The World Snooker Championship is the world’s top tournament when it comes to prize and prestige. The current tournament format takes 17 days to complete and ends on the first Monday of May.

The first 15 edition of the tournament was won by Joe Davis before he retired from the event. In the modern era, Stephen Hendry is the most successful player with seven titles won. Steve Davis and Ray Reardon each have six victories while Ronnie O’Sullivan has five world titles.

The current winner of the tournament is Judd Trump who defeated John Higgins in 2019 final to win his first-ever world title. Because of that win, Trump has been installed as the current betting favorite to win the world title again next year. The 2020 World Snooker Championships will be held from April 18, 2020, to May 4, 2020, and will be held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England for the 44th straight year.

Here are the latest snooker betting favorites to win snooker’s 2020 World Championship. Odds were taken from TitanBet as of 7/26/19:

Team Odds
Judd Trump +300
Ronnie O’Sullivan +450
Neil Robertson +650
Mark Selby +800
John Higgins +1600
Kryten Wilson +1600
Mark Allen +1800
Mark Williams +1800
Ding Junhui +2000
Barry Hawkins +2500
Stuart Bingham +3300
Shaun Murphy +3300
Jack Lisowski +5000
David Gilbert +5000
Ali Carter +6600
Stephen Maguire +8000
Luca Brecel +8000

“Trophy" Who Wins?

Judd Trump is the #2 ranked snooker player in the world from Bristol, England. The 29-year old is the reigning World Champion, winning the 2019 World Snooker Championship over John Higgins. With the win, Trump became the 11th player to complete snooker’s Triple Crown. He recently won the 2019 Masters and was the 2011 UK Championship winner. Trump also won the 2019 World Grand Prix last February 4-10, 2019 at The Centaur at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, England.

Ronnie O’ Sullivan is the #1 ranked snooker player in the world. The 43-year-old known as the Rocket from Worsley is regarded as one of the greatest players to play the sport. O’Sullivan has won five World Championships, a record seven Masters titles and another record seven UK Championships for a total of 19 Triple Crown tournaments won, also a record. He reclaimed the #1 ranking after winning the Tour Championships last March.

Neil Robertson is the #4 ranked snooker player in the world rankings. The 37-year old Australian is considered as the greatest Australian snooker player of all-time. He is one of 13 players to win the UK and World titles and one of 11 to complete the Snooker Triple Crown. Robertson opened his 2019 with a win at the Riga Open. He was also victorious at the China Open last April.

Mark Selby is the current world #6 in snooker. The 36-year-old known as the Jester from Leicester is a three-time World champion, winning the World Snooker Championship in 2014, 2016 and 2017. The Jester is also a three-time Masters winner and a two-time UK champion. He is the sixth player to win all of the Snooker Triple Crown events at least twice. Selby’s last win was at the China Open in August 2018.

John Higgins is the 5th ranked snooker player in the world today. The 44-year old from Wishaw in Northern Lanarkshire in Scotland finished runner-up to Judd Trump in the 2019 World Snooker Championship. Higgins has won four World Championships, three UK Championships, and two Masters titles. His last win came at the 2018 Champions League in March 2018.

Kyren Wilson won the 2019 German Masters last February. He was also the 2018 Paul Hunter Classic champion and finished 2nd  to Mark Allen at the 2018 Masters last year. Wilson was also finished as runner-up to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the 2018 Champion of Champions. The 27-year-old from Kettering, Northamptonshire in England is currently ranked #8 in the world.

Mark Allen won the Masters, Scottish Open, and  International Championship in 2018. The 33-year old from Belfast in Northern Ireland was also runner-up to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the 2018 UK Championships. Allen is a terrific break-builder who has recorded more than 400-century breaks in professional competition.

“Trophy" Who Wins?

April 2020 is still nine months away and it’s hard to say who’s going to be in top form when that date comes. This year, Ronnie O’ Sullivan started the season strong, regaining the world #1 but recently, Judd Trump has found terrific form and that’s why he is the current betting favorite to win the 2020 World title.

I would save my pick until the tournament is near because there are still plenty of things that are going to happen in between. But when you take a look at the resumes of these top snooker players, I think you have to side with Ronnie O’ Sullivan because he’s shown that he can bounce back to the top after being gone for quite some time. That resurgence is an intangible that I think helps him to be a threat at any competition he plays in. Prediction: Ronnie O’ Sullivan

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