The snooker returns to Ally Pally this week, with Bet365 announcing a new live stream service & odds on The Masters featuring Judd Trump, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy & Ding.
The Masters brings together the world’s top 16 snooker players at Alexandra Palace and the tournament is shaping up to be one of the most competitive major snooker tournaments of the last 10 years as the firm report they are featuring all the matches with their new online streaming technology.
Snooker currently is going through a phase where no one player dominates the scene, in fact, in recent tournaments the major prizes have been won by four different players.
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This has resulted in the betting markets increasing in turnover for snooker with punters able to get some pretty inflated ante-post prices on some of the world’s top players.
Top of the markets for this renewal is Judd Trump, who receives plenty of interest from punters wherever he plays due to his potential. He is available at a best-priced 9/2 with Paddy Power to land the Masters but despite having a huge reputation, he hasn’t really performed to such lofty standards as yet, meaning if you take the 9/2 you are betting on potential rather than strong current form.
This, in our opinion, makes him a very weak favourite and he can certainly be taken on.
Trump did make a huge impact at Alexandra Palace last year, but found Neil Robertson too good in the semi-final, who went onto beat Shaun Murphy in the final.
The Aussie is arguably the most consistent player on the circuit at the moment, and although he doesn’t really generate many fireworks on the table, he is a very reliable performer.
This makes him a very decent betting prospect in a market of this nature. You can get 7/1 with William Hill on Robertson making it back-to-back wins in the Masters, which is far too big for a player of his capabilities in this format.
He could have been given a kinder draw as the Australian faces former champion Ding Junhui in the first round but if he comes through that match, the path to the semi-finals looks pretty easy for the Aussie.
If he does negotiate his way to the last four, anyone who took the 7/1 will be smiling as his price will likely be half that. He rates as one of the ante-post wagers at the current prices, as does two-time Masters champion John Higgins, who also looks a strong 7/1 chance with Ladbrokes.
Higgins comes to life at the tournament. His two wins, in 1999 and 2006, were achieved in very confident style and he does have a terrific record in this competition having reached the finals of 1994 and 2005, and three other semi-finals in the past, including last year.
His liking for the format was illustrated in that last-four appearance last season, which was, by far, his best performance of a dismal season, that saw him fail to reach a quarter-final of a ranking event.
The spark has returned lately though, with wins in the Shanghai Masters and a Players Tour Championship event, which suggests that the Wizard of Wishaw has enough in the locker to make a real play for the prize at Alexandra Palace.
Also it may be worth noting that Higgins has made two 147 breaks this season – his sixth and seventh of his professional career – with that in mind the 7/2 with Ladbrokes on a player making a 147 looks an interesting proposal.
Other players worth noting are Murphy, who is a 10/1 shot with William Hill, as is Ding, whilst the UK Championship winner Mark Selby can be backed at 7/1. Selby has won the Masters twice but may just find either Robertson or Higgins too good when the tournament enters the business stage.
Dutching your money on Robertson and Higgins looks a canny way to try and sustain a profit in the ante-post market.