November 18, 2010

EPTC Starts Tomorrow: But who’ll line up in Prague?

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:58 am

How Much? Millionaire Stephen finds the travel costs a bit expensive.

Good Morning everyone. Well, unsurprisingly the bookies are choosing again not to risk getting involved in the outright market for the EPTC 6  in Prague that starts tomorrow. It’s a bit of a shame but I don’t think you can blame them.

The European events have unfortunately been synonomous with top players not making the trip, Ronnie just never turns up, given Hendry’s comments earlier in the week he’s too tight to fork out his vast fortune in travel costs, Robbo pulled out last week and will likely do the same here, Ding came, won and naffed off, even Mark Williams hasn’t entered this one, the list goes on. But at least we still have John Higgins and the ever present Jester. 

But I’d guess that this event may even see some of the lesser ranked rookies withdrawing given that they will be trying to qualify for the UK from next Tuesday onwards.

On that note, I can’t wait for the UK I have to admit. It seems like an age since we could get our collective teeth stuck into a meaty event like this. I enjoyed the World Open, as I have enjoyed most of the PTC’s, but this is the part of the year when the serious stuff begins, the UK and the Masters within the space of a month. Baize Bliss.

But at least we have some match prices up and following on from the successful first round roll up flagged last week we’ll go this week with a fivefold of Peter Ebdon, Liu Chaung, Matthew Selt, Joe Perry and Anthony Hamilton which pays a shade over 2/1 at Sportingbet.

For a speculative treble which pays around 13/2 at Paddy Power you might take a look at Ryan Day to beat Mark King (8/11), Michie to beat Robertson in the battle of the Jimmy’s (Evens) and Liam Highfield to beat Michael Holt (11/10). Highfield in particular might take advantage of a dip in form from Holty. If you fancy a bet at Paddies and don’t have an account they are offering us all a £20 free bet after a £10 deposit through this link.

Thanks to readers for all the comments, messages and emails about the Festive Sack. A lot of you have been asking how the gifts will be dispersed, the short answer? I haven’t a clue. 

Who will be Fairy Queen 2010?

All I can say is that it will be a mix of competitions ranging from predictions throughout the UK to guesswork to knowing your blog history. There will also be a competition for the creative writers and comedians amongst you all. It will be a bit of a mixed bag, or rather sack.

Given that December is likely to be extremely busy on the blog, I’ll make this weekend’s Prediction Contest the last until after the festive season when we will recommence the Top of the Pots Order of Merit with the Masters. This means that whoever tops the list on Monday will be the fairy on top of the Christmas Tree for 2010, an accolade and honour in itself I’m sure you’ll agree.

Chris is currently occupying top spot but provisional leader ‘Liggandestolen’ or the Chair Man of Gothenburg as he is better known could well be perched atop of the tree come Sunday evening. Also don’t rule out strong opposition from the likes of Ian White, Deco, Ger147, Big Clive, Edo, Epure, Blog Co-Pilot Onestep and a whole host of others waiting to be crowned King (or Queen) of the Fairies 2010.  

You can still enter the final EPTC Prediction Contest of 2010 here.

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