Snooker is a cue sport, which originated among British soldiers in Etawah, India, in the latter half of the 19th century. Snooker is played on a rectangular table covered with a green cloth, with pockets at each of the four corners and in the middle of the length of the table. Using a cue and 22 colored balls, the goal is to strike the white ball (cue ball) to pocket the remaining balls in the correct sequence, accumulating points for each ball pocketed. In this article, we’ll discuss the common types of snooker bets, major snooker tournaments, and how to find good value bets.
Common Types Of Snooker Bets
The most common type of wager in snooker betting is selecting a player to win the match. As with all sports, one player will likely be favored to win the match, and the odds will reflect this scenario. Additionally, another common type of wager is picking the winner of a tournament. Many sportsbooks will have tournament odds posted well in advance of tournament start date, some of which include the Premier League, Players Tour Championship, UK Championship, and the World Championship. Simply put, you’ll select a player who you believe will win the tournament. Additionally, it’s also possible to place bets by nationality – the player who wins the tournament must be from the country that you’ve selected. UK is almost always the favourite since 52 of the top 100 players are from the UK.
Major Snooker Tournaments
Since snooker originated as a British sport, it should come as no surprise that the majority of snooker tournaments are held in the UK, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The biggest prize in snooker, the World Snooker Championship, is held at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield, England, boasting a prize pool of €1.2 million. Another prestigious tournament is the UK Championship, held in York, England, with a prize pool of €625,000. The final snooker tournament that makes up the Snooker Triple Crown is the Masters, with a prize pool of €501,000. The Masters was previously sponsored by Ladbrokes but has now changed sponsors to Betfair.
In terms of snooker tournaments where players are selected based on their television appeal, the Snooker Premier League is an invitational tournament involving 10 players. The Snooker Premier League runs from August to November, with round-robin group stages held at various UK venues. The finals are held at Grimsby Auditorium in North East Lincolnshire, England.
Value Betting Tips
When betting on any sport, it’s important to be able to identify value bets – the same applies to snooker. One tip when betting on snooker is to perhaps focus on mid-ranked players. Since these players are unable to make much of a living from major tournaments, they tend to focus their efforts on private club tournaments – mid-level tournaments. Since these tournaments involve limits on how much can be wagered, bookmakers tend to not conduct as much research as they would for major tournaments. As a result, opportunities arise for bettors to exploit the odds given by the bookmakers. By performing analysis and research on players’ travel schedules, historical results, recent results, etc. in non-ranking and private club tournaments, valuable information and insights could potentially be gained and exploited. By conducting as much, or even more research, compared to the bookmakers, you’ll be able to gain an edge within this area of snooker betting.