The World Snooker Championship is the biggest, oldest and most prestigious tournament in World Snooker. It was first staged in 1927, and since 1968, has been exclusively held at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. In this article, we'll explore all you need to know about World Snooker Championship betting, including the latest odds, popular betting markets and more.
The governing body that organises this event is the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA). They have been in charge of the professional game since 1968, the same year that event permanently relocated to Sheffield. This is an annual ranking snooker competition and the third of the three Triple Crown events of the season after the UK Championship and the Masters.
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2021 World Snooker Championship Betting Tips, Odds & Predictions
The 2021 World Snooker Championship is set to take place from the 17th of April to the 3rd of May. We will add the latest odds closer to the start date of the tournament, together with our expert betting tips and predictions.
Popular World Snooker Championship Betting Markets
With a history that reaches back to India and the Gentleman’s Clubs of the British Officers, today snooker offers its many fans more than 40 events in a calendar year to enjoy. As you will probably have guessed, each of these events generates numerous and fantastic betting opportunities for outcomes that might develop when the players take to the baize. Below, we have listed the most popular betting markets for the World Snooker Championship for you take a gander at – and, while you're at it, don't forget to check out our detailed list of the best snooker betting sites to see which bookmaker serves your needs best!
Outright betting is a super simple bet, even for beginners to make. In order for this bet to win, there is nothing more required than your chosen selection winning outright on whichever market you have backed them in. If you have picked a player to win a match in the outright market, then all they need to do is win that match.
Outright betting also works with a tournament. If you are backing a player to win a competition, including the World Championship, then this would also be classified as an outright bet.
Player to Pot First Red
The first and only way to get the scores up and running in a game of snooker is to pot a red ball, which most professionals will do with their first break. This then, is essentially a first player to score bet, and will more than likely be the same player who breaks first. Of course, this isn’t guaranteed; the player might send the balls spreading out across the table instead of scoring. But, such is the skill level of the top professionals, that they will likely get a score with their very first shot – and if they do, and you’ve backed them to do so, well done! You’ll be quids in.
This is basically a prop bet where you are staking on a random occurrence happening in a game or tournament – in this case, a break of 147. A 147 is snooker’s maximum break, and involves potting all 15 red balls followed by a black ball every time, and then the correct colour sequence thereafter. Importantly, a player doesn’t need to make a 147 to win the frame, but when the point of no return has been breached, the player making the humongous break can choose to stay at the table and continue on in his or her pursuit of history.
For the Century Breaks betting market, bettors are required to place a bet on a match in which they think one of the two players competing will make a century break at any point during the match. This can either be hit by a nominated player or, like the prop bet above, has just to occur during the match, in which case it is irrelevant as to which of the two players hits the ton plus break.
Tournament Structure for the World Snooker Championship
The World Snooker Championship is, and has been since 1982, a knockout format tournament featuring 32 players. Play takes place over seventeen days and ends on the first Monday in May, known in the United Kingdom as May Day and the first recognised bank holiday Monday of the year. Matches in the first round are all played in two sessions during which 19 frames are contested. By the second round and quarter-finals, games have been lengthened to 25 frames and three sessions per match. When the last four players are left, we have reached the semi-finals, which are played over four sessions and the best of 33 frames, while the final is played over 35 frames.
History of the World Snooker Championship
The first snooker world championship was held back in 1927 at Thurston's Hall, Leicester Square in London, and was called the Professional Snooker Championship. Back then, ten professionals players took part, and matches were played over as little as 15 frames. In 1969, the tournament became a knockout event for the first time, having previously employed a challenge format in which players played each other to earn the right to challenge the Grandfather of Snooker, Joe Davis, in the final.
There have been quite a few changes in venue over the years. In 1950, the final moved to Blackpool Tower Circus, leaving London for the first time since 1934. In 1970 and 1975, the championships were held in Australia and in 1976 the event was split between two venues, Middlesbrough and Manchester. However, since 1977, the championships have been played exclusively at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and lasts over seventeen days, usually in late April and early May, with the final often coinciding with the British May bank holiday.
Past Winners of the World Snooker Championship
World Snooker Championship Key Stats
- The most successful player at the World Snooker Championship is Joe Davis, who won fifteen consecutive titles between 1927 and 1946, although this was under a challenge format.
- Ray Reardon won the championship for the sixth time at 45 years, making him the oldest ever World Champion.
- Stephen Hendry became the youngest World Snooker Champion when he won the event for the first time in 1990 aged just 21.
- Stephen Hendry’s 16 centuries during the 2002 championships remains a record for the most tons by one player in a tournament.
World Snooker Championship FAQs
〽️ Is the World Championship a ranking event?
Oh yes, very much so. This is a WPBSA ranking event and, what’s more, snooker’s most prestigious event.
⭕️ How much is the prize fund then?
The total prize pool is upwards of £2 million with £500,000 set aside for the winner.
❌ How old are the World Championships?
Very old - almost 100! They started back in 1927.
❔ Where are the World Championships held?
Since 1968, the Snooker World Championships have famously been held in the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Yorkshire in England.
➕ Can we bet in-play on this event?
Yes, bookmakers will be running live and real-time markets on the World Championship.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
Watched over by a global audience of more than 300 million, the Snooker World Championships, sponsored by Betfred, is the biggest and most illustrious tournament in world snooker. Taking place each year at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, the World Championships make up the third part of the Snooker Triple Crown after the UK Championship and the Masters. This, though, dwarfs the pair of them, offering the biggest prize pool in the game and a chance to go down in snooker legend forever.