Snooker And Betting: An Ever-Growing Marriage
In today’s age, most betting customers from all over the world choose to bet on football games and horse racing events, however there has been a consistent rise on the amount of people that bet on snooker.
In snooker, like football, many competitions are sponsored by bookies, with many of the big name players signing deals to become ambassadors, which allow fans to get behind players like Ronnie O’Sullivan and World Number one, Mark Selby. This is also seen in football, where fans get behind their favourite players, increasing stakes on the markets associated with them, for example ‘Ronaldo to score 2 goals in the Second Half’.
With many players being completely different to each other, in terms of bringing their very own distinctive personality to the table, along with their different styles and huge talent, it captivates watchers of the sport and punters alike.
With players being a huge factor in bringing in betting profits, another primary factor is due to the timing of the competitions/tournaments. Unlike football, Snooker games do not clash with other sports that may take place on the weekend, as many snooker games take place during the week. Although snooker is unpredictable, fans are still able to guess patterns of play, which gives them confidence of betting on particular frames in the game.
There is also many markets to bet on to, making snooker extremely tempting to punters and potential customers. In snooker games alone, there can be up to fifty markets that are open to bet on.
Similarly to football, many of the top players are from various corners of the world, and making the top ten lists. China’s Ding Junhui is currently world number 4, with Hong Kong snooker player, Marco Fu, being the 6th best in the world. Let’s not forget Australia’s Neil Robertson, who is currently world number 8 and a former World Champion. All of this then increases snookers popularity around the world.
Snookers World Championships are today watched by more than 210 million viewers in China alone, an incredible rise since the initial World Championship in 1985, when only 18.5m viewers were watching.
With Snookers increased interest around the world, and continuous plans to clean up the sport, it will continue to grow and bring in even more interest from bookies and companies around the world.