Chapter 1: Snooker Rules
Before betting on snooker, it’s important to have a strong understanding of the rules of the game, and what impact they might have on your betting.
The main aim of snooker is to score more snooker ball points than your opponent. This can be done by hitting the white cue ball at the other coloured balls.
A full set of snooker balls has 15 reds, 6 different colours and one white ball. The white ball is the only one players can legally hit. The 15 red balls are worth 1 point each when potted. The others are:
Yellow = 2 points
Green = 3 points
Brown = 4 points
Blue = 5 points
Pink = 6 points
Black = 7 points
The 15 red balls get placed in a triangle shape. The green, brown and yellow go on their baulk line across the semi-circle.
The blue ball goes in the middle of the table, with the pink resting midway between there and the top cushion.
The black ball must go on its spot in the centre of the table. This is 12 ¾ inches away from the top cushion.
Snooker players will compete in a ‘best of’ set number of frames, this can range anywhere from 3 up to 35.
If a snooker player pots a red ball they will earn 1 point. That player then nominates the colour for their next shot.
They then continue until a ball is missed, or a foul is committed. The players then switch turns. Fouls in snooker result in a minimum of 4 points for the opponent.
The maximum score any snooker player can achieve is 147.
Now that you understand the key rules and regulations of snooker, take a look at the variety of events available to watch and bet on.