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14th April 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The final ranking tournament of the snooker season gets underway on April 16th. The Snooker World Championship 2016 is the crowning jewel of the season and one of the most prestigious and famous titles that can be won in the sport. The hype in last season’s tournament was all about Ronnie O’Sullivan but he was dumped out of the competition from eventual winner Stuart Bingham.
So Bingham will be the one out for a title defence at the Crucible in the Snooker World Championship 2016. He showed a bit of from in going to the final of the World Grand Prix in March, but he missed out there to Shaun Murphy and hasn’t followed up his World Championship title from last season with a ranking event win this term.
So that has left Stuart Bingham down the pecking order when it comes to the outright winner market for Snooker World Championship 2016 betting at a price of 28/1. Heading up the market is Ronnie O’Sullivan who is looking for his sixth World Championship title and he is off at a price o f7/4 with online betting site Bet365 for the event. Neil Robertson and Judd Trump are back at a price of 6/1, Robertson looking to add to his 2010 title while Trump is still looking for his first but goes into the tournament in form after winning the China Open.
So Trump has a little bit of form going for him with that China Open win, which came after a Championship League title in March. Ronnie O’Sullivan won the Welsh Open in February while as for Neil Robertson, he has won two titles this season, the ranking UK Championship as well as the Champion of Champions tournament. They are the heavyweights, while Shaun Murphy will be a dangerous floater in the field at 12/1 while Ding Junhui is talking a big game who had to come through qualifiers (and do so in fantastic form) to get back to the Crucible.
Snooker World Championship 2016 Odds
Ronnie O’Sullivan 7/4, Neil Robertson 6/1, Judd Trump 6/1, Mark Selby 8/1, Shaun Murphy 12/1, John Higgins 18/1, Ding Junhui 18/1, Mark Allen 20/1, Stuart Bingham 28/1, Barry Hawkins 33/1, bar 40/1.
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Snooker World Championship 2016 Draw
The qualifiers took place from April 6th through 13th and Ding Junhui was the highest profile player through there. He dropped only seven games in his three qualifying rounds to make it back to the Crucible after dropping down the world rankings to have to go through qualifying to get back to the Crucible. What makes things interesting about Ding is that he will be eligible to face any of the top sixteen players in the first round and no-one will be wanting that. Shaun Murphy was the last winner of the Snooker World Championship as a qualifier.
The 32 players (the top sixteen in the world automatically qualify) will be joined by the sixteen qualifiers who have made it to the crucible. The top seed is reigning champion Stuart Bingham after his victory last season. The first round of the Snooker World Championship 2016 is over 19 frames while the second round and the quarter finals are both over the best of 25 frames. The semi finals go over the best of 33 frames and the final goes a little longer being the best of 35 frames. The final of the Snooker World Championship 2016 will be played over May 1st and 2nd.
Quarters Snooker World Championship 2016 By seeds
1st quarter: Stuart Bingham (1), John Higgins (8), Ricky Walden (9), Stephen Maguire (16)
2nd quarter: Neil Robertson (4), Judd Trump (5), Martin Gould (12), Mark Williams (13)
3rd quarter: Shaun Murphy (4, Ronnie O’Sullivan (6), Barry Hawkins (11), Marco Fu (14)
4th Quarter: Mark Selby (2), Mark Allen (7), Joe Perry (10), Michael White (15)
Snooker World Championship History and Stats
This is the 40th season that the Snooker World Championship will be held at the Crucible so there is a long history between the event and the Sheffield arena. The most number of titles won at the world Championship has long been held by the great Joe Davis who claimed 15 titles in his career (all consecutive too!). None of the modern day greats can even get close to that with the retired Stephen Hendry at seven titles though his illustrious career including a five-year winning streak at the Crucible. Along with Joe Davis, the only ones ahead of Hendry’s tally of World Titles are Fred Davis and John Pulman with 8 each.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is on five titles and recently Stuart Bingham said that while O’Sullivan is the best player in the game at the moment, he’s not the greatest, that honour falling to Hendy because of his number of titles. Ronnie O’Sullivan has been in three of the last four finals, winning two of them. England have produced the highest amount of World Champions as well as the highest tally of titles. There have been twelve English winners of the World Championship Snooker, combining for a total of 51 titles.
Snooker World Championship 2016 Prediction
The draw makes things a little interesting here because you have Neil Robertson and Judd Trump together in the second quarter. So one of the big guns will be missing out on the semi finals. So that makes things a little unpredictable in backing either of them because of a huge hurdle that they could both face, as they would be on course for a quarter final clash.
There’s a similar story in the third quarter with Shaun Murphy and Ronnie O’Sullivan set for a quarter final showdown, although The Rocket would be heavy favourite to win that matchup. So down in the bottom quarter of the draw is where we are going to find our prediction for the Snooker World Championship 2016 and that is Mark Selby. The 2014 champion has a quarter that he could navigate his way through pretty comfortably. That would put him on course for a semi final against the winner of O’Sullivan’s quarter but Selby took O’Sullivan down at the Circle in the 2014 final and that may be a guide.
21st March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The 2015/16 snooker season is drawing to a close. There is just the China Open and the then World Snooker Championship to follow for the season after the Snooker Players Championship has had its run over the next week. This is a ranking snooker event (the eighth of the season) as well and it runs from March 22nd through to the 27th up in Manchester.
The event this year has an unfamiliar scenario where the reigning champion isn’t back to defend his title. That is because last year’s winner Joe Perry failed to qualify back for the Finals. There is a whole of qualifying to be done to get to the finals because the Players Tour Championship is a series of snooker events, held across two continents Europe and Asia.
Prize money earned from appearances in the European Tour Events on the Players Tour Championship calendar all go towards an Order Of Merit and the top 24 from that get to make it to the finals from the European side of things and they are joint from the top two coming from the Asian Tour of Merit. Yes, that’s only 26 players and so there is a mix of another six players coming in from both Orders Of Merit as qualifiers too, rounding out to 32 players.
That having all been settled, it is Judd Trump who is running as 4/1 outright favourite for the Finals. There is no Ronnie O’Sullivan because he doesn’t bother competing in the PTC events, or at least hasn’t done this season. Because it is just a European and Asian event as well, there are other notable absentees like Australia’s Neil Robertson.
So it’s not the most talented of line ups, not like one you will see at the World Championships later in the year, but it’s still some good competitive action on the cards. Following Judd Trump in the outright betting market is Shaun Murphy at 5/1 and then Mark Allen and Ding Junhui coming in at 9/1, the only other two players under double figures.
Snooker Players Championship 2016 Betting Odds
Judd Trump 4/1, Shaun Murphy 5/1, Mark Allen 9/1, Ding Junhui 10/1, Marco Fu 16/1, Barry Hawkins 16/1, Mark Williams 18/1, Martin Gould 25/1, Kyren Wilson 28/1, 33/1 bar
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Snooker Players Championship 2016 Draw
So there is a long process to get to the Snooker Players Championship 2016 that the players have to go through, having to roll through seven minor-ranking events in order to pick up the points to make it high enough into the Order of Merit.
In this season’s Snooker Players Championship 2016 draw it does get interesting because outright favourite to win the title Judd Trump is actually only seeded 24th in the draw and leading the way is second seed Barry Hawkins, who is the highest ranked player in the draw because Mark Selby, the overall top seed in the Order Of Merit, withdrew.
The event is a straight knockout tournament with the first round going over just the best of seven games. It stays that way through the last sixteen and the quarter finals as well, so it is quite a rapid-fire type of tournament. Things get extended out to the best of 11 frames in the semifinals and then the Final itself is a full on affair of the best of 19 frames.
Snooker Players Championship History and Stats
There’s not a lot of history to go by on this one as it is a fairly never event. The first Snooker Players Championship held in 2010 when Shaun Murphy went to the final and beat Martin Gould 4-0. The previous finals have only been over the best of seven frames until things got tweaked this season. Actually three of the four previous Snooker Players Championship finals have been won by a 4-0 scoreline.
Stephen Lee won it in 2012 with a victory over Neil Robertson and again Neil Robertson was thwarted at the final hurdle a year later when he was beaten by Ding Junhui in the final. Barry Hawkins claimed the 2014 title before Joe Perry took down Mark Williams in last season’s final which was held in Bangkok.
Because it is a fairly new event there has been significant changes in its format down the few years that it has been running, with changes to the Order Of Merit and who it accommodates in the tournament. It is an event which looks as if it is still finding its feet.
6th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Another big snooker tournament rolling our way for 2016 and next up on the list of ranking events is the Snooker World Grand Prix 2016. This wasn’t one of the ranking tournaments on last season’s snooker season but it is now. The tournament is being held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales with a total prize fund of £300,000 up for grabs and a third of that is going to the winner alone. The tournament starts on March 8th and runs through to the 13th. Heading back to the event as the defending champion is Judd Trump.
There will be just the three ranking events left for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, the Players Tour Championship Finals, the China Open and the World Snooker Championship to follow. Judd Trump actually carries some nice form into the Snooker World Grand Prix 2016 title defence as he took a win over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Championship League in early March (a non ranking event).
Ronnie O’Sullivan is back in the field and he has taken over the market running at a price of 2/1 outright favourite. After his win at the Welsh Open and his triumph at the Masters on his return there this year, he is probably going to take some stopping. To put his favouritism into context you have Neil Robertson and Mark Selby both around the 7/1 mark to take the title, with Judd Trump at 8/1.
Snooker World Grand Prix 2016 Betting Odds
Ronnie O’Sullivan 2/1, Neil Robertson 7/1, Mark Selby 7/1, Judd Trump 8/1, John Higgins 18/1, Shuan Murphy 22/1, Mark Allen 25/1, Barry Hawkins 33/1, Ding Junhui 33/1, bar 40/1
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This event is for the top 32 ranked players in the world and the seeds come together from the opposite ends to meet up in matches. So for example, number one seed John Higgins faces number thirty two seed Stephen Maguire, number two seed Neil Robertson faces number thirty-one seed Peter Ebdon and so on until you meet in the middle with number sixteen Matthew Selt taking on seventeenth seed Ryan Day.
It is a straight knockout format with the best of seven frame matches being played for the first round, the last sixteen and the quarter finals. The semi finals then step it up to the best of 11 frames and then the final of the Snooker World Grand Prix 2016 will be contested over 19 frames.
Snooker World Grand Prix History and Stats
The tournament started back in 1982 and it has gone through some changes since then. Incidentally, Ray Reardon was the inaugural winner of the event and winners following on from him reads as a who’s-who of snooker, with Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, Jimmy Whites and John Higgins all having lifted the title. Ronnie O’Sullivan is a former winner as well, but his only triumph at the event came back in 2004 when he beat Ian McCulloch 9-5 in the final. he has lost his other four appearances in the final of the event.
Here’s a great bit of trivia, the 1985 final contested between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor has gone down in history as the longest ever one-day final. It took over ten hours for them to settle the score (Davis taking a 10-9 victory). John Higgins scored four consecutive century breaks in the 2005 final.
The only players to have won the Snooker World Grand Prix four times is John Higgins and Stephen Hendry. It is a tournament which has gone through a lot of changes when back in the day, the top 32 players entering at the round of 64 meaning that more upsets were caused. Then it was switched to group stages which caused even more random matches and results and it even went to an FA Cup style draw when it went back to a knockout format in 2008.
Snooker World Grand Prix 2016 Predictions
Strangely, for reasons unknown, Ronnie O’Sullivan has failed to deliver when it counts at the Snooker World Grand Prix. Four finals he has lost, which is a pretty poor strike rate from him. He has been on top of his game this year though as his easy win at the Masters and the Welsh Open proves. At such short odds though he really isn’t going to a tremendous amount of value to be throwing wagers at.
That having been said, you don’t want to be backing a player who could potentially run into O’Sullivan before the final, so look in the opposite half of the draw. You have Mark Selby, Judd Trump and John Higgins all up there. Trump beat O’Sullivan recently in the Championship League and he is the defending champion of the Snooker World Grand Prix and trading at a chunky 8/1 price to defend his title it’s worth an each way shot on him.
15th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The Snooker World Championship 2015 will be taking centre stage from the Crucible in Sheffield once again, and it is the final ranking event in the 2014/15 season.
The first round action starts on April 18th and it Ronnie O’Sullivan who is running as 2/1 favorite to walk away with the title. O’Sullivan has won the title five times before in his career and has fired off three 147’s at the tournament as well, his most recent coming in 2008.
O’Sullivan has won two of the last three editions of the World Championship and made it back to the final last year in search of three wins on the bounce, but was stopped by Mark Selby 14-18. Selby is running out at 8/1 and he goes as top seed and therefore in the opposite half of the draw to O’Sullivan. It’s actually not too bad of a draw for Selby, who should be a confirmed quarter finalist you would imagine, and then a semi final would likely be against fourth of fifth seed Neil Robertson or Barry Hawkins respectively.
With O’Sullivan unlikely to be troubled too much in his fourth quarter, it is the third quarter of the draw which makes the most interesting in Snooker World Championship 2015 betting, because it houses both third seed Ding Junhui and sixth seed Judd Trump. The winner of that quarter would then have to face up to O’Sullivan most likely in the final four. So not an easy path to the final there for Trump, who has held ground at 6/1 in the outright winner market, with Ding Junhui way out at 16/1 with online bookmaker Boylesports.
World Snooker championship 2015 betting odds
Ronnie O’Sullivan 2/1, Neil Robertson 6/1, Judd Trump 6/1, Mark Selby 8/1, Shaun Murphy 11/1, Ding Junhui 16/1, 25/1 bar
Because of the setup of the draw, you can take a nice early look at the Name The Finalists market for your Snooker World champions 2015 betting. If O’Sullivan continues his brilliant form at the Crucible, then you would pair him up with either Neil Robertson at 7/1 or an O’Sullivan/Selby final at 9/1 with Boylesports. Fourth seed Neil Robertson should have full command of the second quarter of the draw and could clash with Selby in the semi finals.
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14th August 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
2013 Shanghai Masters Snooker Betting Info
The third ranking tournament of the 2013 snooker season will be the Shanghai Masters. Betting for the outright winner has already been pretty active and with a massive purse up for grabs for the winning player, the action at the Shanghai Grand Stage should produce plenty of snooker betting value for you.
Latest 2013 Shanghai Masters Snooker Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Neil Robertson 5/1, Judd Trump 6/1, Mark Selby 6/1, John Higgins 7/1, Mark Allen 12/1, Ding Junhui 14/1, Shaun Murphy 14/1, Stephen Maguire 18/1
2013 Shanghai Masters Snooker Betting Favourite
Neil Robertson, out and out takes ascendancy here for your snooker betting. He has been to the final of the two ranking events so far this season, winning the Wuxi Classic against John Higgins and then missing out in the final of the Australian Goldfields Open to Marco Fu. Not only did he go well in China at this season’s Wuxi Classic, he won the China Open towards the end of last season as well, so seems to like it out East. Robertson has consistently been one of the best players in the ranking tournaments over the last year or so, and takes an edge in the market at 5/1 with online bookmaker Bet Victor.
2013 Shanghai Masters Snooker Betting Tips
The defending champion taking centre stage will be Scotland’s John Higgins, who will be looking forward to a return to China. As the Shanghai Masters is the second ranking event to be held in China this year, Higgins can look back to his run to the final of the Wuxi Classic earlier this year for some confidence. He was beaten in the final there by Neil Robertson, and after not even making it to the second ranking tournament of the year, the Australian Goldfields Open, he’ll want to prove himself again. Although on the back of his win at the Shanghai Masters last season, he has reason to be confident.
History won’t be on his side though as no player has ever won the Shanghai Masters back to back. So that may give an advantage to someone else. Granted the tournament is still in its relative infancy, only starting back in 2007. So bettors may instead decide to lean towards young Judd Trump instead. Trump was last year’s losing finalist of the Shanghai Masters, going down to John Higgins in the final only on a deciding frame. Now, he hasn’t won the title there before but he has motivation, because on his earlier visit to China this season in the Wuxi Classic he went out in a first round shock exit against a home grown talent Li Hang. Not only that, Trump didn’t get to the second ranking event of the season in Australia either.
While Trump needs to step up his ranking game therefore, Mark Selby may be a more solid bet. He should be up there alongside Trump and favourite Robertson. Unlike Trump, Selby has tasted success at the Shanghai Masters before, wining the title back in 2011 against Mark Williams. Selby did even worse at the Wuxi Classic this season than Trump did, losing in the qualifying round there against Andrew Pagett. He was back in top form though with a run to the semi finals of the Australian Goldfields Open. So being a past winner and decent form, Selby should be a threat for the 2013 Shanghai Masters.
Those are the bulk of the main threats represented in the 2013 Shanghai Masters snooker odds at Bet Victor. Really there are four strong players in Higgins, Selby, Trump and Robertson who you will look for first of all for your snooker betting. But just as Marco Fu took the Goldfields this season, the upsets happen fairly regularly. You can therefore consider longer shots like Ding Junhui on his home soil, Barry Hawkins, Graeme Dott and Shaun Murphy.
16th April 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
2013 Snooker World Championship Betting Info
The Crucible in Sheffield will see the return of Ronnie O’Sullivan to the game after his self imposed exile. There was doubts over whether or not he would return to defend the crown he won last year, fortunately for snooker fans, he has. But his return should not overshadow the fact that there is a very strong, competitive field in contention for this year’s prestigious title, with the action starting on April 20th. Which Ronnie O’Sullivan will turn up, and will he really be able to mount a title defence?
2013 Snooker World Championship Betting Favourite
The bookies have been quick to install O’Sullivan as one of the favourites, but online bookmaker Unibet have put Australia’s Neil Robertson at the head of the field at 6/1. Robertson goes as third seed for the event which he won back in 2010. He made a quarter final run last season, butheads into this year’s edition in some pretty strong form. Only once in the last seven ranking tournaments has Robertson failed to make it to the quarter finals. In his last three, he went to the semis of the World Open, the final of the Players Tour Championship and then trended all the way to the win at the China Open. That was his third ranking final of the season, taking just the one title. But generally he has been pretty solid and consistent, and makes a much more sensible outright favourite for your 2013 Snooker World Championship betting.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is in the field and if the world class player that he is shows up, then he will be a contender. He could either crash and burn or hit the headlines here. The thing about Ronnie O’Sullivan is that he has been out of the game for so long now that you just don’t know what you are going to get. He has the natural talent of course in his game, but lack of competitive snooker could hinder him. The four time World Champion hasn’t played for the last twelve months and naturally there is a big media circus around him and his return. Perhaps just too short of a price to back with a lot of confidence.
The world number one Mark Selby, the 2013 Masters champion goes as number two and will be on the opposite side of the draw from O’Sullivan. Along with the Masters he won the UK Championship as well this season and recently made the final of the China Open. While there have been some highs on his season, in between there has been a lot of falling in the early rounds of ranking tournaments. So can be a bit hit and miss, but still a class act when it comes down to it. He has yet to get his hands on the World Championship, and bombed in the first round of last season’s event at the Crucible. Not to be counted out.
Judd Trump is in the top half of the draw alongside Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2013 Snooker World Championship betting. Trump won the International Championship but his recent form in ranking tournaments has dropped, losing in the first round of the Player Tour Championship Finals and the China Open. This is only his fourth appearance in the main draw of the World Championship and he famously went to the final back in 2011 where he lost to John Higgins. Such an exciting talent though and as he avoids Selby and Robertson in the draw, then does make a decent proposition.
You are really looking at the big guns of Selby, Trump and Robertson as the front runners, followed by O’Sullivan.
Best Outside Bet
Well in terms of looking for value, it has to be John Higgins. He won the World Championship for the fourth time in his career in 2011, beating Judd Trump in the final. He claimed just one ranking title in 2012, the Shanghai Masters and hasn’t gotten his hands on one in 2013. He is a proven winner of the event of course and that may make him a threat. He could line up against O’Sullivan in the quarter finals, which would be a fascinating clash. Not in the best of form at all, but he is at home in the Crucible and worth a look at long odds of 11/1 with online bookmaker Unibet.
Latest 2013 Snooker World Championship Betting Prices at online bookmaker Unibet
Neil Robertson 6/1, Ronnie O’Sullivan 13/2, Mark Selby 13/2, Judd Trump 13/2, Ding Junhui 10/1, John Higgins 11/1, Mark Allen 12/1, Stephen Maguire 14/1
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18th February 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The 2013 World Open snooker betting could well be wide open after some below par performances from the big guns at the recent Welsh Open. The 2013 World Open starts on February 25th and based on recent performances there could be plenty of value in looking beyond the front runners.
There appears to be a bit of a breakaway of four players from the rest of the snooker world at the moment, with Judd Trump, John Higgins, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson generally leading the way as pre-tournament favourites. Everyone else then falls back behind them. But with Stephen Maguire coming through the pack to win the recent Welsh Open, there could be an open field.
As can be seen from the odds below it is business as usual in the betting markets, however, only Judd Trump went to the semi finals of the Welsh Open, with Selby and Robertson both gone by the close of the second round, with John Higgins going the same way too. So there is any great top form from the big guns at the moment, even though Selby and Robertson would take preference. Selby has been in pretty decent shape but perhaps has been running out of steam a little bit after success at the UK Championship and the Masters in January. As for Neil Robertson, the Australian has been trending very consistently, well up until Newport anyway and looked to be heading towards a title. But he couldn’t capitalize on his form and maybe he has missed his chance after crashing out of the second round of the Welsh Open.
John Higgins has been well below his best, actually losing in qualification for the German Masters and not even making the main draw. So wouldn’t look at the Scot with any kind of confidence at the moment, and not even snooker’s bright young thing Judd Trump has been firing on all cylinders. He did win the International Championship at the start of last November, but had crashed out in the first rounds of the UK Championship and the German Masters following that. His run to the semi’s of the Welsh Open, where he lost to Stephen Maguire, may see him trending in the right direction again though.
Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen is the defending champion of the event, so may attract some interest. But really, he hasn’t been anywhere near threatening to win a tournament for a long time now. Indeed, his last and only major ranking tournament win was the victory twelve months ago at the World Open. Being way out at 12/1 in the market to defend his title, he doesn’t instill a lot of confidence.
If you are looking further down the betting order, then it should probably be at Ding Junhui. China’s star did go to the semi finals of the Welsh Open where he was just edged out by Stuart Bingham, and he will be on home soil in Haikou, China for this one. Aside from that, it was a really understated affair at the Welsh Open from the big guns.
2013 World Open Snooker Betting odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Judd Trump 6/1, John Higgins 7/1, Mark Selby 7/1, Neil Robertson 8/1, Mark Allen 12/1, Ding Junhui 12/1, Shaun Murphy 14/1, Mark Williams 20/1
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30th January 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The 2013 German Masters snooker betting is being well covered at online betting exchange Betfair. Not only can you find great market value in the outright betting, but you can tune in to some of the live action from Berlin through the Betfair Live Video service. This is a great way to get closer to the snooker action, something which will naturally aid your live in-running betting, all of which can be done at the betting exchange Betfair. Not only does the exchange offer great value in its peer to peer betting platform, but now their fixed odds markets as well can be enjoyed to get the best of both worlds.
Sadly for many, reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is not back to defend his crown in Berlin, so 2013 Masters champion Mark Selby heads into the tournament as narrow favourite. He has rediscovered his top form over the last few months or so and is looking the man to beat. After his third Masters title in January, he looks a sound bet to follow it up in Germany. However, the playing field in snooker at the moment is pretty level. Selby’s best run at the relatively new German masters was a run to the final in 2011. He was beaten then in a thrilling match 9-7 by Mark Williams but exited in the quarter finals last year. He is the man in form and full of confidence at the moment and is trading around 6.2 with Betfair to take the title.
But the expectation is that there will be a close fight. Australia’s Neil Robertson is bang on his game at the moment and is trading at very good value around 7.4 to back at online betting exchange Betfair. It was Robertson who Selby beat in the final of the Masters back in January and therefore that should make him good trending value at the German masters for the former World Champion.
Also around the same mark, inevitably is Judd Trump. The youngster, like Selby, crashed out of the 2012 German masters in the quarter finals and did take the International Championship title at the back end of 2012 (beating Neil Robertson there) but has since struggled to make his market in the UK Championship and the Masters, to many people’s surprise. He’s not the type of player that you are likely to keep down for long though and should be in the mix and isn’t a bad quote to back a 7.8, but because he has just looked a little short, laying him at 8.2 could be more valuable.
Another contender this year will be Ding Junhui who has taken a good deal of action on the 2013 German Masters snooker betting outright winner market. He looks the best challenger beyond the big three, but Mark Allen, Shaun Murphy, Stephen Maguire and Ali Carter also show a lot of value in a wide open field. 2011 winner Mark Williams is back out at a quote of 26 with online betting exchange Betfair. There was big surprise in qualifying as John Higgins a two time winner of the tournament when it was the German Open, was beaten by Peter Lines.
2013 German Masters Snooker betting odds at online betting exchange Betfair
Mark Selby 6.5, Judd Trump 7.8, Neil Robertson 7.4, Ding Junhui 13.5, Mark Allen 9.6, Shaun Murphy 11, Stephen Maguire 11.5, Ali Carter 22, Mark Williams 26
11th January 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
2013 Masters snooker betting will kick off on January 13th, with the top sixteen players looking to get their hands on the famous trophy. Arguably the most coveted and prestigious trophy in the world game, the Masters is a non-ranking event, but the action at the Alexandra Palace in London will see the best compete for the £175,000 prize money on offer for the winner, as well as a place among the illustrious rankings of those who have won it before.
Australia’s Neil Robertson goes into the 2013 edition as the defending champion after beating Shaun Murphy in last year’s final. Going in as the top seed, Robertson has been handed a favourable draw for 2013 Masters snooker betting and he will open against China’s Ding Junhui. Robertson is in the top half of the draw, avoiding a cluttered bottom half where the biggest threats will come from. Robertson, a former World Champion too, looks in pretty good shape for his title defence, after reaching the final of the International Championship and then hitting the quarter finals of the UK Championship. Last year’s title run was the first time that he had been beyond the quarter finals at The Masters. Because of the draw, he’s not a bad option at a price of 7/1 with online bookmaker Sportingbet.
Judd Trump starts the tournament as the outright favourite with the bookmakers, and a strong one at that. Trump is in at 4/1 with online bookmaker Sportingbet in 2013 Masters Snooker betting. The 2011/12 UK Championship winner recently beat Neil Robertson in the final of the International Championship and that was directly after reaching the final of the Shanghai Masters. Trump though crashed badly in his UK Championship title defence, exiting at the first round. But he is the new hot ticket in the game and will be the one to watch out for. What makes the draw for 2013 Masters Snooker betting fascinating, is that he is on a collision course for a semi final clash with Mark Selby.
Selby, the Jester from Leicester, is trading at a price of 7/1 with online bookmaker Sportingbet, and will make a good case for himself. Selby too is in good form, and could be peaking at the right time after winning the UK Championship recently. Selby of course is a two time winner of the Masters, after some famous battles with Ronnie O’Sullivan. He reached the quarter finals last season and has been in three finals of the five Masters events he has entered. Very good value in a tight field.
Also trading at the same price is Scot John Higgins, who goes in the top half of the draw along with Neil Robertson. The two would meet in the semi finals there. It’s been a long time since Higgins won the Masters (back in 2005/06 for the second time in his career). His last title came at the 2012 Shanghai Masters and although perhaps behind the other names mentioned, cannot be written off.
Sadly the action at the Alexandra Palace will not see either Ronnie O’Sullivan or Stephen Hendry in action as they failed to qualify. Can Robertson defend his title, or will the challenges from Selby and Trump be too much?
2013 Masters Snooker Betting odds at online bookmaker Sportingbet
Judd Trump 4/1, Mark Selby 7/1, Neil Robertson 7/1, John Higgins 7/1, Shaun Murphy 10/1, Ding Junhui 12/1, Mark Allen 12/1, Stephen Maguire 16/1, Mark Williams 20/1, Stuart Bingham 20/1
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9th January 2013 / paul - Category:
With prize money of £1/2million, The Masters is one of the three most prestigious events on the snooker calendar and features 16 of world’s top-ranked players.
Alexandra Palace, transformed since the end of the World Darts Championship, is the venue for the invitational tournament won last year by Australia’s Neil Robertson, who is 15/2 with Boylesports to successfully defend his title. He’s been handed a tough first-round draw, however, as he will face China’s Ding Junhui who took his first title of the season at the Scottish Open in Ravenscraig last month, beating Glasgow’s Anthony McGill in the final. Ding looks to be back on track and is only a general 12/1 to win The Masters himself while new world number one Mark Selby is a general 7/1 to follow up his victory in the UK Championship in York with another win at the Ally Pally.
Selby is clearly right at the top of his game at present as he also took the honours in last week’s Munich Open, edging out Graeme Dott is a close-fought final. Dott is given a general 40/1 quote for The Masters but is probably a bit better than that, though faces our tip Stephen Maguire in the first round.
The Scot is long overdue another ranking tournament success, his last coming in 2008, but he’s twice reached the semi-finals in The Masters though it must be pointed out that he’s also lost in the first round in the last two years. However, in a light campaign this time around, he has shown that his more cautious approach is beginning to pay dividends and the draw has been kind to the 31-year-old, who reached the semi-finals of the World Championships last year. Maguire looks value at a general 16/1 and is a general 9/4 to win the fourth quarter of the draw, where the chief opposition should come from Judd Trump.
The Leicester cue-man lost his number one ranking and UK Championship title to Mark Selby in York when making a surprising exit against Mark Joyce. He’ll be keen to get back on track as the tour moves to the capital but looks a little out of sorts at present, though supporters might want to take advantage of Coral’s offer to return all losing stakes up to £100 if Trump wins The Masters. The 23-year-old faces Barry Hawkins in the opening round and is a best 9/2 with Paddy Power to win The Masters ahead of John Higgins, 7/1 in most places.