TournamentNorthern Ireland Open
Timetable22nd-29th October
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The Northern Ireland Open is a ranking snooker event that takes place in Belfast as part of the Home Nations Series. The Alex Higgins Trophy and £80,000 is up for grabs for the winner, and the 2023 edition will be played from the 22nd to the 29th of October at the Waterfront Hall. Keep on reading this Northern Ireland Open prediction to find out who I think will win this year's edition.

🎱 Northern Irish Open Betting Preview

This will be the 8th edition of the Northern Ireland Open, with the first edition having taken place back in 2016. The main qualifiers for this event were held between the 17th and the 20th of October at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. However, the qualifiers featuring the top 16 players have been held over until the 22nd and 23rd of October, so we do not yet know the complete line-up for this year's competition.

When the qualifiers have all been done, there will be a total of 64 players taking part, and the competition will be divided as follows:

  • Last 64 - Best of 7 Frames
  • Last 32 - Best of 7 Frames
  • Last 16 - Best of 7 Frames
  • Quarter-Finals - Best of 9 Frames
  • Semi-Finals - Best of 11 Frames
  • Final - Best of 17 Frames

Although the lineup has not been fully completed, it is safe to say that all of the top dogs should make it to the main event, so I shall now take a look at four players who I think are in with a shot of winning the title. I will also give you the Northern Ireland Open odds that some top bookmakers are offering for these players. If you want to find out more about these bookmakers, then you can find all that you need to know on our bookmaker reviews page.

1️⃣ Mark Allen

When you are looking for potential winners, it is hard to look beyond local boy Mark Allen as he has won the previous two NI Open Snooker events, beating John Higgins 9-8 and Zhou Yuelong 9-4. He was the form player during the 2022/23 season, winning three ranking event titles as well as going deep in a number of other big competitions. His 2023/24 season has not gotten off to a winning start, but he always seems to play his best when he has a home crowd behind him.

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2️⃣ Judd Trump

When you are trying to predict the winner of a competition, it is always wise to check out the players who have won it in the past since winning breeds confidence. Trump has had plenty of success in Northern Ireland throughout his career, winning the NI Snooker Open three times in a row between 2018 and 2020. He only won one title in the 22/23 season, but this new season he has already won the English Open and the Wuhan Open, so he is going to be entering this competition in top form.

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3️⃣ Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan has made it to the final of the Northern Ireland on three occasions, and on all three occasions, he was defeated by Trump. Surprisingly, he has never won this event, so he will want to add it to his extensive trophy list before he decides to call it a day. His mood blows hot and cold nowadays, but when he is on it, he is still one of the best players in the sport, building big breaks without breaking a sweat. He won the Shanghai Masters last month, so should enter this competition with some decent form.

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4️⃣ Shaun Murphy

Before the 2022/23 season, Shaun Murphy had won only two competitions in six years, which is not good enough for a player of his capabilities. In 2022/23, he took home the Tour Championship and the Players Championship title to remind us all just how good he is, and he then won the Championship League at the start of the 2023/24 season. He is one of the best long ball potters in the game, so his opponents will be wary of leaving long pots on.

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📊 Northern Ireland Open Winners

Before you go ahead and do some snooker betting on any event, check out the previous winners. Some players love playing at particular venues and always turn up and go deep in the competition, so I have provided you with a table that highlights the winners of the seven previous editions of this competition:

YearWinnerRunner-upFinal Score
2016Mark KingBarry Hawking9-8
2017Mark WilliamsYan Bingtao9-8
2018Judd TrumpRonnie O'Sullivan9-7
2019Judd TrumpRonnie O'Sullivan9-7
2020Judd TrumpRonnie O'Sullivan9-7
2021Mark AllenJohn Higgins9-8
2022Mark AllenZhou Yuelong9-4

🏆 Northern Ireland Open Prediction

So, when it comes to this competition, what is my snooker Northern Ireland Open prediction? Well, there will be so many top players taking part that it is not easy to predict the winner, but I would be tempted to put my money on Trump to lift the title for the 4th time due to the immense form that he is in ahead of this competition.

Not only will he enter the 2023 Northern Ireland Open on the back of wins in the English Open and Wuhan Open, but he also knows what it takes to be successful in this competition, having won it three times before. He seems to be playing his best snooker in years, and I think it will take a special performance to stop him from adding another title to his trophy cabinet.

He might even have an easier go of it this time around because the likes of Ali Carter, Luca Brecel, Mark Selby, and John Higgins elected to skip the competition in order to play at an exhibition event in Macau, China. The event has since changed dates, but the aforementioned players will still be absent this year.

My Northern Ireland Open Prediction: Judd Trump to win.

⭐ Northern Ireland Open Betting Tips

So, you know my prediction for the 2023 Northern Ireland Open, but this betting guide will give you more than the winner of the event. Thus, below you can find some other useful betting tips to think about when ahead of the 2023 Northern Ireland Open or our general betting guide for other useful tips.

Consider Betting on a 147

If you are new to the wonderful sport of snooker, a 147 occurs when a player pots 15 reds, and 15 blacks and follows up by potting the yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, and black all during one trip to the table. It is not an easy feat as it requires pinpoint accuracy and nerves of steel, and this is why the odds of one happening are often quite enticing. The best thing about the 147 market is that you do not need to name the player who will make one.

Top Tip 1: This is a ranking event, so all the participants will be taking it very seriously and will be fully focused on the job at hand. Additionally, all of the top players in the world should be participating at the Northern Ireland Open, unless there are some shocks in the held-over qualifiers, meaning that there is plenty of quality on show. I believe there is a high chance of a 147 in Belfast.

The Dark Horses

Earlier I named four players that I think have a really good shot of winning the Northern Ireland Open, but all events will have its dark horses - those who have longer Northern Ireland Open snooker odds but still have a good chance of winning. Such players include the likes of Jack Lisowski, Gary Wilson, Robert Milkins, Marco Fu, and Neil Robertson.

Top Tip 2: If you do not like the look of the odds that are available for one of the four players that I mentioned earlier in this prediction, then I would recommend that you consider putting your money on Neil Robertson to win. He has not won a title since the 2021/22 season, but he has won a total of 23 ranking events in his career, so is clearly a top-class player.

Who Would I Avoid Betting On?

Some players have plenty of talent, but crumble when the pressure is on. One player who fits into this category is Jack Lisowski - he has the ability to beat anyone when he is at the top of his game, but he seems to crumble when the pressure is ramped up. He has made it to the latter parts of many big competitions, but just cannot get himself over the finish line.

Top Tip 3: I hope that Lisowski manages to win a big event someday, but I do not think that he will go on to win this one. He has a mental hurdle that he somehow needs to climb over, and needs to win a first title before he starts winning more. However, until he has won his first title, I would not recommend betting on him – unless you have some free bets that you can use.

The Highest Break

Another fun market that snooker betting fans can bet on is the player who will score the highest break in the tournament. Due to how hard such a market is to get right, the odds that are on offer are usually quite good. The highest break has a prize of £5000, so there is an extra incentive for the players.

Top Tip 4: Mark Allen is a player to consider for the highest break market as he is prolific when he is in among the balls. Additionally, his concentration levels are very high, so he rarely misses a shot that he should be getting. So, if you want to make use of such a market, I recommend considering Allen.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions About the Northern Ireland Open

What Are the Best Betting Sites for the 2023 Northern Ireland Open?

Any bookmaker that is serious about what they do will make sure that they offer competitive odds and markets for big competitions such as the Northern Ireland Open. However, the sites that I recommend for betting on such competitions include TonyBet, Palm Slots, and BoyleSports.


Who Will Win the 2023 Northern Ireland Open?

There are a good number of players who will be confident about winning the 2023 Northern Ireland Open, but Judd Trump is the player who I think will go on and claim the title.


Who Has the Most Northern Ireland Open Titles?

Judd Trump is the most successful player in the Northern Ireland Open as he won the title three times in a row in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Mark Allen has also had plenty of success as he has won the last two editions.


What is the Prize Money for the 2023 Northern Ireland Open?

The winner of the 2023 Northern Ireland Open will win a cheque for £80,000, while the runner-up will have to do with £35,000.

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✒️ Sheldon Muchmore - iGaming and Sports Betting Enthusiast

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This Northern Ireland Open prediction was written by Sheldon Muchmore.

Sheldon is a tipster and betting expert from the United Kingdom who has a passion for a whole range of sports, particularly football, rugby, and cricket. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, so feel free to feel a bit of pity for him. He has been involved in the online gambling industry for a number of years now and has written a large number of predictions for a variety of sports including GAA, so he has built up a lot of sporting expertise over the years.