The UK Championship snooker is back as Lewis Jones reports that Bet365 are live steaming the tournament, as well bringing you the latest snooker news from York where he fancies in-form Ding Junhui to outperform his 7/1 price…..
The UK Championship gets underway at the Barbican in York on Tuesday, as popular Stoke based firm Bet365 exclusively announced this week that they are televising all the matches through ther website.
It should be a busy week for snooker fans and punters alike, and with it comes ample of betting opportunities both from an ante-post view and with one eye on the coupons.
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The authorities have implemented a new format for the UK champs this season with all 128 players entering at the first-round stages, including seven amateurs.
The top 16 players have lost their protection in ranking events, having previously gone through automatically to the last-32 stage. With this format, some of the big guns could be in for a giant-killing against fired up lowly ranked players looking to make a name for themselves. Best to keep that in mind when punting a short priced favourite.
The new schedule is going to take the top players out of their comfort zone as they now have to play two more matches than would normally have to play at this tournament.
So, where should the smart being be going in the outright win market?
The bookies, as per usual, are taking no chances with the pedigree that Ronnie O’Sullivan brings to the table. All firms have priced him up as their ante post favourite with Paddy Power standing out at 4/1.
World champion O’Sullivan took a substantial break away from the sport last season but has competed more regularly this season, being crowned the Champion of Champions, winning the Paul Hunter Classic and losing in the final of an European Tour event to Mark Selby.
Saying that, consistency isn’t in his make-up, and the new longer format isn’t going to suit his style. Better betting options are abound.
World number one, Neil Robertson, has been popular in the outright markets, but this major is one missing from his CV and he never seems to fire at the Barbican Centre in York.
Another worry is that the Aussie has taken time away from the table in order to fully prepare for this tournament. He has been preparing well but like O’Sullivan looks very short at 7/1 with Bet365.
Another man at 7/1 is the in-form Ding Junhui, who has won three ranking events in a row for the first time since Stephan Hendry did so in 1993.
His pre-tournament press conferences suggest he’s brimming with confidence and he’s won this event twice before, the last of which came in 2009. Everything looks set for a big few weeks for the Chinese sensation.
He looks the best bet of the frontrunners.