The 2017 Masters takes place between the 15th and 22nd of January at the Alexandra Palace.
The top 16 players are invited to participate, with the defending Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan seeded first, and the World Champion Mark Selby seeded second.
Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the masters three times, equalling Stephen Hendry with the most wins. Therefore if he is to win the 2017 Masters, he will make the record books.
He is the narrow favourite to do so, with odds of 3.50, versus Mark Selby at 4.00. He won his opening game versus Liang Wenbo and will face Neil Robertson in the quarter finals on Thursday 19th. Mark Selby plays Mark Williams later today. Having just won the UK Championship, Mark Selby will be a strong contender, and the nature of the seeding system means that he will not face Ronnie O’Sullivan before the final.
Because it’s the world’s top players, there are no easy games, and the significant prize fund of £200,000 will ensure some cracking games.
Where to watch the Masters live on TV
All of the Masters games are shown live on the BBC, and additionally on Eurosport.
The afternoon sessions are shown on BBC2, and should the coverage be interrupted by other programming, then views will need to press the red button in order to watch it. This is the case for all of the evening sessions. BBC viewers need to press the red button in order to watch the Masters.
Because it is being shown on BBC, it means you can also stream it live through BBC iPlayer. To do so, you will need a TV licence. If you don’t have a TV license, and still want to stream it, it is possible to do so for free with Bet 365, providing you have funds in your account.
Masters Betting Odds
With a few players already knocked out of the competition, here are the odds as of Jan the 18th for the outright winner:
- Ronnie O’Sullivan – 3.50
- Mark Selby – 4.00
- Neil Robertson – 7.00
- Ding Dunjui – 7.50
- Marco Fu – 10.00
- Mark Allen – 15.00
- Shaun Murphy – 17.00
- Joe Perry – 26.00
- Barry Hawkins – 26.00
- Mark Williams – 51.00
Masters Betting Offers
There are not many betting offers available for the Masters. It’s possible that the bookmakers will introduce more offers specifically for the final.
- Free £20 bet if there is a 147 – 10Bet are running one of the few promotions for the Masters. If your bet for a match loses, but there is a 147, 10Bet will give you a free £20 bet. It’s worth knowing though that there have only been three maximum breaks in the history of the tournament. That being said, Ding came very close, potting 15 reds and 15 blacks, but failing on the yellow.
- Accumulators – 10Bet and Betfair have accumulator offers, which extend to snooker and therefore the Masters, if you’re looking to bet a multiple.