As with all snooker tournaments, if you are looking for a snooker bet, there will be a wide variety of betting opportunities on the Masters Snooker 2016 along with a plethora of free bets and special offers.
This competition very much suits betting firms and punters alike with plenty of form on offer, no unknown quantities and, with the opening round, quarter and semi-finals all being ‘best-of-11’ contests, a ‘long format’.
Therein all matches will have both line and handicap betting, plus alternative markets such as 50 breaks, century breaks, winning margin, highest break and not forgetting a feast of in-play snooker betting opportunities and Masters free bets to take advantage of.
Bookmakers wasted no time in pricing-up the tournament which gets underway on Sunday 10th January 2016, with lots of online snooker betting odds available long before Christmas.
The opening game matches up last year’s winner and No.1 seed Shaun Murphy with Mark Allen. Murphy is top-priced 8/13 to prevail here with Betfred and he is 8/1 with the same company to retain his title.
Stephen Hendry 6
Ronnie O’Sullivan 5
Steve Davis 3
Mark Selby 3
Cliff Thorburn 3
Paul Hunter 3
John Higgins 2
Mark Williams 2
Alex Higgins 2
Opening Round Draw
Shaun Murphy v Mark Allen
Barry Hawkins v Joe Perry
Judd Trump v Stephen Maguire
Neil Robertson v Marco Fu
Mark Selby v Ricky Walden
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Mark Williams
John Higgins v Liang Wenbo
Stuart Bingham v Ding Junhui
Every major betting firm has now priced-up the Masters Snooker and will soon be offering their Masters Snooker free bets. Ronnie O’Sullivan, who is making his seasonal debut, heads their betting lists.
We checked the snooker betting comparison sites and found the best odds currently available about the 16 contenders are as follows:
4/1 Ronnie O’Sullivan, 5/1 Neil Robertson, 6/1 Judd Trump, 8/1 Mark Selby, 8/1 Shaun Murphy, 12/1 John Higgins, 16/1 Ding Junhui, 25/1 Mark Allen, 25/1 Stuart Bingham, 28/1 Stephen Maguire, 40/1 Barry Hawkins, 40/1 Marcu Fu, 50/1 Ricky Walden, 50/1 Joe Perry, 66/1 Mark Williams, 80/1 Liang Wenbo.
Each-way terms are positions 1 & 2, half the odds.
There are sure to be many special snooker betting online promotions from numerous bookmakers in the days leading up to the competition’s start including Masters Snooker free bet offers.
One very popular snooker tournament market is the prospect of a maximum 147 break. Neil Robertson produced one in the final of snooker’s last major competition, the UK Championship in York, and Marco Fu produced a max 147 break in this Masters Snooker competition last year.
15 of the 16 contenders for this competition are well exposed. One is not, Liang Wenbo, who has scraped into this tournament courtesy of a final table appearance in the UK Championship.
After his run in that competition several pros declared it was good to see him perform as well on the big stage as he always does on the practice tables.
If his run in that tournament has inspired Liang Wenbo and there is more in the tank, bet365’s 10/1 about him winning his quarter of the draw could be considered outstanding value and would be worthy of using a snooker free bet at least. It will require him to beat John Higgins in his opening match and then the winner of the Stuart Bingham v Ding Junhui match-up. By no means an impossible task.
Elsewhere, a quick trawl through the many snooker betting sites tell me that six of the last 18 finals have gone down to a 10-9 scoreline and that could be an interesting Masters Snooker betting angle at the final table once again.
With the Masters being such a high-profile competition – it makes up a leg of snooker’s “Triple Crown” – and featuring such a select field, it’s no surprise mainstream broadcasters BBC and Eurosport will once again be covering a lot of the live snooker action.
There is no saying what standard of game Ronnie O’Sullivan will bring to the table. One suspects he will be trading at considerably shorter odd than his current 4/1 after his first round match (against Mark Williams) or will be out of the competition all together.
It’s no secret he is the best snooker player there has ever been when on his A-game but, he is also the ultimate all-or-nothing player. In addition to his five wins, ‘The Rocket’ has also finished runner-up in the Masters five times. It is an amazing record. If you gave me a free bet I would stick it on Ronnie.
Neil Robertson brings the best current form to the party. His win in November’s Champion of Champions did not amount to much as he beat some deadwood players but there was no fluke about his UK Championship victory where he smashed Mark Selby 6-0 in the semi-final and put away a 147 in the final.
The Masters Snooker Competition will run from Sunday 10th January to Sunday 17th January at the Alexandra Palace which will just be coming back down to planet earth following the PDC World Darts Championship final!