The event has now been rescheduled to take place from 31 July to 16 August at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It will be the final ranking event of the 2019/2020 season. 32 professional players will compete in a single elimination format, with some serious prize money up for grabs. Bet on Snooker World Championship winner predictions show the world champion is favourite to defend the title.
The competition will be broadcast in its entirety on Eurosport and the BBC. Eurosport will offer more live coverage, with two games running during the early rounds. The BBC’s coverage, however, employs a number of well known former players turned pundits and has a big presence at the event. With the best online bookmakers, such as 24Bettle, you can also view live game streaming for free. For matches on which you have bet, you will see live scores with graphics and updated statistical information.
Hopes for a capacity crowd as return to the crucible announced
Luckily for snooker fans, the world championship has been given the go ahead again. The hugely popular sporting event has an international television audience of 500 million people. World Snooker Tour (WST) chairman Barry Hearn has said he hopes the tournament can also play out in front of a capacity crowd of 1000. He is aware how much the event means to snooker fans with a golden ticket for the crucible experience. He said the players will also desperately want to compete in the atmosphere that only a packed Crucible can generate. If that is not possible, other options will have to be considered, including a reduced crowd, or holding the tournament behind closed doors. And let’s hope the event will not be postponed again.
He said “It is crucial for our 128 tour players to know that we are doing everything we can to get our circuit going again as soon as it is considered safe to do so by the government. The players are self-employed and they need opportunities to earn, while we keep the health and safety of everyone involved in an event of this scale as a priority.” Indeed, the players have everything to play for. By winning five games to take the tournament, they stand to take home 500,000 pounds. The runner up will also take home a not too disappointing 200,000 pounds, with 100,000 pounds for both semi finalists. So who are the main contenders? Online sportsbooks in the UK indicate a possible two or three horse race. Bet on Snooker World Championship winner looks at some of the contenders.
Bet on Snooker World Championship winner odds show world champion favourite
JuddTrump is the defending champion and world number one, with 24Bettle sportsbook giving him odds of 3.55. He defeated four-times champion John Higgins 17.0 on 18-9 May last year to take the title for the first time. 2019 World Snooker Championship Winner Predictions Indicate That Judd Trump Will Finally Win The Title correctly predicted him to take the title last year, and he will certainly want to defend his title this year.
Seen by some as the greatest player in the history of the game, Ronnie O’Sullivan 5.60 has held the world number one ranking on several occasions, earning career prize money of over 11 million pounds. He can also claim the fastest 147 maximum break in snooker history. At the 1997 World Championship, he managed this in an incredible five minutes and 20 seconds against Mick Price.
Neil Robertson 5.80 recently claimed the 2020 World Grand Prix title against Graeme Dott. He also compiled five century breaks while doing so. This is his second ranking title of this calendar year already, following his success in the European Masters in January. Robertson has risen back to number two in the world rankings behind Judd Trump, and currently the pair are dominating the circuit between them.
Fancy more of a long shot? 24Bettle sportsbook will give you odds of 9.80 on Mark Selby, or 17.0 on Shaun Murphy. Various gambling sites in the UK will also keep you up to date between now and the end of July.