November 10, 2010

Cashmere’s in the Closet: EPTC Outright Prices Anyone?

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:01 am

First up for John: Jogia is no pushover

I’m hoping that today we might see a few of those nasty old bookies, or one of them at least, bash up some outright prices on the EPTC5 event that starts on Friday. Skybet confirmed on here yesterday that they will wait until the Finals Day on Sunday to get stuck in.

Booooo Hissssss.

There seems to be little point in previewing the event as a whole and awarding the coveted Team Snookerbacker Mustard Cashmeres if we can’t even get a bet on. Come on chaps, give it a go eh?

Paddy Power have at least put some match prices up for us this morning on the openers.

They are obviously of the opinion that John Higgins will be match fit as they have priced him at 2/5 to beat the handy Joe Jogia. Personally I wouldn’t be rushing to the bank to draw out my mortgage to back our Johnny as we have no idea how he is playing and he hasn’t played a competitive match since April. Jogia is priced at 7/4 to halt the Wizard’s comeback at the first hurdle.

There are obvious candidates for an accumulator, leaving out the really short prices the four that I’d plump for which pay just over 3/1 for the roll up are Anthony Hamilton, Fergal O’Brien, Barry Hawkins and Ken Doherty.

I wouldn’t say there is a great deal of value in any of the outsiders, though the 13/8 on Shanghai finalist Jamie Burnett to beat the out of form Mark Allen might be worth a small investment. Allen is having a very poor start to the season by his high standards and can currently be seen dropping down the ranking list at a rate of knots. He needs a swift return to form to avoid falling out of the top 16. The likes of Liang Wenbo, Marco Fu and Martin Gould all chomping at the bit to take young Ketchuphead’s slot in the elite band.

The only other one of the odds againsts that I can see of any interest is 11/4 shot Noppon Saengkam to beat Mark ‘Baldy Bonce’ King. But that would rely on Kingy having an off-day as our Noppy doesn’t win all that often it has to be said with only 2 wins from his 11 professional starts so far against Luca Brecel and Michael White to his name.

Apart from that, the double your money on the impressive Kyren Wilson to beat Peter Lines should probably be backed.

Tradition means Turkey, Presents, Family Arguments and now my Festive Sack.

But as regards the outrights, we will as ever await news of who will make the trip and who won’t. At least Ali Carter has given us all advance warning on his Log that he isn’t, but apart from knowing that the likes of Jimmy, Mark Selby and we think John Higgins are all competing, the starting line-up remains uncertain, making the bookies job that little bit more difficult.

Remember there is still time to scoop the £50 free bet from Betfred in the Prediction Contest for this event here.

In other blog type news, I’m currently in discussion with a few of the stronger snooker betting firms about offers for blog readers in time for the UK. Things are looking promising and I’ll be posting full details as soon as the finer points are ironed out, but suffice to say don’t go opening any new online accounts until I give you the nod as you are likely to get better terms by doing it through the blog.

Prizes are also coming in thick and fast for my Festive Sack, which will be bulging at the seams come December 1st. Throughout the Christmas countdown (featuring the exclusive online SB Snookvent Calendar) you can compete for prizes that include £100 and £50 free bets from a range of firms, Masters Tickets, Legends Tickets, A Free Coaching Subscription to The Snooker Guide, personalised gifts from the players and whatever else I can lay my grubby mitts on in between. It truly will be Christmas come early for blog readers.

In other news I noticed that our beautiful game made the national, indeed universal news yesterday. If you missed it click here, but I’m sure that ball at the front is mustard rather than yellow.

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