Five times UK Championhip winner Ronnie O’Sullivan is favourite for this year’s tournament, which gets under way at the Barbican Centre in York on Tuesday. Sportingbet offer the best price of 9/2.
O’Sullivan decided not to play in this event last year, but won in 2014 and his bid for a sixth title begins with a first round match against Thailand’s 2015 World U21 champion Boonyarit Keattikun.
Not only are Sportingbet offering best odds on the Rocket this year, but they are also the only bookmaker to offer 4 places for each way bets (to reach the semi-finals) rather than 2 (finalist).
The confidence of his supporters may have been dented slightly by his 4-3 defeat to Kyren Wilson in the last 16 at last week’s Northern Ireland Open in Belfast – although O’Sullivan presumably didn’t lose too much sleep over it himself.