German Masters Snooker
The German Masters is a professional ranking tournament first established in 1995. The event is held at the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany where there are five rounds played to determine the winner. Following its return as a ranking event in 2010, the German Masters Snooker event now has many established players taking to its table. This recent restructuring of the German Masters fixtures means that the event now offers valuable world ranking points as well as a top prize of €50,000.
The history of the German Masters
Between 1995 and 1997, the German Masters was a ranking tournament named the German Open. In 1998, the event changed its name to the German Masters and became a non-ranking competition where the calibre of players was determined by its organiser and sponsor. In 2011, the event returned to its original form after a thirteen-year hiatus. The German Masters is now maintained by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, who use the official ranking system to determine qualifying players.
So far, the German Masters snooker tournament has been won by British players. Scottish John Higgins received the German Masters title twice in 1995 and 1997, while Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Parrott placed first in 1996 and 1998 respectively.
The 2011 final was won 9-7 by Mark Williams against Mark Selby, with Ronnie O’Sullivan beating Stephen Maguire by the same scoreline in 2012.
When looking at the German Masters betting odds, pay particular attention to those who have won the event previously. Also, keep an eye out for players rising quickly in the rankings as they could be on top form for the German Masters snooker event.
The German Masters format
There are six different stages of the German Masters fixtures, where winners from each heat go on to compete in following rounds. The event starts off with a Wild Card Round, where amateur players are given a chance to enter the tournament. The next three rounds – the last 32, the last 16 and quarter-finals are all knockout stages. The best of the nine frames played in each game can move onto the next round. The semi-finals and final are eleven and seventeen frames respectively, testing both the patience and endurance of those remaining competitors.