The cherry on the proverbial knickerbocker glory. It is ‘the big one’, the Holy Grail, the one every snooker player dreams of winning.
The Betfred-sponsored tournament, which always pulls the shutters down on the snooker season, is scheduled for an April 16th start and concludes on May 2nd. The venue for Snooker’s World Championship 2016, as it has been for every year since 1977, is Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
Snooker world championship tickets actually went on sale in May and with the Crucible being notoriously small, armchair viewing is the way to go.
The current World Snooker Championship betting favourite is Ronnie O’Sullivan. The Englishman, already a five-time World Snooker Championship victor, is quoted at 9/2
2011 World Snooker Championship runner-up, Judd Trump (11/2), and 2010 winner Neil Robertson (15/2) are the only other players at less than 10/1 in the World Snooker Championship betting.
The glory of World Snooker Championship for those looking to spice up their interest in the tournament with some wagers is the number of different betting markets that will become available.
This is a knock-out tournament which unravels over the course of more than two weeks. The ‘slow motion’ nature of the competition means punters can compile a portfolio and trade on a number of different betting markets.
There are already World Snooker Championship betting odds available on players making the final (O’Sullivan is the 2/1 favourite), odds on the winners of the four brackets of the draw will soon follow.
Naturally every game will be priced-up. Handicap betting will be available as will markets on such things as the highest break and will the World Snooker Championship 2016 see a maximum 147 break?
The best World Snooker Championship odds at the time of writing are:
Betfred, who have recently ceased sponsorship of British horseracing, are sure to offer some cracking offers for ‘their’ competition. They have sponsorship of this event signed-up until 2017 and World Snooker Championships prize money has been ramped up as a result. The winner of the World Snooker Championship 2016 will collect £330,000 of a total £1.5m purse.
New customers to Betfred are always able to avail of their free bet offers but it is very possible the sponsors will serve-up an unprecedented amount of World Snooker Championship offers to fend off competition from their High St. rivals.
Snooker is a great game to trade in running and with so many companies now offering ‘cash-out’ facilities it will be entirely possible to ‘trade’ a number of matches giving you, in effect, risk free bets.
As a five time winner Ronnie O’Sullivan is the most successful World Snooker Championship player that is currently active on the professional circuit. So far, in the 2015/16 season, he has not played a tournament electing to miss the first three ranking events and the Champion of Champions competition.
O’Sullivan last pulled this stunt in the 2012/13 season when he skipped all eight ranking tournaments which preceded the World Snooker Championship – he returned from the wilderness to win the competition in the authoritative fashion.
If he turns up at Sheffield in the same heart in 2016 his current odds of 9/2 could be the biggest give me since Bruce Grobbelaar threw a ball into his own goal.
John Higgins, with four previous World Snooker Championship wins is an amazing way down the World Snooker championship betting odds listings. The 39-year-old Scotsman won two of the first three ranking tournaments of the current season and with a sum-total of 28 ranking wins on his CV is surely over-priced at Coral’s 20/1.
Players I would be keen to oppose all the way through the competition, especially considering their positions towards the head of the World snooker championship betting, are the out-of-form Ding Junhui, who has a best finish of a semi-final appearance in the World Snooker championship from nine attempts and 2000/2003 winner Mark Williams who last victory came in the World Seniors Championship.
As usual, there will be live coverage of the snooker on the BBC and Eurosport, and some bookmakers such as bet365 and Betfair will also provide live feeds.
The World Snooker Championship 2016 will run from Saturday 16th April 2016 through till Monday 2nd May 2016 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. During the early rounds there are usually three sessions – the morning session starts at 10am, the afternoon sessions at 2pm and the evening session at 7pm.