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What is Total Frames?
Total frames is a term used in snooker and is determines the number of games a player must win in order to be deemed the overall match winner.
Each individual game of a snooker match is called a frame, and much like in darts which possesses legs, a majority of snooker games have a best of format when it comes to the number of frames a player needs in order to win.
For example, a match contesting a total of 21 frames would mean whichever player wins 11 individual frames first would be crowned the winner of the match, even if the maximum 21 frames are not played.
It also means the maximum number of frames that could be played is 21, (final score 11-10) with a minimum total number of frames being 11 (11-0).
How is Total Frames used in Sports Betting?
Many sportsbooks will run betting markets on the number of frames in any given snooker match.
For example, in the World Snooker Championships, a first-round match has a total of 19 playable frames.
This would mean that in a match between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Marco Fu, a bookmaker will run odds on the total number of frames that may be played as simple over/under markets.
For example, options such as over 9.5 frames, 10.5 frames, 11.5 frames, 12.5 frames and so on will be made available as the first player to reach 10 frames would be the winner. From then it all comes down to how many frames the opponent wins to see which betting bracket on total frames is the winner.
Did you know…
The longest frame of professional snooker was won by Ireland’s Fergal O’Brian in 2017.
A time of two hours, three minutes and 41 seconds was recorded as the Irishman beat David Gilbert 10-9 in total frames.
Remarkably, that single frame was 44 seconds longer than the men’s World Record Marathon time.