Ray Walsh

Ray Walsh

January 15, 2018

The 2018 Snooker Masters are underway and Ronnie O’Sullivan, the reigning champion, is attempting to wow fans with an eighth title. The Masters is a professional snooker tournament that can only be attended by invitation (the top 16 players in the world are invited).

The Defabet Masters is the second longest running competition behind the Snooker World Championship. It has been played every year since 1975. The prestigious tournament is one of the Triple Crown events: despite the fact that it is not a ranking event. Without a doubt, it is one of the best-loved tournaments on the Snooker calendar.

Where Does The Snooker Masters Take Place?

The famous tournament is now played at the Alexandra Palace in London. This year the tournament runs from January 14 to January 21. The top 16 players in the world have been invited to play in the week-long tournament.

After winning last year’s tournament Ronnie O’Sullivan became the Master’s king: beating Stephen Hendry’s previous record of six masters wins in total.

Where Can I Watch The Dafabet Masters?

Most places in the world do not televise the Masters, which is a huge disappointment to Snooker fans. The good news is that it is possible to stream the Dafabet Masters live online.

However, it is worth remembering that streams of the games which are shown on BBC iPlayer are geo-restricted to viewers in the UK only. For this reason, anybody living outside of the UK will need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to watch the snooker online.

A VPN allows anybody, anywhere, to privately and securely pretend to be in the UK. In fact, a reliable VPN like ExpressVPN allows its subscribers to pretend to be just about anywhere. The result is that anybody can watch the snooker from the comfort of their own home.

BestVPN.com does not condone copyright infringement. While we are aware that VPNs can be used to spoof your location to another country, and thus overcome geo-restrictions, their primary purpose is to provide you with online security and privacy. First and foremost, this is why we recommend using a VPN.

How to Stream the Snooker Masters Online with a VPN

Using a VPN to stream the Dafabet Masters online is easy. Simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Select a VPN service. (To stream the Snooker Masters live our recommendation is ExpressVPN, because it has fast servers in the UK that will let you stream the snooker in HD quality.
  2. For more options check out our 5 Best VPNs for iPlayer.
  3. Subscribe and install the VPN software on your PC, laptop, Mac, Android or iOS device. (ExpressVPN allows you to install the VPN software on three devices to watch the snooker on any of them).
  4. Choose OpenVPN encryption protocol in the menu (this encryption will keep you most secure).
  5. Connect to a server in the UK to watch the Masters on the BBC.
  6. Head over to the iPlayer.

Who is the favorite to win the 2018 Snooker Masters Tournament?

Ronnie O’Sullivan is the favorite to win this year’s Masters. However, Mark Selby (the world number one), Judd Trump, and even John Higgins or Mark Williams: all stand a fantastic chance. The Masters is a high-pressure event, and, at the end of the day, anything could happen!

When does Ronnie O’Sullivan play?

If (like most people) you are a fan of Rocket Ronnie, then you can catch him playing tomorrow Tuesday 16th January 2018. He will be playing the Chinese superstar Marco Fu at 1 pm GMT.

Can I watch Marco Fu play in the Masters from China?

Yes, if you are a snooker fan living in China and you want to watch Marko Fu: you can do so using a VPN.

Sadly, it has become much harder to get a VPN from within China. This is due to the government’s VPN blocks. However, if you can access one of the VPN websites on our 5 best VPNs for iPlayer article (perhaps by using a proxy) then you will be able to watch the snooker live on BBC iPlayer. If you have any questions please drop us a message below.

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