It was in the s when snooker grew in popularity with proper knock-out tournaments being held and the arrival of players such as six-time champion Ray Reardon, Alex Higgins and John Spencer.
With the arrival of colour television, more interest was shown in the sport of snooker. The controversy caused by the behaviour of Alex Higgins also saw the sport hit the newspaper headlines on a regular basis. In the World Championship moved to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and has stayed there ever since. Since the final has been held over 35 frames with the most famous being in when Dennis Taylor beat Steve Davis The match finished after midnight with over From the s, the tournament has been dominated by Steve Davis , who won six titles but the record for the modern-day tournament is seven won by Stephen Hendry including a spell of five titles in a row between and Not even he could beat the Crucible Curse which has seen no first-time winner retain their title the following year.
There have been some notable surprises though including Terry Griffiths winning in , Joe Johnson in and Stuart Bingham in There will be a wide range of betting opportunities for this tournament and ante-post betting is already available. Many bookies will be offering prices, but we recommend William Hill and Bet Other betting opportunities include who will win each quarter of the draw and the highest break in the tournament.
It is a pretty straightforward affair for qualification requirements. The top sixteen on the one-year ranking list up to and including the Gibraltar Open for the season gets their places. The draw will be split out over the seeds, so the top seed plays the bottom seed, the second seed plays the second from bottom seeds and so on. So there is a tricky road ahead for both of them. You would get the feeling that he gets past Trump the title is his.
John Higgins bombed last season in the first round, losing a decider in his opener against Ding Junhui. He is short in the odds because of his win at the Welsh Open recently. That was his second title this season. He has a pretty shocking record though at the Players Championship and is worth skipping over.
However, there was a bit better from him at the non-ranking Romanian Masters last week where he made the quarter finals. He should definitely be in the mix in this one as he has a comfortable draw. He just busted out a win at the Romanian Open in early March for the second ranking tournament of the season.
Inconsistent, but more than capable. Overall he has been to five semi finals this season. The Wizard of Wishaw is a former World Champion and will always post a threat to some degree in the championship.
He has had his successes this season and they have been recent too, claiming the Welsh Open and then the non-ranking title in the Championship League. But overall this season he has had eleven first-round exits in ranking tournaments and that is just a tough thing to back him on. He would have to get past both Trump and Selby just to the reach the final as well.
Kyren Wilson catches our eye in World Snooker Championship betting odds at bet The Warrior has had a terrific form and has reached a high of ninth in the world ranking. He has been to two semi-finals and two finals this term the World Open and the English Open. He was in form at the Masters at the start of the year as well reaching the final there. Selby looks in hot form at the moment and held his composure well last season to land a title defence. He should go close here. Older offers may be not valid anymore.
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