A Soft Draw In Shanghai Signals This Snooker Bet

| August 12, 2011 | Reply

It’s Friday afternoon, I’m pretty worn out and all I want to do is get to the pub and kick start a weekend of fun, frills and football.

But before all that, I have one last gift to give…

A tip for September’s Shanghai Masters and not just any old tip…

A ripe and juicy 20/1 shot.

Quite simply, back Ali Carter to win the Shanghai Masters at 20/1 with Bet Victor and Stan James.

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The contenders

I’m gonna crack through these sharpish as the pub is calling but rest assured, I’ve done my research and if you’d like a bit more detail, do feel free to contact me…

Just don’t expect a response before Monday!

John Higgins (11/2) – May come into play later on but has a bitch of a draw (I’m talking a right Janine Butcher here), with Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Graeme Dott and Stuart Bingham (won the last ranking event) all in the same quarter.

Ding Junhui (7/1) – In the same half of the draw as the aforementioned quintet and in the same quarter as world number one Mark Williams.

Ronnie O’Sullivan (7/1) – Next!

Mark Selby (15/2) – Always one of the betting favourites but never actually wins anything.

Mark Williams (10/1) – Another threat but is also in the tricky half of the draw.

Neil Robertson (14/1) – See above RE the draw.

Shaun Murphy (14/1) – Has been struggling with his form for a while now. If he gets on a role he may be worth backing but I’d like to see him in action first.

Mark Allen (18/1) – Has admitted to suffering from depression and it does seem to be having a negative impact on his game.

Judd Trump (20/1) – See above RE the draw.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a draw as lop sided as this and that’s great news for us value hunters – for some reason, the bookies just don’t seem to have taken it into account.

The likelihood is that Ali Carter will have to beat Mark King (world number 29), Peter Ebdon (16 and getting on a bit) and Stephen Maguire (8 and in poor form) to make the semis and that makes him a cracking bet at 20/1…

What’s more, he’ll then only have to face Murphy or Selby (worst case scenario) to make the final.

Get Carter

One final point that I should bring up is that Ali Carter is reigning champion in Shanghai and, if nothing else, that should give him great confidence going into this week.

These far eastern tournaments aren’t to everybody’s tastes and so the fact that Carter has won here before is a massive plus over a lot of the field, some of which…

I’m looking at you Ronnie…

Don’t even bother turning up more often than not.

Bet Victor and Stan James haven’t done their homework in offering up 20/1 and I suggest that you take it now…

The tournament starts on September 5th and if/when our charge makes the semis I’ll be looking to hedge our bet with one of the big boys.


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