Unlike sports such as Football or Rugby which are often played at a frantic pace, snooker is a sport which requires a lot of patience, in regards to both the players themselves and the spectators. It's a sport which is played at a very slow tempo but one that oozes sophistication. The amount of accuracy and precision required to play at the very top is incredible and for a sport which looks fairly easy on the eye, it's a damn sight harder to play.
Snooker is a bit like tennis. It goes on all around the world but those in the UK only really get gripped with the sport once a year when The World Championships come to the Crucible in Sheffield or the UK Championships, or the Masters roll around into the spotlight in their annual cycles.
There are plenty of snooker tournaments around, however, there are only a select few which really matter. There are currently eight ranking tournaments which allow players to boost their current ranking points tally. These eight tournaments are the ones every player wants to win, as not only do they come with a hat full of ranking points but also a nice wedge of cash as a reward.
Most bookies and exchanges will feature many snooker markets whenever the major events take to the stage. The World Championship tends to attract the most attention with the punters. Like most tournaments, a lot of market support will come in for the outright markets, just taking a straightforward punt on who will win the tournament outright. Snooker betting really doesn't have a lot of dominance in it, and therefore fields are pretty competitive and wide open, leaving some attractive prices hanging around. So never dismiss options such as each way bet on a snooker tournament winner, or break the event down by backing certain players to reach the Quarter Finals.
Most firms will also have in-play markets for most matches shown live on TV with a wide array of markets for you to choose from. This can include frame totals and is a great extra tool to have in your snooker betting repertoire.
Popular Snooker Betting Markets
Tournament's highest Break
Highest Break of the match
First ball potted
Snooker Betting Advice
Form - Analyse the form of the player. Just like any other sport, confidence is huge. If a player has won his last couple of matches or comes into a tournament with another tournament victory behind him then he will be buoyed by his recent success and should be at the top of his game.
Head-to-head - Take a look at the players head-to-head records when they come up against each other. Some players tend to play their best snooker when they face the very best while some can lose concentration against some of the lesser known players and this fact can often show up in their head-to-head records.
Age - As players become old they start to lose their concentration and coordination. This plays a part in snooker as it's evident when you watch some of the former greats like Stephen Hendry still competing to this very day. When they were in their peak, they were winning tournaments right, left and centre, but the of lack consistency does creep into their games.
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