How to Bet on Snooker
Snooker betting is widely available across virtually all of the major bookmakers and this looks only set to increase with the number of high-profile tournaments increasing each year. With a number of events taking across all year round, a vast array of available markets and in-play possibilities, it's no surprise to see such a growth in popularity in those wanting to bet on snooker.
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Snooker is regulated by the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association. World Snooker is a commercial body responsible for the commercial side of the game. This organisation is responsible for running and administering the professional circuit.
The most significant snooker tournaments are the ranking events of which there are an increasing number taking place. Players earn ranking points in these events determined by how much they win. Each player’s position in the standings determines if they receive automatic entry to ranking tournaments or need to go through qualifying.
The climax of the ranking events season is the World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Shefield in which the top 16 players in the rankings qualify by right and a lengthy qualifying process determines which players are given the other 16 places in the draw.
There are several invitational events and these tournaments do not carry ranking points. The most prestigious and lucrative is the Masters which is generally played at a venue in London early in the year.
Most Popular Markets
The most popular snooker market involves betting on which player will win a match. This is a two-way market as generally there is a loser and winner. The exception is Premier League matches in which the tie is an option.
Ante post tournament betting also generates decent turnover. For example it is possible to bet on the World Championship virtually as soon as the current one has been completed.
It is possible to bet on the correct score in terms of frames in a snooker match. When there is a clear favourite and underdog handicaps are applied to even out the match and attract two way business.