Snooker is a billiards-like game from the UK, that continues to resonate with more fans worldwide.
Considered by many, as the hardest billiards game to play and as a result many billiards players want to use this game to truly test their skills.
Similar to pool, it is played on a large table with four baskets or “pots, one in each corner, using ” a white cue ball and 21 balls for scoring, 15 red balls, worth one point and six balls of other colors worth from 2 to 7 points. The object of the game is for each player to score more points than his or her opponent. This is achieved by "potting" the scoring balls.
At the beginning of each player’s turn, the player must first pot a red ball. He may then shoot at a higher scoring ball. If he makes this shot, he is awarded the points and the scoring ball is returned to the table. He must successfully pot another red ball, before taking shot at a scoring ball. If he fails to sink a red ball, or a scoring ball, the table reverts to the opponent. The game ends when all of the red balls have been potted and the winner is determined by who has scored the most points.
Snooker betting has become increasingly popular in recent years due to many bookmakers now sponsoring the sport, as well as the addition of new ranking events to the annual circuit and the expansion of the tour into other countries. So it, should come as no surprise, the majority of the ranking snooker tournaments are held in the United Kingdom (UK), that consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
There are a number of options to bet on snooker and most bookmakers have Snooker tournament odds well in advance throughout the tournaments.
Popular international Snooker betting competitions include:
The yearly event is made up of the top 16 ranked players and two wild cards. The Masters is however a non-ranking invitational event with a £501,000 prize pool. Even though it is non-ranking it is still considered the third most prestigious tournament. With such quality represented at the tournament there is more value on players than in the early rounds of other tournaments.
The UK Championship is the second biggest ranking tournament held in the United Kingdom and is hosted in York, England. The tournament offers a prize pool of £625,000 and has had many champions with recent winners including Judd Trump, John Higgins and one of China’s most successful players Ding Junhui.
The World Championship is the biggest and most prolific snooker event of the season. The event is staged at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield, England and boasts a staggering £1.2million prize pool. The tournament host the best 16 players in the world alongside 16 qualifiers.
The Premier League spans three months and has a round robin format. The early stages see the players ranked in a league format, with the top four players going on to the semi-finals.
The Snooker Premier League is another competition held in the UK. This is also an invitational tournament. It involves 10 players chosen by who has the most television appeal. It runs August to November with the round-robin group stages played at various UK venues. The finals are held at Grimsby Auditorium in North East Lincolnshire, England.
Other tournaments held in the UK include the Welsh Open, Scottish Grand Prix, Pro Challenge Series and the Pink Ribbon Pro-Am.
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