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While the World Championship Snooker and UK Championship Snooker tournaments are open to every professional player, the same cannot be said of The Masters Snooker which is an invitational tournament which is open to just the top sixteen players in the world.
Despite the field only being the best sixteen players, this competition is still part of the snooker Triple Crown, with the tournament taking place at Alexandra Palace in London and this week-long event is in January every year.
When it comes to snooker betting, one of the most popular tournaments is The Masters, with the best players in the world very focused on trying to win this competition and it can be very exciting to place bets accordingly.
The History of the Snooker Masters
The Masters was first played in 1975 when John Spencer was the tournament winner, with a succession of different winners claiming top prize before Cliff Thorburn won three titles between 1983-1986. Shortly after this, Stephen Hendry won five consecutive titles between 1989-1993.
Ronnie O’Sullivan won his first Masters title in 1995 and he now has seven titles to his name after triumphing in 2014, 2016 and 2017. This is clearly an event that the Rocket enjoys playing in, with the London potter arguably the greatest to ever lift a cue.
Mark Selby is another serial winner, with the Leicester player triumphing in 2008 and 2010, while he landed his third title in 2013. The late Paul Hunter won the Masters on three occasions, while John Higgins and Mark Williams having won two times each.
How to bet on The Masters
Ronnie O’Sullivan is always a popular selection to win the Snooker Masters, with the Rocket attracting legions of followers. Many betting customers want to back O’Sullivan to win every tournament in which he plays and he seems to thrive by playing in the shorter frame format compared to the World Championship.
Ultimately, the winner needs to win just four matches and the first three rounds are best of eleven frames. It’s worth noting that the earlier rounds tend to involve lots of close matches, with four of the first round matches in 2016 going to a deciding frame.
Betting on the number of centuries is a popular market along with the player to score the highest break, with the winner of this betting market often different to the winner of the actual tournament.
As always, it pays to look at the form guide leading into this tournament, with some players coming into their first matches after struggling to find a rhythm, while others are cueing well and determined to make some progress.
Because the matches involve the top sixteen in the world, there is no such thing as a shock and it’s often worth considering a bet on the outsider. Half of the higher seeded players were able to win their first round match.
Betting In-Play on the Masters is popular and each match takes place at a different time which means you can enjoy concentrating on one game at a time.