The World Grand Prix snooker tournament is an annual and professional event held by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), rivalling contests such as the Scottish Open and UK Championship in terms of size and prestige.

When the latest iteration of the Grand Prix takes place, snooker fans across the UK and the wider world will be eager to see which of the 32 players succeed in taking the prize of a £100,000 winner's cheque. Much attention will also be on the associated Players Championship and Tour Championship, which, together with the Grand Prix, form the Players series.

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The World Grand Prix typically runs for six or seven days; it traditionally takes place near the start of the year in January, February or March, although there have been two cases in which it was held in December. From its second year onwards, it has been a ranking event.

Since its establishment in 2015, it has been hosted in a variety of locations, including Llandudno, Preston, Milton Keynes, Coventry and Cheltenham.

The prize pool varies between year by year and is usually around one-third of £1000,000.

Starting in the 2018-19 season, the snooker Grand Prix has been, alongside the Players Championship and the Tour Championship, one of three events that make up the Players series. This competition was previously known as the Coral Cup in honour of its sponsor, the well-known bookie Later, it became known as the Cazoo Cup, again due to sponsorship reasons.

For the 2022-23 World Grand Prix, the top 32 snooker players in the world will face off in the Centaur Cheltenham Racecourse in a week-long event from 16 to 22 January 2023. The total prize pool for the 2023 event is £380,000, with £100,000 set aside for the champion.

As with any major sporting event, punters across the world will be rushing to the best snooker betting sites to place their bets and then sit back to eagerly anticipate the results. But are there any tips that can be followed to help nudge the odds in your favour?

Snooker World Grand Prix Betting Odds 2023

Odds for the 2023 tournament will be published here during the next few weeks – watch this space!

Snooker World Grand Prix Betting Tips 2023

Until the full schedule for World Grand Prix Snooker is released, it will, of course, be impossible to make fully informed estimates as to who should be the favourite. However, we at least know the first 16  pairings and can get a general idea of which players would be wise choices from their past performances.

For example, Ronnie O'Sullivan is up against Barry Hawkins. As O'Sullivan is currently at #1 in the World Snooker Rankings, while Murphy is further down at #12, many punters will be placing their bets on O'Sullivan. Meanwhile, Mark Allen is going up against David Gilbert; as Allan is at #5 and Gilbert at #19, it is easy to point to Allen as the likely favourite.

Other matches are harder to call. Take the competition between Lyu Haotian and Joe O'Connor. For example: with World Snooker Rankings positions of #36 and #40, respectively, these are two fairly evenly-matched competitors, and the odds are sure to be tighter. And we should not forget that, even in the matches where there is a clear favourite, there is always room for the underdog to triumph. Like all other forms of gambling, sports betting is built on the element of chance, and the safest bet may still lose in the end.

Snooker World Grand Prix Betting Promotions 2022-3

Keep an eye on this space for updates regarding betting promotions tied to the World Grand Prix! You can also browse our list of the top five bookmakers for Grand Prix betting – each one has a welcome bonus for its new members.

When you are betting on snooker, you can bet on frames, outright wins, match wins and maximum break scores among many, many other things.

Snooker Tournament Betting

Tournament betting, sometimes referred to as outright betting, is simply successfully predicting the tournament champion through a wager. Here, bettors bet on a player to win a tournament, league or any some such event in the future, and by that we mean before a tournament gets underway. So, if you want to back the winner of the World Grand Prix, then you must do so before the first frame is broken on the tournament’s opening day.

As always, you can, to some extent, protect your bet a little bit by making it an each-way wager. This means if your pick reaches the final but doesn’t win, you’ll still paid out something for their place. Naturally, you will find all of the major tournaments are covered with the bookies so, as well as the World Grand Prix, you are also able to bet on the Masters, the World Snooker Championship, and the UK Snooker Championship.

Match Betting

Match betting is another very straightforward bet to make and thus very popular too. It is literally betting on the winner of an individual match of snooker and works exactly the same as it does in other sports.

In any match, one player will be the favourite to win over their opponent, the underdog. The bookmaker will offer odds accordingly, longer for the underdog and shorter for the favourite. However, when the tourney thins out and the players of similar standards meet in the business end of proceedings, the odds should draw in again as the near certainty of winning evaporates.

Snooker Frame Betting

Total frame betting is an over/under type bet where bookies will set a value for the total number of frames played by both players. Bettors then need to predict if the bookmaker has set that number too high or too low.

Of course, over the course of a snooker tourney, the number of frames in a match varies. For instance, in the World Grand Prix, the first round matches are played over a best-of-seven match, while the final is best of 19. We mention this purely because, with a total frames bet, you must understand the full number of frames played in your chosen game.

147 Breaks Betting

Snooker fans among you will already know that 147 is the maximum break that can be made in a frame of snooker. A 147 involves potting all 15 red balls followed by a black ball each time, along with all the colours in their proper order. As such, it is quite a rare achievement, far from guaranteed to happen in a match let alone a tournament.

In fact, there were only eight 147s documented in the 1980s, 26 in the 90s, and 35 in during the 2000s. Like a hole-in-one in golf (which is rarer) or a nine-darter in darts, you can bet on one of the players scoring this break in either a game between two players or the entire tournament.

History

The event’s inaugural run came in 2015, in the town of Llandudno in North Wales. The winner that year was Judd Trump after he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-7 in the final. Trump repeated his success four years later in Cheltenham, while O’Sullivan got his revenge when he won the trophy in 2018.

Shaun Murphy was the victor in 2016 when the event became a world-ranking tourney for the first time. In 2017, the tournament had relocated to the Guild Hall in Preston where Barry Hawkins beat Ryan Day 10-7 in the final. The World Grand Prix moved once again in 2019 when Cheltenham Racecourse became the venue of choice after the event had become one part of a trio of events that make up the Coral Cup.

2020 was an unusual year in that it had two iterations of the World Grand Prix. The first, which formed part of the 2019-20 season,was held in at Cheltenham's Centaur racecourse and saw Australian player Neil Robertson becoming the champion, defeating Scottish runner-up Graeme Dott 10-8.

The second was held in December 2020 and was part of the 2020-21 season. Here, Judd Trump regained his championship title, beating Jack Lisowski 10-7 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. December also saw Cazoo take over from Coral as the Players Cup sponsor — and it would remain so the following year.

The 2021 Grand Prix again took place in December. Held in Coventry, it ended with a clash between past champions, as Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated Neil Robertson 10-8 at the Coventry Building Society Arena, thrilling for all who watched World Grand Prix snooker on TV.

There was no World Grand Prix in 2022, the previous December's event having covered the 2021-22 snooker season. The 2023 Grand Prix, taking place in January, marks a return to the event being held at the start of the year rather than December.

Past Winners

YearChampionNationality
2021Ronnie O'SullivanEngland
2020 (December)Judd TrumpEngland
2020 (February)Neil RobertsonAustralia
2019Judd TrumpEngland
2018Ronnie O'SullivanEngland
2017Barry HawkinsEngland
2016Shaun MurphyEngland
2015Judd TrumpEngland
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    The player with the most maximums (147s) in professional snooker is Ronnie O'Sullivan with 15.

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    Stephen Hendry is second with 11.

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    Six time World Champion Steve Davis landed the first televised 147 in professional in 1982.

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    ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O'Sullivan bagged the fastest 147 break in snooker history at the 1997 World Championship, potting all the balls in five minutes and 20 seconds.

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    The youngest ever snooker world champion was 21-year-old Stephen Hendry in 1990.

As exciting as Grand Prix snooker may be for any punter, there are plenty of other tournaments held across the United Kingdom that also offer both spectacle and the opportunity to try your luck with betting sites. Here is a quick run-down of some of the events and their current champions, some of whom you might recognise from the current World Grand Prix line-up.

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    April 15th – May 1st 2023, the World Snooker Championship: The single longest-running championship in professional snooker and one of the three so-called “Triple Crown” events in the sport.

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    July 12th – July 16th 2023, the Scottish Open: This event is sponsored by Genesis and will take place at North Berwick's Renaissance club.

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    November 25th – December 23rd 2023, the UK Championship: Another Triple Crown event, the others being the World Snooker Championship and the Masters.

The governing body behind much of the modern snooker scene is the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. This organisation has a number of associated bodies, the most relevant to the present topic being the World Snooker Tour, which runs and administers both the ranking and non-ranking professional circuits of snooker. Other associated organisations are World Billiards, World Women's Snooker, and World Disability Billiards.

Not very old – it only began in 2015.

It is held at Cheltenham in an arena called The Centaur.

The World Snooker Tour has a media rights partnership with ITV that will last until at least 2024. This means that if you are based in the UK, then you will be able to watch not only the World Grand Prix but also the Champion of Champions, Players Championship, Tour Championship, and the British Open on ITV4, the ITV channel that covers sports.

For the 2022-3 season, the World Grand Prix has a total prize pool of £380,000. Of this, £100,000 will go to the winner. Of the other events in the Players series, the Players Championship has a prize pool of £385,000 (£125,000 for the winner), while the Tour Championship has a total prize pool of £380,000 (£150,000 for the winner). This means that the Players series has a combined prize pool of $1,145,000.

Having been around now for more than half a decade, the World Grand Prix has established itself as a fixture of the snooker landscape. Along with the other two events that make up the Players series, punters from around the world will be sure to add each year's Grand Prix to their calendar.

WRITTEN BY Matteo Ebejer View all posts by Matteo Ebejer

Hi, I'm Matteo, a writer who's passionate about all things sports. The typical weekend for me revolves around being glued to all things football on TV, ruining my Fantasy Premier League team, and getting off my lazy butt for a run.

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