Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:30 pm Post subject: Six-red World Championship
Nice to see some slightly different events popping up in the snooker calendar and whilst they should be treated with caution from a betting perspective as its hard to gauge how serious each player will take the event, there could be a value bet lurking.
Not a huge turnout from the elite players but Trump, Selby, Murphy, Williams, Maguire, Bingham and Wuxi Classic winner Ricky Walden are all involved.
2011: Not Played
2010: Mark Selby
2009: Jimmy White
2008: Ricky Walden
So Jimmy White has been a World Champion after all?
The open style of this format obviously suits certain players and 2008 winner Walden also made the final in 2010 so considering his current form he must have a decent shout again this time.
However, for a sporting wager it might pay to go for Barry Hawkins.
Hawkins was the 8-6 runner-up to White in 2009 and lost out 7-6 to eventual winner Selby in the Semi-Final of 2010. Hawkins had a decent season last year and looked in fair form when losing to Selby in his opening match in the Wuxi.
Hawkins has already beaten Judd Trump 5-2 in the round-robin section of this year's event and currently stands in third place in his group with a 50% record. With four to go through he looks fairly safe for a place in the last 32 and could surprise a few of the bigger names.
No odds are available at the time of writing but one firm was offering 40/1 before today's games and there must be a fair chance of getting 33/1 or even bigger when they price up again this evening.
Selection: Barry Hawkins (each-way if 33/1 or bigger available)
Down to the last sixteen in this event now and play resumes at 2pm.
Some firms have priced up again on the outright market after this morning's play.
Some interesting match-ups in the top half of the draw including:
Selby v Dott
Dale v Ford
Hawkins v Murphy
Our selection Barry Hawkins managed to get through by the skin of his teeth this morning but the 25/1 on offer by Ladbrokes still looks fair, although the top half looks by far the toughest draw with the above six still involved and Judd Trump.
It could pay to play in the lower half of the draw where the four big names remaining play each other this afternoon:
Perry v Walden
Lee v M Davis
Ricky Walden is in flying form and has a great previous record in this event and 10/1 looks a fair price. Mark Davis has also started the season really well and Boylesports look to have got it wrong quoting him at 18/1.
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