January 24, 2011

Championship Group 3 Day 2: Where have all the Bookies Gone?

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:47 pm

The only problem I've got is getting a bet on

The Championship League appears to have gone much the same way as the Players Tour Championship this week with no sign of any outright prices this morning from the usual suspects.

There was betting in running on matches on a couple of sites but largely to me it appears that the firms are increasingly giving this event the cold shoulder.

Of course, Betfair have been babbling on for some time now about integrity issues and use this all encompassing phrase to explain their lack of involvement in the markets, they are now no longer showing the matches either.

Performances like that of Graeme Dott in a previous group match will add weight to the bookies argument of not getting heavily involved in this which is a bit of a shame as they are potentially fun events to bet on and personally I usually have a small punt on the group outrights and the ‘Wooden Spoon’ markets. But ultimately I suppose it’s all about demand and if it costs more to price it up than it’s actually worth to the bookies then you can see their point. The fact that Bet365 are now asking for a deposit before viewing leads me to believe that they are not happy with people just watching it without actually bothering to have a bet.

You wonder whether this might have an impact on the future for this little venture as it always seems to have lent itself to a gambling orientated market and I seem to recall was set up with this specifically in mind. Time will tell, but with all the other events going on could this be the beginning of the end for the oversized armchairs and Bingham’s Pie Bar?

Anyway, on the baize the table after Day 1 sees Shaun Murphy marginally ahead of the Captain on money won, both of them with 3 out of 4 wins under their belt and looking good for a semi-final slot. The remaining five look to be set for a dogfight to make up the remaining two and decide which two play no further part. The table after Day 1 can be viewed here.

Ali: Started well again.

It’s equally tight in the race to win the cue signed by Ronnie, with Doctor Dish leading the chasing pack at the halfway stage. But as yesterday showed everything can change in an instant and there are still plenty there or thereabouts with chances. The overnight standings can be found in the comments section of this post.

Tuesday’s Matches

TABLE 1 (all times are approximate)
10.30am – Stuart Bingham 3-1 Peter Ebdon
11.45am – Ali Carter 3-1 Marco Fu
Not before 1.30pm – John Higgins 0-3 Marco Fu
2.45pm – Shaun Murphy 3-1 Mark King
5.30pm – Play-off – Ali Carter 2-3 Mark King
6.45pm – Final: Shaun Murphy (138/137 yes) 3-2 Mark King

TABLE 2 (all times are approximate)
10.30am – John Higgins 2-3 Mark King
11.45am – Shaun Murphy 1-3 Peter Ebdon
Not before 1.30pm – Stuart Bingham 1-3 Mark King
2.45pm – John Higgins (138) 3-0 Peter Ebdon
4pm – Stuart Bingham 2-3 Ali Carter
Not before 5.30pm – Play-off – Shaun Murphy (122) 3-2 Peter Ebdon

Top of Group: Ali Carter

Eliminated: Stuart Bingham and John Higgins

Overall Winner: Shaun Murphy

Contest Winner: Snooker147blog (Spain)

2nd Prize: Doctor Dish (England)

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