The 2017 World Championship will take place between 15th April and 1st May at The Crucible Theatre.
The World Championship spans 17 gruelling days, and such is the length of the tournament that the winner will need to show good, consistent form over a long period of time.
The format of the World Championship is a knockout tournament, consisting of 32 players. The top 16 reach the final stages automatically, while the remaining 16 are formed from qualifying stages. As the tournament progresses, the frames rack up through to the final where it is the best of 35 frames:
- First round – Best of 19 frames (two sessions)
- Second round & quarter finals – Best of 25 frames (three sessions)
- Semi final – Best of 33 frames (four sessions)
- Final – Best of 35 frames (five sessions)
Mark Selby will be defending his title after beating Ding Junhui in the final last year. The Leicester fan won the tournament just hours after Leicester were confirmed Premier League champions last year, but he will be looking to avoid the painful follow up his football team have endured.
He has had a good season, picking up four titles, including the China Open. He broke the Crucible Curse (no first time champion had successfully retained their title the following year since the tournament moved to the Crucible), and now he will be looking to change history again. No one has ever won the World Championship following winning the China Open. We’re now a few days into the tournament. Selby started strongly, thrashing Fergal O’Brien 10-2, so if it certainly looks feasible.
This year however is regarded as the most open in many tournaments so he will face competition from multiple fronts. There are lots of players in form who will challenge him, and furthermore the days of Ronnie O’Sullivan likely to win if he finds form is no longer a given. Trump initially started the tournament favourite, and will be looking to break his crucible duck.
How To Watch The Snooker World Championship The UK
The BBC have the rights for the World Championship, and recently extended the deal for another two years. Whilst they have extensive coverage for the tournament, such is the length and duration of it, that it’s not possible to show it all on BBC2 without having to press the red button. This is how you’ll be able to watch the majority of the evening sessions.
If for whatever reason you don’t want to watch the BBC coverage, then you can also watch it on Eurosport on Sky.
2017 World Championship Betting Odds
Defending champion Mark Selby was favourite at time of writing. His odds were a little longer at the beginning of the tournament as a consequence of his difficult run in. However, having demonstrated good form in his opening match, they have now shortened.
- Selby – 4.50
- Trump – 4.50
- O’Sullivan – 5.50
- Junhui – 11.00
- Higgins – 13.00
- Robertson – 13.00
- Hawkins – 15.00
- Murphy – 19.00
- Fu – 19.00
- Bingham – 21.00
2017 World Championship Betting Offers
There are less betting offers available this year versus 2016, but there are some headline offers for existing customers looking to bet on the World Championship.
- 10Bet – Back a player to win the 2017 World Championship, and if he is knocked out, 10Bet will give you a £5 refund for every century that player scores during the tournament.
- Paddy Power – This offer is available for all games. Back a pre-match bet on a player to win, and if they lose in a final frame decider, Paddy Power will give you money back as a free bet up to £20.
- Betred – Betfred are the sponsors of the tournament, and they have the same offer as Paddy Power. but with a slightly bigger refund. Back a player to win before the game starts, and if they lose in a final frame decider, then Betfred will refund your losing stake as a free bet up to £25.
- 888sport – Place five or more £10 bets, either prematch or in-play on the World Championship, and 888sport will give you a token to receive double winnings on your next bet. There is however a maximum bet of £5 which the token can then be used for. This is a pretty standard offer for 888sport which they roll out for different large sporting events.