Let’s get the boys on the baize in 2022!
The snooker action is straight back in full swing this year as the Masters rolls back into the Alexandra Palace.
The top 16 players in the world are set for battle in the second of the three Triple Crown events on the World Snooker Tour, with 2021 champion Yan Bingtao looking to defend the Paul Hunter Trophy in style.
It just takes four wins in north London to be crowned Masters champion, but with a field dripping in talent it’s not as easy as it sounds…
When is the Masters Snooker 2022?
As is usual on the World Snooker Tour, the Masters opens up the action in the calendar year with 2022 proving no different.
The tables head to the Alexandra Palace from January 9 in one of the most prestigious non-ranking events on the tour.
Yan Bingtao arrives in north London as the defending champion and number one seed as the 48th edition of the Masters gets up and running on the baize!
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Who Is The Defending Masters Champion?
Yan Bingtao is the defending Masters champion following his triumphant 2021 tournament.
The 21-year-old Chinese sensation beat John Higgins 10-8 in last year’s final after trailing 3-5 and 5-7 showing the true resolve of a champion.
This victory was Bingtao’s best of his short career, adding to a Riga Masters title he picked up in Latvia in 2019.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is the most successful Masters champion scooping seven titles across 13 finals, with Mark Selby (3) the closest active player.
Who is missing from the 2022 Masters?
Ding Junhui will be missing from January’s prestigious Masters tournament – reserved exclusively for snooker’s top 16 players – for the first time since 2006.
The 34-year-old has suffered a real slump in form over the past few years, with a UK Championship title the only notable success in his career over the past 4-5 seasons.
Belgian Luca Brecel is another notable omission.
Brecel is one of the game’s most in-form players, beating John Higgins to win the Scottish Open, a week on from reaching the final of the UK Championship where he was beaten by Zhao Xintong.
Despite deserving a spot inside the Alexandra Palace, Brecel missed out on the top 16 rankings prior to the cut off point before the UK Championship.
Martin Gould, Tom Ford and David Gilbert are three other names that have had impressive 2021s but just missed the cut for January’s event.
When was the Masters Snooker first held?
There have been 47 Masters tournaments, dating back to 1975 when the first was held from inside the West Centre Hotel, London.
Only ten players featured in the 1975 event, with Ray Reardon losing to John Spencer on a re-spotted black in a 9-8 final.
The Masters would move to the New London Theatre, Wembley Conference Centre and Wembley Arena before settling on it’s new home inside north London’s Alexandra Palace.
There have been 25 different winners of the Masters, with 37 players contesting absorbing finals down the years.
How much prize money is on the line?
The prize fund for the event is £725,000, with the winner receiving £250,000
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How to Watch the Masters Snooker
Most major betting sites will have streams available for account holders as well as live coverage on Eurosport and BBC in the UK.
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Masters Snooker Betting Offers & Enhanced Odds
The best online bookmakers all understand the importance and popularity of the Masters Snooker.
Therefore, they have put together a whole host of betting offers to keep punters happy.
Free bets are the most common type of betting offer that you’ll find for the snooker. These give you the chance to win from your snooker betting without risking your own money.
Enhanced odds offers are another great way to maximise your snooker betting.
Make sure to check out the latest enhanced odds offers from the bookies throughout the tournament as they will update the offers subject to the way it pans out.
Snooker Masters Betting Markets & Specials
One of the joys of the Snooker Masters is the number of ways there are to bet on it.
The most obvious place to turn are the individual matches.
As well as the match winner market, punters have the choice of betting on the correct score, total frames, winning margin, a range of handicaps and even more specialist markets.
Then there are the outright betting markets.
The most popular is the tournament winner market, prices from which we have quoted above.
You can also bet on the winner of each individual quarter, which players will reach the final, which half (or quarter) the winner will come from and whether or not there will be a 147 break in the tournament.
Masters Snooker Free bets
The bookies know just how much snooker lovers enjoy the Masters Snooker and ensure that they are well covered with tempting free bets for the tournament.
You’ll find the very best free bets for the Masters Snooker right here as we’ve put together a host of options rankings from anywhere between £10 to £200.
Betfred are the tournament sponsors of the Masters so it’s no surprise they have a tempting Bet £10 Get £30 free bet for snooker fans to take advantage of.
Previous Masters Snooker Winners
Ronnie O’Sullivan has won more Masters titles than any other player but he hasn’t won any of the last three renewals and didn’t even turn up in 2020.
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