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UK Championship - Outright winner Betting Tips and Odds

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Mark Selby
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Judd Trump
Ding Junhui
John Higgins
Neil Robertson
Barry Hawkins
Marco Fu
Shaun Murphy
Stuart Bingham
Mark Allen
Kyren Wilson
Stephen Maguire
Allister Carter
Mark Williams
Luca Brecel
Liang Wenbo
Joe Perry
Anthony McGill
Ricky Walden
Yan Bingtao
Ryan Day
David Gilbert
Martin Gould
Michael White
Michael Holt
Mark Davis
Graeme Dott
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Xiao Guodong
Zhou Yuelong
Jack Lisowski
Anthony Hamilton
Dominic Dale
Ben Woollaston
Matthew Selt
Robert Milkins
Cao Yupeng--
Zhao Xintong
Li Hang-
Alan McManus
Jamie Jones
Zhang Anda-
Tom Ford
Jimmy Robertson
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri-
Andrew Higginson
Mark King
Peter Ebdon
Robbie Williams
Matthew Stevens
Alfie Burden
Yu De Lu-
Scott Donaldson--
Fergal O'Brien
Robin Hull
Kurt Maflin
Tian Pengfei
Sam Baird
Stuart Carrington
Oliver Lines
Liam Highfield
Mike Dunn-
Chris Wakelin-
Mark Joyce
Mei Xiwen---
Lee Walker---
Mitchell Mann--
Noppon Saengkham-
Ross Muir--
Rod Lawler-
Craig Steadman---
Daniel Wells---
Fraser Patrick---
Chen Zhe---
Ian Burns-
Jak Jones---
Jamie Burnett---
Jamie Rhys Clarke---
Sam Craigie---
Sean O'Sullivan--
Ken Doherty
Joe Swail
Gary Wilson
Jamie Cope-
Peter Lines-
Rory McLeod
David Grace-
Dechawat Poomjaeng--
Jimmy White-

The UK Championship is unquestionably snooker’s second biggest event and the 2015 tournament takes place from the 24th November to the 6th December. All of the best players in snooker will be desperate to add their names to the roll call of greats, whilst the huge number of ranking points and £150,000 first prize also make this tournament highly significant. Our UK Championship outright winner preview offers the best betting odds via our live odds comparison, as well as our predictions and betting tips for the great snooker ahead, so read on to get the full lowdown.

The UK Championship was first held in 1977 in Blackpool but has been held at Preston’s Guild Hall too, as well as in Bournemouth, before moving to its current home, York’s Barbican Centre, in 2001 (although it was held at the Telford International Centre from 2007-2010).

Ronnie O’Sullivan is the defending champion and is the favourite to win what would be a sixth UK Championship, some 22 years after winning his first at the age of just 17. The Rocket is priced at best betting odds of 7/2 with BetVictor and, as ever, will attract plenty of support, both in the betting and the arena. Compared to the other top pros Ronnie plays very little competitive snooker and it will be interesting to see how his build-up to this event goes. Despite the fact that modern snooker has such great strength in depth, O’Sullivan at his best is streets ahead of the rest but it’s always difficult to know if he will “turn up”.

Since a quiet 2010/11 he has won two World Championships, one UK Championship, one Masters and a host of other big tournaments too, a fine return from four seasons. However, predicting which Ronnie will be on display is always the hard part and odds of 7/2 in the outright betting look just a shade short for us.

In between Ronnie’s UK Championship win in 2007 and his triumph last year, six different men have won this event, Ding Junhui and John Higgins claiming their second and third titles and Shaun Murphy, Judd Trump, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson all claiming their maiden victories at snooker’s second most prestigious championship.

Any of those men could easily win again, although Higgins, priced at betting odds of 28/1 with Bet365, would need to show a major improvement on recent form to challenge. Trump is the second favourite at odds of 6/1 and we predict this could be a big season for the Bristol cue-man. His game is still maturing and if his approach is right he can go one better than last year when he lost a great final 10-9. He has all the attributes to become the game’s top player and we predict he will pocket the winner’s cheque here and at very reasonable odds he is our main betting tip.

Those looking for a spot of each way value could do worse than consider Michael White, who may offer some value at decent odds of 80/1 (with Ladbrokes) in the ante post betting. White is another of whom we predict big things in the coming years and the Welsh 24-year-old, who won his first ranking event last season, as well as a non-ranking title, could go well if he can control his nerves and get a little luck in the draw.

The youngest player inside the world’s top 16, White won the world amateur title at the age of 14 and whilst, in some ways, his progress has been slower than expected, we think he is now ready to step up and start challenging the very best.

Of course, all of our tips will falter if the snooker’s star man brings his best game to York but Ronnie will turn 40 the day before the final and he may just be on the wane. Players like Trump and White are snooker’s future and we predict a bright future for them both and a very bright UK Championship.

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