October 3, 2010

EPTC 2 Finals Day: 4/1 Selby Heads the Market

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:02 am

Selby: Ton Hitting Cool Cat.

Mark Selby heads this morning’s market at Sportingbet and is 4/1 favourite to win the EPTC 2 Event in Bruges.

In what is a very strong final 16 it would nevertheless be a brave person who opposes the Jester who in his last match yesterday against Mark King hit three consecutive century breaks.

When he’s in that kind of mood he is a very tough nut to crack. I have had a small interest on him as to be honest, I am turkeying for a bet and he is in the easier half of the draw.

The tie of the morning is undoubtedly Ding against Mark Williams and anyone fancying a punt on the matches is also catered for at Sportingbet who have priced up the lot of them and are even going to be betting in-running on both this match and Selby’s first one up against Ricky Walden.

I’ve opted for a small accumulator this morning which pays around 9/2 and includes Selby, Liang, Murphy and Alfie Burden. Murphy ending Jimmy White’s valiant run yesterday after ‘The Wind’ blew the World Champion down in the previous round.

You’ll need to get your first bets on before 10am GMT, 11am CET.

Last 16

Shaun Murphy 4-0 Jimmy Robertson

Bjorn Haneveer 4-3 Alfie Burden

Martin Gould 4-3 Peter Ebdon

Ding Junhui 3-4 Mark Williams

Liang Wenbo 4-1 Tom Ford

Stuart Bingham 2-4 Fergal O’Brien

Matt Couch 4-1 Daniel Wells

Mark Selby 1-4 Ricky Walden

Ferguson: No Comment.

I’ve also been swatting up on the stories of the week from when I’ve been away and I must mention the rather comical farce which surrounds Mark King and the WPBSA at the moment.

Poor old Kingy recently blew £1000 to hop over to Thailand to play in the Six Reds event only to find out when he got there that he hadn’t been entered for it due to ‘a mistake’ by the WPBSA.

A further twist came when it was revealed that Thai snooker legend James Wattana had apparently said he wasn’t going to take part in the event if King was playing.

Some may remember a particularly sour meeting between the two in the China Open last season when Wattana was particularly offended by some of King’s more industrial language around the table. Our man over in China at the time Si-Ting Chi-Lee reported on the goings on in that match here.

King clearly believes that there is a bit more than ‘a mistake’ to his exclusion and is trying to get his money back. Good luck with that…the full story can be read over at 110 sport here.

Mark King is also included in the list of players that are a bit unhappy with the current board set up and want to have a meeting about it. The other players are: Peter Ebdon, Adrian Gunnell, Ali Carter, Nigel Bond, Martin Gould and Mike Dunn who it appears are upset at the appointment of Jason Ferguson in particular, to the WPBSA.

The word on the baize is that they think Fergie is just a puppet on a string for the main man Bazza to boss around as he likes. But surely Baz would not do such a thing, the very thought of him wanting to completely control everything that happens in the sport from every angle is rather far-fetched….I mean if he wanted to do that he’d just appoint all his friends to the positions of power and get rid of the people that don’t agree with him.

Hang on a minute………

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