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    How to bet on Snooker

    Snooker offers plenty of betting opportunities throughout the year. Snooker has expanded quickly globally and on top of the three major events there are now 8 other ranked events in countries such as Germany, and Australia as well as 5 in China. 13 Player Tour Championships (PTCs) are also opportunities for lower-ranked competitiors. Invitationals bring the best players of the world together with big prize-money involved. Interesting innovations include 'Snooker Shootouts' for those who can't wait to settle their bets!

    The Competitions

    Here is a list of the Top 3 tournaments (Triple Crown Events) in the world:

    World Championships: Played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, the biggest tournament in Snooker lasts 17 days. Matches are some of the longest (the final is played over the best of 35 frames). The best players in the world normally reserve their form for this competition.

     UK Championships: 2nd most important ranking tournament of the calender year. Established in 1977 the UK Championships attract the best snooker players

    The Masters: the most prestigious invitational in the world. Restricted to the Top 16 players in the world this is not a ranked event. The title holder is ranked No.1 whilst the World Champion is at No.2. The seeding then follows the order of world rankings.

    Key Factors

     Form: Not everyone can be at the top of their game all year round. If the top-ranked players are not firing on all cyclinders it can mean that those ranked outside of the Top 16 will obtain intriguing and backable odds. Very reliable qualifiers are encouraged to bet on.

    Rankings: Those outside of the Top 16 normally play in earmy year warm-up tournaments such as those in China and Australia to gain ranking points. Thus betting on outsiders in smaller events than those aforementioned is significant. But often this is not the case in the biggest tournaments. Here Snooker leaves little to surprise.

     The draw: Consulting a competiton's draw is advisable. Try to plan out combined odds all the way to the latter stages in something like a PTC series or World Championship. In addition look to those players whom have been playing well and seem to have a kind draw.

     Playing styles: Watch as many players as possible. Look out for players whom are building breaks consistenly early on in tournaments. These will seemingly be those in form competitiors. There are thoseplayers whom perform excellently in shorter matches, such as best of 9 frames. There are those that can hold concentration easier over longer periods.