As always, this is the time of year when we start revving up for the most important ranking event – the 2015 World Snooker Championship. The tournament will take place April 18 – May 4 at the magical Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Who’s the favorite for the title this year?
As the players warm up their cues and sharpen their talents at the China Open, we try to figure out who’s going to lift up that trophy this year. According to William Hill, the online bookmaker, five times world champion Ronnie “The Rocket” O’Sullivan is once again the favorite with a 9/4 to win the title. O’Sullivan was defeated last year in the final 14-18 by Mark Selby. The 2015 Grand-Prix winner Judd Trump is the second favorite with 11/2 to win the title. Trump, who got into the final in 2011 at the age of 21, lost 15-18 to another great champion, John Higgins.
Former world champion Neil Robertson the Aussie with 13/2 to win another world title. Robertson won the world title in 2010 after defeating 2006 champion Graeme Dott 18-13. The defending world champion Mark Selby, who had a remarkable performance last year after winning his first world title with 8/1 to win back to back titles. Selby has had a decent season, he won the German Masters but will only manage to defend his title if he can produce a much stronger snooker. The 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy closes this group of giants with 10/1 to win a second world title. Murphy, nicknamed “The Magician”, won the 2005 championship at the age of 22, defeating Matthew Stevens 18-16 after a thrilling final.
The snooker world championship is a great event for both players and fans. Sixteen days of top snooker, long games and an outstanding atmosphere. Winning the title is the ambition of every snooker player. Prestige and respect is assured but that’s not all: Money prizes this year have increased by £134,000 to a total of £1,350,000. The winner’s prize will stay the same as last year at- £300,000, the runner-up £125,000, semifinals £60,000, quarter finals £30,000, last 16 20,000, last 32 £12,000, highest break £10,000, and max break £67,500. Not bad for sixteen working days.