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Discover the fascinating world of snooker betting with our comprehensive guide. Whether you’re a seasoned snooker enthusiast or a novice looking to explore betting options, this guide provides valuable tips and information to enhance your snooker betting experience in case you want to start betting on it at the top-rated offshore sportsbooks.
What Is Snooker?
Snooker is a cue sport like Pool but on a bigger rectangle 12×6 foot table. Like Pool, there are six pockets, four in the corners and two middles for the balls to be potted and a cue ball for the player to use. The cue sport was first played and founded by British Army Officers stationed in India in 1875.
There are fifteen red balls, a yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black ball. Upon potting a red (worth 1 point), the player chooses a color as the table below:
Once the color is potted it re-spots on the table while the red stays down, once all the reds are potted the colors are potted in value order. The player with the most points wins the frame – matches are played usually over best of 7 (race to 4) or best of 9 frames (race to 5) with the winner progressing to the next round.
What is a Snooker Tournament?
We have discussed what a snooker is and how that frame of snooker fits into a match concept. Now, we need to understand what a snooker tournament is.
A snooker tournament usually consists of 16, 32, 64 or 128 players. Those players are drawn against another with the winner progressing until one winner remains as below:
- Round of 128 - 64 winners progress
- Round of 64 - 32 winners progress
- Round of 32 - 16 winners progress
- Round of 16 - 8 winners progress
- Quarter Finals – 4 winners (semi-finalists) progress
- Semifinals – 2 winners (finalists) progress
- Final – Winner receives the trophy & tournament title while the loser is the runner-up.
A strong likeness for the snooker tournament model and identical in regards to how the winner is found is any tennis tournament on the ATP or WTA Tours.
How to Start Betting on Snooker
What is Snooker Futures Betting?
Snooker futures betting or tournament winner betting is huge fun. There are immediate tournaments and longer-term tournaments as the choices for bettors. Futures betting means you often get a better price for an event in the future, and it will be settled when the event concludes, and the tournament will be completed when the winner is known.
What is Snooker Match Betting?
There is also the choice of individual tournaments as they are played, with the betting available in the days before it begins.
Typical head-to-head betting covers the main lines that most players are used to betting.
The breakdown is like NFL, MLB or NBA matches, or particularly tennis matches:
- Money Line
- Total Points (Total Frames)
How Do We Define the Best Market to Bet?
Spread – Handicapped Difference in Rating Between Players
This is the conventional market most bettors use and is set with the favored player giving the underdog a hypothetical start.
I tend to use this market an awful lot when I rate the underdog better than their money line price. Snooker prices can change dramatically on the money line when winning the match becomes close for the underdog, so to have a winning bet even when your player loses the match is often a very attractive option.
An example of a winning bet would be taking Player A at +2.5 frames at (–110). Player A loses the match over the best-of-7-frames, to Player B by 4-2 in frames, meaning Player A still wins the handicap bet at (-110).
Money Line – The Match Winner
This simple two-way market is for who prevails into the next round and is defined by the match winner alone. If you have a strong read on who wins this match and the odds are more than rating, this is the market to play!
I prefer using Total Frames as the term rather than BetOnline’s total points, as it could be confused by some. Regardless, the market sets a line of how many frames will be played.
The match we used as an example above between Player A and Player B would see the market typically set at over/under 5.5 total frames with (-110) the price for each. With six frames played at the score of 4-2 the over 5.5 total frames would win.
Sometimes this market works well when both players are well known for attritional styles of play.
Now you should be ready to go and bet on snooker. Any further questions, feel free to message @EdwardsTips_ on X.