Author: Graham Tower
Published: 10:06 29/11/2012
Coral is the first bookmaker on the scene with a free bet offer on the UK Snooker Championship which begins on Saturday 1 December at the York Barbican.
Available to all to customers betting online, mobile, telephone and in its high street shops, Coral will refund losing single bets on the match winner and correct frame score if a century is scored in the final frame of any match. Refunds are awarded as free bets up to a maximum of £50.
Last year’s winner Judd Trump heads the betting and without Ronnie O’Sullivam who is taking time out from snooker, the 23-year-old is 4/1 to retain his UK Championship title.
Trump is the rising star of snooker who announced himself on the world stage when reaching the final of the World Championship last year before going on to win the UK Championship, beating Mark Allen in the final.
Like O’Sullivan, Trump is admired for his attacking style of play and brilliant shot-making and is tipped to replace ‘The Rocket’ as the darling of snooker. Six-time world champion, Steve Davis is a fan of the UK Champion and is on record as saying Trump is the leader of a new breed of snooker player.
“Judd looks to be spearheading his generation”, Davis said after the 2011 final.
“Snooker has changed. Frames do not even go to the colours anymore. It is a bombardment of scoring, positional play has become very important and it is the new way of playing the game. I do not think it is going to change.”
Trump has returned from the far east where he has already shown winning form. He played in three ranking tournaments, appearing in the final of the Shanghai Masters and winning the International Championship in China to become the top ranked player in the world.
The defence of his UK crown begins on Sunday when he plays Mark Joyce from Walsall who is ranked 50 in the world. Coral bet 1/7 for Trump to win the best-of-11 first round match and provide odds for the correct score, result after four frames and handicap odds giving Joyce 3.5 frames start.
New customers receive £30 free bet from Coral
UK Championship Snooker Offer