In spite of the continuing rise of online casino gambling the most popular form of online gambling is still gambling on sports. Clearly football and horse racing are the big two in terms of sports gambling in Ireland, but there has also been a surge in interest in in-play sports gambling and some sports are becoming more popular simply because they are ideally suited to in-play gambling. Championship snooker is a typical example of a sport which is structured and played at a pace that makes in-play gambling an obvious choice. Gambling on snooker is also likely to throw up some surprising results, even in the major championships over many frames as we have just witnessed in the recent Betfair World Championship. It is a matter of opinion whether many experts in snooker gambling thought that Ronnie O’Sullivan could retain his title in spite of hardly playing a match since last year’s tournament, but there is little doubt that not many snooker gambling fans would have picked Barry Hawkins to reach the final. In fact such a feat did not even look likely half way through his semi-final, but that is the appeal of in-play gambling. Just for the record we would like to congratulate Mark Selby on winning the player-of-the-year award and reaching the world number one spot in the absence of O’Sullivan, and winning both the UK and Masters titles. It has been a great year for snooker gambling fans and the battles between Selby, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson have all been great sports gambling events. We look forward to another year of fascinating in-play snooker gambling.