Snooker World Grand Prix Betting Guide (2020)
The World Grand Prix is an annual professional snooker tournament held by the WPBSA. This world ranking tournament started out in 2015 originally in Llandudno, Wales but in 2019 was relocated to the Centaur Room at the world famous Cheltenham Racecourse.
The World Grand Prix features the top 32 players of the season so far to compete for the title and its £100,000 winner’s cheque. Since 2019, the Grand Prix has been part of the wider Coral Cup, which is made up of three separate tournaments, the Coral World Grand Prix, the Coral Players Championship and the Coral Tour Championship all of which will be concluded before the end of March each year.
Table of Content:
- Snooker World Grand Prix 2020 Betting Tips
- Snooker Explained
- Popular Bets for Snooker World Grand Prix
- Tournament Structure
- ThePuntersPage Final Say & Predictions
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Snooker World Grand Prix 2020 Betting Tips
This week, Judd Trump defends his World Grand Prix title fresh off the back from winning the German Masters last week. Understandingly then, Trump leads the betting and is 7/2 pretty much across the board. He will surely face a strong challenge however from Ronnie O'Sullivan who returns from short, self-imposed break. Arguably the greatest snooker player of all time begins his challenge at Cheltenham Racecourse with a best price of 9/2 with Paddy Power. While some question Ronnie’s continuing desire after all these years, he was looking good before Christmas and won two of the three Coral series events last term with only the Grand Prix eluding him. Despite only winning one event so far this season and skipping the Masters in January, he should be sufficiently refreshed and would certainly not surprise anyone with a win here.
Neil Robertson will also be expected to go deep after coming second in Germany a week ago. The Aussie is 11/2 with Unibet which is as good as his betting gets. Remember too, that his draw has been kinder than that of the favourite Trump who has been grouped with John Higgins, Kyren Wilson and Jack Lisowski. As for Higgins, he can be backed for 22/1 at Boyle Sports, while Wilson is 40/1 at Ladbrokes and Lisowski 66/1 also with Boyle Sports.
In this elite event, restricted to the top-32 in the one year rankings, there are no easy games so Masters champ Stuart Bingham cannot be ignored especially given his 33/1 at 888sport. For those interested, Shaun Murphy’s best price is 14/1 with Betfred. The Chinese challenge will come from Yan Bingtao, Zhao Xintong and Ding Junhui who will surely provide the main threat. Ding backers can get 25/1 on their man from Coral, while Bingtao is 80/1 pretty much everywhere you care to look and Xintong is 100/1 with William Hill.
The tournament gathers together the top 32 performers on the circuit so far this season. The number one seed, Mark Allen will certainly be one to watch as will Mark Selby, seeded third. Judd Trump won the title in Cheltenham in 2019, beating Ali Carter 10-6 in the final and both players will return this year. In 2018, the tournament was won by Ronnie O’Sullivan who beat Ding Junhui 10-3 in the final and again both players will be back for the 2020 edition. O’Sullivan has been installed as second seed, while Trump has been seeded sixth in the 32 man line up.
Snooker is growing as an international sport, enjoying something of a boom in China and the Far East. It is also becoming increasingly popular to bet on, offering many different betting opportunities. The game is played in frames in the same way that other sports are played in sets or legs. The player who wins the most frames, wins the match and frames are won according to the following points scoring.
Players score one point for potting a red after which they must choose a ball of any colour, save for another red, for their next shot. Should they pot their chosen ball, they must once again turn their attention back to the reds and hopefully pot another. Then, once more they must nominate the most conveniently placed coloured ball and hope to get that away. Should the player not pot a ball on his or her turn, their play is over while their opponent has a turn.
This carries on until all the reds are downed, with each potted coloured ball returned to its proper place on the table each time. Once the red balls have all gone the players must clear the table by potting the coloured balls in the correct order until they achieve a score that cannot be overcome, in which case they win the frame, or until all the balls have been cleared finishing with the black. The black ball is worth seven followed in value by the pink which is worth six points. The blue is worth five, the brown four, green three and yellow two.
Popular Bets for Snooker World Grand Prix
So, 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 future 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 UK Snooker Championship.
Match betting is another very straight forward bet to make and thus very popular also. 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, plus all the colours in their proper order too. 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 1980’s, 26 in the 90’s and 35 in during the 2000’s. 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 to players or the entire tournament.
The Coral World Grand Prix runs for six days, normally in early February in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire at the world famous racecourse. A combination of television coverage money plus sponsorship funds from the online bookmaker Coral, allows the tournament to offer a total prizepool of £375,000, £100,000 of which is dedicated to winner, who in 2019 was Englishman Judd Trump.
The tournament works by running all early matches as best of seven frames contests before growing to best of nine for the quarter finals. By the semi-finals, the games stretch to best of 11 frames but by the time we reach Sunday’s final, the match takes place over the best of 19 frames. The tournament is purely elimination based and referred to as knockout.
Since 2019, the tournament has been part of Coral Cup. The Coral Cup is made up of three separate tournaments; the Coral World Grand Prix, the Coral Players Championship and the Coral Tour Championship. All three of these tournaments are prestigious enough in their own right with prize monies of £100,000, £125,000 and £150,000 respectively.
Collectively however, when won they make up the Coral Cup for which Coral will round up the prize from £375,000 to a whopping £500,000 which the winner receives along with the Coral Cup trophy itself. Qualification differs for each competition and is based on that year’s World Snooker ranking lists. For the first event, The Grand Prix, players need to be in the top 32 in order to qualify, while the Players Championship in Preston is contested by the top 16 but only the top eight will make it to Tour Championship at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales.
The Venue Cymru in Llandudno, home to the third leg of the Coral Cup, The Tour Championship, was the first ever home for the World Grand Prix. Since 2019, the tournament, which had also previously been staged at the Preston Guild Hall, has been held at the Centaur Room at Cheltenham Racecourse.
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.
Key Stats for Snooker
• The player with the most maximums (147s) in professional snooker is Ronnie O'Sullivan with 15
• Stephen Hendry is second with 11
• Six time World Champion Steve Davis landed the first televised 147 in professional in 1982
• ‘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
• The youngest ever snooker world champion was 21-year-old Stephen Hendry in 1990
How old is the World Grand Prix?
Not very old actually, it only began in 2015.
Where is the World Grand Prix staged?
It is staged at Cheltenham in an arena called The Centaur.
Isn’t there a racecourse there?
Yes, a very famous one and The Centaur is actually part of the racecourse, home to the world famous Cheltenham Festival.
Is the betting as good and as varied as the festival?
Absolutely, there are loads of ways to bet on snooker from tournament and match outrights, over and under frame betting, maximum breaks and many more.
You didn’t mention handicap betting, is this available for snooker?
Yes it is! Bookmakers will try and even things out with a handicap or two.
ThePuntersPage Final Say & Predictions
While this might indeed be a relatively new event for the snooker community, it has, over its short lifespan, established itself as a tournament of reputable pedigree. This is also helped by the fact that it makes up one third of the Coral Cup, for which no one had ever been crowned victor. Could we see that change anytime soon? It’s certainly an exciting question to ponder but so too is predicting who might lift the World Grand Prix. Will it be a new name on the cup this year or a familiar face joining Judd Trump as a two-time winner. Or, will Trump secure a third term as champion? There certainly is a lot to ponder as we eagerly await this year’s staging of Snooker’s World Grand Prix.
Personally, I think Neil Robertson, who should benefit from the kindest draw, could well lift the cup this year. The Aussie is playing at the top of his game right now and was so, so close to success at the Tempodrom in Berlin a week ago. While he was bettered in the high quality final by Judd Trump, something we cannot rule out happening again, it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see the man from Melbourne win this, the first stage of The Coral Series in 2020.