Snooker’s elite players will descend on York’s Barbican Centre as the UK Championship gets underway on November 24. The championship, the sport’s second-largest ranking tournament, will see the likes of Judd Trump, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby and more try to get their hands on the famous trophy after the final on December 6. And the tournament has been host to some of the greatest snooker matches of all time.
Back in the 1980s, for example, Alex Higgins beat Steve Davis 16-15 in one of the most dramatic matches between the two rivals. More recently, in 2014, The Rocket O’Sullivan saw off Trump 10-9, after Trump had managed to claw his way back into the match from 9-4 down. It’s O’Sullivan who has won the UK Championship more than any other player – seven times. But can he go on to make it a great eight? Let’s take a look at some of the odds with William Hill.
Ronnie’s second in the betting
There’s no doubt O’Sullivan is something of a Marmite character within the sport. While blessed with natural talent, his emotional outbursts and regular threats to quit the game because he has fallen out of love with the sport means critics are always quick to pick up on any sub-standard performances. But love him or hate him, he’s always a threat in any competition.
This year, he’s won his sixth World Championship, seeing off Kyren Wilson 18-8 in Sheffield. That saw him reclaim second in the world rankings, behind Trump. Here, O’Sullivan is 7-2 to win the UK Championship. But he’s not quite the favourite.
Trump’s on top
That honour goes to Trump, who is priced 3-1 to lift the UK Championship with William Hill. Like O’Sullivan, the 2019 world champion is no stranger to making the game look easy at times.
In last season’s UK Championship, Trump suffered one of the most surprising exits in recent years, losing 6-3 to Nigel Bond in the third round. And there’s no doubt he will be wanting to make up for such a poor showing this time. He goes into the UK Championship in good form, beating Neil Robertson in the final frame to scoop the English Open title in October.
Will Wilson go far?
Elsewhere in the betting, Aussie Robertson is 6/1 with William Hill, while 2014, 2016 and 2017 world champion Mark Selby is priced 8/1. John Higgins, who has won this title three times before, is out at 16/1, while two-time UK Championship winner Mark Williams is even further out at 33/1.
But it may be worth taking a look at exciting player Kyren Wilson. The 28-year old reached finals at the 2018 Masters and 2020 World Championship, so is no stranger to going deep into tournaments. Plus, he goes into this tournament on the back of an impressive 3-1 win against Trump in the Championship League final in October.
Most UK Championship final wins:
- Ronnie O’Sullivan (England) – 7
- Steve Davis (England) – 6
- Stephen Hendry (Scotland) – 5
- John Higgins (Scotland) – 3
- Ding Junhui (China) – 3