Never before in its history has the venerable game of snooker enjoyed its present levels of popularity. While amateurs favour the pub game of pool, snooker is the ultimate test of skill in cue sports. Not only do avid television audiences around the world follow professional snooker, but it is also an important betting sport in the United Kingdom with plenty of free snooker bets on offer from bookies.
Professional snooker is regulated by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, which organizes the events comprising the World Snooker circuit. Players on the circuit compete for ranking points, and also attempt to qualify for the World Championship – the annual gathering of the world’s elite.
The Snooker Revolution
While the game of snooker has been popular with television audiences for decades, interest in live coverage of the game has only recently filtered through to overseas markets, including the Far East and Central Europe. Prize money has risen substantially over recent years, with the World Championship winner now taking home over £200,000.
The major events on the Professional Snooker Circuit are:
Due to the international interest in professional snooker tournaments, the game is well covered by the top bookmakers in the United Kingdom. The World Championship in particular receives excellent coverage, and it is not unusual for bonus-orientated bookmakers to offer some excellent money back offers on the matches in this event.
The most popular snooker betting options include:
Match Betting: The punter’s staple works for snooker too, with bookmakers offering odds on each player in a specific match. Handicap betting is a natural extension of snooker match betting, with bookmakers giving either player an advantage to level the odds.
Outright Betting: Outright snooker betting markets are open months in advance of some of the more popular snooker tournaments, allowing punters to cash in on generous ante-post prices. The large fields that contest these tournaments allow bookmakers to offer each-way bets, usually paying to second place.