of the most difficult bets to make on snooker such is the unpredictability, especially over long championship matches. Correct score betting is betting on what the final frame score result will be - Very very hard.

Frame winner

It is possible to bet on who you think will win the next frame. This is an element on in-play snooker betting and is not as easy as it sounds. You have to be careful when making this bet.

Total frames

 If you have ever bet on goals on football, this is very similar. The bookmaker will provide a median figure and your bet will be to predict whether there will be more or fewer frames in total over the period of the match. total frames betting is a popular bet on snooker.

Total centuries

Also available as a Total 50+ break option, you simply have to predict the total number of centuries or breaks over 50 that are scored in the match - This could be in total of both players or there are often options for a single nominated player too. 

Another way of this bet being presented is by offering half figures, where you would bet either higher or lower than 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 century breaks and so on

Highest break

It is possible to make a bet on your prediction of the player that will scare the highest break in the match or over the entire tournament.

This is a popular bet for snooker tournaments and it's not uncommon to see the odds on this market change as players progress through their matches.

147 break in the match

This is a prediction of whether the maximum break in snooker (147) will be completed by any player. Expect the odds to be low as this happens more frequently than you might think these days.

 

Once the specific event or match has finished, your bet will then settle and you will be paid out accordingly. 

If your prediction was correct, you get paid, the value of your stake, multiplied by the odds taken - This is your return which includes your profit + stake

If your prediction was incorrect, your bet is lost, the bookmaker retains the stake and nothing is returned.

How to Bet Successfully on Snooker**

There is a difference between betting on Snooker and betting on the sport with a bit of success.

Success in gambling isn’t necessarily about constantly winning, as it is extremely difficult to make profit consistently when it comes to gambling. The key to successfully betting on Snooker is shortening chances of a loss. 

Part of the fun of gambling on snooker is that each frame can be so different and there is always a chance of your pick coming back. 

This snooker betting advice is to try and help you reduce the amount of losers that you have and hopefully increase the amount of winning bets.

Looking through this guide, your strike rate could improve due to this and if so you could start to make a profit in the long run with the help we provide. 

**Disclaimer: This guide aims to help you understand the processor gambling on Snooker better, what to look for and what to avoid. This guide does not guarantee profits when betting on Snooker. As with any form of gambling, you should only ever gamble what you can comfortably afford to lose as part of your personal budget. If you feel you have a gambling problem, there is help available from BeGambleAware

Learn as much as you can about Snooker

It’s fair to say that the more that you know about sport, the more you can make well informed decisions on gambling on it. With the Snooker season lasting all year round, there are constant betting opportunities and always ways to check out specific events in the sport.

This means that there are plenty of different markets and niche opportunities to highlight when looking to be on Snooker.

It could be that you see the same players hitting more century breaks, or you could see certain players performing in the same tournaments each year but disappointing in others. 

Adding the knowledge of the tournaments, plus the specific players themselves equals the perfect sum to put you in the best position to know when to make the right bet, and when to avoid one too. This is a great way to find a value bet in Snooker. 

Statistics

As with the majority of sport, statistics can prove to be a big part of understanding your betting when it comes to Snooker.

OLBG member dogmasrockets goes into whether there can be a strategy when it comes to betting on Snooker and if it’s just basic form or if there’s more to it.

If you want to learn more about how betting on snooker or read opinions from more snooker betting experts, then the blogs and forums on OLBG are a great resource. Plenty of in-depth analysis and statistics are provided to help with your betting.

Know The Players

As with a lot of individual sports, some snooker punters will only follow certain players and only bet on them for specific moments. They will only pick these players in certain events or when they’re in good form & by doing this they can find value in the odds when the bookmakers might be over pricing certain outcomes.

Try to narrow down the manner in which you look at players, so you can learn everything about them. Start with these possible options which may help pick a winner:

  • Players who have won that tournament previously

  • Players who are in good form over the season

  • Players who have won a tournament in the past 24 months

  • Top Ten ranked players

Think of it like a Horse tracker but for Snooker. You can follow certain players and build a stable that fit specific criteria that you can carry on following for different tournaments.

A good way of becoming a successful snooker punter is being able to be cautious with the predictions you make and therefore being able to bet when the odds are looking in your favour.

Player Statistics

There are plenty of websites where you can find out snooker players’ statistics from a wide range of variables and this may help when it comes to picking your bets. Cuetracker is a good example of this, which highlights the tournaments that are currently being played and statistics for each players like

  • Matches played

  • Frames

  • 50+ breaks

  • Century breaks

  • Prize Money

  • Tournament wins

  • Points & breaks

  • and much more.

 

Player Form

Snooker is a sport in which players tend to dip in and out of form at any time, with a proper dominating period hard to come across when it comes to major tournament winners. Being able to understand when a player is in form or when they are out of form can help you when it comes to betting on that player to win or betting against them. 

A good approach to betting on Snooker would be to find players who tend to have spells of a good form throughout a period each year. Consistency is key when it comes to tournaments and could help you find a winner every year. 

Understand the Importance of Each Tournament

Some tournaments are more important that others, some carrying high ranking points other fewer or none at all

Tournament statistics

You can look at statistics for a specific tournament and this can usually give you a sign about how they’ll perform in future editions of that tournament. Look at where a player has come previously in those tournaments and see if they’ve struggled in certain ones too.

Which ones mean something?

There are many statistics in Snooker and there can be the danger of over focusing on them, but some of them will be key. Look at the frames that have been won over the course of a tournament for example and if that instantly means wins. 

Breaks are also a great statistic when it comes to meaning something, with century breaks looking flashy for a player but ultimately a large break only gives you the same amount of frames than winning by a lower break. 

Snooker Events To Bet On

There are many different Snooker events that can be bet on, with some being held in higher regard than others, and the main ranking ones are:

  • Championship League (January to March)

  • Masters (January) [Triple Crown]

  • German Masters (January/February)

  • World Grand Prix (February)

  • Welsh Open (February)

  • Shoot-Out (February)

  • Indian Open (Feb/March)

  • Players Championship (March)

  • Gibraltar Open (March)

  • Tour Championship (March)

  • China Open (April)

  • World Championship (April/May) [Triple Crown]

  • Six-Red World Championship (September)

  • Shanghai Masters (September)

  • China Championship (September)

  • European Masters (October)

  • English Open (October)

  • International Championship (Oct/November)

  • Northern Ireland (November)

  • UK Championship (Nov/December) [Triple Crown]

  • Scottish Open (December)


Betting on the big events

When it comes to big events in Snooker, there are three events across the season that have a total prize pool of £1m or more. These events tend to be the ones that are bet on the most, with the World Championship being the most lucrative tournament. 

The Masters isn’t in the top three of prize money, but is part of the Triple Crown, with the UK Championship being the other one of the three tournaments. 

World Championship

The World Championship is arguably the most popular tournament of the year, with the event being held at the Crucible in Sheffield every year since 1977. 

It is rare that you’ll see a dominant era when it comes to this tournament, with Stephen Hendry throwing that in the air with seven wins in the 90s. Mark Selby won three in four years between 2014-2017 which was the only dominant period in the 21st century, but other than that there tends to be a different winner each year.

The £2.3m prize money for the tournament shows just how big the World Championship is too, with the winner receiving £500k. 

UK Championship

With a total prize pool of £1,009,000, the UK Championship is the second most lucrative tournament in Snooker.  

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the tournament twice in the last five years and holds the record for the most UK Championship wins with 7. 

The Masters

Held every year since 1975, the Masters is the second longest running tournament in Snooker behind the World Championship. 

In 2021, Yan Bingtao became the first debutant since Mark Selby in 2008 to win the tournament and the youngest player at 20 years of age to win it since Ronnie O’Sullivan in 1995. 

The Triple Crown

Only eleven players have won a career Triple Crown in Snooker, with just three (Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams) winning the Triple Crown in a single season. All 11 Triple Crown winners are

  • Steve Davis

  • Terry Griffiths

  • Alex Higgins

  • Stephen Hendry

  • John Higgins

  • Mark Williams

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan

  • Neil Robertson

  • Mark Selby

  • Shaun Murphy

  • Judd Trump

Triple Crown title wins could be good to note when you’re betting on a tournament as these players have previous form of winning big events. If a Triple Crown winner is featuring in a tournament at higher odds you may be tempted to back them. 

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