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 15th start and concludes on May 1st. The venue for Snooker’s World Championship 2017, as it has been for every year since 1977, is Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. This year’s winner will collect a £375,000 first prize. John Spencer, the 1977 winner netted £6,000.
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 4/1.
Defending champion (and also the 2014 winner) Mark Selby is the 13/2 second favourite; 2011 World Snooker Championship runner-up, Judd Trump is available at 7/1 while China’s Ding Junhui is the only other player quoted 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 knockout tournament which unravels over the course over more than two weeks. The ‘slow motion’ nature of the competition means punters can compile a portfolio and trade on a number of different markets.
There will be World Snooker Championship betting odds available on players making the final, odds on the winners of the four brackets of the draw will follow and good old-fashioned each-way betting will be of interest with terms of half-the-odds for making the final.
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 2017 see a maximum 147 break? Recent trends suggest we will.
The best World Snooker Championship odds at the time of writing are:
Sponsors, Betfred, are sure to offer some cracking offers for ‘their’ competition. They sponsored this event between 2009 and 2012, and they have had their name against it again since 2015. They have ramped-up the World Snooker Championships prize money again this year. The winner of the World Snooker Championship 2017 will collect £45,000 more than the 2016 victor and the total prize-pool has been enhanced by £250,000 to a total of £1.75m.
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. The early part of the 2016/17 season was not overly kind to ‘The Rocket’, amongst the ranking tournaments he has played a ‘beaten finalist’ (in October’s European Masters) has been his best result
Unlike the 2012/13 season, when O’Sullivan skipped all nine ranking tournaments prior to the World Snooker Championship (the last time he claimed the title), the popular Essex player has been very active in both ranking and non-ranking tournaments recently months. Furthermore he has also kept busy with exhibitions and TV work. Satiations would probably argue they would prefer to see him enter this competition ‘fresh’.
John Higgins, with four previous World Snooker Championship wins is a surprising double-digit price in the World Snooker championship betting odds listings. The 41-year-old Scotsman has claimed a sum-total of 28 ranking wins during his career and netted a huge pay-cheque when winning the non-ranking Champion of Champions event in November (featuring a £300,000 first prize).
‘The Wizard of Wishaw’ has also won the China Championship during the current campaign and posted his eighth career 147 during the Northern Ireland Open – also in November.
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 Neil Robertson, who did win the 2010 World Snooker championship.
The 2000/2003 winner Mark Williams, whose last victory came in the 2015 World Seniors Championship and the young Kyren Wilson who has undoubted talent but often appears to freeze on the big stage.
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 2017 will run from Saturday 15th April 2017 through till Monday 1st May 2017 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.