2021 Snooker Players Championship Betting Guide

The snooker Players Championship, sponsored by Coral, is a professional ranking snooker tournament that makes up the second stage of the Coral Cup. Following on from the snooker Grand Prix, the tournament takes place in mid to late February and is held in Southport, Merseyside England, the tournament’s home since the Snooker Players Championship 2020.

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The Snooker Players Championship 2021 Betting Odds, Promotions, Tips & Predictions

The Players Championship snooker 2021 gets underway on Monday the 22nd of February, running until Sunday the 28th of February. The Players Championship follows immediately on from the Welsh Open which finishes a day earlier. This tournament sees the players return to Milton Keynes’ Marshall Arena. At the time of writing, the Players Championship betting odds for snooker have not been published. As soon as they are, we will update this page accordingly with the best in Snooker Players Championships betting odds and tips.

Snooker Players Championship Betting Odds 2021

Judd Trump11/4Paddy Power
Ronnie O'Sullivan4/1Betfred
Neil Robertson5/1Ladbrokes
Mark Selby7/1Betfred
John Higgins11/1Betfred
Kyren Wilson12/1Paddy Power
Ding Junhui16/1Paddy Power
Jack Lisowski20/1Coral
Mark Williams33/1Paddy Power
Stuart Bingham33/1Coral
Zhou Yuelong40/1Paddy Power
Martin Gould40/1Bet365
Jordan Brown66/1Bet365
Ryan Day50/1Ladbrokes
Lu Ning100/1Bet365

Snooker Players Championship Betting Tips & Predictions 2021

Within hours of securing his maiden ranking title, the Welsh Open, Jordan Brown has to dust himself down and go all over again as the Players Championships get started back at the now extremely familiar Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. It’s extremely unlikely that the unseeded winner’s achievements will have sunk in given that only a few years ago he was about to chuck the game in. And yet this week he has beaten the world number one, Judd Trump, and the game’s greatest of all time, Ronnie O’Sullivan, whom he beat narrowly in yesterday’s final. Brown can be picked up for around 40/1 if you think he can ride the wave and continue on his heater.

In all likelihood, that is unlikely, and the favourite spots have rightly been reserved for the aforementioned Ace in the Pack Judd Trump and Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan. With snooker at the moment, you just can’t make a case for backing against those two. But, as Brown has emphatically proved, anyone can win. The new Welsh Open champion opens up on Tuesday against the legendary John Higgins.

Now Brown has been awarded the 16th and final place in this year’s Players Championship and is in esteemed company as the game top ranking players sweat it out on the baize. Australian Neil Robertson and Mark Selby, who is certainly worth considering, are the only other short-priced players before the odds drift out into double figures. 12/1 for Kyren Wilson anybody? He is a good as an outsider as anyone. He proved as much when he took the Rocket all the way at the worlds. Wilson will be involved in the second of today’s opening when he takes on Ryan Day, while world number Trump opens proceedings with his match against former World Champions Stuart Bingham as he looks for yet another deep run in what is shaping to be another fantastic snooker season.

The Snooker Players Championship 2021 Betting Promotions

  • Tournament sponsors Coral are giving away a free £20 for all newcomers who deposit just £5, which would be well utilised backing this ranking snooker tourney with the always excellent Coral snooker odds.
  • William Hill are another great bookmaker offering a very good welcome offer where users get £30 when they bet their first £10.


5 Reasons to Bet on the Snooker Players Championship

  1. It’s a ranking event.
  2. With the World Championships coming up in May, this is a good form guide.
  3. It features the top 16 players in the world.
  4. There are no easy matches.
  5. It throws up some thrilling snooker.


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Popular Snooker Players Championship Betting Markets

Snooker is one of those sports where there are no shortage of betting options which is why bookmakers invest so much importance into it. Traditionally a game enjoyed in the British Isles, an explosion in popularity in the Far East has breathed new and international life into the game which now amounts to a vast amount of any online bookmaker’s annual turnover.

Frame Betting

With the frame betting market, punters can put their money on the player that they think will win the next frame. It’s a kind of realtime bet and, like leg betting in darts, the player breaking (or throwing the player) will be considered to be the most likely to win the next frame. Unlike darts however, where players will take a maximum of three shots each time that it is their time to throw, in snooker, players can stay on the table for as long as they keep potting balls. Because of this, even the slightest mistake can cost a player dearly. Frame betting provides a real-time reward as opposed to tournament or match betting which will only pay after the tournament has finished. When backing the frame winner, always remember that momentum and confidence are critical, especially in the last frame which is often said to be the hardest frame in snooker to win.

Best betting site for frame betting at the Players Championship: Bet365

Player to Pot First Red Betting

This is snooker’s equivalent of the first player to score bet. The break is the first shot in a snooker frame and the red, any red, must be potted first, thus this is essentially the first player to score. Of course, there will only ever be two players involved in any given match so the odds here are not always the longest. Once a red ball has found the pocket, players can opt for any colour of ball they like and will usually have engineered the best possible chance of potting black (the highest scoring ball worth seven) on their next shot. Bear this in mind if you are thinking of backing a similar kind of bet such as from the first colour potted market.

Best betting site for pot the first red betting at the Players Championship: Betfred

Century Breaks Betting

The century breaks betting market is a simple bet where punters place a wager on whether or not one player, either random or nominated, will make a century break at any point during the match. You can also bet on the number of centuries scored through the duration of a match if you are looking for a better value market.

Best betting site for century breaks betting at the Players Championship: BoyleSports

Total Points Betting

This is quite a flexible market that can be offered for the whole match or for each frame within that match. Taking a combination of both players' scores, punters are required to predict how many points will be scored in total. Rather than picking a number, however, punters will aim to predict from an over/under market.

Best betting site for total points betting at the Players Championship: 32Red


Tournament Structure for Snooker Players Championship

Played between the top 16 players on a one-year ranking list, this ranking snooker tournament takes place at the Southport Waterfront. The Players Snooker takes a quite simple structure in that players compete in a straight forward knockout tournament in best of 11 frame matches until the last remaining pair face off in the final which is a best of 19 match. The whole tournament takes six days to complete.

The one-year ranking list started last year, and the cut-off point is set to come after the Welsh Open which, for the 2021 renewal, will finish the day before the Players begin, making the Welsh event the last opportunity to qualify. The top 16 will begin in a seeded draw, followed by a knockout format. This is one of three events in the Cazoo Series, following Cheltenham’s World Grand Prix and preceding March’s Tour Championship. During the 2021/22 season, the Cazoo Series will start with the Cazoo World Grand Prix, scheduled for early December.


History of Snooker Players Championship

The Players Tour Championship Finals was first held in 2011 at The Helix in Dublin and came about by way of the Players Tour Championship. The idea being that the top 24 players in the Order of Merit would compete over six tournaments, three in Europe and three in the UK, initially Sheffield the traditional home of the World Championships.In 2012 the event was relocated to the Bailey Allen Hall in Galway in Ireland and a year later the field was expanded to 32 players made up of the top 25 players from the UK and European Order of Merit plus the top four players from the Asian Order of Merit as well as the three APTC event winners. By 2014, the event was moved again, this time returning to the UK and taking place in the Guild Hall in Preston. The event has since been reduced to a field of 16 competitors and has been renamed Players Championship and from 2017 was held in Llandudno, Wales until 2020 when it was moved to Southport for the first time.

Snooker Players Championship Past Winners

2020Judd TrumpEngland
2019Ronnie O'SullivanEngland
2018Ronnie O'SullivanEngland
2017Judd TrumpEngland
2016Mark AllenNorthern Ireland
2015Joe PerryEngland
2014Barry HawkinsEngland
2013Ding JunhuiChina
2012Stephen LeeEngland
2011Shaun MurphyEngland

Key Stats

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump are the only two players to have won this event more than once.
  • ‘The Rocket’ won back to back titles in 2018 and 2019.
  • Australian Neil Robertson has been a losing finalist here three times.
  • Ding Junhui is the only non-Brit to have won this event.


Similar Tournaments to the Snooker Players Championship

  • 01 March – 07 March, Gibraltar Open: A ranking tournament that is held at the Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar and dates back to 2015.
  • 22 March – 28 March, Coral Tour Championship: Another Coral sponsored event and a ranking one too, played each year at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
  • 17 Apr – 03 May, Betfred World Championship: The biggest event in snooker, hits each year in May and is famously played at the Crucible Theatre.


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Snooker Players Championship Betting FAQs

🍒 What are the Best Betting Sites for the Snooker Players Championship?

The best betting sites for Snooker Players Championship betting are tournament sponsors Coral, as well as Betfair and Betfred.

🎲 Where Can I Watch the Snooker Players Championship?

You can watch the action unfold on ITV Sport.

👌 Is the Players Championship a ranking event?

Yes, this is a WPBSA ranking event.

〽️ Is this event another leg in the Coral Cup then?

Yes, along with the Snooker World Grand Prix, which is leg one, and the Tour Championship, which is stage three, this is the second leg of the Coral Cup.

⭕️ Has anyone ever won the Coral Cup?

No, but in 2019 Ronnie O’Sullivan came the closest to do so so far when he scooped two out of the three qualifying tournaments.

❌ Can I bet on the winner of the Coral Cup?

Yes, but only at Coral obviously.

❓ Can I bet in-play on this event?

Yes, bookmakers will be running live and real-time markets on the Players Championships.


ThePuntersPage Final Say

Bringing together the top 16 players in world snooker, the Players Championships follows hot on the heels of the World Grand Prix and promises just as much excitement as its Coral Cup predecessor.