August 21, 2011

PTC3 Finals Day

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:17 am

Integral to the new draw system for the PTC's

(Clears throat and sings) Ahem. Oh what a beautiful morning. Oh what a beautiful day. I’ve got a wonderful feeling. I’m watching snooker all day.

Yes, after an an unheard-of absence and self imposed ban from the baize for the last two days I am now finally in a position to get fully absorbed back into our glorious sport and watch a bit of the action today from the Finals Day of PTC3. Having had what can reasonably be described as a busy old week in the real world it’s nice to be able to look forward to a day of self-indulgence with I dare say the odd bet here and there thrown in.

Despite the fact that I have only seen the odd frame in this, one of them being the decider between Jack Lisowski and Jamie Cope, what the hell happened there then…? I have been trying to keep up with the results and such like and having had the odd exchange with the Assassin, it’s clear that this event hasn’t exactly run all that smoothly.

It seems that World Snooker have devised a new cutting edge way of deciding who plays who in these events. It is done in three cleverly thought out phases if I may explain. The first phase is to make the draw a month in advance and let everyone know when they are playing, the second is to publish this on the website and make sure that every player knows who they might face and when on the path to glory.

Then comes the clever bit.

When the event gets underway, they cunningly start changing things around to confuse the players and add that element of surprise, the original draw is largely ignored and a DIY draw approach is adopted. They haven’t yet extended this to include the top players as they have stubbornly stated that they would like to play on the days they were scheduled to in the first place, which is a bit selfish of them I have to say, so for now the only players that this affects are the ones that have to qualify, it’s not like they need to plan ahead or anything so it doesn’t really matter. Everyone’s a winner.

Anyway as well as the introduction of the new draw system, another reason that I am a bit fed up about missing this event is because The Assassin was on the live streaming, adorned with his waistcoat. I’m sure if I would have tuned in to that the positive vibes transmitted from my laptop screen would have carried him over the line against Mags, but I’m afraid it was not to be.

Anyway, what of the final 16? No MJW, no Ronnie, no Judd, no Smurf but still a smattering of top names mixed in with those hoping to make a name for themselves by winning their first professional event. John Higgins plays Graeme Dott in the pick of the first crop of matches, Graeme is a very consistent performer in the PTC’s and must surely win one soon and he has now reached the finals day in all three events so far this season. As well as this all Scottish clash we also find Alan McManus, Anthony McGill, Stephen Maguire and Marcus Campbell in the last 16, giving today a particularly tartan flavour.

Ste Lee: Tasty Morning Opener?

Matthew Selt is the only member of Team SB still fighting and may face the winner of Higgins and Dott to land the 125/1 each-way odds. Mark Selby, another PTC stalwart will fancy his chances today too and it would be no surprise to see the Jester romp to victory today. It’s also nice to see Ken Doherty continuing his good start to the season and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Crafty Ken might make it to the final. Former PTC winners Stephen Lee and Michael Holt will also be looking to go deep today. All in all, it’s a pretty interesting line up.

I’m going to start the morning by backing Stephen Lee to beat Maguire, Lee is 6/5 over at Paddy Power and I reckon he’s got Maguire’s measure so I am happy to recommend a bet.

Recommended Bet: 2 points win Stephen Lee to beat Stephen Maguire @ 6/5 with Paddy Power

Good Luck if you are having a bet.


Last 16

Ben Woollaston 4-0 Ken Doherty
Alan McManus 4-1 Joe Jogia
Michael Holt 1-4 Anthony McGill
Stephen Maguire 1-4 Stephen Lee
Mark Selby 2-4 Marcus Campbell
Barry Hawkins 4-1 Xiao Guodong
Matthew Selt 3-4 Jamie Jones
John Higgins 2-4 Graeme Dott

Sportingbet now have prices on the Quarter Finals and I’m going to recommend reinvesting the winnings from this morning on a double which pays 6/5 over there.

Recommended Bet: 2 Points Double Stephen Lee and Graeme Dott pays 6/5 at Sportingbet.

Quarter Finals

Ben Woollaston 4-3 Alan McManus
Anthony McGill 4-2 Stephen Lee
Barry Hawkins 4-0 Marcus Campbell
Graeme Dott 4-0 Jamie Jones

Watching Dott earlier he looks to be hitting the ball so well and for me this is now his to lose. His price of 8/13 to beat Hawkins has to be taken at Sportingbet.

Recommended Bet: 3 Points Dott to beat Hawkins at 8/13 

Semi Finals

Woollaston 4-0 McGill
Hawkins 1-4 Dott


Ben Woollaston v Graeme Dott

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