A Bundle Of Bets For The Snooker World Championship

| April 14, 2011 | 3 Replies

Over the last six months or so snooker has undoubtedly been one of our star performers.

We’ve had a 16/1 winner at the World Open in Neil Robertson…

A 10/1 winner at the UK Championship in John Higgins…

And a 9/1 finalist at the China Open in Mark Selby.

But rather than sit back content with a job well done, I want to end our season on a real high by picking out a few winners at the World Championships.

And boy, are there some bets to be had!

I’ll keep the reasoning reasonably brief but do feel free to leave a comment here (link) if you’d like a bit more beef in your burger before placing a bet.

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Bet One – Back Mark Williams to win the World Championship at 9/1 with Betfair or 17/2 with Boyle Sports

Ever since he re-established himself as a force last season, double world champion Mark Williams has been on a roll.

He’s now up to number two in the world and won the recent German Masters, as well as pushing John Higgins all the way in the final of this season’s UK Championship.

Arguably the most consistent player of 2010/11 and with a decent draw, Williams should be a good thing for the semis, where he is due to face Higgins.

At that stage revenge could well be on the cards but irrespective of the result, taking 9/1 now will ensure plenty of pre-match trading opportunities.

Bet Two – Back Ding Junhui to win the World Championship at 9/1 with Betfair or Unibet

Ding Junhui is in by far the easiest half of the draw, with Mark Selby and Neil Robertson the only real threats.

Now, I’ll get to Robertson in the next section but suffice to say, I don’t think he’ll repeat his heroics of last season…

And, as for Selby, well, Ding will be another on a revenge mission after the ‘Jester from Leicester’ knocked him out at the semi-final stage of his home tournament.

9/1 is simply too big for a player with a virtual bye to the quarters and a ‘big four’ tournament victory to his name already this season (at the Wembley Masters).

I’ll gladly take him over Selby at 11/2 and Robertson at 8/1.

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Bet Three – Back Martin Gould to win the first quarter at 14/1 with Bet Victor, Bwin or Blue Square

14/1 for a player as talented as Gould to win three matches is pretty generous…

But 14/1 bearing in mind his first round opponent is the struggling Marco Fu is madder than Mario Balotelli.

Gould could easily take Fu to the cleaners, with the man from Hong Kong failing to win a match since losing out in the final of the Masters in January…

And from there, only Neil Robertson or Judd Trump will stand in the way of a very winnable quarter final and a great trading opportunity.

Now some would say that’s the toughest possible draw…

I don’t agree.

Trump got the better of Mark Selby to win the China Open but will be drained as a result – even more so if he knocks out Robertson…

And Robertson has been struggling for form ever since winning the World Open in October and only just got past Martin Gould in last year’s second round 13-12.

Gouldie (not an official nickname) looks well worth a bet at 14’s.

Bet Four – Back Stephen Maguire to win the third quarter at 5/1 with Sporting Bet or Coral

Maguire has become an expert at reaching the latter stages of major tournaments in recent years and if anyone is going to send Mark Williams home early, it’s the Glaswegian.

He’s set to meet Mark Allen or Matthew Stevens in round two but with the former struggling with depression and the latter looking tired after a busy season, I expect him to face Williams in the quarters.

From there we can either trade out for a profit or sit back and savour our ‘no lose’ position.

Bet Five – Back John Higgins to win the fourth quarter at 13/8 with Boyle Sports

On the face of it this is the toughest quarter of the draw, with Stephen Lee, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Shaun Murphy all standing between Higgins and the quarter final.

But then you remember that Lee lost 10-4 to Maguire in last year’s first round…

Murphy has only two ranking tournament victories to his name since winning the big one in 2005…

And Ronnie O’Sullivan is, well, Ronnie O’Sullivan.

13/8 will do very nicely thank you very much.

Bet Six – Back Dominic Dale to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round at 4/1 with or Bet Victor

I won’t bore you by explaining why O’Sullivan won’t win the tournament as I’ve been doing that all season, I’ll just leave you with this thought…

Ronnie O’Sullivan has now exited at the first round stage of the last five ranking tournaments in succession…

And yet some so called ‘tipsters’ are still backing him to win this one!

He may well overcome a resurgent Dale but at 4/1, a first round exit offers infinitely more value than the 6/1 on offer for ‘outright’ success.

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  1. wayne says:

    Hi Matt

    Some great bets in there and ive also gone with williams but i got on him in November at 14s.

    Also interested in the dale ronnis match where ive gone for the handicap for dale of +3. Not as good odds but just over evens so ill take that.

    Hopefully we’ll both be well in profit

  2. Pete says:

    Matt,

    Well done on 1st winner with Higgins.

    Any thoughts on laying Williams or Junhui yet? (or backing semi opponents?)

  3. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Hi Pete yes, please see the ‘trading announcement’ on the home page.

    I’m advising a two point back of Higgins in the outright market. I’m prepared to take my chances RE Trump.

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