Read our preview to find out what existing customer betting offers are available for the World Snooker Championship, and who is the favourite to win according to the bookmakers.
The tournament starts on Sat 21st of April. The final will be on the Sun 6th and Mon 7th of May.
It 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.
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 & quarterfinals – Best of 25 frames (three sessions)
- Semifinal – Best of 33 frames (four sessions)
- Final – Best of 35 frames (five sessions)
Mark Selby won the tournament last year. and will be looking to defend his title to make it three times in the row. If he is successful in doing so, it will be the first time a player has done it since Stephen Hendry 22 years ago.
Ronnie O’Sullivan starts as the favourite, will be chasing his sixth title this season. He is the bookmaker’s favourite for the tournament and it’s easy to see why given his form. He has already won the English Open, Shanghai Masters, UK Championship, World Grand Prix and Players Championship this season.
In the opening round, he faces Stephen Maguire, a player he once dubbed a star of the future who would dominate snooker. Stephen Maguire has not quite lived up to that prophecy but will provide Ronnie O’Sullivan with a challenging opener.
Mark Selby’s form hasn’t matched Ronnie O’Sullivan but he has a good track record of performing consistently over the 17 days. Something that critics would suggest he does better at than Ronnie O’Sullivan.
His form has however improved, and he looked robust at the China Open, a tournament which he won, dismissing Barry Hawkins in the final. We will see if he has peaked perfectly for the Crucible.
2018 World Championship Betting Offers
Some offers require bets to be put down prior to the tournament starting on Saturday. Otherwise, there are quite a few offers for existing customers this year. You can see all the offers on our snooker offers page.
- Sunbets – Only until midnight on Friday 20th April. Back £10 on any tournament winner, and if Ronnie o’ Sullivan wins, then Sunbets will refund your losing bet as cash.
- Betfred – Place £20 on the outright tournament winner market before it begins, and Betfred will give you a £2 free bet for each century they score.
- Sunbets – Bet £20 on a player to win any match during the Snooker World Championship and get a £2 free bet for each century they score.
- Boylesports – Boylesports are paying double winnings on all matches in the World Snooker Championship if there is a century scored in the final frame. Extra winnings are paid as a free bet with a max stake of £20 and max payout of £500.
- Betway – Betway is giving money back on losing match winner and frame winner bets when there is a 100+ break in the final frame. Paid as a free bet up to £25.
How To Watch The Snooker World Championship The UK
The BBC has the rights to the Snooker World Championship.
You can see coverage via BBC One, BBC Two, the Red Button, iPlayer and connected TVs and online.
All matches are available to watch, but you will need to visit the BBC website to see which ones are on TV, and which ones may require alternative viewing options.
Snooker World Championship Outright Winner Betting Odds
Perhaps it is the length of the tournament has made it more predictable than others. Five of the last six titles have gone to either of these players. Bookmakers think that will happen again, with Ronnie O’Sullivan the favourite, with slightly longer odds available for Mark Selby. Odds are supplied by 10Bet and are accurate at time of publishing.
- Ronnie O’Sullivan – 2.95
- Mark Selby – 4.45
- Judd Trump – 8.25
- John Higgins – 11.75
- Ding Junhui – 12.50
- Neil Robertson – 16.75
- Barry Hawkins – 22.75
- Mark Williams – 22.75
- Shaun Murphy – 22.75
- Mark Allen – 28.50