Shanghai Masters Snooker
The Shanghai Masters – also known as the Bank of Communication Shanghai Masters – is a professional ranking tournament held at the Shanghai Grand Stage in September. The event was first established in 2007 and is the second ranking event in China, which is also home to the China Open snooker event in December.
Each year, there are Shanghai Masters betting odds for some of snooker’s most esteemed players. As the snooker event is a ranking tournament, players at the top of their game come to compete. The Shanghai Masters fixtures – which are early on in the snooker season – give players a chance to earn early ranking points alongside a cash prize of £65,000 as the tournament is used by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association to determine the world’s top snooker players.
Shanghai Masters Fixtures
The Shanghai Masters snooker tournament is a round-robin event where players go through knock-out stages in order to progress in the competition. There are five rounds alongside a wildcard tournament open to amateur and lower profile snooker players. In round one, two and the quarter-finals, a player must achieve best of nine frames in order to compete in the later stages.
While the earlier matches are relatively short, the semi-finals and final matches require the remaining competitors to win a majority of eleven and nineteen frames respectively. This lengthy process tests both the endurance and stamina of those players in the Shanghai Masters snooker finals.
Shanghai Masters-past winners
So far, there have been a host of esteemed players winning the Shanghai Masters title, all of whom have been British players. The Welsh player Dominic Dale placed first in 2007, and between 2008 and 2011, the tournament was won by English players Ricky Walden, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ali Carter and Mark Selby.
This run was broken by Scotland’s John Higgins in 2012, who beat Judd Trump 10-9 in what many regard as one of the most thrilling snooker finals in recent years.
When picking from the Shanghai Masters betting odds, pay attention to its previous winners to pick up on any trends. What’s more, looking at British players with winning credentials such as UK Championship winner Judd Trump and World Snooker Champion John Higgins could prove to be a lucrative move for Shanghai Masters snooker bets.