- Ronnie O’Sullivan (+700) is favored to win the 2023 Champions League Snooker competition
- Judd Trump (+800) and Neil Robertson are also in the field at the first ranking event of the season
- The tournament takes place at Morningside Arena, Leicester from June 26 to July 21, 2023
The 2023 Championship League Snooker Ranking Event gets underway on Monday. It’s the first tournament of the World Snooker Tour season that consists of eight counting events. The competition takes place over three stages with the final on July 21.
A £20,000 first-place prize is up for grabs alongside an invite to the 2023 Champion of Champions in November. Before we examine the odds, check out all the Sports & Competitions to bet on in 2023. Here’s also where you can see the latest Sports Betting Odds & Picks.
2023 Championship League Odds
O’Sullivan highlights stacked field
Ronnie O’Sullivan (+700) is the slight favorite among the 128 competitors. The World No. 1 is part of Group 1, which doesn’t start playing until Monday July 10.
In Stage One, 32 groups of four players compete in best-of-four frames with the top player in each group advancing to Stage Two. Thirty-two group winners are then split into eight quartets with the victors in each group moving on. In Stage Three, the eight group winners are divided into the final two groups. The winners of those will then face off in a best-of-five final for the title.
The 2023/24 season gets underway in less than 24 hours! ⏳
Here's what we have lined up on Day 1 from Leicester 👀
— BetVictor Championship League Snooker (@CLSnooker) June 25, 2023
Judd Trump looks to cash in again
Championship League Snooker is the first ranking event of the 2023/24 World Snooker Tour campaign. The money pocketed by every competitor in the eight counting tournaments is tallied on the Series Rankings and the leader after the eighth and final event in February will earn the £150,000 bonus.
While O’Sullivan is one of only 11 snooker players to complete a career Triple Crown, he’ll face some stiff competition in Leicester. Judd Trump (+800), especially, has done well on the tour in recent years, claiming the £150,000 bonus in both 2020 and 2021. The 33-year-old also captured his second Masters title this year.
Other top contenders
Neil Robertson (+900) lost in round 2 of the World Championships in April, but the “Thunder from Down Under” is always dangerous. He’s the only player from outside the UK to complete snooker’s Triple Crown. There’s also three-time world champion Mark Williams (+1200), five-time ranking event winner Kyren Wilson (+1100), and tour champion Shaun Murphy (+1200), who just missed out on the £150,000 bonus last year.
World champion Luca Brecel decided to skip this year’s event despite his triumph in Leicester in 2022. Other notable absences include Mark Selby, Mark Allen and John Higgins.
Championship League: Former world champions Neil Robertson and Graeme Dott to kick off 2023/24 snooker season – Eurosport COM https://t.co/4gMy9IxhGS
— Snooker plaza (@Snookerplaza) June 25, 2023
Robert Milkins (+2800) defeated Shaun Murphy in the Welsh Open final in 2022 to claim the £150,000 bonus for winning the most combined prize money across the series’ eight tournaments.
Si Jiahui (+2500) made it all the way to the semifinals of the 2023 World Snooker Championship. The 20-year-old from China is short on experience but long on talent.
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