Betting Odds for Snooker World Championship 2019
Organized by the World Snooker Association, the Snooker World Championship is the premier ranking event in the sport. Established in 1927, it is the most prestigious and richest tournament in snooker. The inaugural tournament was known as Professional Snooker Championship and was won by the legendary Joe Davis. Davis went on to win the first 15 editions before retiring in 1946.
During the 1950s, the popularity of the tournament declined. It was still held unofficially until 1956 when format changes were introduced. In this period, the tournament was played on a challenge basis before reverting to a knock-out format again in 1969. The popularity of the tournament was revived in the 1970s when it found its new forever home in the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
Since then, the Snooker World Championship became the main ranking event in the world of snooker. With a prize purse of £1,968,000 in 2018, the tournament is also among the richest in the sport. Played in May over a period of 17 days, the Snooker World Championship puts the best snooker players in the world against each other.
The absolute leader in terms of titles is Joe Davis with 15 titles. That came before the modern era, however. In the modern era, Stephen Hendry is on top of the list with 7 wins, followed by Ray Reardon and Steve Davies with 6. Ronnie O’Sullivan has 5 titles.
Last year, Mark Williams won his 3rd Snooker World Championship title. Although there’s still time before the tournament begins, snooker betting fans will be pleased to know that the odds at bookies are already out.
Is It Time for a New O’Sullivan Title?
Even if you’re not a snooker fan, you’ve surely heard of Ronnie O’Sullivan. The Rocket is arguably the best snooker player ever. Second only to Stephen Hendry in terms of titles, there’s genuine belief that O’Sullivan will surpass the Scottish Maestro. This year’s Crucible gives The Rocket a chance to move within one title of Hendry’s record.
With 5 titles behind his name, O’Sullivan has failed to win the Snooker World Championship in recent years. His most recent win came in 2013 when he defeated Ali Carter in the final. He lost to Mark Selby the next year and it all went downhill from there. This year, however, experts and bookies believe it’s finally time for a new O’Sullivan title which will bring him closer to Hendry’s overall and Crucible record.
O’Sullivan’s odds to win the 2019 edition of the World Snooker Championship stand at 3/1 at BetEast, Fun88, 10Bet, and BetVision. Taking into account his great form in the past year, O’Sullivan’s odds are not surprising at all. They are great from a punter’s point of view as well.
Placing a stake on The Rocket will bring you a 4x return should he win. That’s a great payout, so if you think that The Rocket will be crowned world snooker champion once again, don’t hesitate to bet on him.
Can Mark Selby Ruin O’Sullivan’s Plans?
In recent years, Mark Selby has dominated the World Snooker Championship. With three wins in 4 years (2014, 2016, and 2017), Selby proved himself as a true champion. After his shocking exit in the first round last year, Selby is poised to win the tournament for the fourth time. He’ll surely give his best to erase last year’s mistake and will undoubtedly try to reach the final and win the tournament for the 4th time in his career.
Of course, the road to the final will not be easy. Selby will have his work cut out for him, and he’ll surely need to be in the right mental state to overcome last year’s slip up. Bookies are sure that he can mount a challenge, putting him right behind The Rocket on the favourite list. BetEast, BetVision, 10Bet, and Fun88 are all giving him odds of 9/2. That’s dangerously close to Ronnie O’Sullivan and a true indicator of how dangerous a player Selby really is.
If you believe that Selby can rain on O’Sullivan’s parade, you might win a nice amount should the Englishman win. If you’re really smart, you’ll back them up both and raise your chances of earning a nice sum of money.
Can Judd Trump Win His First Title?
English snooker player Judd Trump is set as a third favourite for the Snooker World Championship, which is a bit surprising for many snooker fans. A World Snooker Championship finalist in 2011, Judd Trump has failed to make waves in the World Snooker Championship later. Still, he’s a great player and a former world number one who never gives up without a fight.
This year, bookies believe that Judd Trump can be a threat to O’Sullivan and Selby, making him a third favourite. He’s available for 15/2 at BetVision, BetEast, Fun88, and 10Bet. Those odds are quite alright if you ask us, even though it’s obvious that O’Sullivan and Selby are still the main favourites.
When Trump plays to the best of his best abilities, he can defeat anyone. So, if you were planning to bet on the outright winner, consider your options carefully. Trump’s odds are not to be overlooked.
Can John Higgins Win?
John Higgins is a snooker player who will go down in history as one of the greats. With 30 ranking titles behind his name, he trails no one but Hendry and O’Sullivan. He’s also the fifth player with most titles (4) in the World Snooker Championship. He has 3 losses in the finals as well, two of them coming in the last 2 years.
It’s clear that whatever happens, Higgins will be among those who reach the last phases of the tournament. He’s been unlucky to lose last year’s final and he’s surely raring to give it another try. His titles speak for themselves, and even though he’s a dark horse favourite, he shouldn’t be quickly dismissed.
Higgins is currently available for 11/1 at BetVision, Fun88, 10Bet, and BetEast. Betting on him will make you a big winner if he ends up becoming a world snooker champion for the fifth time in his career. At those odds and considering his previous performances, it’s a risk worth taking.
Where Does Mark Williams Rank?
Bookies haven’t been kind to defending champion Mark Williams this year. The three-time world champion is pushed down the list with odds of 14/1 with a total of six players ahead of him. Even Kyren Wilson (12/1) and Ding Junhui (14/1) are being given bigger chances to win, making Williams an afterthought.
However, not even snooker tips experts expected Williams to win last year’s final and he still beat John Higgins. When placing a bet on the outright winner of the tournament, have this in mind.