Betting on Snooker

As a sport, snooker is enjoying something of a resurgence with some exciting players now in the game. Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan has returned after a brief absence while the emergence of thrilling potters such as Judd Trump and Mark Allen means that snooker is now at its most popular stage since the halcyon days of Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Alex Higgins in the 1980s.

That’s good news for the betting fraternity too as bookmakers continue to embrace the sport and produce a host of markets for us all to enjoy.

Available bets

John HigginsIf you’re just starting out with online snooker betting, the obvious place to start is in the straight result market where there are only two possible outcomes. There’s no such thing as a draw in a snooker match so choose one player and stake accordingly.

Shocks are not uncommon here so unlike other sports, you may be able to find some good value odds across the markets. The same applies to tournament betting where Scotland’s Graeme Dott was available at a mighty 65/1 to win the World Championship in 2006 – a feat he achieved to give some lucky punters a handsome return.

Side markets

When it comes to side betting, snooker is all about numbers and the correct score market is the first place to start. Like correct score betting in cricket, this is a tough but potentially very lucrative bet to get involved with and there are some high prices on offer for correct calls.

The ‘race to 4 frames’ is another popular bet and this is where some research can pay dividends. Is one of the players involved a very fast starter or do they struggle until the pattern of a match starts to develop? The prices in this market tend not to be very high but this is certainly an area to target for those wanting to make a steady profit on the sport.

Maximums

You can also bet on whether or not there will be a 147 break in the match. This is the maximum break that any player can score and involves 15 reds, 15 blacks and all the colours. There was a time in the game when a 147 was extremely rare but as the sport has progressed, this has become more frequent and prices on a ‘yes’ bet, may average at around the 25/1 mark.

Additional snooker side bets might involve the total points in any game and who will pot the first ball.

A word on bookmakers

While most bookmakers will publish result markets for any snooker match, side betting can be very restricted outside of the major tournaments such as the World Championship.

Paddy Power and BetVictor are two outlets who love their side bets so if you are looking to get heavily involved, choose your outlet wisely.

As snooker continues to rise as a spectator sport, its growth among the betting fraternity is also assured so this is a really good time to place your bets and enjoy some televised action.

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