2017 UK Snooker Championship Preview

2017 UK Snooker Championship Preview


The 2017 Betway UK Snooker Championship gets underway at the Barbican in York and runs from the 28th November through to 10th December. The first of the sports triple crown for the 2017/2018 season will be televised worldwide with the BBC possessing exclusive rights to show each and every match of the competition in the UK. Many bookmakers will also be streaming the matches which is the perfect way of following all of your bets throughout the tournament.

The 2016 event will be remembered for the mesmerising final in which Mark Selby edged out Ronnie O’Sullivan during a 10-7 thriller. It’s no surprise to see these two players dominate the betting for the 2017 staging of the event with O’Sullivan made narrow favourite by the likes of Betfair, 188Bet and NetBet. He can be backed at 4/1 with the jester from Leicester just a point bigger at 5s. Both have been given favourable draws in the 1st round with Ronnie taking on teenager Jackson Page (who was a late replacement for Rhys Clark) whilst Selby is unlikely to come up short against the Egyptian Basen Eltahhan. The total prize money has increased yet again and there is plenty of incentive to land the £170,000 which has been set aside for the winner of this major.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

bet on ronnie o'sullivanRonnie has won this tournament five times but arrives here in mixed form. He’s been drawn in the fourth quarter with the biggest threat coming from Ding Junhui although Barry Hawkins and Anthony McGill also feature here. The Rocket hasn’t won this tournament since beating Judd Trump in the memorable 2014 final although he chose not to compete the following year. Some punters believe that Ronnie is perennially too short in the betting and should be opposed but at 4/1, he is likely to give you a good run for your money.

2016 was the first time O’Sullivan had lost in the final of the UK Championship and he will be desperate to make it six successes here which would move him above Stephen Hendry and level with Steve Davis. The popular and controversial figure was beaten in the Northern Ireland Open by Elliott Slessor. Despite a £1 million prizepot for winning all of the home nation events, Ronnie’s commitment was questionable as the world number 82 took the biggest scalp of his career. He is likely to be far more motivated for the UK Championship.

It’s been a complete mixed bag over the past couple of months with O’Sullivan putting in a spellbinding performance to ease past Judd Trump 10-3 in the final of the Shanghai Masters before claiming it to be “one of my best ever victories”. It helped the 41 year old wrap up his 30th ranking title. He’d previously triumphed over Kyren Wilson at the final of the English Open which was staged in Barnsley.

Mark Selby

bet on mark selbyMark Selby lifted the trophy for the second time at last year’s tournament giving him a 66% win record in the final at the Barbican. He was the early favourite for this year’s competition but has recently been edged out by the aforementioned O’Sullivan who always attracts plenty of support in the betting markets. Unlike his rival, Selby opted to sit out of the Northern Ireland Open after looking a little jaded during previous events. He should be suitably refreshed for this.

He did manage to retain his International Championship crown earlier in the month after beating Mark Allen 10-7 in the final despite a late fightback from his opponent. The 16th frame was a little scrappy but he prevailed and that gave him the springboard to cement his success. He secured the £150,000 prize-pot to somewhat surprisingly land his first title of the season. He didn’t compete during the early stages of the campaign after sustaining a toe injury but following his recovery, he has slowly been gathering momentum and will fancy his chances of retaining his title in York. He will need to be much better than when crashing out of the Champion of Champions event to Belgium’s Luca Brecel.

Judd Trump

bet on judd trumpJudd Trump comes into this tournament under a cloud after being eliminated from the Northern Ireland Open at the hands of Stuart Carrington. He threw his cue at the ball to concede the frame with 83 points remaining and will face a large fine as a result of his behaviour. He also refused to attend a news conference afterwards and that looks set to land him in hot water. Trump is third favourite for the UK Championship at 11/2 with 10Bet and begins his tournament against Matthew Bolton. He won the tournament back in 2011 but he hasn’t managed to reach the final in either of the last two staging of the event. He was also thumped by Ronnie O’Sullivan in Shanghai and will need serious improvement if he is to challenge here.

John Higgins

bet on john higginsJohn Higgins starts the tournament as fourth favourite for the tournament and begins his campaign against Chris Totten. He is one of the most successful players in the history of this competition with three titles and the Scot will fancy his chances once again. He’s appeared in five finals but was easily beaten by Ronnie O’Sullivan when the pair met in Shanghai. Higgins will want to quickly erase that 6-0 whitewash and needs to up his game if meeting the Rocket again during the latter stages of this event.

Ding Junhui

bet on ding junhuiDing Junhui is once again amongst the favourites for this tournament and can be backed at a double figure price with the majority of bookmakers. He begins the competition against Leo Fernandez. Junhui made history when becoming the first player from outside the UK and Ireland to win the event as a fresh-faced teenager back in 2005. He repeated the trick four years later when beating John Higgins 10-8 in the showpiece event.

He’s had a spell on the sidelines and will be hoping to come back refreshed and rejuvenated ahead of this event. He had been priced up as the favourite for the Shanghai Masters but was forced to withdraw from the event. He has crashed out of the English Open and International Championship but is always a force to be reckoned with at this event.

Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy and Marco Fu are also in the betting and will fancy their chances of making it to the latter stages of the event. Yan Bingtao has made it into the top 32 following a superb run of form and the talented teen can be backed at 50/1 with Bet365.

It’s set to be another wonderful tournament with many twists and turns to come over the course of the two week event in York.

eSports Betting

Betting on eSports


eSports is one of the newer additions offered by online bookmakers around the world and has become increasingly popular with punters. It’s added another angle to betting sites and is extremely popular in countries such as Sweden, Japan and Canada.

eSports stands for ‘electronic sports’ and is competitive video gaming often in front of a large audience. There are a number of professionally organised leagues and tournaments which take place throughout the year and bettors can predict which player will emerge triumphant.

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eSports playing event, each player pits their skills against another until only one is left, The Champ!

It’s simple to follow eSports and it’s always advised to absorb as much of the action as possible before placing a bet on any of the upcoming events. Both Youtube and Twitch TV show each and every tournament completely free.

Popular eSports games

There are a number of games which are played on a regular basis with the majority of them being multiplayer battle arenas or first person shooters. There are also tournaments and leagues for sports and racing titles but these are less popular and staged more infrequently as a result.

Dota 2 and League of Legends are the most popular games and continue to attract interest and new followers. The latter is the most watched eSports game across the globe and they have launched a LOL (League of Legends) World Championship which is staged throughout October on an annual basis! It sees two players go head-to-head over of a number of battlefields and historic terrains. It is hugely tactical and requires knowledge and expertise in order to succeed.

Dota 2 is similar and requires players to destroy their opposition’s settlements and there are various different combinations of costumes and weapons which can be uncovered throughout the numerous maps.

How to Bet on eSports

All of the major bookmakers (and many of the newer ones) now offer a dedicated eSports section on their website which makes it easier than ever before to place a bet on any upcoming event or tournament.
It is similar to betting on football or basketball, you are simply predicting which side will win with odds to reflect each team’s chances of success.


Winner – Straightforward market which is simply a matter of picking Team A or Team B to emerge victorious. The majority of games will be staged in a best of three format. This means there is no option for the draw, making it easier to predict the winner although it will also shorten the odds.

Correct Score – Played over the best of three format, this is simply predicting the final score. Will it be 2-0 or 2-1?

Totals – Similar to the above market, will a deciding game be required? Over 2.5/Under 2.5 is where the bar is set for this bet.

Handicap – Odds can occasionally be cramped on the favourites in eSports betting and the handicap market can help extract more value out of a bet. -1.5 / +1.5 is the handicap prediction and you are adding or subtracting 1.5 from the team’s final score. If you take -1.5 from their 3-0 victory, they are still winners and the handicap bet will land.

There is also the opportunity to predict the winner of one of the many tournaments which are played throughout the year. Bigger odds are available for correctly calling the eventual champion and their odds will shorten as they successfully pass through each round.

Major eSport Events

There are a number of eSports leagues and Championships which take place throughout the year and the number is continually increasing with organisers bowing the demands of the eSports public.

Some examples include Battle.net World Champion Series which has been running since 2012 and features World of Warcraft, Overwatch and Starcraft II. The Call of Duty World League is one of the newer events which began at the start of 2016 and is growing in popularity.

The European Gaming League primarily focuses on the UK whilst the FIFA Interactive World Cup is a hit with soccer fans around the world.

Finally, the International is the extremely popular annual DOTA 2 tournament which takes place in the USA.

Tips for Betting on eSports

eSports is still a growing industry so there are very few historical statistics to study prior to placing a bet. Getting used to each team’s tactics and gameplay is imperative ahead of placing a bet. Study how a team works together or how a particular player performs as the favourite/outsider in any given contest.

Bookmakers don’t know an awful lot about newcomers to the world of eSports and generally price matches up in anticipation of the money coming in. They often price the favourites up at a short price and it can often pay to side with the outsiders to upset the odds.

Odds often greatly vary between bookmakers so it’s imperative to make sure you have multiple accounts and you’re able to shop around for the best possible price before placing a bet. Don’t miss out on superior odds just because you only have a single betting account. Some bookmakers offer special sign-up bonuses for eSports players.

eSports continues to grow in popularity and is hugely appealing to both gamers and punters. Most bookmakers now have dedicated sections to eSports and many also offer live in-play betting on major tournaments throughout the year.

For more details, in depth reviews and playing guides we suggest you visit www.esportsbookies.com. We happened to stumble upon this website when researching for this post, in fact we got most of our information about each particular game like StarCraft  from their rather long and detailed ( yet interesting ) player guide. Check them out!