The Scottish Open is a professional snooker competition held annually in December at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, Scotland. This year, however, it'll be taking place in Wales. Take a look at our 2021 guide for Scottish Open betting for the latest odds, tips and predictions.
- Best Betting Sites for the Scottish Open
- Best Bookies for Scottish Open Snooker Betting – Top 5 Ranked
- Scottish Open Betting Odds, Promotions, Tips & Predictions
- 5 Reasons to Bet on the Scottish Open
- Scottish Open Betting Sites With Live Streaming
- Popular Scottish Open Betting Markets
- Tournament Structure for the Scottish Open
- History of the Scottish Open Snooker Tournament
- Similar Tournaments to the Scottish Open
- Snooker Scottish Open Betting FAQs
- ThePuntersPage Final Say
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Best Bookies for Scottish Open Snooker Betting – Top 5 Ranked
Scottish Open Betting Odds, Promotions, Tips & Predictions
The 2021 Scottish Open snooker tournament will begin on the 6th of December and come to an end on the 12th of December 2021. Held in England in 2020 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, the 2021 Scottish Open renewal will take place at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales.
Scottish Open Betting Odds 2021
Scottish Open Betting Tips & Predictions 2021
- The Snooker Scottish Open starts on Monday 6th of December and will finish on Sunday 12 December at Venue Cymru in Llandudno in Wales. Last year’s winner Mark Selby thrashed Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-3 to take home the £70,000 jackpot and is again among the frontrunners this time around.
- Judd Trump is the bookmakers’ favourite with O’Sullivan and Selby in the frame, but Australian Neil Robertson won’t be present having pulled out of the event.
- Fans can see live coverage via Eurosport and the Eurosport Player, having witnessed China’s Zhao Xintong claiming his first ranking title by winning the UK Championship with a 10-5 win over Luca Brecel.
- Zhao may have been called “our [Roger] Federer” by O’Sullivan earlier in that tournament, but he’s way out at 750/1 with some bookies to win a second successive trophy. The man he beat in the final in York Brecel can be found at 26/1 on the Betfair exchange to win here in Wales, a tantalising price indeed.
- Some fans may only tune in from Friday 10 December when the quarter-finals start, but we expect there to have been some shocks along the way before that. Bettors who like a long shot will be eyeing up Tom Ford at 40/1, even though Model T only reached the second round of the UK Championship last week.
- Ford has made four ranking event semi-finals over the last four seasons and looks to have a favourable draw this week. Finally, Mark Davis is way out at 150/1 and faces Ford in the first round, with a second-round clash against either Yuan Si Jun, Stephen Maguire or Sunny Akani in waiting.']
Scottish Open Betting Promotions 2021
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5 Reasons to Bet on the Scottish Open
- The Scottish Open is a ranking event.
- It is part of the Home Nations Series.
- All of the best snooker players will be there.
- There is a £405,000 prize fund.
- The winner will walk away with £70,000.
Scottish Open Betting Sites With Live Streaming
- William Hill
- Paddy Power
Popular Scottish Open Betting Markets
Betting on snooker has never been more popular! There's a wide range of online snooker betting sites and bet types that lucky punters can enjoy for the Scottish Open. We've gathered a list of the most popular markets for you below.
Outright Tournament Winner
With this market, you're betting on the winner of an individual competition – in this case, the Snooker Scottish Open. You can place this kind of bet before the tournament starts, or as a live bet once the tournament is underway. In fact, very often, it can be more profitable to wait until the tourney is deeper in, as the outcome might be clearer. That said, betting before the event starts can make for better odds. Either way, you'll find that online bookmakers can be very accommodating.
Best betting site for Outright Tournament Winner: bet365
To Win a Match Betting
This bet is very similar to the Outright Tournament Winner bet in that it requires to only pick the winner of a single game of snooker. To win a game in the Scottish Open, one player must win more frames than his opponent. In each round, the number of required frames it takes to win each match and progress to the next round increases.
Best betting site for Winning a Match: William Hill
This bet allows the punter to predict what the nationality of the winning player will be. Traditionally, the field of competitors was made up of mainly British players, so you'd have had to nominate whether the player was English, Irish, Scottish, or Welsh. Today, a diverse range of nationalities participate in the tournament, with some players having represented Australia and China.
Best betting site for Winning Nationality: Unibet
Maximum Break (147)
The maximum break a player can make in snooker is 147. This is made up of potting 15 red balls and 15 black balls intermittently, before potting each of the colours in their permitted sequence. Think of it as snooker’s equivalent of darts’ nine-dart finish.
Although not as rare today as they once were, these sort of breaks are still relatively uncommon. But if you fancy there being one in a match, or a certain amount throughout the Scottish Open, then this is the right bet for you. The same bet applies if you think a particular player is likely to make a maximum break. Fun fact: No one in snooker has made more 147s than Ronnie O’Sullivan, who once recorded the fastest 147 break of all time.
Best betting site for number of 147s: Paddy Power
Tournament Structure for the Scottish Open
64 players begin the Scottish Open each year looking to claim a slice of the £405,000 prize fund – £70,000 of which is set aside for the tournament winner. Players earn ranking points for this event, which go towards their world standing. Just as with the Players Championship, this number of participants is whittled down by half after every round in a straightforward knockout tournament.
For instance, by the second round, the field has been reduced to 32, before being cut in half again to make a field of 16 remainers. By the time of the quarter-finals, this has been cut down again to 8. Over 4 quarter-final matches, we lose another 4 players, with the winning quartet advancing to the semi-finals. The remaining pair then contest in the final.
The number of frames it takes to win a match increases as the tournament progresses. In the first round, matches are played to a best-of-7 frames, which is the same all the way through to the quarter-finals, where games are played to a best-of-9 frames. Getting the best-of-11 frames is what it takes to win the semi-finals and progress to the final, which takes place over the best-of-17 frames. The player who takes 9 frames in the final wins.
History of the Scottish Open Snooker Tournament
The Scottish Open began in 1981, when it was known as the International Open, taking place at the Derby Assembly Rooms. At the time, it was the second highest-ranking tournament in snooker after the Snooker World Championships. The event eventually relocated to Eldon Square in Newcastle upon Tyne, and then to Stoke-on-Trent’s Trentham Gardens in 1985. In 1990, the tourney disappeared from snooker schedules altogether, before returning in 1992 at Plymouth Pavilions. After two years in Plymouth, the tournament moved to the Bournemouth International Centre.
In 1997, the event left England for the first time and was staged in Scotland. Known at the time as the Matchroom Trophy, the tourney was held at the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre. After a year in Aberdeen, it was named the Snooker Scottish Open for the first time. By 2003, the competition relocated once more, pitching up at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre. It then underwent a change of brand after one year in Edinburgh, when it became known as the Players Championship, and was moved to the SECC in Glasgow.
A lack of funding as a result of being dropped by TV networks meant that the event was removed from snooker calendars for the best part of a decade, before making its return in the 2012/13 season, when it was reintroduced as a minor-ranking tournament and referred to as the Snooker Scottish Open once again. Ravenscraig in Motherwell was the host venue for the next few years as the tournament became part of the European Tour. By the 2016/17 season, the Snooker Scottish Open had its ranking reinstated.In 2020, due to the global pandemic, the event was held in England at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
It is worth noting that the Scottish Open is part of the Home Nations Series, a snooker series that includes the Northern Ireland Open, the English Open, the Scottish Open, and the Welsh Open.
Recent Scottish Open Winners
|2020||Mark Selby||Ronnie O’Sullivan|
|2019||Mark Selby||Jack Lisowski|
|2018||Mark Allen||Shaun Murphy|
|2017||Neil Robertson||Cao Yupeng|
|2016||Marco Fu||John Higgins|
|2012||Ding Junhui||Anthony McGill|
|2004||Jimmy White||Paul Hunter|
|2003||David Gray||Mark Selby|
|2002||Stephen Lee||David Gray|
|2001||Peter Ebdon||Ken Doherty|
|2000||Ronnie O'Sullivan||Mark Williams|
Scottish Open – Key Stats
- Steve Davis has won the Scottish Open snooker tournament more than anyone else, having picked up 6 crowns and taking part in 8 finals.
- Davis also won the inaugural running of the Scottish Open which took place in 1981.
- In the 1981 Scottish Open final, Davis famously thrashed Dennis Taylor 9–0.
- There have been three maximum 147 breaks in the history of the Scottish Open, scored by Stephen Maguire, Kurt Maflin, and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
- In 2020, Mark Selby became the first player since John Higgins in 1996 to retain the title.
Similar Tournaments to the Scottish Open
- 7th – 13th February 2022, Players Championship: This event is held each February at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton, England.
- 9th – 6th January 2022, The Masters: This is the second oldest tournament in professional snooker, held in January at the Alexandra Palace in North London.
- 13th - 19th December 2021, World Grand Prix: A pre-Christmas event played at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
Snooker Scottish Open Betting FAQs
The Scottish Open snooker tournament is available to watch on the Eurosport channel.
The Scottish Open 2021 will be held from the 6th to 12th of December.
Ordinarily, the tournament is held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow; however, the 2021 renewal will take place at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales.
Yes, the Snooker Scottish Open has been a ranking event since its ranking status was restored in 2016.
Yes – in fact, there have been 3 such maximum breaks scored in the history of the Scottish Open.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
A crucial part of the Home Nations Series, the Scottish Open has had new life breathed into it after a considerable series of transformations throughout the years, becoming one of the biggest events in snooker in the process. On top of all this, it has also provided another high-quality snooker tournament for fans and punters alike, making Scottish Open snooker betting an activity that's highly anticipated.