Betting on snooker online has become increasingly popular in recent years and more so in recent months following a resurgence in the game's popularity under the leadership of Barry Hearn. Snooker originally evolved in late nineteenth-century colonial India - then the "Jewel in the Crown" of the British Empire - among Billiard playing officers of the British Army. This new game was then exported back to England and the modern game of snooker was born.
Snooker betting had fallen on hard times with a seemingly endless list of betting scandals surrounding the sport and linked to some of the game’s top players including John Higgins and Stephen Maguire. The indignity created by these accusations hadforced casual punters to approach snooker betting with a tentative hand, however, one of Hearn's first initiatives since taking over as World Snooker chairman was to introduce an integrity unit. So far, it seems to be doing the trick and punters are beginning to once again approach snooker betting in the knowledge that the sport is clean.
Ever since snooker's heyday back in the 1980's when some of sports' most charismatic and personable 'characters' who went on to become household names across the sports betting globe and find further fame and fortune. The likes of Jimmy 'The Whirlwind' White and Alex 'The Hurricane' Higgins injected some much needed rock and roll to the otherwise jaded and historically staid world of professional snooker throughout their 1980s heyday, even inviting cockney music hall favourites, Chas 'n' Dave to get in on the act with their jolly, knee-slapping ditto that included the lines, '...snooker loopy, snooker mad' during the sports' televisual prime.
That was before the more languid and sterile Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry very nearly undid all the good work with their workmanlike endeavours around the green baize directly afterwards. However emerging from their very long and (much respected) successful shadows, came a new but familiar breed of snooker superstar with swagger and attitude echoing that of White and Higgins in their pomp and splendour. Ronnie 'The Rocket' O'Sullivan again shook the snooker betting world out of its stupor with his uncanny potting ability and engrossingly antagonistic persona in later years.
Snooker Betting Markets
The main snooker betting markets, and certainly the most popular, are the outright winner and individual match odds markets. However, there are many peripheral markets that appeal to punters and are covered by most bookmakers in all the major tournaments.
These include snooker betting markets such as which player will have the highest break in a match, how many century breaks there will be in a match, handicap betting markets, correct score betting markets, race to three frames betting and many more.
There are also a number of peripheral markets often available in relation to the tournament as a whole. Name the finalists, quarter winners, will there be a 147?, number of century breaks in the tournament, and other similar markets.
Snooker Betting Events
Major snooker tournaments are held throughout the year, with the season starting in the Autumn and ending the following Summer. These events generally consist of ranking tournaments and invitation events. Betting markets are available for the following snooker tournaments:
- Australian Open
A relatively new ranking event that is part of Barry Hearn's attempts to make snooker a global sport.
- Shanghai Masters
The popularity of snooker in Asia is growing at a phenomenal rate and this is now one of several major events in the continent.
- UK Championship
Commonly regarded as one of the more important events in the snooker calendar after the Snooker World Championship the UK Championship is usually held in December.
- Masters The most important of the snooker invite tournaments, the Masters was traditionally held at Wembley at the start of the year (January and February), but has recently moved to Alexandra Palace.
- Welsh Open
The Welsh Open is a snooker ranking tournament that generally takes place towards the start of the year between February and March
- China Open
The China Open is fast becoming one of the most prestigous evets on the tour and carries an increasingly bulging prize purse.
- World Championship
Traditionally held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, UK, the World Championship is one of the oldest snooker tournaments, dating back to 1927. The event generally occurs in the first half of the year between April and May.
Snooker Betting Options
There are a range of snooker betting options available online including outright win and live betting. Outright winner markets are available prior to a tournamnet beginning then offered in-play once the event is underway. There are also many snooker betting markets available relating to each indivdual match throughout every tournament, from the match winner, to who will make the highest break and whether there will be a 147.