A game that has been around for over a century, Snooker, a game that looks a bit like a game of pool, does in fact possess its own unique rules. Pool tables are 4’x8’, while a snooker table is 6’x12’. Like a pool table, a snooker table also has 6 pockets, the snooker pockets are narrower, making it that much harder to pocket a ball, in addition to shooting on a wider table. Snooker involves 22 balls. The white ball is the cue ball like in pool. Then there are 15 red balls each worth 1 point. The other 6 colored balls are yellow (worth 2 points), green (3), brown (4), blue (5), pink (6), and black (7).
You must pocket a red ball before you are able to pocket any of the colored balls. If you pocket a colored ball while there is still at least 1 red ball left on the table, the colored balls are put back into play in their original starting position when the game began. If you pocket a red ball, and then pocket a colored ball, the process starts over and you must shoot at a red ball. Once all of the red balls are pocketed, the players then pocket the colored balls in the order of their values. Once every ball is pocketed, whoever racked up the most points wins the frame. A snooker game will always have an odd number of frames set, to prevent a tie. For example, if whoever is first to win 4 frames wins the match, then as you can see it is a best of 7, and this number is determined before the match starts.
There are some unique options available for betting snooker. Firstly, you can bet on which player you think will win the match. A typical length for a high level snooker game is whoever is first to win 10 frames, which means there could be up to 19 total frames. Each match will feature a favorite, and an underdog. The favorite is the player most likely to win, which will pay out less money than you bet should they be the one you bet on. If you go for the underdog, the payout will be more money than you had bet. An example would look something like this:
Player 1 -180
Player 2 +150
The “-“sign next to Player 1 indicates they are the favorite, while the “+ sign for Player 2 indicates they are the underdog. The -180 simply means you must bet $18 for every $10 you want to win. The +150 means you will win $15 for every $10 you bet. When sizing your bets, you should always keep your betting bankroll in mind.
When there is a tournament going on, you can bet on which player you think will win the tournament. You can expect a solid return on just about any player since besting the entire field can only be a difficult task. You can also bet on who you think will reach the final round, or who will win the quarterfinals so that they will reach the semifinals. As each achievement gets slightly less demanding, each of their respective rewards will be slightly less fruitful.
You can also bet on if you think either player will win 3 consecutive frames at some point during the match.
The total match can also be broken down into 4 “mini-sessions” for the purposes of the betting. Frames 1-4 are considered the first mini-session. Followed by 5-9, 10-13, and 14-19. As you see, the first and third sessions are only 4 frames, while the second and fourth are 5. If you bet on a specific min-session, the first frame of that mini-session must be played in order for your bet to stand. You can also attempt at predicting the exact score of a specific mini-session.
You can bet on the total number of centuries. A century, also known as a ton, is when you score 100 points or more on one turn. This means you didn’t miss a shot, and to reach a century, you will have to have potted at least 26 consecutive balls. As mentioned above, you do so by knocking in the red balls and the colored balls alternately. You can bet on what the highest break will be, or if there will be a 147, which is the highest number you can break.
You can bet on how many frames you think the match will go, as well as the winner for each individual frame. Betting on the length of the match is also known as the “over/under” or “total”. If the match is set at 15.5 frames and you think it will be a close competitive match, you may be inclined to take the over. If you think one guy is going to dominate, you may want to take the under.