Betting On Snooker
Snooker is played across the UK and is a popular choice of sport to bet on for seasoned bettors. The regularity of tournaments, regular TV coverage and relatively simple rules make it a great sport for betting.
Snooker is a cue sport and is thought to have originated in the late 19th century in India. Devised by serving British Army officers who were stationed there at the time and deriving from the popular game of billiards. In 1884 the first set of rules were made and snooker became a sport in its own right. The sport of snooker has grown and arguably enjoyed it's heyday, in terms of public recognition, between the 1970s and 1990s. The sport was heavily broadcast on the BBC and not just the tournaments, there were entertainment shows like Pot Black and Big Break. Snooker game shows that attracted large peak time viewing figures. The sport is still broadcast on terrestrial television but perhaps not with the following it once had.
Snooker has competitions played across the world, with top professionals earning millions of pounds from tournament wins.
Snooker is played on a rectangular table decked out in green cloth/baize with six pockets (holes) to pot the ball into situated at the corners of the table and either side of the central point. The aim of the game is to pot the balls into the pockets to score points, with each ball attributed different points values. These points are accumulated until either no balls are left or the total value of the balls left on the table is more than the difference in points between the two players at which point one player may concede. The player with the most points wins the frame, the name for a single game in snooker. To be declared the overall winner players normally play to the best of a certain amount of frames. For example: The best of 35 frames meaning that the player who wins 18 frames first will win.
Balls and Points
There are three different types of balls in snooker:
Also known as the cue ball, the white ball is the ball that the player hits with their cue to play it into the other balls in the hope to pot them or to situate the white ball in such a way that it is difficult for the opposing player to either pot or hit a ball
The red ball is worth 1 point and the order of play dictates that players must pot a red and then a colour ball and then a red and so forth until all the reds are off the table. They then move onto the colour balls
Colour balls vary in points totals (see below) and when potted if reds are still on the table are placed back on the table. If all the reds are potted and a colour is then potted it will stay off the table.
Colour balls have the following points value and, once reds are all pocketed, they must be played and sunk in this order:
- Yellow: 2 points
- Green: 3 points
- Brown: 4 points
- Blue: 5 points
- Pink: 6 points
- Black: 7 points
The black ball carries the most value in the game and is the final ball to be potted on the table.
There are many, many tournaments and competitions in the snooker world. Each of these providing ample betting markets. Some of the main ones are:
- World Grand Prix - February
- Players Championship - February/March
- China Open - March/April
- World Championships - April/May
- World Cup - June
- UK Championships - November/December
Betting Markets in Snooker
There are multiple markets available for snooker and it isn’t uncommon to see over 100 different markets for the big games. Some of the more popular markets include:
Match Winner: Betting on the winner of the match
Handicap Betting: One of the players start with a virtual lead or deficit. See more on this here
Total Frames: Bet on how many frames there will be during the match
Correct Score: Bet on the final score of the match, good for those of you who like high odds bets
Match Centuries: Bet on how many centuries will be scored, you can also bet on individual player centuries
147 Break: Bet on whether either player will hit the maximum 147 break
Tournament Winner: Away from the individual match markets you can also bet on overall winner for tournaments/competitions
With so many markets and multiple players that you could potentially bet on how can you profit from betting on snooker? Well there is one way that you can make a profit from the many free bet promotions that are advertised by bookies and that is through the technique of matched betting.
What is Matched Betting?
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