Snooker comes back to its spiritual home this weekend as the Crucible in Sheffield welcomes, once again, the 2010 Snooker World Championship. At a time when Snooker seems to be going through a bit of a mini-crisis and the moneymen are working hard to try and reinvent the game to help bring back its appeal isn’t it apt that Snooker takes shelter at the Crucible for the next 2-3 weeks as Snooker World Championship 2010 betting fans can become nostalgic for the days of Higgins, White, Parrott, Taylor, Thornburn etc..
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Ronnie O’Sullivan starts his defence of the World Championship Snooker title this coming weekend, and who’d bet against him retaining his crown. Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ is without-doubt the biggest character on the snooker scene today and also the best player, which makes a welcome change. O’Sullivan (9/4) will meet fellow Englishman, Stuart Bingham (200/1), in the First Round proper at the Crucible this Saturday the 18th.
Ronnie OSullivan secured his fourth Masters title last night, in a thrilling finale that saw the Rocket and defending champion, Marc Selby, neck and neck at 8-8, engage in a nail-biting battle for the final three frames. Such was the closeness and tension between the combatants that the next two frames had to be re-racked to release the deadlock. True to form, Ronnie went on to coolly take the match, but not without a fight from his near equal, Selby, in what is already being described as the best snooker final ever in the Masters competition.
For as long as I can remember theres been an ongoing debate about whether or not the act of using performance enhancing drugs in sport should be deemed to be a crime and those caught made subject to punishment under the law. This discussion could easily be extended into other areas of illegal activity such as result fixing which has, as online betting enthusiasts well know, previously raised its ugly head in both football and horse racing.
Snooker Free bets are what to look for as sports betting fans must have been on the edge of their seats for the opening two quarter finals in the battle for the snooker title of World Master. In both matches the winner came from behind to demonstrate nerves of steel which were also evident in the losers of these games. Mark Selby recovered from 5-3 down to claim his semi-final place with a 6-5 win over Stephen Maguire.
Selby, 3-1 down at the interval, described himself as gobsmacked to still be in the tournament although the shrewder of online betting enthusiasts will have spotted the reason. Selby demonstrates consummate skill together with an ice like demeanour and he never gives up.
Another man who never gives up is Ken Docherty, the second semi-finalist to emerge. He came back last night from the graveyard of 4-1 down to beat Sean Murphy 6-5. Docherty was 5-4 with two to go when Murphy took on a difficult table in the tenth to draw level with a clearance that was the most impressive of the match. Alas, he barely got a look in at the clincher and Docherty stole the match with a display of masterful snooker and a glimpse of character which suggests he will go all the way.
Snooker betting will see a surge in wagers over the next couple of days as the final two quarter finals are played out between Englishmen, Stephen Lee and Peter Ebdon and, from the East, Marco Fu of Hong Kong and Ding Junhui of China. The Semis are on Saturday and the final on Sunday so dig around for those free bets now and get stuck in to this betting bonanza.
The 2007 UK Championship, after the World Championship, is the second most prestigious event on the snooker betting circuit, Enthusiasts of online betting will be glued to their television sets over the next few days struggling to identify the likely winner of the individual matches or, indeed, the event itself.
Things have changed since those days of clarity in the eighties and nineties. First it was Steve Davis who ruled the roost until he was eventually knocked off his perch by the unflinching Scotsman, Stephen Hendry.
Later, in the nineties everything changed. Along came a flood of players, all seemingly capable of winning the top prize. The godlike figures of Davis and Hendry were swept aside by this torrent and sports betting was left floundering by an army of talent which defied the bookies in their efforts to set the odds.
The era of the one horse race was over. Perhaps fans of spread betting, where you can back losers as well as winners were oblivious to all this while the rest of us prayed for a hero to emerge from the throng.
Perhaps, at last, he has. For the first time since Hendry took seven world titles in the nineties we see a figure emerging from the mist; someone who has not only the depth of talent, but the consistent strength of mind, to steadily pull ahead of the pack and stay there.
Sports betting will agree and devotees of online gambling should follow one name and that name is Ronnie OSullivan. Despite recent concerns over his performance, OSullivan cruised into the final eight after a shattering 9-1 defeat of world number 21, Mark King. If he can repeat this kind of form in his quarter final match with Jamie Cope he will undoubtedly be the hot favourite to clinch the title.
At Free Betting Online, snooker free money bets have never been quite as popular as the higher profile sports like football and horse racing betting. This is an accepted trend but snooker betting has risen again from going through a slight dip in popularity in the 90′s.
I guess this was an after effect of the 1980′s when we were spoilt for choice with the talent that was around at the time. Personally, I didn’t find the 90′s had the same charaters and entertainment value as the previous decade.
However, after the dawning of a new Millennium, there seemed to come a revitalisation in the sport and now there is a number of talented players with flare and personality that are gracing our traditional venues like the Crucible Theatre Sheffield. The leader is still probably Ronnie O’Sullivan but there are a number of hot contenders like Ken Doherty and Shaun Murphy.
The Snooker World Championship is currently being battled out so look for Snooker Free Bets from our online betting bookmakers who favour snooker, such as Paddy Power (£10 free bet) and Betfair (£25 Free Bet).