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.
Previously, the competition has been staged in Preston Guild Hall and has been won by the biggest names in modern snooker. From 2020 onwards, the competition was moved to a new venue t the Waterfronts in Southport. The event has been a part of the professional snooker schedule since 2011 and today makes up the second leg of the Coral Cup.
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2020 Snooker Players Championship Betting Tips
2020 Snooker Players Championship Outright Odds
|Judd Trump||5/2||Paddy Power|
|Kyren Wilson||20/1||Boyle Sports|
|Graeme Dott||50/1||Boyle Sports|
|Thepchaiya Un-Nooh||66/1||Paddy Power|
2020 Snooker Players Championship Betting Tips & Predictions
The second event in the 2020 Coral Cup gets underway from the Preston Guild Hall on Monday 24th of February as the top-16 players in the world face off in the Coral Players Championship. The Players Championship draw was confirmed on Sunday following the final of the Coral Snooker Shoot Out in Watford.
Michael ‘The Hitman’ Holt took the trophy home with him and squeezed out two-time defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan at the same time. The Rocket was holding on to the final 16th qualifying place but Holt’s victory coupled with defeat to Billy Joe Castle means there was no guaranteed return for the reigning champion. The likes of Judd Trump, Mark Selby and Coral Grand Prix winner Neil Robertson will all be in town for the event though. But who will come out on top in Lancashire?
There aren’t any prizes for guessing that Trump is the short priced favourite but it is Robertson who is the form pick after he was crowned Coral World Grand Prix champion at Cheltenham race course earlier this month. Joe Perry is the first man up for the Australian. This also means that that world number one and reigning world champion Judd Trump remains top seed and it is Trump that awaits Sunday’s winner Holt. This is because this tourney follows a simple flowing formula where the number one seeded player (Trump) will take on the bottom seed (Holt) in the first round.
Shoot Out runner-up Zhou Yuelong is another to miss out so Shaun Murphy retains the second seed spot and will take on David Gilbert with the winner facing either Mark Allen or Thepchaiya Un-Noohin round two. There is an all-Scottish affair in the top half of the draw where John Higgins and Graeme Dott meet before a re-run of the UK Championship final with Ding Junhui taking on Stephen Maguire. Exciting youngster Kyren Wilson is a lively outsider and meets Yan Bingtao while three-time world champion Mark Selby takes on Mark Williams. The winner, whoever that might be, will be crowned following the final on Sunday 1st of March.
Popular Snooker Players Championship Bets
Snooker is one of those sports where there is 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.
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 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.
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.
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, punters will aim to predict from an over/under market.
Snooker Players Championship Tournament Structure
Played as best of 11 frames throughout until the final, which is best of 19, the tournament is a simple 16 player knockout competition that whittles itself down to a final two after six days play.
Snooker Players Championship History
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
|2016||Mark Allen||Northern Ireland|
- Ronnie O’Sullivan is the only player 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
2020 Snooker Players Championship FAQs
👌 Is the Players Championship a ranking event?
Yes, this is a WPBSA ranking event.
〽️ I see that it is sponsored by Coral, is this 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 we bet on the winner of the Coral Cup?
Yes, but only at Coral obviously.
❓ Can we 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.