The 2018 Masters takes place between the 14th and 21st of January at the Alexandra Palace.
The top 16 players are involved in this invite-only event. This is not like the World Championship. The Masters is a short concise tournament.
Last year Ronnie O’Sullivan won the 2017 Masters, making it a total of seven titles, eclipsing the record set by Stephen Hendry.
It’s no surprise he is the narrow favourite to win it again, for the third time in three years. He is currently priced at 3.50 to be the outright winner (odds via Bet 365, correct at time of publishing and subject to change) versus Mark Selby at 4.50.
His good form makes him the man to beat. He was the recent winner of the UK Championship and has three ranking event titles to his name already this season.
Ronnie O’Sullivan this week did cause controversy on Twitter with a series of tweets. He labelled all pros (with exception of John Higgins and Mark Selby) as being ‘clueless’. This a response to be being asked what players wind him up to either play or watch.
A follow-up question asked him about the adoption of a new Taom chalk which promises to reduce the number of kicks in the game. He also dismissed that and reiterated that the majority of pros using it are clueless for doing so.
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 the Masters games are shown live on the BBC, and additionally on Eurosport.
The afternoon sessions are shown on BBC2. If coverage is interrupted by other programming, then action continues via the red button. This is the case for all of the evening sessions. BBC viewers need to press the red button 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.
Betting Odds for Dafabet Masters
Here are the odds for the outright winner market, courtesy of Bet 365. They are accurate at the time of publishing, are subject to change.
- Ronnie O’Sullivan – 3.50
- Mark Selby – 4.50
- Judd Trump – 7.00
- John Higgins – 9.00
- Ding Dunjui – 10.00
- Shaun Murphy – 13.00
- Barry Hawkins – 26.00
- Mark Williams – 26.00
- Mark Allen – 29.00
- Marco Fu – 34.00
- Kyren Wilson – 34.00
- Luca Brecel– 34.00
- Ali Carter– 51.00
- Anthony McGill – 67.00
- Liang Wenbo – 67.00
- Ryan Day – 67.00
Dafabet Masters 2018 Schedule
Sunday 14th Jan
- Mark Selby vs Mark Williams (13.00)
- Mark Allen vs Luca Brecel (19.00)
Monday 15th Jan
- Ding Junhui vs Ryan Day (13.00)
- Judd Trump vs Liang Wenbo (19.00)
Tuesday 16th Jan
- Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Marco Fu (13.00)
- Barry Hawkins vs Kyren Wilson (19.00)
Wednesday 17th Jan
- Shaun Murphy vs Ali Carter (13.00)
- John Higgins vs Anthony McGill (19.00)
Thursday 18th Jan
- Quarter-final 1 (13.00)
- Quarter-final 4 (19.00)
Friday 19th Jan
- Quarter-final 3 (13.00)
- Quarter-final 2 (19.00)
Saturday 20th Jan
- Semi-final 2 (13.00)
- Semi-final 1 (19.00)
Sunday 21st Jan
- Final (13.00 & 19.00)
Last year a couple of the bookmakers offered betting offers, specifically for the Masters. They would be for instance free bets if a player makes a 247. There are now a couple of betting offers available for the Masters. We will add more if any further ones are published.
There are some offers which are not specifically for the Masters, but do include snooker.
- Boylesports – Winnings will be doubled if a century is scored in the final frame. It will be awarded as a free bet, and there is a maximum of £500 up for grabs.
- Betway – Money back if a break of 100+ is scored in the final frame. This too is as a free bet up to £10.
- Accumulators – 10Bet and Betfair have accumulator offers, which can be used for the Masters. These are good options if you are going to bet on multiples.
- Loyalty offers – If you make a certain amount of bets on the Masters, then you will qualify for free bets with some bookmakers. We have a dedicated article on betting offers for existing customers.