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It’s that time of year in the snooker season when the best of the best come face to face for the prestigious Champion of Champions tournament. The Toughsheet Community Stadium in Bolton, England, will play host to 16 champions, all vying for their share of the £440,000 prize pool, with each having good cause to believe they’ll prevail in this fascinating event. Read on as we break down all the best 2023 Snooker Champion of Champions predictions this week.
Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed the title this time last year, but can he hold off the rest of the field to win his fifth Champion of Champions trophy in Bolton this week? Or will Judd Trump, still the World Snooker Tour’s most in-form player, bounce back from his stumble in Tianjin last week to avenge his final loss to O’Sullivan in 2022? We have everything you need to know to bet on the Champion of Champions 2023 snooker in this betting guide.
|ℹ️ Tournament:||2023 Cazoo Champion of Champions, World Snooker Tour 2023-24 Non-ranking Invitational Event|
|🏟️ Venue:||Toughsheet Community Stadium, Bolton, England|
|🗓️ Dates:||Monday 13 November to Sunday 19 November|
Before outlining our 2023 Snooker Champion of Champions predictions, let’s see what snooker bookies in the UK have to say. Here are the latest 2023 Champion of Champions snooker odds:
Looking at these World Snooker Tour 2023-24 odds, it’s still Judd Trump who is favored to win by most major bookies. Despite getting predictably upset on the 2023 International Championship last week, Trump pays 3.25 (9/4) to win, ahead of Ronnie O’Sullivan, who returns 5.00 (4/1).
As usual, these two are ahead of the rest of the field, with Mark Selby straddling the pack at 7.50 (13/2). The remaining contenders can return in double digits, as John Higgins and Mark Allen round out the top five betting favorites, joint at 10.00 (91/).
The Champion of Champions has a storied history in snooker lore, first being played in 1978. The concept is simple: all champions from the preceding season are lumped together in one spot and fight it out to the death. Well, not quite the death, but certainly for plenty of prestige and a healthy £150,000 for the winner.
As an invitational & non-ranking event, the Champion of Champions will see a 16-man draw competing in group semi-finals (best of seven frames) and group finals (best of 11 frames), before semi-finals and finals which will be 11 and 19 frames respectively.
With O’Sullivan winning last year and having found some handy form last week, can the Englishman claim his fifth title here in Bolton? Read on for our snooker 2023 Champion of Champions Open betting guide.
We’ve done the hard work here and sorted through the latest snooker odds to come up with three expert picks. Here are our top 2023 Snooker Champion of Champions predictions:
It’s a cliche pick, but there’s good reason to believe that backing Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the Champion of Champions this week is the best bet to make. There’s no denying that O’Sullivan is the GOAT of snooker, with the Englishman holding almost every record there is to hold. It’s events like this where he stands up. Call it ego, call it the way he’s wired, but there’s a reason O’Sullivan has won the Champion of Champions four times. It’s the place where he reminds the rest of the Tour why he’s considered as one of the all-time greats.
Despite O’Sullivan’s semifinal upset loss to Zhang Anda just a few days ago, the 47-year-old is in decent form. His win at the Shanghai Masters was impressive, and even last week’s tight loss to the winner confirmed he’s still got it.
As mentioned above, last week saw a huge upset as home favorite Anda stormed past O’Sullivan in the semi-finals of the International Championship. Here’s the thing about great champions: they’re human, and stumble sometimes. However, they rarely make the same mistake twice.
Expect O’Sullivan to come out and make a statement against Anda in their opening match at the Champion of Champions. Wagering on a 4-0 scoreline for a return of 7.00 (6/1), while riskier, wouldn’t be a bad option either here.
One player who has gone from hero to zero in recent months is Shaun Murphy. Murphy began the season winning everything and was virtually untouchable for a month or two. Now, the Englishman can barely win a match, as was evidenced by yet a first-round round exit at the International Championship last week.
While Gary Wilson isn’t exactly winning on a regular basis either, this is a fascinating match-up that we believe Wilson will get the better of. Murphy looks like he can’t wait for the off-season, and it would be a surprise if he managed to turn his form around this week, given his recent results.
The 2023 Champion of Champions tournament awaits in Bolton, England, this week, as the best 16 players from the year square off at the Toughsheet Community Stadium. Ronnie O’Sullivan is the man to watch, and we say the Englishman will live up to his strong odds and claim yet another trophy at this event. Look for an early exit for home favorite Murphy as well, while Anda struggles to back up his performance in Tianjin.