These days Sports gambling in Ireland and the UK takes many forms, and although there remains a huge following for horse racing and football there are several other major events in other sports which attract sports gambling fans. In a week following the biggest gambling event of the horse racing calendar, the Grand National, and of course the Oxford and Cambridge boat race which also attracts a considerable following in terms of sports gambling, another huge sporting tournament is about to unfold. Today sees the start of qualifying for the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible in Sheffield, Whilst the tournament itself doesn’t start until the 18th April this is a big week for those players looking to join the seeds. Snooker is one of those sports which is ideal in many respects for sports gambling fans, and although for most of the year gambling on snooker is a minority activity the World Championship is much like the Grand National and attracts a much wider audience. The tournament runs for over two weeks and therefore enables snooker gambling fans several chances to pick the winner if their initial selection is eliminated, and although the odds obviously reduce as the tournament progresses there is still a chance of a good price for snooker gambling enthusiasts. This year we again see Ronnie O’Sullivan as the overwhelming favourite at 11/8 with Paddy Power, but this of course means that the pre-tournament odds on the other leading players are reasonably good for those snooker gambling fans prepared to bet against the favourite. Neil Robertson for instance at second favourite is quoted at 8/1 with Paddy Power. Mark Selby and Ding Junhui are at 10/1 with Judd Trump at 11/1, all looking to be good value at this pre-yournament stage. Remember fans of gambling on snooker can also gamble on any of the matches individually as well as bets such as whether there will be a 147 break. That is the attraction of a major tournament for snooker gambling fans.