World Snooker - Dafabet Masters 2018 betting preview, tips and predictions

By: Marius Hrebenciuc

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The 2018 Dafabet Masters is a professional non-ranking snooker tournament which will take place between 14-21 January 2018 at Alexandra Palace in North London, England. The Dafabet Masters makes up snooker’s Triple Crown, which is a collective term used for the three most important snooker tournaments: the World Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters. Due to the fact that is a non-ranking event, the Masters consists of 16 players, who are usually invited due to their position in the World rankings at the time.

Steve Davis, Alex Higgins, Terry Griffiths, Stephen Hendry, Mark Williams, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy and Ronnie O’Sullivan are the ten players who have won all Triple Crown events at least once.

The 2018 Dafabet Masters will be the 44th staging of the Masters, a tournament which began in 1975 and has always been held in London, although the venue switched to Alexandra Palace from Wembley in 2012.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is the reigning champions after he beat Joe Perry 10-7 in the 2017 final. Meanwhile, 2012 Masters Champion Neil Robertson is one of the biggest absentees as he didn’t manage to maintain his top 16 place at the cut off point at the UK Championship.

Dafabet Masters 2018 seed, draw and bracket

Reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is the No. 1 seed, while the remaining places are allocated to players based on the World rankings after the 2017 UK Championship. Furthermore, the 12th-ranked Stuart Bingham was suspended, which means that the player ranked 17 took his place at the tournament. It will also be interesting to see how Luca Brecel and Anthony McGill will manage this tournament, as they will both make their debuts at the Masters.

Ronnie O’Sullivan will begin his title defence of his Dafabet Masters title against Marco Fu on Tuesday, January 16 at 1 PM. Meanwhile, World Champion Mark Selby has been drawn against two-time Masters champion Mark Williams, which will be the opening game of the tournament on Sunday, January 14 at 1 PM.

Tickets for many sessions have already sold out, including the latter stages of the competition such as Semi-finals, Final, but also for the first round games including Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby.

Round One

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Marco Fu

  • Mark Allen vs Luca Brecel

  • John Higgins vs Anthony McGill

  • Ding Junhui vs Ryan Day

  • Judd Trump vs Liang Wenbo

  • Shaun Murphy vs Ali Carter

  • Barry Hawkins vs Kyren Wilson

  • Mark Selby vs Mark Williams

 

Round Two

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan/Marco Fu vs Mark Allen/Luca Brecel

  • John Higgins/Anthony McGill vs Ding Junhui/Ryan Day

  • Judd Trump/Liang Wenbo vs Shaun Murphy/Ali Carter

  • Barry Hawkins/Kyren Wilson vs Mark Selby/Mark Williams

 

Semi-finals

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan/Marco Fu/Mark Allen/Luca Brecel vs John Higgins/Anthony McGill/Ding Junhui/Ryan Day

  • Judd Trump/Liang Wenbo/Shaun Murphy/Ali Carter vs Barry Hawkins/Kyren Wilson/Mark Selby/Mark Williams

 

Final

  • Winner Semi-final 1 vs Winner Semi-final 2

Dafabet Masters 2018 prize fund

Winner: £200,000

Runner-up: £90,000

Semi-finals: £50,000

Quarter-finals: £25,000

Last 16: £12,500

Highest break: £10,000

Total: £600,000

Dafabet Masters 2018 betting predictions and odds

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won this title a record seven times including three wins in the last four appearances. Along with Steve Davis, Ronnie is the only player to have won the title in three different decades. O’Sullivan has been in good shape throughout this 2017/18 snooker season, winning 3 ranking titles and holding a record of 16 wins and 4 defeats. After winning the 2017 Masters and 2017 English Open, O’Sullivan qualified for the Champion of Champions tournament were the lost in the final at the hands of Shaun Murphy.

Back Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the Dafabet Masters 2018 at odds 5/2 with William Hill

Prediction: Ronnie O’Sullivan to finish second

 

Mark Selby has only managed to win the 2017 International Championship trophy throughout this 2017/18 snooker season. However, he has also reached the quarter-finals of the 2017 European Masters and Hong Kong Masters along with a last 16 finish at the 2017 Paul Hunter Classic. Last year at the Dafabet Masters, Selby was eliminated in the quarter-finals following a 6-3 loss at the hands of Barry Hawkins.

Back Mark Selby to win the Dafabet Masters 2018 at odds 4/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Mark Selby to win the title

 

John Higgins is a four-time World Champion which turned pro back in 1992. The ‘Wizard of Wishaw’ managed to win the 2017 Indian Open and he also reached the quarter-finals of 2017 Hong Kong Masters, 2017 International Championship and 2017 Champion of Champions. Higgins was involved in one of the biggest shock of the previous Dafabet Masters tournament as he was knockout in the first round following a 6-5 defeat at the hands of Mark Allen.

Back John Higgins to win the Dafabet Masters 2018 at odds 15/2 with William Hill

Prediction: John Higgins to reach the Semi-finals

How to bet on the Dafabet Masters 2018?

Like every other sport, bettors should take into consideration several key factors before placing a bet on snooker. Bettors need to understand player form, injuries, head-to-head results, etc. In addition, you need to be aware that certain players may struggle in specific formats, so you need to research the tournament format. All these information will not guarantee you a profit but will increase your chance to pick a winning bet.

As in every sport, there are a number of markets to bet on snooker. Bettors can mix up their bets with a variety of different betting formats, although it depends from bookmaker to bookmaker.

 

1x2 Snooker Betting or the Winning market:

This is the most common market and the easiest way for a bettor to understand the cost of a bet. This market allows you to place a bet on a player who will win the match.

Snooker Frame Handicap Betting:

The Handicap market is similar to the Handicap used in other sports like football, tennis, basketball, handball etc. This market occurs when one player is favoured over his opponents. Bookies offer a handicap of frames in order to level the playing field. These frames offered by the bookmakers are then added to the game’s final score, and the winner is the player that covers these additions.

Snooker Total Legs Betting:

This market allows the bettor to place a bet on whether the total number of frames by both players involved in the game will be over or under the value set by the bookmaker.

Outright Winner Market Snooker Betting:

Most bookmakers offer snooker futures, which allows the punter to bet on the outright winner of a major tournament. Once the draw has been made, the punter have the opportunity to predict which player will win a tournament, or to anticipate route of each player and check who offers the best value.

About Marius Hrebenciuc

Content editor with good knowledge on football and tennis. Actually, a tennis addict who can watch games 24/7