World Grand Prix 2018 Betting Preview

32 of the Worlds best players will fight it out to win the World  Grand Prix and scoop the top prize of £100,000. Read our preview, with the latest betting offers for existing customers, odds and the full tournament schedule. 

The World Grand Prix is a relatively new tournament. It was created only in 2015, and a year later became a ranking tournament. It is potentially quite a lucrative tournament for players. There is a total prize fund of £300,000 available, with the winner taking home £100,000.

The top 32 ranked players on the one-year ranking list qualify. The list is based on prize money accumulated over the past 12 months, excluded bonuses. Leading that list with already £425,000 of prize money, and therefore seed number one for the World Grand Prix is Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The draw for the tournament is straightforward and provides the top-seeded players with on paper, the easiest route to the later rounds.  Ronnie O’Sullivan will play the 32nd ranked player Robert Milkins, while the second-ranked player plays the 31st ranked player, and so on.

There are two notable absentees to the tournament this year.  Marco Fu misses through injury, while 2017 winner Barry Hawkins hasn’t done enough over the past 12 months to qualify. He needed to reach at least the final of the Snooker Shoot Out final last week to qualify but failed to do so.

A couple of surprise additions include Michael Georgiou who won the tournament Barry Hawkins needed so much to qualify. He faces Luca Brecel in the opening round.

The matches in the first two rounds consist of 7 frames. This increases as the tournament progress with the winner determined over 19 frames in the final.

World Grand Prix Betting Offers

The World Grand Prix doesn’t attract the same amount of attention as received by other ranking events. Because it is relatively new, and some of the momentum it had upon launch has diminished a little, bookmakers this year don’t seem to be promoting it much. For instance, Ladbrokes is a sponsor of the tournament but don’t have any offers themselves. See our snooker betting offers page for the latest offers.

  • Double winnings if there is a century in the final frame – Boylesports will double winnings as a free bet if a player scores a century in the final frame of any match of the World Grand Prix.
  • Accumulators – 10Bet offer an accumulator bonus of up to 60%, while Betfair has their ‘Acca Edge’ offer, which enables you to get money back, as cash if one selection does not come in.

How to Watch the World Grand Prix

Full coverage of both the afternoon and evening sessions are available on ITV 4. Coverage starts 15 minutes prior to the start of each session.

World Grand Prix 2018 Schedule

Monday, February 19th Evening Session (7.00pm)

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Robert Milkins
  • Martin Gould vs Yan Bingtao
  • Ryan Day vs Jack Lisowski
  • Luca Brecel vs Michael Georgiou

Tuesday, February 20th Afternoon Session (1.00pm)

  • Mark Allen vs Xiao Guodong
  • John Higgins vs Ali Carter
  • Stephen Maguire vs Li Hang
  • Graeme Dott vs Joe Perry

Tuesday, February 20th Evening Session (7.00pm)

  • Shaun Murphy vs Ricky Walden
  • Judd Trump vs Michael White
  • Neil Robertson vs David Gilbert
  • Anthony McGill vs Cao Yupeng

Wednesday, February 21st Afternoon Session (1.00pm)

  • Mark Selby vs Jimmy Robertson
  • Ding Junhui vs Mark King
  • Kyren Wilson vs Mark Joyce
  • Mark Williams vs Stuart Bingham

Wednesday, February 21st Evening Session (7.00pm)

  • O’Sullivan or Milkins vs Gould orBingtao (Match 17)
  • Allen or Guodong vs Higgins or Carter (Match 18)
  • Murphy or Walden vs Day or Lisowski (Match 19)
  • Maguire or Hang vs Brecel or Georgiou (Match 20)

Thursday, February 22nd Afternoon Session (1.00pm)

  • Trump or White vs Dott or Perry (Match 21)
  • Robertson or Gilbert vs Selby or J Robertson (Match 22)
  • Junhui or King vs Wilson or Joyce (Match 23)
  • McGill or Yupeng vs Williams or Bingham (Match 24)

Thursday, February 22nd Evening Session (7.00pm)

  • Match 17 Winner vs Match 18 Winner (Quarter Final 1)
  • Match 19 Winner vs Match 20 Winner (Quarter Final 2)

Friday, February 23rd Afternoon Session (1.00pm)

  • Match 21 Winner vs Match 22 Winner (Quarter Final 3)
  • Match 23 Winner vs Match 24 Winner (Quarter Final 4)

Friday, February 23rd Evening Session (7.00pm)

  • Quarter Final 1 Winner v Quarter Final 2 (Semi Final 1)

Saturday, February 24th Evening Session (7.00pm)

  • Quarter Final 3 Winner v Quarter Final 4 (Semi Final 2)

Sunday, February 25th Afternoon Session (1.00pm)

  • Winner Semi Final 1 v Winner Semi Final 2 (Final)

Sunday, February 25th Afternoon Session (7.00pm)

  • Winner Semi Final 1 v Winner Semi Final 2 (Final)

World Grand Prix Betting Winner Betting Odds

Here are the odds for the outright winner of the 2018 World Grand Prix. They’re supplied by Bet 365, and are accurate at time of publishing on day one of the tournament, and are subject to change.

Player Odds to win World Grand Prix
Mark Selby 4.50
Ronnie O’Sullivan 4.50
Ding Junhui 12.00
John Higgins 13.00
Neil Robertson 13.00
Mark Allen 23.00
Mark Williams 23.00
Shaun Murphy 26.00
Barry Hawkins 29.00
Yan Bingtao 29.00

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