In Play Snooker Betting: Every Frame, Every Shot

Join us as we explore the intricacies of snooker In Play betting and uncover the strategies to help you make informed and profitable bets while the action rolls across the green baize.

In Play Snooker Betting: Every Frame, Every Shot
Alex Matless

Written by: Alex Matless

(Senior Betting Writer)

Fact checked by: Louis Hobbs

(Senior Sports Writer)

Last updated: 2024-03-28

In Play Snooker Betting: Every Frame, Every Shot

Welcome to the dynamic and exciting world of In Play snooker betting, where the thrill of cue sports meets the drama of live betting. Whether you're a seasoned snooker fan or a newcomer to the sport, In Play betting adds an extra layer of excitement and strategy to your betting experience. Join us as we explore the intricacies of snooker In Play betting and uncover the strategies to help you make informed and profitable bets while the action rolls across the green baize.

What is an In Play Bet?

In Play betting, also known as live betting, allows you to place bets on snooker matches as they unfold in real-time, offering a unique opportunity to react to the ebb and flow of a snooker match. 

Unlike traditional pre-match betting, In Play snooker betting enables you to assess player performance, momentum shifts, and match dynamics before making a betting decision.

Because you are betting on the snooker match as it happens, with In Play bets you can make the most of high value odds created by slow starts and unexpected performances, maximising your potential winnings.

Types of In Play Snooker Bets

Snooker In Play betting markets can be vast and varied, and a good snooker betting site will offer you a fantastic choice of In Play bets. We’ve broken down some of the most common In Play bets you’ll find on a snooker match.

To Win Next Frame

This In Play snooker bet is on which player you think will win the next frame in the match.

Colour of First Ball Potted

This bet is on which coloured ball you think will be potted first in the next frame of the match.

Player to Commit a Foul in Next Frame

With this bet, you are predicting whether either player will commit a foul during the next frame of the match.

Player to Pot Last Ball of Current Frame

This In Play bet is on which player you think will pot the last ball in the current frame of the match.

Snooker In Play Betting Tips

To the uninitiated, betting on the snooker In Play can seem a daunting prospect. If you’re already a fan of the sport, choosing the right bets will be a simple process to learn, but here are a few tips to get you started.

Start Small

Don’t go rushing in to In Play snooker betting and placing all of your bankroll on one bet slip. Begin with small stakes to build your confidence and learn how to spot opportunities in the betting markets when matches play out. 

Take Advantage of Odds Fluctuations

Sometimes a favourite will have a slow start and go behind in a match they were odds on to win. Other times an underdog will stretch a game to more frames than was anticipated. In moments like these, In Play betting markets will have higher value odds which you can take advantage of. Look for these high value bets and maximise your potential winnings.

Back the Favourite

A good way to grow your confidence and win your first In Play snooker bets is to back the favourite. Look for the player who has the shortest odds in a match and back them to win, hit large breaks or win the first few frames. Your potential winnings won’t be as large as placing bets on longer odds markets, but with a few winning bets under your belt, you’ll start to gain confidence in your ability to spot a winning In Play snooker bet.

Watch Snooker Matches

The best way to improve your In Play snooker betting is to watch as many snooker matches as you can. You’ll soon start to learn the player’s form, style of play and how they fair against different players. You’ll also be able to spot opportunities during matches to place an In Play bet, maximising your potential winnings and honing your snooker betting skills.

Snooker Events to Bet on In Play

Snooker events run all-year-round, so no matter what month it is, chances are you’ll have a major or minor tournament to bet on. Here are some of the most popular snooker tournaments to place In Play bets on.


World Snooker Championship

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Winner’s prize money: £500,000

Date held: April – May

Number of players: 32

Tournament format: Best of 19 frames (rising to best of 35 frames for final)


The Masters

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Winner’s prize money: £250,000

Date held: January

Number of players: 16

Tournament format: Best of 11 frames (rising to best of 19 frames for final)


UK Championship

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Winner’s prize money: £250,000

Date held: November – December

Number of players: 32

Tournament format: Best of 11 frames (rising to best of 19 frames for final)


China Open

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Winner’s prize money: £177,000

Date held: March

Number of players: 32

Tournament format: Best of 11 frames (rising to best of 19 frames for final)


World Open

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Winner’s prize money: £170,000

Date held: March

Number of players: 64

Tournament format: Best of 11 frames (rising to best of 19 frames for final)

Top Snooker Players to Back with In Play Snooker Bets

The top 16 world ranking snooker players is always changing as players win and lose matches. Here are some of the current top players to place In Play bets on in 2024.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Currently holding the esteemed title of world number one snooker player, Ronnie burst onto the professional snooker scene in 1992. Since then, his remarkable talent has propelled him to clinch an impressive 41 ranking tournaments, including a remarkable 7 world titles. 

Judd Trump

A seasoned pro in the snooker world since 2005, Judd boasts 27 ranking tournament victories, notably securing the world championship in 2019.

Mark Allen 

Presently occupying the third spot in the world rankings, Mark embarked on his professional snooker journey in 2005. With 11 ranking tournament wins under his belt, Allen swiftly ascended into the top 16 rankings within his first three professional seasons. 

Ding Junhui

Heralded as the most successful Asian snooker player in the sport's history, Ding commenced his professional career in 2003. Accumulating 14 ranked tournament victories, Ding stands as the solitary Asian player to have claimed the coveted number one world ranking spot. 

Luca Brecel

The reigning world champion, Luca made his debut in professional snooker in 2011. Remarkably, in 2012, Brecel etched his name in history as the youngest entrant into the World Snooker Championship at a mere 17 years old and has subsequently amassed four ranked tournament wins in his bright career.

Alex Matless

Alex Matless

Alex is a copywriter and creative writer with nearly 6 years of experience writing in the online gambling industry. He has worked for sportsbook giants bet365, as well as online casino brands under the Mansion umbrella, helping to launch the SlotsHeaven and MansionBet brands. After studying for a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism at Staffordshire University, he moved to Gibraltar to work in the sunny capital of online gambling. His passion for creative storytelling, no matter the topic, makes his articles exceptionally readable and wonderfully engaging.

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