Snooker Picks: Ronnie O’Sullivan Favorite to Win 2023 Welsh Open

  • What: 2023 Snooker Welsh Open
  • Date: February 13 – February 19, 2023
  • Location: Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales
  • How to Watch: DAZN

The 11th-ranking event of the 2023 snooker season, the Welsh Open, is upon us. This year, the snooker tournament takes place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales. The Welsh Open is the fourth and final tournament in the 2023 Home Nation’s Series. The other events in that series were the Northern Ireland Open, the Scottish Open and the English Open. This year’s Welsh Open takes place between February 13 and 19.

The Welsh Open follows the German Masters, which wrapped up on February 5. In an event where many of the top snooker players in the world lost in the qualifying round, Ali Carter defeated Tom Ford in the Finals.

Most of the top players who were not involved in the German Masters are back in the mix for the Welsh Open, including the No. 1 player in the world, Ronnie O’Sullivan, who withdrew from the German Masters.

Joe Perry is the defending Welsh Open champion. He defeated Judd Trump to win the title in 2022.

Before we look at the betting breakdownpicks, odds and predictions for the 2023 Welsh Open, check out our picks for the 2023 World Snooker Championship and the best sports betting apps and mobile options for betting on Snooker and other sports.

Snooker: 2023 Welsh Open picks

To Win 2023 Snooker Welsh OpenBetOnline ReviewBovada
Ronnie O'Sullivan+500+500
Judd Trump+550+550
Neil Robertson+750+750
Mark Selby+900+900
Mark Allen+1000+1000
Kyren Wilson+1400+1400
Mark Williams+1400+1400
John Higgins+1600+1600
Shaun Murphy+1800+1800
Jack Lisowski+1800+1800
Ding Junhui+1800+1800
Ali Carter+2500+2500
Barry Hawkins+3300+3300
Luca Brecel+3300+3300
Stuart Bingham+3300+3300
Anthony McGill+5000+5000
Joe Perry+6600+6600
Noppon Saengkham+6600+6600
Ryan Day+6600+6600
Ricky Walden+6600+6600
Hossein Vafaei+6600+6600
David Gilbert+6600+6600
Robert Milkins+6600+6600
Graeme Dott+8000+8000
Jordan Brown+8000+8000
Stephen Maguire+8000+8000
Martin Gould+8000+8000
Marco Fu+8000+8000
Joe O'Connor+10000+10000
Pang Junxu+12500+12500
Matthew Selt+12500+12500
Matthew Stevens+12500+12500
Sam Craigie+15000+15000
Cao Yupeng+15000+15000
Chris Wakelin+15000+15000

Ronnie O’Sullivan

The No. 1 snooker player in the worldRonnie O’Sullivan, is playing well in non-ranking events in 2022-23. While the 47-year-old has not made it past the quarter-finals in a ranking tournament this season, O’Sullivan is two-for-two when it comes to winning non-ranking events. O’Sullivan has wins at the Hong Kong Masters and Champion of Champions. He is coming off second round losses at the Scottish Open, English Open and World Grand Prix.

O’Sullivan has four career wins the Welsh Open. His most recent victory at the event came in 2016. He made a return to the Finals in 2021, but Jordan Brown defeated him for the win. In 2022, Ricky Walden eliminated O’Sullivan in the Last 16.

Ronnie O'Sullivan TO WIN 2023 WELSH OPEN
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Judd Trump

Currently the No. 5 ranked snooker player in the world, Judd Trump is still looking for his first ranking tournament win of 2023. Trump took the top spot in the 2023 Masters — a non-ranking event —  and made the Finals of the World Grand Prix, but Mark Allen prevented him from getting the win in that event.

Trump has not fared well during the 2023 Home Nation’s Series. He was eliminated in the first round of the Northern Ireland Open and in the Quarter-Finals of both the Scottish and English Opens.

Trump has never won the Welsh Open, but he made it to the Finals in 2017 and 2022.

Judd Trump TO WIN 2023 WELSH OPEN
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Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson has played well during the 2022-23 snooker season, but the No.4 ranked player in the world has yet to pick up a win this year. Robertson has made it to the semifinal round in four of the nine events he has played in this year, but he has yet to make it to the finals.

With how he has played this year, I think it’s not a matter of whether Robertson will pick up a win but when.

Robertson was one of the few top players to compete in the German Masters. Chris Wakelin eliminated him in the Last 16 in that event. Robertson has two wins at the Welsh Open2007 and 2019. In 2022, Robertson lost to Judd Trump in the Quarter-Finals of the event.

Neil Robertson TO WIN 2023 WELSH OPEN
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Best bet to win the 2023 Welsh Open

Neil Robertson is due for a breakthrough performance in 2023. He entered the year with a more relaxed approach to snooker and he has performed well. I think he is the bet to win the 2023 Welsh Open.

Pick: Neil Robertson to win the 2023 Welsh Open snooker event.

Neil Robertson TO WIN 2023 WELSH OPEN
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