The Snooker Masters, currently sponsored by Dafabet, is one of the oldest and most popular snooker tournaments and in 2018 it is going to be held between January 14 and 21, at Alexandra Palace in London. The tournament was established in 1975 and it is a non-ranking event. Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the Masters 7 times and he also is the current champion. It is clear that O’Sullivan will attempt to retain the title, and enter 2019 as a reigning champion, but there are serious contenders.
There are sixteen participants who compete to reach the final and eventually win the Masters. The format is knockout, the last 16, the quarter-finals and the semi-finals are played in a best of eleven (frames) format, whereas the final is played in a best of 19 format. The first 8 ranked players were allocated fixed positions, whereas the remaining contenders entered a draw where they were paired with one of the favourites.
The total prize pool is £600,000 where the winner is set to receive a total of £200,000, and the runner-up £90,000. Bookmakers are currently offering betting options both for outright betting, as well as par individual ‘last 16’ matches.
At EnergyBet you can place wagers on the outcome of the tournament as a whole, as well as the individual games. Ronnie O’Sullivan is the favourite and the outright odds for him to win are set at 53/20. His fellow countryman, Mark Selby is rated second at 37/10, and a third Englishman – Judd Trump is at 63/10. Scotsman John Higgins’s odds are valued at 42/5 and the odds for the other players are significantly lower, with McGill, Liang Wenbo and Ryan Day all at 69/1 odds.
You may also bet on whether a player is going to reach the final and the odds for O’Sullivan to do so are set at 5/4, Selby’s odds are 2/1 and the odds for Trump are 3/1. You may also bet on imaginary matchups between the favourites and you can try to guess the nationality of the tournament winner. Understandably, the odds for an Englishman to win the tournament are quite low – 7/20, whereas the odds for a Scotsman to win are 73/10.
If you think that O’Sullivan will win you will receive additional £2.2 for every quid that you wager, and if you are thinking that Selby will challenge the title you can place a wager at 17/4 and so on.
If you think that a player from the first quarter (which includes O’Sullivan) is going to win the title, you can place this bet at 13/8 odds, whereas the odds for the second quarter are 4/1. The odds for the third and the fourth quarter are 11/4 and 5/2 respectively. Furthermore you can also bet on which individual player is going to progress to the semi-finals and you may also bet on the nationality of the winner.
The range of betting options for the Snooker Masters at SportsNation is very diverse. The odds for the current title holder to win are 12/5, slightly higher than what most other bookies offer. However, the odds for Selby to win are somewhat lower at 4/1. Then you have Trump at 6/1 and Higgins at 8/1. The highest odds are 66/1 for McGill, Carter and Wenbo and these odds are rather lower than the odds offered by other operators.
You may also bet on the 8 individual matches that take place in the period between the 14th and the 17th. The odds for Selby to win against Williams are 4/9, whereas the odds for O’Sullivan to win against Fu are 4/17. You can also bet on the exact result by which a player is going to win. All in all, it can be concluded that SportNation offers by far the widest range of markets.
At BetBright you can bet on the outright winner, on whether a player is going to reach the final, as well as who is going to win their respective quarter and which quarter will the winner come from. If you’re looking to place an outright bet, the odds for O’Sullivan are 5/2, and the odds for Selby are 9/2. Trump, Higgins, Junhui and Murphy are at 6/1, 8/1, 10/1 and 12/1 respectively.
If you like to bet that O’Sullivan will reach the final you can do it at odds 5/4 and for Selby the odds are 2/1, identical as the odds offered by EnergyBet. The odds for winning quarter are 13/8 for the first, 7/2 for the second and tied at 3/1 for the third and the fourth.