The world of professional snooker is vast and diverse; from the players and techniques to the prestigious venues and high stakes, every snooker fan has something that draws them to the sport time and time again. But as far as generating hype goes, nothing beats a good old-fashioned tournament. Professionals frequently compete in ranking tournaments that are open to players on the main tour and offer ranking points determined by performance, and non-ranking tournaments that usually take the form of an invitational event available only to a select few. There are examples of brilliant play and calamitous upsets in both types of tournaments, and champions have been made and toppled in a variety of high-level competitions across the globe featuring the most talented players the sport has to offer.
The most distinguished tournaments are widely televised, making them easier to keep up with and record if you need to. Thanks to this increased exposure, they often have odds on display on all major betting sites for both ranking and non-ranking formats. In the ranking category, the World Snooker Championship, UK Championship, Scottish Open, World Cup, and World Open tourneys are ones to watch out for.
For unranked tournaments, don’t miss out on the Masters, Champion of Champions, Championship League, World Seniors Championship, and Shanghai Masters events. Since these only happen once a year, the anticipation and build-up for tournaments of this caliber are genuine, even for those that are still months away from starting. The stakes are also appropriately raised to fit the occasion, so it pays to remain vigilant and keep track of when the season’s most electrifying events are due.
There are still a few tournaments left in this season alone that promise to spice things up, not least of all the 2020 Gibraltar Open. Beginning from March 11th at the Europa Sports Complex and with the final 128 concluding across March 13th - 15th, this event will boast a £150,000 bonus for the player who manages to top the ranking list covering the four events that make up the European Series – this being the final one.
The 2020 Coral Tour Championship is also shaping up to be a solid tourney; running from March 17th to March 22nd at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales, the new and upcoming tournament was won last year by none other than Ronnie O’Sullivan, who defeated Neil Robertson 13-11 in the final.
Televised by ITV4 and included in the World Snooker calendar for the first time last year, the event exhibited the top ranking players and a total prize pool of £375,000. Also included in the same series are the Coral World Grand Prix and the Coral Players Championship, and the player who earns the most money across all three tournaments next season will receive a bonus of £100,000.
And last but not least, the most prestigious of all upcoming events in the snooker scene, the 2020 World Championship to be held from April 18th to May 4th. This is snooker’s premier event, a focal point of the sporting calendar and a staple of the game since its inception in 1927.
Lasting 17 days every spring, the best of the best go head to head in a contest of technique and mental fortitude, with only the most stalwart competitors coming out on top. The tournament has been held every year since 1977 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England, and this year looks to be no different.
If those aren’t reasons enough to tune in, the intense atmosphere and ambience offered by the venue and the magnitude of the event are palpable, and BBC Sport, the broadcaster, reports that it is watched by almost 500 million people worldwide.
No matter your affinity for the game or your level of experience, there is something to be gained from all kinds of players in these events, both large and small. High-level tournaments especially feature the most refined play you can see anywhere, so whether you watch to improve, out of fascination, or to make that winning bet, don’t miss the most thrilling upcoming competitions this season.