The 2014 Dafabet World Snooker Championship gets under way on Saturday (19th April), and will run for just over 2 weeks when the final is scheduled to be completed on Monday 5th May 2014.
Pre tournament betting odds sees defending Champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan as a very short priced favourite at a best price of 7/5 with Sportingbet (£50.00 Free Bet). O’Sullivan’s closest rivals are expected to be Ding Junhui (8/1), Neil Robertson (10/1), Judd Trump (12/1) and Mark Selby (12/1).
For those looking to back the winner in an Each-Way bet, the bookies are all offering 1/2 the odds on a top 2 finish (the two finalists).
Keep checking here for the latest odds…….
It’s the start of the World Snooker Championship final later today, and Ronnie O’Sullivan is probably up against his most troublesome opponent. Once described as the ‘Grinder’ by O’Sullivan, Mark Selby is one of the few players on the circuit who knows he can beat O’Sullivan.
Selby had to grind his way to the final in a marathon 12 hour match against Aussie World No.1, Neil Robertson, so it will be interesting to see how much that has taken out of Selby. Just for the record, Ronnie had his feet up all day yesterday relaxing.
All this means that Ronnie O’Sullivan is favourite at a best price of 4/11 with Winner, he is as short as 2/7 with some bookies.
If you fancy Mark Selby to cause an upset and claim his first ever world title, the ‘Jester from Leicester’ can be backed at a best price of 11/4 with SportingBet.
The semi-finals are upon us, and it is a top quality looking quartet left in the competition.
Last season’s beaten finalist Barry Hawkins, takes on Ronnie O’Sullivan in a repeat of last year’s final, while the other semi-final looks an absolute cracker between Neil Robertson and Mark Selby.
No surprise to see O’Sullivan still favourite, he is now into a best price of 4/7 with SkyBet to win the tournament. He is a best price of 1/8 to beat Hawkins in their semi-final. Hawkins is 6/1 with Bet365 to win the semi-final, and if you think he can do that and go on to win the tournament, you can get 18/1 on him to win the tournament outright with a whole host of bookmakers.
In the other semi-final, Robertson is favourite at a best price of 8/15 with Bet365, while Selby is 17/10 with Boylesports.
To win the tournament outright, Robertson is 3/1 with Bet365, while Selby is 13/2 with Boylesports.
Quarter Final Betting – We’re now into the business end of the 2014 Dafabet World Snooker Championship, with the quarter-finals starting today.
Defending Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is still the odds on favourite, but due in part to the excellent form of Neil Robertson and O’Sullivan’s struggles against Joe Perry, the Rocket has been slightly eased out in the betting to a best price of 10/11 with Ladbrokes (£50.00 Free Bet), having previously been as short as 4/6 in the first week.
The quarter-finalists are looking especially strong this year, with only really Ding Junhui missing out of the big names. We are still in the two table stage of the competition, and all 8 quarter-finalists will be in action today.
The stand out match looks to be Judd Trump against Neil Robertson, which is 2.30pm start. O’Sullivan also has a mouth watering quarter-final up against Shaun Murphy, also a 2.30pm start. At least if both Robertson and O’Sullivan can keep getting through, they are not scheduled to meet until the final.
In the betting ahead of the start of Day 11 (Tuesday 29th April), O’Sullivan is 10/11 favourite with Ladbrokes, Robertson is 7/2 with Paddy Power, Selby 6/1, Trump 9/1 (both with Bet365), Murphy 16/1 with Boylesports, Hawkins 20/1 with Betfred, Dale 66/1, and McManus 100/1 (both with Bet365).
Day 8 seen normal service resumed as Ronnie O’Sullivan reeled off 4 frames in a row to beat Joe Perry 13-11 and take his place in the quarter-finals alongside Alan McManus, Barry Hawkins and Mark Selby.
O’Sullivan is now back at odds on, and is currently a best price of 8/11 with Bet365 to win the tournament outright.
Today (Sunday) we see Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy in action.
Day 7 seen Mark Selby become the first man into the quarter-finals with a 13-9 victory over Ali Carter, and as a result he was cut from 7/1 to a best price of 5/1 with Skybet, he is 4/1 with most other firms.
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s tenure as world champion is still in the balance as he trails Joe Perry 9-7 overnight, the match is played to a conclusion on Saturday.
At the end of play on Day 6 (Thursday), we have seen a small drift on Ronnie O’Sullivan in the outright betting as he surprisingly trails Joe Perry 5-3 at the end of their first session.
All this has resulted in O’Sullivan going odds against in the outright winner betting, currently at a best price of 11/10 with Paddy Power to win the tournament outright.
Neil Robertson is second in the betting at a best price of 11/2 with Betfred after his impressive 10-2, first round victory over Robbie Williams (no puns here, I’ve resisted the urge).
Day 4 sees no change in the outright winner betting, with O’Sullivan still odds on and a best price of 4/5 with Ladbrokes (£50.00 Free Bet Available). Of the other favourites, Judd Trump got his campaign under way and leads Tom Ford 6-3, so no change in his odds as the bookies fully expect him to complete a regulation victory.
Recent champion, John Higgins crashed out (10-7) to Alan McManus, but in all honesty he was never going to be a realistic challenger this year, as Higgins himself admitted.
Day 3 seen Mark Selby get through in a last frame decider, while Ding Junhui went out in the same manner. Ding’s departure from the tournament was a shock, and it has had an effect on the betting as O’Sullivan’s odds have now shortened.
O’Sullivan is now odds on everywhere, as short as 4/6 with some firms. The best price currently available on O’Sullivan is 4/5 with Ladbrokes.
Day 2 seen last frame victories for both Ryan Day and Shaun Murphy. Ali Carter and Ken Doherty also completed victories, with Doherty rolling back the years and beating Stuart Bingham 10-5.
No major change to the overall winner betting, former champion Murphy is a best price of 22/1 with Betfair, while O’Sullivan is still 11/10 with most bookmakers.
At the end of Day 1, Ronnie O’Sullivan is through to Round 2 after a comfortable 10-4 win over Robin Hull of Finland, O’Sullivan’s odds to win the tournament have been slightly trimmed into a best price of 11/10 with most bookmakers.