Advent Tips – December 9th

| December 9, 2010 | 2 Replies

There was good news and bad news yesterday as John Higgins made it through to the semi-final of the UK Championship but Mark Allen came up short as far as our bet was concerned.

Our Mark Allen bet missed out by the narrowest of margins, with the Ulsterman taking the match 9-7 (9-6 would have been a winner). Allen led 5-3 going into the second session but credit where its due – Stuart Bingham played well and was perhaps a tad unfortunate not to force a decider.

Over on table one, John Higgins overcame a wobble at the start of the second session to run out a 9-7 winner over Stephen Maguire. Higgins is now a best priced 2/1 shot for the title and is as short as 6/4 in places – not bad considering we backed him at 10’s!

Higgins is currently an 8/15 chance in Friday’s semi-final with Mark Allen and if I decide that it’s worth placing a ‘saver’ bet I will let you know tomorrow.

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December 9th

I did have my eye on a Luton upset in the FA Cup tonight but the bookies have put their Scrooge hats on (did Scrooge even wear a hat?) and there is no value there. So it’s back off to Telford for another silent night at the snooker.

Back over 14.5 frames in the Neil Robertson – Shaun Murphy match. This is a best priced 18/25 with Bwin.

Shaun Murphy is a very talented player – particularly over longer frame matches – and while he may be up against the flavour of the month in Neil Robertson, I’d be amazed if this is a one sided affair.

Murphy is currently number four in the world and is a former winner of both the World and UK Championships. To be honest, it wouldn’t surprise me if he were to shock Neil Robertson today and at the very least he’ll be expecting to push the Aussie all the way.

We’ve had a lot of close matches this week and while I don’t fancy calling the winner, I do expect this to be another close run thing. Regardless of who wins, this bet will pay out if the final score is 9-6, 9-7 or 9-8. Every other bookmaker is offering 4/6 as is Betfair, so Bwin must have had a Tiny Tim moment. 18/25? God bless us, every one!

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  1. petewins57 says:

    Seems like your tide has turned Matt. I thought the Allen/Bingham was going to be closer than your bet suggested, so I just backed him to win it without the 2.5 margin. Not good odds, but I did it to “keep the faith” with your generous advent offering.
    Keep ’em coming!
    Pete

  2. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Well the results certainly seem to be improving. Last night’s Murphy – Robertson bet never looked in danger and we got a decent price too.

    Fingers crossed Higgins does the business today.

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