When it comes to the Players Championship, snooker fans and punters alike always anticipate professional ranking tournament that makes up the second stage of the Cazoo Cup, taking place in mid-to-late February annually. Read on to learn more about betting on this event, as well as all the latest odds, tips, and predictions.

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    The Snooker Players Championship is a ranking event contested by the top 16 players on the WST 1 Year Ranking list. Not to be confused with the WST World Rankings, this list includes all of the prize money won at world-ranking events, but only during the current season.

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    Players compete in a straightforward knockout stage in best-of-11 frame matches until the last remaining pair face off in the final, which is a best-of-19 frame match. The tournament lasts six days.

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    The current 1 Year Ranking list started in 2020, with the top 16 players at the BetVictor Welsh Open qualifying for the Players Championship.

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    This is one of three events in the Cazoo Cup, following the World Grand Prix in Cheltenham and preceding Tour Championship in March.

The 2023 Players Championship will get underway on the 20th February and run through until the 26th of the month at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton.

Players Championship Snooker Betting Odds 2024

As the 2024 edition of Players Championship snooker event is still some time away,there are currently no odds available at the moment, odds will be published closer to the beginning of event.

Players Championship Snooker Betting Tips & Predictions 2024

We will share our expert insights and provide the latest snooker predictions closer to the commencement of the event.

The Snooker Players Championship 2024 Betting Promotions

Former tournament sponsors Coral are giving away a free £20 to all newcomers who deposit and bet just £5, which would be well-utilised when betting on this event, especially coupled with the always-excellent Coral snooker odds.

William Hill are another great bookmaker offering a very good welcome offer, allowing users to claim £30 when they bet their first £10.

Meanwhile, reliable betting exchange Betfair are granting £30 in free bets when you place a £10 wager.

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    It is a ranking event.

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    With the World Championships coming up in May, this tournament also serves as a good form guide.

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    It features the top 16 players in the world.

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    The winner will get a big payday, as they will walk away with a cheque for £125,000.

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    It makes for some truly thrilling snooker!

Snooker allows for 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 real-time 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.

Total Frames

If you want to drill down the frame betting market, you could plump for the total over/under frames section. This simply requires you to be a bit more canny, and predict how many frames will be contested before a player gets over the finishing line.

So, if you were betting on a contender in the early rounds, which is a best-of-11-frames affair, and you bet on over 7.5 frames, then there would need to be eight frames or more contested for your bet to be returned a winner.

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. 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.

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.

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, you need to predict from an over/under market.

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 was that the top 24 players in the Order of Merit would compete over six tournaments – three in Europe and three in the UK – initially at Sheffield, the traditional home of the World Championships.

In 2012, the event was relocated to the Bailey Allen Hall in Galway in Ireland. A year later, the field was expanded to 32 competitors, 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.

In 2021, owing to the pandemic, the Snooker Players Championship was played behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. Following this, the tournament had a new host venue for the 2022 renewal: the Leisure Village in Wolverhampton, where it will be held again for the 2023 edition.

The 2022 iteration of the event saw Neil Robertson thrashing Barry Hawkins 10-5 in the final that featured five century breaks. The Australian enjoyed a stunning year on the circuit as he also lifted the Masters and the Tour Championship title, although he came up short in the World Championship where he exited at the semi-final stage. In the past, the event has been sponsored by PartyCasino.com, Betfair, Dafabet, and Coral.

Recent Snooker Players Championship Winners

YearWinnerNationality
2022Neil RobertsonAustralia
2021John HigginsScotland
2020Judd TrumpEngland
2019Ronnie O'SullivanEngland
2018Ronnie O'SullivanEngland
2017Judd TrumpEngland
2016Mark AllenNorthern Ireland
2015Joe PerryEngland
2014Barry HawkinsEngland
2013Ding JunhuiChina
2012Stephen LeeEngland
2011Shaun MurphyEngland

Players Championship Snooker Key Stats

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    Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump are the only two players to have won this event more than once.

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    ‘The Rocket’ won back to back titles in 2018 and 2019.

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    O’Sullivan holds the record for most ranking titles won (39).

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    Australian Neil Robertson has been a losing finalist here three times, but he is the current reigning champion.

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    Ding Junhui is the only non-Brit to have won this event.

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    The Players Championship carries a total prize fund of £385,000.

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    13th – 19th March 2023, Turkish Masters: The snooker roadshow heads to Turkey in March. The inaugural event was held last year, seeing Judd Trump emerge as the reigning champion.

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    15th April – 1st May 2023, World Championship: The single biggest event of the snooker season, the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield brings fans and punters plenty of action.

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    7th – 14th January 2024, Cazoo Masters: Staged at Alexandra Palace, London, the Masters forms one leg of the Triple Crown.

Bringing together the top 16 players in world snooker between a set amount of time, the Players Championship follows hot on the heels of the BetVictor Snooker Shootout. Not unlike the Masters which takes place earlier in January, the tournament features the highest placed sixteen players on the WST’s One Year Ranking List. Its unique qualifying criteria makes for an interesting line-up and a fascinating tournament.

The best betting sites for the Players Championship snooker betting are Coral, Betfair, and Betfred.

You can watch the action unfold on ITV Sport.

Yes, this is a WPBSA ranking event.

Alderley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton, will be the venue for the Players Championship.

The total prize pot for the Players Championship stands at £385,000.

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

Surprisingly, no, this has never happened at the Players Championship snooker tournament.

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