The UK Snooker Championship is one of the biggest snooker events on the planet and is the second most prestigious behind only World Championship.
A Triple Crown event, it’s seen some real classics down the years with memorable performances from the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Steve Davies and Stephen Hendry.
For betting it can be a real thriller and every November all bookmakers eyes turn to the Barbican Centre in York to offer tips and odds.
The tournament itself dates back to 1977 when it was first held in Blackpool at the infamous Tower Circus, and was initially only open to UK citizens.
Since then it’s become a tournament open to the world and has moved across the North of England, although had brief stays in Telford and Bournemouth.
It returned to York back in 2011 where it has been a permanent fixture since.
The tournament has seen some historic games, including the epic battles between Steve Davis and Alex Higgins, including that famous 16-15 win for the Hurricane.
It’s why we love it here at Oddsmanager. It brings the best in the business, from the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan to Judd Trump and we’ll bring you all the best UK Snooker Championship odds and predictions throughout the tournament.
If you’re looking to find out more about the tournament then you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find all the important information about the championship including the more recent winners and how to watch it…
UK Championship Snooker Tips
Picking a winner in the tournament is never easy. There are some real stars in snooker at the moment from the reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to the likes of Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Mark Williams.
When producing our tips and placing our bets we always take into account the following factors…
- World Ranking: World Rankings can always be a good place to start when looking to place snooker bets as you’ll automatically get a better understanding of the player who has the most quality. However, you should also look at the trajectory of the world rankings to look at the rise and fall of players as this can be an indicator of form.
- Recent Results/Tournaments: As well as rankings being an indicator of form, analysing recent results will also give you insight into this. Snooker is very much a form and confidence sport and those on a bad run are certainly more likely to miss the important, high-pressure pots in comparison to those in form.
- Head-to-Head: Head-to-head can be a big factor as different players have different styles, as well as some having a larger presence. Players will often play against each other given their heavy fixture list, so it’s always worth analysing recent results.
- Big Game Players: The Triple Crown events aren’t easy to win and nerves can get to players in front of a bigger crowd. Some really step up and other players will wilt. Look at the previous winners, particularly of the last few years and you’ll likely find the same faces that have the mentality to win the big prizes.
UK Snooker Championship Fixtures
The UK Snooker Championship takes place between November 26 and December 8, 2019 so has yet to see the fixtures drawn as it stands.
The First Round involves around 128 players, with that whittled down to two for the Final On December 8.
The rounds which form the UK Snooker Championship fixtures are:
- First Round
- Second Round
- Third Round
- Fourth Round
- Quarter Finals
As it stands, Judd Trump is the favourite to win the tournament with Paddy Power pricing him at 3/1. Last year’s winner Ronnie O’Sullivan is second favourite at 7/2, with the likes of Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and John Higgins all contenders.
UK Snooker Championship Live Stream
The UK Snooker Championship is broadcast worldwide, with the BBC and Eurosport being the official broadcasters in the United Kingdom. Down the years it’s broadcast some memorable tournaments and each year there’s always that something special that takes place to get fans talking.
As well as television, you can live stream the event via the iPlayer, although a number of bookmakers also offer live streaming of snooker.
You’ll find many tournaments available to live stream, with the likes of Coral, Ladbrokes and Betfred among the biggest names to offer this service. However, there are many more and we’ll bring you all the best bookies offering live streams.
UK Championship Snooker Prize Money
The UK Championship has a significant prize pot available and is one of the most lucrative and prestigious prizes to win in the sport.
The total prize pot is just over £1million, with the winner receiving £200,000.
Runners up make £80,000, with the first prizes starting by reaching the last 64 in which you pick up £6,500. From there the prize money increases with every round.
More than money though, the prestige of the event keeps the best coming back for more. To walk in the footsteps of Davis, Higgins, Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White is a dream, just as replicating Bobby Moore to win the World Cup for England is for many footballers.
In 2019, the winner of the UK Snooker Championship will win £200,000 with bonus money also available from sponsors for any 147 breaks scored.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is the reigning UK champion beating Mark Allen last year in the final 10-6.
The UK Championship gets underway this year on November 26 in York and climaxes on December 8 with the Final.