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The highlight of the snooker year and the one all the players want to win, with fans flocking to The Crucible in Sheffield in April. Read on for how we can keep you updated on all the best free bets on World Championship Snooker.

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2020 World Snooker Championship

The 2020 World Snooker Championship was due to take place in late April and early May. The current health crisis delayed the tournament  The qualifying rounds begin on 21 July concluding on 28 July. They will be followed by the draw for the first round. The tournament then progresses to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield between 31 July and 16 August. It's been announced that spectators will be allowed to attend the Crucible. This is one of the test events that will hopefully see fans back at sporting events from October.

Kyren Wilson will receive a bye through to the second round after his opponent Anthony Hamilton withdrew from the final stages. Hamilton suffers from asthma and was unhappy at the fact the event will be played in front of an audience of around 300 people. Wearing masks is not compulsory for those who will watch the matches and temperatures won't be taken. Ronnie O'Sullivan has also expressed his concerns over there being an audience but has not withdrawn from the tournament.

However, on the first day of the championship, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the event would have to take place behind closed doors. This wouldn't have saved Hamilton was due to start his match on Friday afternoon when members of the public were still allowed in the theatre. Wilson will meet either Stephen Maguire or Martin Gould in the last sixteen. Hamilton will still receive his £20,000 for coming through the qualifiers and reaching the last 32.

 

First Round Draw - seeding in brackets (Matches best of 19 frames)

  • Judd Trump (1) v Tom Ford - Trump won 10-8
  • Yan Bingtao (16) v Elliot Slessor - Bintao won 10-7
  • Stephen Maguire (8) v Martin Gould - Martin Gould beat the seeded player 10-3.
  • Kyren Wilson (7) v Anthony Hamilton *
  • John Higgins (4) v Matthew Stevens - Higgins won 10-5
  • Dave Gilbert (11) v Kurt Maflin - Maflin beat the seeded player 10-8
  • Jack Lisowski (12) v Anthony McGill - McGill won 10-9 to knock out the seeded player.
  • Mark Allen (3) v Jamie Clarke - The world number 89 beat Allen 10-8. He faces Anthony McGill in the last 16 ensuring an unseeded player in the last eight.
  • Mark Williams (2) v Alan McManus -  Williams lost the first session 5-4 but then won six in a row in the second to win 10-4.
  • Stuart Bingham (13) v Ashley Carty - Bingham won 10-7.
  • Ding Junhui (10) v Mark King - Ding went through 10-9
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan (5) v Thepchaiya-Un-Nooh - O'Sullivan won 10-1 in a record quickest time of just 108 minutes.
  • Mark Selby (6) v Jordan Browne - Selby won 10-6
  • Shaun Murphy (9) v Noppon Saengkahm - Saengkahm beat Murphy leads 6-3 after the first session.
  • Barry Hawkins (14) v Alexander Ursenbacher - Hawkins won 10-2.
  • Neil Robertson (2) v Liang Wenbo - Robertson won 10-5

Second Round Matches - Best of 25 frames

  • Judd Trump v Yan Bingtao -  Trump won 13-11.
  • Martin Gould v Kyren Wilson - Wilson won 13-9
  • John Higgins v Kurt Maflin - Maflin won 13-11 despite Higgins making a 147. Maflin's win means there will be an unseeded player in the semi-finals.
  • Anthony McGill v Jamie Clarke - Anthony McGill won 13-12
  • Mark Williams v Stuart Bingham - Mark Williams won 13-11.
  • Ding Junhui v Ronnie O'Sullivan - O'Sullivan won 13-10
  • Mark Selby v Noppon Saengkahm - Mark Selby won on the deciding frame
  • Barry Hawkins v Neil Robertson -Robertson won 13-9.

Quarter Finals  - Best of 25 frames

  • Judd Trump v Kyren Wilson - Wilson won 13-9 to knock out the defending champion.
  • Kurt Maflin v Anthony McGill - McGill won 13-10
  • Mark Williams v Ronnie O'Sullivan - Ronnie O'Sullivan was 7-2 down but won 13-10.
  • Mark Selby v Neil Robertson - Mark Selby won 13-7.

Semi Finals - Best of 31 frames

  • Kyren Wilson v Anthony McGill - the winner will be through to their first ever world final and it was Wilson who achieved that with a 17-16 victory.
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mark Selby - Ronnie O'Sullivan came from 16-14 down to win 17-16.

Final - Best of 35 frames

Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Kyren Wilson 18-8 to win his sixth world title. 

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All the money pre-tournament will be on the winner of the competition and there may well be some interesting offers from certain bookmakers popping up on certain contenders as they look to tempt in new customers. Be sure to check back here at FREEbets.org.uk to keep abreast of all the latest offers when betting for free on the World Snooker Championship.

Over the tournament there are markets on the number of centuries which is always a bit of a punt but there can certainly be some reasoning behind your selections. The last two years have seen 86 on each occasion, which is a tournament record so it could be worth backing that  getting beaten this year.

Within matches the handicap market is usually a popular one for the long format games of the World Championship. As mentioned there are likely to be a fair few tight contests but there will always remain some real hammerings over the first couple of rounds and betting on the handicap market is usually a very good way of squeezing out some value when there is a heavy odds-on favourite for a match.

The total number of half-centuries over a match is also a popular bet and will see you shouting at the television frequently over slightly misjudged positional shots that see breaks collapse in the 40s.

What are the most popular free World Snooker Championship bets?

Like most snooker matches there are markets on all the individual games as well as overall odds on the tournament as a whole; including the outright winner, the finalists, and so forth. Other odds available include:

  • Winning nationality
  • Number of 147s
  • Quickest frame
  • Most colours potted
  • Most ball potted
  • Most fouls
  • Plus many more

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2019 World Snooker Championship

The 2019 championships took place between Saturday 20 April and Monday 6 May

Final

Judd Trump beat John Higgins 18-9

Semi-Finals

Dave Gilbert 16 John Higgins 17

Judd Trump 17 Gary Wilson 11

Quarter Finals

Dave Gilbert 13 Kyren Wilson 8

John Higgins 13 Neil Robertson 10

Gary Wilson 13 Ali Carter 9

Judd Trump 13 Stephen Maguire 6

 

How Popular is the World Snooker Championship?

The World Snooker Championship is without a doubt the pinnacle of the sport and the highlight of the year for snooker fans around the globe. The showpiece event of the calendar has been held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield since 1977 which has led the Steel City to become the home of snooker and a Mecca for fans of the sport. This year therefore is the 40th anniversary of the tournament coming to the Crucible.

The tournament begins towards the end of April and runs into May with the final taking place on Bank Holiday Monday. This year's tournament takes place from April 15 to May 1st. Whereas many competitions on the schedule nowadays are first to four frames in the early rounds the World Championship goes straight into a best of 19 format at the first stage and peaks at a best of 35 frames in the final. Even the qualifiers are best of 19 frame matches and all players ranked outside the top 16 in the world after the China Open have to play three qualifying matches the week before the Sheffield tournament.

There are plenty of epic battles over the tournament in Sheffield and an awful lot of tension on display and long days for spectators and officials...and players of course!

The World Championship dates all the way back to 1927 when Joe Davis won the first of his 15 titles but the true modern era of the World Championship began in 1969 when John Spencer won his first world crown with the end of the challenge matches and a full-scale tournament being held. Just eight players took part that year with Spencer beating defending champion John Pulman in the quarter finals and defeating Gary Owen in the final in a match played over the best of 73 frames, winning 37-24 but with a highest break in the final of only 77.

Since then there have been many greats on the green baize winning multiple world titles. Ray Reardon dominated the 1970s winning six titles, Steve Davis then took the mantle in the ‘80s winning six for himself. Then it was Stephen Hendry’s turn to dominate as he went one better and won seven in the 1990s.

There has not been a totally dominant presence in the game since those days but having won the World Championship in 2012 and 2013 to take his tally to five world crowns, Ronnie O’Sullivan has five World titles and John Higgins four.

The greatest number of World Snooker Championship wins of all time is fifteen by Joe Davis, but bear in mind was in an era when there were few professional players and far fewer matches required to win the title. The first maximum break in the championship was achieved by Cliff Thorburn in 1983 but 'Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan triumphs here with three (1997, 2003, 2008). Stephen Hendry matches him (1995, 2009, 2012) and they are the only players to do that more than once. 

Also; O'Sullivan's maximum in 1997 was 5mins 20secs, making it the fastest ever recorded in the professional game. Phew! Hendry, meanwhile, was the youngest ever champion when he won in 1990 at the age of 21 years and 106 days. In 2009, he won his 1000th frame at the Crucible against Ding Junhui, solidifying his status as one of the game's greats.

Hendry also holds the record for the longest unbeaten run at the Crucible; he won the Championship every year between 1992 and 1996, and continued unbeaten until the 1997 final. Ok, we get it Stephen, you were pretty good at snooker! Jeez!

Since the tournament has been held at the Crucible only three players have successfully defended the world title: Steve Davis in 1984, 1988 and 1989, Stephen Hendry from 1993 to 1996 and Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2013. No player has successfully defended his first title at the Crucible, but expect there to be odds on Selby doing just that this year!

The longest ever frame at the Crucible lasted 74 minutes 58 seconds, and was played between Stephen Maguire and Mark King in 2009. No doubt everyone in the Crucible needed to stretch their legs after that one!

The tournament has been dominated by Brits, in fact there have only ever been four champions from outside the United Kingdom; Horace Lindrum of Australia in 1952; Cliff Thorburn of Canada in 1980; Ken Doherty of Ireland in 1997 and Neil Robertson of Australia in 2010. Poor old Lindrum's title is often discounted, though, as most of the best players did not compete at the time. Still, good effort Horace!

The biggest loser of the World Snooker Championship is probably poor old Jimmy White, who has reached six finals, but has never won. The closest he came was 17–18 in 1994 against Stephen Hendry, on his 32nd birthday. Awwww.

 

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