Snooker remains a fairly popular sport in the UK, with the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump attracting a large audience, and subsequently betting on the sport is not uncommon among punters. However, with most of the betting sites focusing on other sports, which bookmaker is the best when it comes to snooker?
We have collected our top 5 betting sites in the UK for betting on snooker below, hoping to guide you towards a better betting experience.
Coral leads the way for snooker betting with a great selection of markets, live streaming of some games and a great welcome offer to use on the sport.
Compared to the most popular sports in the UK, such as football and horse racing, snooker certainly has a lot of work to do in terms of visibility and the future of the sport is rather uncertain. On the other hand, the game still has some great players - with above all Ronnie O'Sullivan attracting viewers - and many promising players are making their way to the top.
Nevertheless, there are quite a few good options when it comes to betting on snooker in the UK. Of course, our top 5 list is subjective but we have placed a great amount of focus on factors that truly matter to snooker punters. For example, how many (and which) markets are there for each game, what is the live betting experience like and is live streaming of snooker games offered? Let's dive in!
Coral, as one of the oldest bookmakers around, is our number one choice when it comes to betting on snooker. It will not come as a surprise to those who have followed the sport for a while, as Coral has sponsored big tournaments such as the Players Championship. And with a great selection of markets, the site certainly caters to snooker punters both when it comes to pre-match and in-play bets.
We found that Corals had 25-30 markets even for less prominent tournament qualifiers, with roughly the same amount of markets as soon as the game in question got underway. The selection of outright tournament markets, at the time of testing, was also better than any other bookmaker. All of this is certainly something that most snooker punters prioritise and appreciate.
Coral also offers cash-out for selected snooker markets, with around 9 of them eligible pre-game and although this may not sound like a lot, it is indeed decent for snooker. As for the betting margins, our test showed that Coral had an average of 6.6% for snooker events, which is certainly a respectable score. If you want to learn more about this, you can read our betting margins guide.
Furthermore, although the design leaves a lot to be desired, the live betting experience is decent at Coral and live streaming is also offered for some of the snooker games. The most important thing, however, is that Coral offers many markets for in-play betting and this is something that many snooker punters will greatly appreciate.
As for promotions, there are no snooker-dedicated ones and this is not exactly surprising. On the other hand, the welcome offer - which is a £30 free bet - can indeed be used to bet on snooker. Furthermore, snooker odds are regularly boosted and this is another strength of the site, resulting in a positive experience overall.
Having merged with Coral back in 2016, it comes as no surprise that Ladbrokes is the second-best option for betting on snooker. It has also been the official sponsor of several snooker tournaments, such as the Players Championship and the World Grand Prix, and most snooker enthusiasts are thus very familiar with the brand.
The site relies on the same foundation as Coral and has a very comprehensive snooker coverage as a result, with 25-30 markets available even for tournament qualifiers and many in-play markets as well. This is great as punters prefer to have different options when betting on snooker and, unfortunately, far too few sites provide this. And of course, the outright markets offering was the best just like Coral.
Identical to Coral on almost all fronts, cash out is offered on around 9 pre-game markets and there are a few in-play markets that have this feature as well. The odds, or more specifically the betting margins, have been known to differ between Coral and Ladbrokes but our testing showed the same for snooker, i.e. an average of 6.6%.
The live betting experience is decent on Ladbrokes, with an infographic offered only for bigger games, and there are many markets to pick from as mentioned. Live streaming is also available for selected games and this is indeed a huge plus, especially since some punters might not have the subscription needed to watch the game via a broadcaster.
As for promotions, snooker odds are regularly boosted by Ladbrokes, making the already good odds even better. Just like Coral, Ladbrokes also offers a bet £5 get £20 deal to new customers and the free bet can indeed be used to bet on snooker.
bet365 is one of the biggest bookmakers in the industry, having been named the best bookmaker for football as well as the best horse racing bookmaker by us. When it comes to snooker, however, the green-themed site is not the best but will still be a great choice for most punters looking to place a bet.
The coverage is comprehensive, with around 20-30 markets available for a qualifier game both pre-match and in-play. However, compared to the top two sites on this list, we found that bet365 differed too much from game to game. Punters will have no problems when it comes to bigger games or tournament clashes, but qualifiers can sometimes have fewer markets.
bet365 also offers cash out on some of the markets but frustratingly, there is no way to see this prior to placing a bet. From experience, however, we know that it is offered on the standard markets such as match result and more. But punters definitely need to tread carefully here. As for the betting margins, the average came in at 7.3%, which is okay but not as good as Coral and Ladbrokes.
The live betting experience - as you would expect with bet365 - is quite nice and for the big games, users will be able to find a great infographic to follow the action. Most of the games are also live-streamed on the site, which is a huge advantage albeit not that unique among the top 5 best snooker bookmakers.
As for the promotions, bet365 has a bet £10 get £30 welcome offer and the free bet can be used to bet on snooker. In addition to this, odds are regularly boosted on the site and this could certainly come in handy for snooker punters.
Unibet has always been at the forefront of innovation, putting the customers first, but how does it stack up for snooker betting? As with many other smaller sports, punters will find a decent selection of snooker markets at Unibet. Our testing showed that there were around 20 in-play markets for a qualifier game, but significantly fewer pre-match markets.
Punters who like a place before the game in question, to then sit back and enjoy the show, should not choose Unibet as their home for snooker. On the other hand, some just need the very basic markets before the game, preferring to have more in-play markets instead. In any case, there is room for improvement for Unibet here.
Our testing also showed that the cash-out feature is available for all in-play markets, as well as a majority of the pre-match ones. This is a lot better than most of the competing snooker betting sites, meaning those who really like the cash-out feature should perhaps sign up at Unibet. Furthermore, the betting margins were the lowest of the top five snooker betting sites, with an average of 5.84%.
The live betting, without being anything special, is also decent and most of the games are available for live streaming at Unibet. The fact that there are more in-play markets suggests that Unibet prioritises live betting, but the addition of live streaming does not really move the needle as most sites offer this.
Finally, about the promotions, snooker punters will be disappointed. The welcome offer is rather underwhelming, with a bonus of up to £40 if the first bet loses, and there are no other promotions that can be used for snooker betting. Furthermore, while odds boosts are regularly offered on the site, it does not look like this promotion applies to snooker.
William Hill is another one of the leading bookmakers in the UK, which we have ranked, and a decent product is offered for snooker punters as well. However, compared to the aforementioned sites, the snooker markets are not as many. For a qualifier game, it ranged between 13-20 of them for both pre-match and in-play betting.
Furthermore, only a few of the pre-match markets are eligible for the cash-out feature, and the in-play markets are significantly better in that respect. You would expect it to be the other way around, and most punters probably prefer to be able to cash out their pre-match bets rather than their in-play ones. The betting margins, meanwhile, are okay with an average of 7.1%.
At first glance, you would think that William Hill deserves credit for the live betting experience, with a nice infographic present even for smaller qualifier games. However, as opposed to the other sites on this list, live streaming is not offered for any of the snooker games and this is a huge disadvantage for William Hill.
Moving on to the promotions, William Hill has a bet £10 get £30 welcome offer that punters can claim, and the free bet can indeed be used to bet on snooker. Odds are also regularly boosted on the site, including for snooker games, so it must be said that William Hill is on par with the other betting sites on this front
Existing customers might find it decent to bet on snooker at William Hill, but we would advise potential new customers to choose one of the top four sites on this list instead.
We cannot stress enough that a lot of work went into picking the top 5 betting sites for snooker. We want to make sure that punters who are interested in betting on the sport get the best guidance possible. Therefore, although we have already mentioned a lot of them, we will outline the five key factors for the best snooker betting experience below. Hopefully, this will help you understand our reasoning even more.
If you are interested, you can also read about how we rate online betting sites here.
This is always the most important aspect of all sports betting, but it is especially true when it comes to snooker. Why? Simply because snooker betting is so underdeveloped compared to the other sports. Therefore, a lot of having a good snooker product involves having the essential markets in place, and as many of them as possible.
For example, snooker punters will want to know if all the tournaments are available to bet on, with some qualifier games not always offered, or at least with very few markets. In our top 5 list, this is something we have focused a lot on and since all of the sites above have an essential offering, the key was comparing the number of markets available.
Another important aspect of snooker betting, almost as much as game-specific markets, is the outright markets. It is indeed very popular to back a player before a tournament has even started. You might have a certain feeling regarding an underdog player, or perhaps the favourite is arriving off the back of another trophy win and might be tired.
Finally, and this relates to the game-specific markets, some sites do offer special and fun markets. An example of that is the market 'First Potted Colour'. There needs to be more of these types of bets, as they can help increase the popularity of snooker and make it more engaging for the new generations.
If you are interested, we have also done a separate guide on how frame betting works in snooker.
Live betting is very important for snooker, especially since the sport wants to improve its longevity. A lot of snooker enthusiasts prefer to sit back and enjoy the game in question, perhaps placing a match result bet prior to the action. However, others like to keep their eyes on the game for strategic purposes, looking for potential profit with live betting.
As an example, let's say that Luca Brecel is up 3-1 against Ronnie O'Sullivan in a best-of-9-game. Brecel, also known as The Bullet, needs just two more frames to win and is naturally the big favourite on the betting sites. However, in the fifth frame, Brecel looks taken aback by the moment and misses a rather easy pot with a sloppy shot. Knowing O'Sullivan, also known as the Rocket, you thus place a bet on him to win.
Being able to place a bet during the game is thus very important for snooker punters. And it does not have to be on the match market either, it can also be on who will win the next frame. The example above, albeit perhaps a bit silly, is relevant as twists and turns are common in snooker games. In short, punters need to be attentive.
Of course, another important factor on this front is whether a nice infographic is offered by the betting site, which makes for an easy way to follow the game. Or, even better, if live streaming of snooker games is offered. The latter is a great way to watch snooker for those who might not have a Eurosport (or other depending on your region) subscription.
Betting sites tend to follow the money, i.e. punting on football and other popular sports, and this is almost always reflected in the promotions section. Therefore, there are no snooker promotions available on any of the sites in our top 5 list, though that will hardly come as a shock. This means that there are a few other things to look at instead.
The welcome offer, for instance, becomes even more important for snooker punters who are looking for a new home. If it's a free bet, such as a bet £10 get £40 deal, can it be used on all markets and more specifically snooker? Sometimes, these offers are restricted to certain sports so punters need to be wary of this. We made sure to mention this in our verdicts above.
Furthermore, whether general promotions can be used on the snooker markets is also important. Some sites offer free bets on a regular basis and being able to use these on snooker is a great advantage. In addition to free bets of all sorts, enhanced odds are offered by some of the sites in our top 5 list.
Similarly to the betting markets, this is another very important factor for snooker betting sites. However, most punters tend to overlook this when placing their bets. In short, betting margins are a few that the bookies charge for letting you place a bet, and unfortunately there can be significant differences between different sites.
In our top 5 list of the best snooker betting sites, we have made sure to calculate the betting margins of each site to give you the best possible guidance. Unibet came out on top with an average of 5.84%, which is indeed very low and might warrant a sign-up. The winner Coral was not far behind at 6.6%, though.
It is important to note that while we have tested the sites in the top 5 list, betting margins are not permanent and will vary from time to time. It is very possible for a betting site to improve, in other words, but also to worsen.
Features such as bet builder are not that common in snooker betting, unfortunately, with only a few of the sites in our top 5 list offering just that. It is not something that we have focused too much on, in other words, but one key feature (in our opinion) is the cash-out option. It sounds like a given, but the truth is that the bookmakers do not offer this for all markets.
In fairness to the bookies, it does make sense for some of the markets to be cash-out blocked. For example, let's say you place a bet on Mark Selby to win the next frame of the session. Cashing out if the Englishman is leading is not recommended in that case, since a full payout could be just around the corner, and the lack of the cash-out feature here does not matter that much.
For other markets such as Race to 3 Frames and Match Result, though, cash out is very useful. Therefore, have made sure to double-check which markets have the feature in our test. The good news is that all of the sites in our top 5 list offer this feature to some extent, but how and when varies.