There were a couple of years, 1978 and 1980 to be precise, when snooker was flying high that the world’s very best were brought together to play a tournament to see which of the reigning champions of the various tournaments played throughout the year was really the one to beat. Now with this niche tournament revived a few years ago we have the tantalizing prospect of being able to get odds on John Higgins to win the Champion of Champions again this year at sites like Bet365, the question is can he win?
Champion of Champions 2017
• November 6th-12th
• Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK
• 1st Prize – 100,000 GBP
• 26 Invited Winning Players
• Rankings Top Up Field
The format is easy enough. If you win one of the major World Snooker tournaments during the 12 months preceding, you qualify, and if the field is a few chaps short due to victory duplication by that talented few then the world rankings are employed to sort out who should get a shot at beating the winners of snookers best known competitions. Indeed competition is so fierce that the odds on John Higgins to win the Champion of Champions again at sites like Bet365 aren’t all that attractive.
The reigning champ only rates 9/1 at sites like Bet365 to pull of two victories in a row at the tournament, a feat only so far achieved by Ronnie O Sullivan who gets more favor from the bookies than the odds on John Higgins to win the Champion of Champions again. Ronnie gets 5/1 alongside the likes of Judd Trump and Mark Allen, whilst Higgins sits at the same odds as Ding Junhui and those are long enough to give those that like to bet on sports in the UK cause for pause. This could be Selby’s year.
Will This Be Mark Selby’s Year To Be The Champion Of Champions?
Mark Selby is the current favorite to scupper the odds on John Higgins to win the Champion of Champions again, and garners a neat 7/2 at sites like Bet365. Selby won the 2016 UK Championship and the 2017 China Open as well as the World Snooker Championship, Higgins by comparison won the Championship League in 2017 as well as only narrowly coming second to Selby in the World Snooker Championship. Between them they’ve made every UK gambling news headline possible, but they’re not alone.
Ronnie O Sullivan won the 2017 Masters, Anthony Hamilton the German Masters this year, Barry Hawkins won the World Grand Prix and Judd Trump is the reigning Players Championship title holder. Mark King gets in due to the Northern Ireland Open win, as Stuart Bingham does for his Welsh Open victory with Shaun Murphy included for his Gibraltar Open triumph. The odds on John Higgins to win the Champion of Champions again are so long because the competition he’s up against are just so good.
Find Odds On John Higgins To Win The Champion Of Champions Again At Bet365
Champion of Champions 2017
• At 9/1 are the odds on John Higgins to win the Champion of Champions again just a little too long to like?
• At 5/1 Ronnie O Sullivan is the punters favorite but the bookies are going for Selby to win this year.
• Can the 10/1 shot Barry Hawkins come through to win in Coventry this November?
Marco Fu will appear by dint of having won the Scottish Open in 2017 and there are still a few spots to fill as the competitions continue. However going on recent form it’s clear the bookies like Bet365 are not far off the mark and Selby will be the guy to beat on the tables if anyone wants a shot at winning that 100,000 GBP first prize that’s on offer in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry this November. So who should you back if you don’t like the odds on John Higgins to win the Champion of Champions again?
Well if Selby doesn’t attract you, and at odds that short he might not, you can always hit Ronnie O Sullivan for a really quite worthy 5/1, even if when you take advantage of UK gambling laws you bottle it slightly and go each way. Although some might just say that the odds on John Higgins to win the Champion of Champions again are attractive in of themselves, and that anyone scared of a 9/1 wager should go and lie down in the dark somewhere. They could be right, Higgins could win, but will he?