Snooker Bets

Snooker BetsBookmakers are always looking to create new markets to make things more appealing to fans of betting on snooker and seeking to differentiate themselves from their rivals. Even the outright odds can be spiced up by accumulators or handicaps. Making money betting on snooker has never been so easy, nor so much fun, and the following markets all bring chances to make a profit as the best snooker has to offer take to the green baize.

Outright Betting

The outright betting market is by far the most common, and has appeal for all types of snooker bettor. From fair weather fans wagering on a major tournament once or twice a year, through to the seasoned punters looking to make a tidy profit from the week’s snooker action, this market is far and away the most popular.

Quite simply, customers bet on the player they think will win a given tournament. The odds change as the tournament goes on and players are eliminated, so it is best to act early when the odds are as long as possible. Of course, an alternative option is to wait and see how a player’s form is looking, although most punters usually place their bets before the tournament begins.

The tournament bracket (or draw) is worth keeping an eye on. If your choice happens to be playing the first seed before the final, or are in the path of the ever-dangerous O’Sullivan, their odds will lengthen but their chances of winning will diminish. Picking a player in a quarter of the draw where plenty of shocks are possible makes their path tougher, but should they progress they would be well worth the longer odds. Recent form and previous performances at the tournament in question are both important, as punters who do their research are almost always rewarded.

The draw can also be very useful when considering an each way bet (each way wagers pay out at half the odds if a player makes the final). You may doubt a player’s potential to actually win an event, but with a favourable draw there can sometimes be good value backing an outsider each way.

Match Betting

Another of the more common markets is match betting, in which customers bet on the player they think will win an individual match. This market is definitely one to watch if you like backing an underdog, especially in shorter (in terms of frames) matches. Whilst it may be difficult for an outsider to go all the way and win a tournament, in a single game they have a very real chance of causing an upset if they hit a purple patch or their opponent is having a bad day.

In general, where to players are evenly matched the odds for both will be around even money. In contrast, if a qualifier is playing a big gun the favourite will be 1/6, 1/10 or perhaps even shorter, with the outsider priced at odds that will always tempt some in what is a two-horse race.

Indeed, backing an outsider can often be a lucrative ploy in the early rounds of a big tournament. If the less fancied player has had to go through qualifiers even to make the first round they can sometimes offer real value. By definition of having progressed through qualification their form must be at least half-decent, whilst their game is at full match sharpness. Plenty of favourites have been beaten in the first round at The Crucible so keep your eyes peeled for those value dark horses.

As snooker matches take a lot of time and momentum can shift quite quickly, the in-play match markets can provide plenty of excitement and ever-shifting odds. Backing a favourite in a match becomes much more lucrative if they happen to fall a few frames behind.

An alternative way to make things more interesting is by combining a number of match bets to make an accumulator. This will multiply the odds but, of course, the bet then relies on a handful of results rather than one, meaning one player could end up putting a spanner in the collective works.

Frame Betting

More specific than match betting is the frame betting market, where punters can put money on which player they think will win the next frame. The player who breaks is more likely to win the frame, but even the smallest mistake can see them frozen out as their opponent racks up a big break. Frame betting provides a short-term fix and more immediate reward as opposed to tournament or match betting, but it will rarely offer particularly long odds. Betting on a number of frames across one match or more can offer a decent cumulative profit.

When backing the frame winner, momentum and confidence can be key. However, as one player nears the winning line, the pressure on them can sometimes turn things around. If a player is several frames behind they have nothing to lose and may play with greater freedom, whilst their opponent suddenly has everything to lose and may tighten up. It’s often said that the hardest frame to win in snooker is the final one and that can often throw up some good value in the frame betting.

Handicap Betting

To make things more interesting when betting on matches, handicap betting can add an advantage to underdogs or a disadvantage to the favourites to even out the tie. If a +3.5 frame handicap is given to a player, 3.5 frames are added to the total number they win in the game. Therefore, if they lose 11-8, they would win the bet thanks to their handicap. Likewise, if a -5.5 handicap was given to a favourite, an 11-5 victory would see them win, while an 11-6 would provide joy only to the player and not the punter. A handicap could provide some tense moments if you bet on a player whose fate may already be all-but sealed. They may be a long way behind but still very much in with landing your wager and so every frame, even in defeat, still counts.

Number of Centuries

For those not clued up on snooker terminology, a ‘break’ is the score a player accumulates in a visit to the table before yielding to their opponent by either missing the pot or committing a foul. Big breaks win frames, but as in other sports such as cricket, players are aiming for the century.

Scoring 100 or more in a visit has become less of a rarity – 86 were scored at the last World Championship, a new record – but it is still an achievement when a player racks up a ton. Bookmakers will offer odds on whether there will be a century in the match, or, with much longer odds, the frame. You can also bet over or under a certain number of centuries for a given game or the entire tournament.

Correct Score

Match odds make for a very common market that simply requires picking a winner, but if you want longer odds and a more intriguing bet, the correct score market demands not just the choice of winner but the margin they will win by. The market demands perfection, meaning a twist of fate in the final frame could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, or vice-versa. Betting on a correct score can be more exciting and tense than the more common markets but equally it is a bet that can come a cropper very easily too.

Other Snooker Bets

As well as all of the aforementioned markets, bookmakers offer plenty more markets, with plenty more tournament, match and frame odds. Most of the following are regularly available at major tournaments from all bookmakers, though some may only be available with selected bookies and/or for the very biggest events.

To Reach the Final

If betting on an outright winner seems too risky, or you believe a player could go all the way but are less certain that they will leap the final hurdle, you can bet on a player reaching the final. Naturally, the odds will be shorter than betting on an outright win, but it pays off when backing a player not expected to make the final and is a good alternative to an each way punt.

To Win the Quarter

The way draws work for snooker tournaments, with brackets deciding each player’s route from the offset, the tournament can be split in betting terms into four quarters, each of which will feature one of the top four seeds and one of seeds 5-8. Many bookmakers will offer odds on players winning their respective quarters. As the bet is essentially backing a player to reach the semi-finals, the odds are shorter than outright odds and the odds of reaching the final. Again, it works well for outsiders who have the quality to at least make the final four.

Highest Break

The century break market offers customers the chance to bet on a high break, but with the highest break market, it does not matter whether a 147 or a 47 scoops the prize. It is as simple as betting which player will claim the highest break during the entire event. The market can be specific to one match or an entire tournament, with the odds longer for the latter as players take on the rest of the field.

First Colour Potted

Though the first ball that must be potted is the red, following it comes the opportunity to pot the yellow, green, brown, blue, pink or black. With the first colour potted market, there are six options and an opportunity to make some money from the opening minute of the match. Statistically, players will chase the black or the pink most, though a tricky lie or good positioning for another colour may force them to change their approach.

Number of Frames in the Match

Another market to which strategy or statistics mean very little, punters make a wager on the number of frames that will be played during the match. It is quite rare that the bare minimum or maximum number of frames will be played in a game, but apart from that it is hard to do anything but guess.

Specials

Bookmakers will offer a wide range of specials when the major tournaments come up, and they may vary. One special that all bookies will offer odds on is the most special achievement of all, the 147 break. 147 is the biggest break possible in snooker, and has only happened a handful of times at the World Championship, although more regularly over the last 20 years or so. The odds are of course long, but worth a flutter if a player is on a hot streak.