Over the last century and a half, since it’s been invented in the UK, snooker grew massively in popularity and is played all around the world. Today, it is an internationally followed sport which features top professionals playing in world-class tournaments with multi-million prize pools. In this article, we will pay homage to the best of the best, the top 5 snooker players in 2019.
An Overview of This Fast-Rising Sport
While snooker has been around for a century and a half, it has only seen significant exposure over the last couple of decades. The sport has deep roots in England, Scotland and Australia, but isn’t as nearly as popular in other places around the globe. With that said, one country in the far east has a surprisingly strong affection towards snooker. China hosts several big snooker tournaments every year and has a large base of snooker players, as, by some estimates, 50 million Chinese people play snooker.
As the sport continues to grow in popularity, it also manages to affect one highly lucrative industry-online betting. This especially applies to the UK, where most premier snooker tournaments carry out and where the online casino and betting scene is the most developed. Many new betting sites with a good reputation offer customers to bet on snooker tournaments, claim exclusive snooker-related promotions or enjoy various other benefits for deciding to follow the sport.
Trump started off the 2018/2019 season in 5th place but managed to improve his result from last season and move up to 2nd place in the rankings for the 2019/2020 season. Judd Trump had one of the best seasons of his career, in a year that saw him break multiple records and achieve great successes. Despite failing to defend his European Masters title, Trump had one of the all-time performances just a little while later, at the 2019 World Championship. Equaling the record of seven centuries in a single match in the final against John Higgins, Trump also won the aforementioned championship. By winning the world title, he also became only the eleventh player to complete the Triple Crown.
After the 2019 Betfred World Championship, Neil Robertson holds a firm fourth place in the Snooker World Rankings. Already considered to be among the most successful snooker players of all time, the left-handed Australian had another very solid snooker season. His most notable trophy in the 2018/2019 season came on the 7th of April when he won China open by decisively defeating Jack Lisowski 11-4.
A former number of and current World Open Champion, Mark Williams saw a huge return to form after a couple of lacklustre seasons. Currently ranked at 3rd place, Williams didn’t have an overly spectacular season, but several big wins and stable performances all throughout the year have helped him improve his Snooker World Rankings position. Many pundits have already written him off after his several winless seasons starting in 2011/2012, but Williams showed that he still has a lot of fight left in him, even at age 44 and a trophy case full of achievements.
You don’t have to be a fan of the sport to have heard about Ronnie O’Sullivan. After more than two decades in snooker, O’Sullivan almost epitomizes the game and is one of the biggest legends that ever played it. While 2019 wasn’t his best year, it was still more than enough to put O’Sullivan among the top players. O’Sullivan managed to win the inaugural Tour Championship in March of 2019, beating Neil Robertson 13-11, which propelled him to the top of the rankings once again for the first time in almost nine years.
While Mark Selby isn’t currently ranked in the top five, coming in at 6th place, he deserves maximum recognition, as he absolutely dominated the sport prior to last season, holding first place for seven consecutive years. He had a slightly off year last season, which garnered comments from certain experts that Selby may have fallen off his game and is far away from his best form. But, unlike O’Sullivan or some of the other top-ranked snooker players, Mark Selby is known as a patient and very calm player, with a strong safety play. This, alongside the fact that he lost the first place after a long and successful reign, might help him get back on track and take the top again.