2018 Six Red Snooker World Championship: Odds and Preview

Attention! Actual odds referenced are correct at time of publishing at 11:25 am August 30, 2018 and are subject to change.

In an era when shortened versions of most traditional sports exist, the six red snooker championships provides viewers with a quick fire version of the standard game. As the name suggests, only six reds are on the table at the start along with the traditional, higher scoring colours, but otherwise the rules are essentially the same.

The tournament has been held in Thailand since its inception in 2008 and for the 2018 edition, we’re back to the Bangkok Convention Centre with the event kicking off on Monday September 3rd.

History and Format

Unlike most events on the circuit, the Six Red World Championship is not a straight knockout competition. Instead, the tournament starts with eight separate groups, each of which contains four players.

All of the competitors will play each other once on a Round Robin basis and the matches at this stage are the best of nine frames. At the end of this phase, the top two players in each group will progress to the knockouts.

At the last sixteen phase, the matches extend until the final which is the best of 15 frames. At the start, it’s a quickfire format and while this isn’t quite the same kind of lottery as the one-frame snooker shootout, there is still the potential for upsets at every point.

Back to Defend

Mark Selby

The final will take place on the following Saturday – September 9 – and Mark Williams is back to defend his title. 2017/18 was a great season for the popular Welshman and one that ended with triumph in the 15-ball World Championship but Williams is the second favourite this time around.

A number of top players, including Ronnie O’Sullivan, are sitting this one out but we’ve a strong field and it’s headed by Mark Selby who is favourite in the outright markets at best odds of 9/2 with MarathonBet and BetFred.

Mark Williams is also available at 9/2 with RedZoneSports but you can improve on that slightly by taking the 5/1 on offer from Boylesports. Both of the top two have won this event with Selby taking home the Six Red title back in 2010.

In the Pack

Behind the market leaders, things remain tight with Ding Junhui available at a top price of 13/2 with RedZoneSports and 10Bet. Ding is another former champion with a win here in 2016 and he comes here after another productive season last time out.

From there, the pack starts to move out to our fourth favourite, Kyren Wilson at a best of 11/1 with MarathonBet. We think Wilson is a player to watch this year and he’s already started 2018/19 strongly with victory in the Paul Hunter classic.

Marco Fu is also available at 12/1 with MarathonBet while Stephen Maguire is at that same top price of 12/1 with RedZoneSports. Maguire won in 2014 but has done little since to justify those odds.

Also in the chasing pack are Ryan Day at 14/1 with MarathonBet and Stuart Bingham at 14/1 with RedZoneSports. Both are players with good records last season and they could take advantage of a weakened field that is missing the likes of O’Sullivan, Mark Allen and Neil Robertson among others.

Elsewhere, there will be some money staked on Dave Gilbert at 16/1 and Joe Perry at 20/1 – both with MarathonBet and Betway.

Outsiders

Kyren Wilson

There should be some interest in Ricky Walden who is quoted at best odds of 28/1 with MarathonBet for the outright win. Walden is another previous winner, having enjoyed success at the Six Red World Championship when it first began in 2008 but more recently, he was a beaten finalist here in 2010 and 2014.

Look out too for local player Thepchaiya Un-Nooh at a top price of 33/1 with 10Bet and Betway. He’s the only Thai to have won this event with success coming in 2015 and he was last year’s runner up to Mark Williams in an admittedly one-sided final.

Moving even further back, another player from Thailand who interests us is Sonny Akani at 66/1 with BetFred and 188Bet. Akani is a slow, methodical player with a very deliberate set up that can irritate other players and with a vocal home crowd behind him, he could make a mockery of that price.

Other long-priced players that could provide some value in Bangkok include Graeme Dott at best odds of 40/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa and Mark King at a top price of 50/1 with Boylesports.

Verdict

There’s unlikely to be too much available in terms of long-term side betting for this game. In the six-ball format, the highest possible break is just 75 and this would be easier to achieve than the 147 in the 15-ball version. Don’t expect to see a maximum break market but there will be lots of options for each individual game once the action gets underway on September 3.

For now, it’s all about picking a winner and while this isn’t the ‘crap shoot’ that we find with the snooker shootout, our list of previous champions suggests that this could be a tough call. Mark Selby and Mark Williams deserve their places at the top of the outright betting and either man could deliver the profit if they are at the top of their game.

In a short format, there is that scope for an upset and as a real long shot, that price of 66/1 for home player Sonny Akani is a tempting one. However, we keep getting drawn to Kyren Wilson: After a 2017/18 season where he reached the Masters final and kept threatening to land a big win, that victory in the Paul Hunter Classic suggests that Wilson is set to deliver on his huge potential.

An each way bet is available but with most bookmakers this would involve getting to the final so based on those terms we may as well go straight for Kyren Wilson as the outright winner.

Best Bets for 2018 Six Red Snooker World Championship:

  • Kyren Wilson to win at 11/1 with MarathonBet
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