Starting on the 6th, and running through to the 12th of Feb, 32 of the world’s top players will be competing in the 2017 World Grand Prix.
Players qualify for the tournament based on one year rankings, commencing from the 2016 Riga Masters until the 2017 German Masters.
There is a total prize fund of £300,000 available, with the winner scooping £100,000. There is a rolling prize fund of £5,000 for a maximum 147. It’ll rollover to each televised tournament until it is won. However at £5,000 it won’t be a massive draw for the players. Ronnie O’Sullivan was criticised last year for turning down the opportunity off a maximum, and as the prize fund was ‘too cheap’ at £10,000. Given that was twice the amount that will feature at the World Grand Prix, we’ll assume he considers that too be ‘too cheap’ too.
Last year it was won by Shaun Murphy, beating Stuart Bingham 10-9 in the final. Stuart is more of an outsider this year though, and if you fancy his chances to retain the title, then you can back him for as long as 19.00. On the back of winning the Masters last month, Ronnie O’Sullivan starts as the favourite. Mark Shelby is a close second favourite.
Where to watch the World Grand Prix live on TV
There is excellent coverage of the World Grand Prix 2017 provided by ITV 4. Coverage of the afternoon sessions start at 12:45pm, and evening sessions start at 6:45pm. It is also possible to stream the tournament on the ITV website. If for whatever reason that doesn’t work for you, Bet 365 are also streaming the event for free. Here is the schedule of the tournament:
- First round – 6th to 8th Feb afternoon session
- Second round – 8th morning session to 9th Feb afternoon session
- Quarter-finals – 9th evening session to 10th Feb afternoon session
- Semi-finals – 10th Feb afternoon session to 11th Feb
- Final – 12th Feb afternoon and evening session
World Grand Prix Betting Odds
Here are the odds for the outright winner, accurate as of 6th Feb ( prior to the tournament starting). Odds provided by 10Bet:
- Ronnie OSullivan – 4.75
- Mark Selby – 5.50
- Judd Trump – 9.50
- John Higgins – 11.00
- Neil Robertson – 12.00
- Ding Junhui – 13.00
- Shaun Murphy– 19.00
- Marco Fu – 21.00
- Barry Hawkins – 26.00
- Stuart Bingham – 26.00
World Grand Prix Betting Offers
It was only last year that the World Grand Prix became a ranking event. The Masters before it, and the World Championship after it gain more prominence in the media and among bookmakers. See our snooker betting offers page for the latest offers.
- £5 free bet for every century break – Back a player to win a match, and should they lose, 10Bet will give you a free £5 bet for every century they score during the match. Your initial bet needs to be at least £10 to qualify for this offer.
- Accumulators – If you’re planning to an accumulator over several matches in the first and second round, then if you’re smart about the bookmaker you chose to put the bet down with, you can earn a bonus or get some insurance. 10Bet offer an accumulator bonus of up to 60%, while Betfair have their ‘Acca Edge’ offer, which enables you to get money back, as cash, if one selection does not come in.