Snooker is a sport going through change. In recent years we have seen other sports such as cricket introduce new formats in an attempt to attract a new audience and appeal to younger generations to get them into the sport. Snooker now faces a similar challenge. This week we will see the Shoot Out tournament which offers a different viewing experience due to its fast pace. This also dramatically changes how you should approach betting on this event. In this article we will look at how the tournament works and the things you can do to enjoy betting on the event responsibly.
The Shoot Out tournament is a series of one frame matches between some of the best players in snooker. Each match has a time limit of 10 minutes with players being allocated 15 seconds per shot during the first five minutes which reduces to ten seconds per shot for the final five minutes of the match.
Unlike snooker’s regular format, if a player commits a foul the opponent receives the white ball in hand. This means they can place the ball anywhere on the table which is a much greater advantage to the standard rules of the ball being placed in the designated area.
If a player fails to get a shot off within the allocated time their opponent will receive five points or the value of the ball they were playing. At the end of the 10 minutes the player with the most points is crowned victor. If the match is tied there is a shoot out on the blue ball.
The 2021 tournament was won by Ryan Day who beat current world number one Mark Selby by 67 points to 24.
Research – The format of this tournament provides a different challenge to players who will be more familiar to betting within the standard rules of snooker. The fast-paced nature of the event will certainly suit players who are renowned for their speed of play. By looking at a player’s playing style you can build a good picture of whether you think this tournament will suit them. Researching whether they have played in this event before will also give you some valuable information which you can use when making your decision on what to bet on.
Markets – Due to the nature of the event you may find the markets you regularly bet on are not available as the matches are settled over one frame. You might normally bet on the total number of frames or the highest break, these may not be available. Outright betting will be a popular market and you may even consider putting multiple selections into an accumulator, which means you need multiple winning selections in order for you bet to be a winner.
The fast-paced nature of the Snooker Shoot Out makes for an entertaining watch, with plenty of matches over the three-day event. For those having a bet there is an abundance of opportunities. If this is an event you are not familiar with, it is a great idea to watch some of the earlier matches to get an understanding of how the format works. If you are going to have a bet, do consider the points raised in this article and make use of our other content available at BettorMind to enable you to enjoy your betting responsibly.
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