November 10, 2011

PTC 9 from Antwerp Preview

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:25 am

Like Bazza, Belgians know a thing or two about waffling

As the ongoing debate rages on about the rights and wrongs, the ins and outs, the whys and wherefores and the changes needed to make the PTC’s work for everyone we find ourselves landing in Belgium of all places to play the next one which starts tomorrow and is covered by Eurosport once again.

I have to say that these European events are highly enjoyable, much better than the ones over here, with the notable exception of the excellent tournaments held in Gloucester. They do after all give our snok-starved European cousins the chance to see the boys close up. That has to be a good thing for the growth of the sport.

As if to further rile the PTC critics in the ranks, our Bazza has been talking at, I mean to, the Yorkshire Post, who I noticed a few weeks back have some kind of media partnership going with World Snooker now. In the article here he basically pleads guilty as charged to blackmailing players into playing in the events, he says in so many words that it’s the only way they will get off their lazy arses and support him. He does however stop short of admitting to the pimping charge levelled at him by part-time prostitute Stephen Maguire. You’ve gotta love our Bazza, he is looking long term, he is planning to make the sport a huge global phenomenon and he cannot do that without the players. As ever, he talks the talk and I’m sure his comments won’t be welcomed by all, but isn’t that better than having an anonymous fat cat at the top who only spouts what people like hearing while milking the game for all it’s worth? Mentioning no effing names of course.

Anyway, I digress. After the rigours of the week a lot of those involved will be turning up here to either ride the crest of a wave having qualified for York or to try and make amends for not doing so. As ever it’s our job to try and find a few names from the wide open outright market at Apollobet to try and win a few quid on after a hugely successful punting week so far. So here goes.

In the top bit of the draw we find Ronnie, no word yet on whether he is making the trip but if he does he will face the no doubt downhearted black ball loser last night Anthony Hamilton, who probably feels like staying at home too. But lurking in this section is Team SB regular Stephen Lee, who I think has a decent chance of making it through to Finals Day. He’s first for a Mustard Jumper.

Second up is Michael White who is attractively priced at 80/1 in the type of event he has been relishing all season. He’s probably a bit disappointed to not have made York after some great form this week but should take heart from his performances and regroup, there is the small matter of Stuart Bingham and the current man in form Neil Robertson in his section but at the odds, he gets his first feel of the Mustard cashmere.

I’m going to dish out another jumper to a newbie in Peter Lines who managed to beat Ken last night and might benefit from a half decent draw to Finals Day. He’s a huge price and a very small punt. 

10/1? A Belgian Bargain?

Then to a player that is beginning to produce top 16 form in Ricky Walden. I think Ricky is a player that needed the summer break and he has come back looking all the sharper for it, I expect his results to keep on improving as the season goes on and at 50/1, he has to be worth a place in the team.

The reports from Gloucester on the form of Ryan Day have to be respected. A class act on his day, if not what you would describe as a winner, the PTC’s offer him a great chance to actually get his hands on a trophy as he is undoubtedly one of the better players outside the top 16. At 40/1 he takes his seat next to Ricky on the team bench.

So all that leaves is the skipper. Whilst all around have been toiling away at qualifiers or getting their kicks from the Premier League I would hazard a guess that Mark Selby has been working as hard as ever in practice. His dedication to the game is legendary amongst his peers and what better way to prepare for the UK Championships than with a gentle reminder to everyone that he remains one of the two key men to beat to win a title at the moment? In my opinion the other being Robertson. You won’t see many better 10/1 shots than this in my opinion. He’s my skipper again.  

Finally as a footnote, the Belgians will be seeing the last professional performance this weekend of their long-time best baize export Bjorn Haneveer, who opens up with a match against Jimmy. Bjorn is packing it in and has stated that he just can’t afford to play professionally any more. Let’s wish him all the best and hope he can go out with a flourish. 

Doubtless many will say he will be the first in a string of resignations from the professional ranks given the expenses involved, but he has had a fair crack at making it to the top and to all intents and purposes has failed. That might sound harsh but it’s true and there is no polite way of dressing it up. Bjorn should not be held up as an example by those determined to urinate on every fire that Bazza starts. The Bazzmeister said from the beginning that he would stamp out mediocrity, perhaps Bjorn is the first casualty of that promise. At least he’s got the carpentry to fall back on.     

Recommended Bets:

All prices at Apollobet click here

2 points win Mark Selby to win PTC9 at 10/1

1 point each way on Stephen Lee 33/1, Ryan Day 40/1 and Ricky Walden 50/1

0.25 points each way on Michael White at 80/1 and Peter Lines at 175/1

The Best of Luck if you are playing


PTC 9 from Belgium: Snooker’s Non-Stop Week

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:51 am

Fresh from the dramatic UK qualifiers it’s now time to get back to PTC business over in Antwerp as today sees the amateurs taking part attempt to qualify for the tournament proper that begins tomorrow.

All the information that you need for the event can be found at the World Snooker website here, including the draw, the Eurosport TV coverage schedule and the official tournament website.  

The undisputed kings of betting on the PTC’s are Apollobet, who have an extensive range of prices as ever including match handicaps and highest breaks as well as the outrights, check out their prices by clicking here 

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My Preview for PTC 9 will be up later today.

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