The World Championship 2018 is the most important event that takes place on the snooker calendar this year. It’s also the longest with the event taking place for over three weeks, with a week of qualifying followed by 17 days at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
It is the wealthiest tournament in snooker with the winner receiving £425,000, a lot more than in The Masters snooker tournament, also taking place in UK. This year the final stages are being held from 21 April to 7 May with 32 players hoping to win the title. All bar the top sixteen ranked players in the world must qualify to get the Crucible with countries all over the world represented.
1. World Snooker Championship
The first World Snooker Championship took place in 1927 and it was Joe Davis who won title and prize money of £6 and 10 shillings. Davis was to win the title every year until 1940 with tournaments held in a variety of towns and cities in England including Nottingham, London and Kettering.
The championships resumed after World War Two and in 1946 Joe Davis again won the title in a final that was played over six days with him winning 78-67. Davis retired after that win but then his brother Fred won the World Championship on eight occasions. In 1952 Australian Horace Lindrum won the title by the score of 94-49.
From 1958 to 1963 there was no championship and when revived, it was won by John Pulman who defended it on a challenge basis and won seven titles in the 1960s. It was in the 1970s when snooker grew in popularity with proper knock-out tournaments being held and the arrival of players such as six-time champion Ray Reardon, Alex Higgins and John Spencer.
With the arrival of colour television, more interest was shown in the sport of snooker. The controversy caused by the behaviour of Alex Higgins also saw the sport hit the newspaper headlines on a regular basis.
The early 1970s saw Ray Reardon dominate the sport but it wasn’t until the second-half of the decade that the snooker boom really began. In 1977 the World Championship moved to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and has stayed there ever since. It’s not the largest venue in the world and there has been some talk of the event moving to China, but it remains in Sheffield for the time being.
Since 1980 the final has been held over 35 frames with the most famous being in 1985 when Dennis Taylor beat Steve Davis 18-17. The match finished after midnight with over 18.5m viewers watching the final frame and it remains one of the most famous matches ever played.
From the 1980s, the tournament has been dominated by Steve Davis, who won six titles but the record for the modern-day tournament is seven won by Stephen Hendry including a spell of five titles in a row between 1992 and 1997.
Not even he could beat the Crucible Curse which has seen no first-time winner retain their title the following year. Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the title five times, John Higgins four and the current champion is Mark Selby who has won three titles in the past four years. There have been some notable surprises though including Terry Griffiths winning in 1979, Joe Johnson in 1986 and Stuart Bingham in 2015.
2. 2018 World Snooker Championship Betting
The 2018 World Snooker Championships again take place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
There will be a wide range of betting opportunities for this tournament and ante-post betting is already available. Many bookies will be offering prices, but we recommend William Hill and Bet 365.
You can place bets on the overall winner with Ronnie O’Sullivan bound to be a popular choice and is with Bet365 at 4/1. Then there’s betting on the individual matches, though the final line-up for the last 32 won’t be known until the week before the tournament begins after the lengthy qualifying tournament which features all the player bar the top 16 is concluded. Other betting opportunities include who will win each quarter of the draw and the highest break in the tournament.
Other favourites to win the entire competition are Mark Selby with 7/2 at Ladbrokes, Judd Trump with 11/2 at William Hill and Ding Junhui with 10/1 at Bet 365. Are these sure betting tips?
As you know so far we had some surprising results in the first round. Now the favourite Mark Selby is out being defeated by Joe Perry 4:10. Another surprise is Marco Fu loosing to Lyu Haotian 5:10. So far this tournament is very great and we hope for another great battles and some other shocking results.
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