Gamblers on snooker can now look forward to the World snooker championship which is due to take place at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield from April 16th to May 2nd . Early gambling shows John Higgins as 5:1 favourite with most bookmakers, with Mark Selby second favourite at 6:1. These two snooker players are currently ranked first and third in the world rankings, with Mark Williams at number two in the world. Gamblers on snooker may well feel that Mark Williams is worth a gamble at 8:1 with most bookmakers. Ronnie O’Sullivan is again amongst the pre-tournament favourites, joint third with Ding Junghui at 7:1, even though his current world ranking has dropped to ten. Many gamblers on snooker obviously feel that you can never discount O’Sullivan in a major tournament. On the other hand gamblers on snooker can find odds of 9:1 on Ding Junghui at 888 Sport, and may think that this could be his year. Snooker is a very popular sport for sports gamblers, particularly the world championship which attracts very comprehensive television coverage and enables gamblers on snooker to follow their favourites throughout the championship, and makes it possible to gamble on each individual match live during the tournament. The world championship format, with players needing to win many more frames to achieve victory, tends to favour the top players and gamblers on snooker may feel more confident gambling on the overall winner, and of course the number of games also increases the chances of a maximum 147 break. All the major bookmakers offer gamblers on snooker odds on a maximum break being scored, or the highest tournament break and which player will achieve it. Whilst it is true that the top players in the world rankings generally do well in the world championship, gamblers on snooker should not forget that pre-tournament favourites do not always win, and gambling on players generally considered to be outsiders can pay off. The current champion Neil Robertson was not among the favourites last year in many gambler’s eyes, and as recently as 2006 the tournament was won by Graham Dott, who again was not high on most gambler’s list of potential winners.