Snooker Betting Tips

Snooker originated in India in the second half of the 19th century as a game played by British Army officers. The World Snooker Championship began in 1927 with the sport gaining popularity in 1969 after BBC began to broadcast snooker on television.

Snooker now features professional players from all over the world competing for millions of pounds on the World Snooker Tour. Betting on snooker is very popular, especially in the United Kingdom where the sport continues to enjoy tremendous popularity.

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Snooker Free Bets

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Snooker Odds

Every major online bookmaker will offer snooker odds including outright markets such as tournament winner. Individual match markets in snooker include odds for match winner, to win 1st frame, handicap, frame betting or correct score, total frames, race to three frames, to pot the 1st ball in 1st frame, 1st frame handicap, total points in 1st frame and if there will be a 147 in the match.

Snooker Live Streaming

Watch snooker on the go with snooker live streaming anywhere you can get a suitable internet connection. Check our live streaming calendar for all snooker live streams.

The bet365 live streaming service offers snooker live streaming so you can watch and bet on snooker. 18+ and geo restrictions apply, please visit bet365 for full terms and conditions.

Snooker Bookie Promotions

Keep an eye out for snooker bookie promotions which could include enhanced odds or odds boosts on certain players. Taking advantage of snooker bookie promotions is a great way to win on snooker.

Snooker Bet of the Day

Analyse all the matches on a day when there is a snooker tournament being played and make the most likely bet your snooker bet of the day. 

Snooker Results

The snooker results are a great way to see what players are in form and playing well. Check head to head snooker results and be sure to note what players have performed well at certain snooker tournaments.

Snooker Replays

Watch snooker replays at the World Snooker Official YouTube channel.

Snooker Highlights

Watching snooker highlights is a great way to stay in touch with all the matches so you can keep an eye on what players are in form and playing well. The Snooker Planet YouTube channel is your home for snooker highlights.

Snooker News

Stay up to date with all the snooker news at including scores, tournaments, players and rankings. BBC Snooker is another valuable website for snooker news.

Snooker Social Media

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Snooker Fixtures

The snooker season runs from May to April with the following tournaments being the highlights of the 2019-20 World Snooker season. 

2019-20 Snooker Season

The 2019-20 snooker season begins with the World Cup in China on 24 June and concludes with the World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England on 18 April 2020.

24 June 2019 China Team Event World Cup Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium Wuxi
26 July 2019 Latvia World Ranking Event Riga Masters Arena Riga Riga
4 August 2019 China World Ranking Event International Championship Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre Daqing
24 August 2019 Germany Non-Ranking Event Paul Hunter Classic Stadthalle Fürth
2 September 2019 Thailand Variant Event  Six-red World Championship Bangkok Convention Center Bangkok
9 September 2019 China Non-Ranking Event Shanghai Masters Regal International East Asia Hotel Shanghai
23 September 2019 China World Ranking Event China Championship Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre Guangzhou
14 October 2019 England World Ranking Event English Open K2 Crawley
22 October 2019 China Non-Ranking Event Haining Open Haining Sports Center Haining
28 October 2019 China World Ranking Event World Open Yushan Sport Centre Yushan
4 November 2019 England Non-Ranking Event Champion of Champions Ricoh Arena Coventry
11 November 2019 Nth Ireland World Ranking Event Northern Ireland Open Waterfront Hall Belfast
26 November 2019 England World Ranking Event UK Championship Barbican Centre York
9 December 2019 Scotland World Ranking Event Scottish Open Emirates Arena Glasgow
12 January 2020 England Non-Ranking Event The Masters Alexandra Palace London
22 January 2020 Austria World Ranking Event European Masters Messe Dornbirn Dornbirn
29 January 2020 Germany World Ranking Event German Masters Tempodrom Berlin
3 February 2020 England World Ranking Event World Grand Prix The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham
10 February 2020 Wales World Ranking Event Welsh Open Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
20 February 2020 England World Ranking Event Snooker Shoot-Out Watford Colosseum Watford
24 February 2020 England World Ranking Event Players Championship Waterfront Southport
11 March 2020 Gibraltar World Ranking Event Gibraltar Open Victoria Stadium Gibraltar
17 March 2020 Wales World Ranking Event Tour Championship Venue Cymru Llandudno
24 March 2020 India World Ranking Event Indian Open tba tba
30 March 2020 China World Ranking Event China Open Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium Beijing
18 April 2020 England World Ranking Event World Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield

Snooker History

Snooker originated in India in the 1870s as an alternative to billiards. British Army officers stationed in India created several variations of the game, one involving the combination of two pocket billiards games - pyramid and black pool.

Black pool was played with fifteen red coloured balls positioned in a triangle with pyramid involving the potting of selected balls. In 1884 first set of snooker rules was finalised by Sir Neville Chamberlain who helped popularise the game.

Snooker was originally a slang term to describe first-year cadets and rookie military personnel, but Chamberlain introduced the term to describe the performance of one of his officers that became a term used to describe the game itself.

In 1887 snooker experienced a growth in popularity in England when the game was referenced in a copy of a British sports newspaper called ‘The Sporting Life’.

Snooker, like other sports including cricket, grew in popularity across the United Kingdom and their colonies in India and surrounding regions. Snooker, like golf, remained a game mainly for the elite and many gentlemen's clubs that had a billiards table wouldn’t allow non-members to play.

Specific snooker clubs were formed to cater for the surge in popularity and in 1919 the Billiards Association and Control Club (BA&CC) was formed and a new standard set of rules for snooker became official for the first time.

In 1927 the first World Snooker Championship took place. It was organised by Joe Davis, a professional billiards and snooker player who won every world championship until 1946 and helped transition snooker from a casual game to a professional sport.

Snooker fell into a decline in the 1950s and 1960s, but the invention of colour television would change the fate of the sport. In 1969 the BBC began a television show called ‘Pot Black’ featuring snooker and it had huge success.

Ray Reardon was one of the best snooker players in the 1970s, and  the 1978 World Snooker Championship was the first to be fully televised which was another ground breaking moment for the sport. 

Steve Davis was the dominant snooker player in the 1980s. In 1985 the World Snooker Championship attracted 18.5 million television viewers who watched the final frame of the final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis which was a record for the UK after midnight.

Stephen Hendry took over as the best player in snooker in the 1990s. A ban on tobacco advertising in the early 2000s reduced the number of professional snooker tournaments, but the emergence of Asian snooker players helped spread the popularity of snooker in the Far East.

Since 2000 Ronnie O'Sullivan has been the standout player in snooker and has helped popularise the sport. In 2010 sports promoter Barry Hearn gained a controlling interest in World Snooker Ltd. and the World Snooker Tour. The number of professional snooker tournaments increased with 44 events played in the 2019/20 season.

The popularity of snooker on television has increased the prize money on offer for professional tournaments with the winner of the 2020 World Snooker Championship receiving £500,000 out of a total prize fund of £2,395,000.

Snooker is now governed by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).

World Number One Snooker Players

There have been three ranking systems to determine the best player in  professional snooker since 1975. There have been 11 players holding the number one rank including Ray Reardon, Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Ding Junhui.

1  Wales Ray Reardon 3 May 1975 20 April 1981
2  Canada Cliff Thorburn 21 April 1981 16 May 1982
 Wales Ray Reardon (2) 17 May 1982 2 May 1983
3  England Steve Davis 3 May 1983 29 April 1990
4  Scotland Stephen Hendry 30 April 1990 4 May 1998
5  Scotland John Higgins 5 May 1998 1 May 2000
6  Wales Mark Williams 2 May 2000 6 May 2002
7  England Ronnie O'Sullivan 7 May 2002 5 May 2003
 Wales Mark Williams (2) 6 May 2003 3 May 2004
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2) 4 May 2004 1 May 2006
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (2) 2 May 2006 7 May 2007
 Scotland John Higgins (2) 8 May 2007 5 May 2008
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3) 6 May 2008 3 May 2010
 Scotland John Higgins (3) 4 May 2010 26 September 2010
8  Australia Neil Robertson 27 September 2010 12 December 2010
 Scotland John Higgins (4) 13 December 2010 2 May 2011
 Wales Mark Williams (3) 3 May 2011 11 September 2011
9  England Mark Selby 12 September 2011 4 November 2012
10  England Judd Trump 5 November 2012 9 December 2012
 England Mark Selby (2) 10 December 2012 17 February 2013
 England Judd Trump (2) 18 February 2013 31 March 2013
 England Mark Selby (3) 1 April 2013 9 June 2013
 Australia Neil Robertson (2) 10 June 2013 5 May 2014
 England Mark Selby (4) 6 May 2014 6 July 2014
 Australia Neil Robertson (3) 7 July 2014 10 August 2014
 England Mark Selby (5) 11 August 2014 7 December 2014
11  China Ding Junhui 8 December 2014 14 December 2014
 Australia Neil Robertson (4) 15 December 2014 24 January 2015
 China Ding Junhui (2) 25 January 2015 8 February 2015
 England Mark Selby (6) 9 February 2015 24 March 2019
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4) 25 March 2019 11 August 2019
 England Judd Trump (3) 12 August 2019 Present

What is snooker?

Snooker is a cue sport played on a rectangular table covered with a green cloth and pockets at each of the four corners and in the middle of each long side. Players strike the white ball (or "cue ball") using a cue stick to pot or pocket the remaining 21 coloured in the correct sequence and accumulate points for each pot.

What is a snooker in snooker?

A snooker in snooker is when a player puts the white ball or cue ball in a position where the opponent cannot hit a desired coloured ball with a straight shot.

Why is snooker called snooker?

The term 'snooker' was specified by Sir Neville Chamberlain in 1875.

What is a maximum break in snooker?

A maximum break in snooker is the highest break that can be made in snooker - 147 points. To achieve a maximum break, the player must pot all 15 reds followed by the black ball after every red, followed by potting the six remaining colours.

Why is a snooker table green?

A snooker table is green to resemble grass.

How many balls are there in snooker?

There are 21 balls in snooker - 1 white ball (cue ball), 15 red balls and six balls of different colours: yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black.

How big is a snooker table?

A regulation (full-size) snooker table is 12 ft × 6 ft (3.7 m × 1.8 m)

What is a frame in snooker?

A frame in snooker is an individual game that is won by the player scoring the most points. A match is won when a player wins a determined number of frames.