International Championship Betting Guide – All You Need to Know

The International Championship is a professional ranking snooker tournament hosted in China that runs in early August at the Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre in Daqing. It was introduced in 2012 when it was won by Englishman Judd Trump, and instantly became the richest snooker tournament ever staged outside the UK, with a top prize of £175,000.

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International Championship 2020 Update

The 2020 Snooker International Championship runs in early August at the Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre in Daqing, China. Dates for the 2020 edition of the Snooker International Championship have yet to be confirmed at the time of writing, however we will update this page as soon as they are available.


Popular Bets for the International Championship

The Snooker International Championship, like all snooker tournaments, opens up many betting opportunities. Below we have listed a few of of the top snooker betting options.

Outright Winner

There is nothing more to this bet than a punter selecting a snooker player to win the tournament and putting some money behind their pick. If the player wins the tournament, punters get paid in relation to the odds or price of their selection.

Match Win Bet

Match win bets are bets made on the outcome of a single match of snooker between two players. There are no ties in snooker, so there are only two outcomes: win or lose. This also makes it a good game for arbitrage betting.

Frame Win Bet

In a snooker match, it all boils down to frames, which each refer to a single game of snooker. Each match consists of a predetermined number of frames, and whoever of the two players wins the most frames also wins the match. Bookmakers allow bettors to bet on the outcome of each frame or even how many a player will win during a match.

147 Bet

A 147 is the maximum break in snooker. This rare occurrence is achieved by sinking all 15 reds with 15 blacks for 120 points, followed by all six colours for a further 27 points. Bookmakers will offer odds on a 147 occurring over the duration of a tournament.


Tournament Structure for the International Championship

The tourney ranks at the same level as the UK Championship and has the third highest prize fund and winner's cheque of any ranking event on the snooker calendar, after the World and UK Championships. Matches are played as best of 11 frames until play reaches the semi-finals, which are played as best of 17 frames. The final is played as a best of 19 frames.

History of the International Championship

The event was introduced in the 2012/2013 season and was the fifth ranking event held ever in China. From its very beginning, it was the highest paying tourney taking place outside the UK and was christened the first overseas major. Englishman Judd Trump won the inaugural event in 2012 Chengdu, China. In 2015, the event moved to the Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre in Daqing in the north east of China where it is still held today.

Past Winners of the International Championship

2019Judd TrumpEngland
2018Mark AllenNorthern Ireland
2017Mark SelbyEngland
2016Mark SelbyEngland
2015John HigginsScotland
2014Ricky WaldenEngland
2013Ding JunhuiChina
2012Judd TrumpEngland

International Championship Key Stats

  • Judd Trump and Mark Selby are tied for the most International Championship wins with two each.


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International Championship FAQs

⭕️  When does the International Championship take place?

The International Championship is held each year in early August.

🍒  Where is the tournament held?

The International Championship takes place at the Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre in Daqing, China.

🤠  Is the International Championship ranked?

Yes - this is a ranking event awarding the same amount of points as the UK Championship.

What is the prize pool?

The winner scoops £174,000 for their efforts.

❌  Can I bet each way on the Outright Winner?

Yes, of course you can.

ThePuntersPage Final Say

Held in Daqing, China every July, the International Championships is the world’s richest ranking event in snooker that takes place outside of the United Kingdom. As such, despite only dating back to 2012, it has quickly become one of the key fixtures of the new snooker season for players, fans and Snooker International Championship bettors alike.