There are now so many professional sports that are played all year round that sports gambling fans with a particular interest in one sport never have to wait very long to find an important tournament to follow. One of these is snooker, a sport almost perfect for in-play sports gambling fans but one which appears to have suffered a little in recent years with a significant reduction in television coverage here in Ireland and the UK. There is however a huge surge in interest in snooker in the Far East, particularly in China, and gambling on snooker is very big business over there. China have just won the world cup yet again, this time with two teenagers who are just starting out in the game beating the experienced Scotland team of John Higgins and Stephen Maguire 4-1 in the final. China is of course a country where all forms of gambling are popular and snooker gambling is growing rapidly on the back of the progress of Chinese players. Next week sees the start of the next snooker ranking tournament involving all the top players, the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo, Victoria. Snooker is going through a period where there does not appear to be one dominant player, so snooker gambling fans are finding it more difficult to pick an overall winner. Judd Trump is the defending champion, but home favourite Neil Robertson will be attempting to finally win this tournament having been beaten in the final for the last two years. Stuart Bingham is also in the field and will play his first major tournament since becoming World Champion. We have no doubt that fans of gambling on snooker will be taking great interest in whether Bingham can keep up the form he showed at the Crucible, and that Chinese snooker gambling fans will be backing one of their own.