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Snooker returns to its homeland of England this week after a brief spell abroad for the Shanghai Masters last weekend in China. With the British Open occurring for only the third time in two decades, snooker fans will be treated to a fiesta of action at The Centaur with £478,000 on the line as Ryan Day looks to defend his title in Cheltenham. Read further on for our 2023 Snooker British Open predictions.
Last week saw a predicted Ronnie O’Sullivan’s win after he finally broke his winning drought on the World Snooker Tour in Shanghai. Just after, the GOAT promptly broke the news that he won’t be competing at the 2023 British Open. This blows open the 2023 British Open snooker odds, with John Higgins vying for a fourth title, Ryan Day hoping to go back-to-back, and Judd Trump well-positioned to win his first trophy here. Who will prevail? We have everything you need to know to bet on the British Open 2023 snooker in this betting guide.
|ℹ️ Tournament:||2023 Cazoo British Open (WST Ranking Event), World Snooker Tour 2023-24|
|🏟️ Venue:||The Centaur, Cheltenham, England|
|🗓️ Dates:||Monday 25 September to Sunday 1 October|
Before diving into our 2023 Snooker British Open predictions, let’s look at what the bookies think. Here are the latest 2023 British Open snooker odds:
Looking at these outright betting odds from UK online bookies, the absence of Ronnie O’Sullivan sees Judd Trump move into the favorite spot at 7.00 (6/1). Behind Trump, the next best contenders are fairly congested, with John Higgins on 10.00 (9/1), followed by Mark Selby and Neil Robertson on 11.00 (10/1). The top-5 also includes Shaun Murphy, who rounds out the World Snooker Tour 2023-24 odds at 13.00 (12/1).
The British Open used to be a staple of the annual snooker calendar before it took an almost two-decade sabbatical between 2004 and 2021. However, the event has returned to the World Snooker Tour as a ranking event and is now played regularly as the third tournament of the season. With a cool £100,000 going to the winner and just short of half a million pounds prize money overall, there’s plenty to contest over the coming week.
We’ve done the hard yards and sorted through the best odds on snooker betting sites to come up with three expert picks. Here are our top 2023 Snooker British Open predictions:
There’s something about the Scotsman and winning here at the British Open. Many of the players on tour won’t remember it, but Higgins won here on three occasions prior to the British Open’s long hiatus. Though his last trophy was in 2004, Higgins, currently No. 9 in the world, is in sharp form and will be eager to grab a fourth title this coming week in the absence of Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Recently, Higgins fell painstakingly close to knocking eventual champion Ronnie O’Sullivan out of the Shanghai Masters, losing 6-5 to the Englishman in the quarter-finals. The loss must have felt like deja vu, with the 48-year-old also losing 6-5 in his previous tournament, this time in the semi-finals to Judd Trump at the European Masters. All this to say, the Scot is in fine form and feels as though he’s just a few degrees away from lifting another trophy. At a tournament where he’s thrived in the past, we say Higgins is a great bet.
Someone who will be looking to deny Higgins a fourth British Open title is Luca Brecel. The Belgian will be able to relate to Higgins’ frustration last week, as he also lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan. Brecel’s loss, however, came in the final, in a thrilling 11-9 result.
Now that O’Sullivan is on the sidelines for this tournament, Brecel will surely be confident he can go one better and win the British Open. The current world No. 2 pays brilliant odds of 21.00 for someone who recently won the World Championship and fell a few shots short of claiming another title last weekend.
Can’t decide between these two great 2023 Snooker British Open predictions? Take them both by betting on the rest of the world to win this week. Essentially, this is a wager that someone who is not English will win the tournament, which includes both John Higgins and Luca Brecel. Other great contenders from the rest of the world are Neil Robertson (Australia), Mark Allen (Northern Ireland) and Mark Williams (Wales).
This bet includes four of the top eight betting favorites, plus our top two contenders, making its return of 5.00 (4/1) a brilliant wager that is both conservative and lucrative enough.
Snooker is back in England this week, with the 2023 Cazoo British Open taking place over the coming seven days. With Ronnie O’Sullivan pulling out at the last minute due to medical reasons, the draw is wide open, and plenty of players will fancy their chances.
We say a non-English player will win, with great odds on the rest of the world at 5.00 (4/1) offered by the best European betting sites. Those after a higher return could consider backing John Higgins, who is chasing his fourth title here and comes into the event in fine form, having lost narrowly to last week’s eventual Shanghai Masters champion in the quarter-finals.