December 14, 2011

PTC12 Preview

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:42 pm

We'll have to wait until January for normal service to resume

PTC12 starts tomorrow and a full explanation as to why that is when PTC11 starts on Saturday is here. There will be three rounds of this played with one half of the draw playing down to 8 players tomorrow and the other half playing down to 8 players on Friday. The 16 qualifiers will then be Germany bound in January.

This for me illustrates the lunacy of the PTC scheduling. It is clear and I think probably acknowledged at the top that the PTC format needs tweaking and I would be very surprised if it remained the same next year. This event was due to be played entirely in Germany but because the original venue had a floor that resembled a ski-slope it was decided to hold the qualifying event in the UK. This is a huge disappointment to readers of this blog as it means that they will only get to see one German girl instead of three, but it’s not too long until the German Masters so don’t get too upset.

Anyway, this is the last chance for players to get into the top 24 of the PTC Money List which you can click on here, to make the Grand Finals which were won last year by Shaun Murphy, who currently lies outside of the coveted top 24.

It is also interesting for fans of Ronnie O’Sullivan, in that there are chances for Stephen Lee, Mark Davis and Ricky Walden to overtake him in the main ranking list at the next revision and dump him out of the top 16 and into the qualifiers. Ronnie has decided not to enter these events, a decision that was taken before he lost in the last 16 of the UK, which may explain his very downbeat mood after losing to Judd even further. Anyone that thinks Ronnie isn’t bothered about his ranking is living in cloud cuckoo land.

So who am I going to look to in terms of outright bets in PTC 12? Of the shorter prices I think the two that stand out are Ding Junhui and Stephen Maguire. Ding has been largely anonymous in these events all year and has only played in four of them, assuming he bothers to turn up in this which you would imagine he will as he lives close by, perhaps this will be the one he wins. Maguire is obviously playing well lately and can generally be relied upon in these to make the most of decent draws, he has one here and if he continues to play as he has been should make the plane to Germany.

Last years Grand Finals Runner-up Martin ‘money’s no object’ Gould up at the top of the draw always gives his all in these and is another I will back again as a member of Team SB in this. I’ll also take a punt on Ben Woollaston, a surprise winner of PTC3 at this venue and a very solid player, to beat MJW in the first round and go on from there to Finals Day. To make up the team I will take a chance on two 100/1 shots in the fast improving Welsh breakbuilding machine Michael White and Chinese improver Li Yan, who both have live chances to make Finals Day and possibly even kick on in front of the large crowds from there.

It’s interesting that the likes of Selby, Robbo and Judd haven’t entered this one, particularly seeing as they have entered the event that starts on Saturday. Perhaps if the changes to PTC12 were announced earlier and the deadline extended for entries they might have changed their mind and played the qualifiers, but as it is we’re left with a somewhat depleted field for this one, which is a shame as I’m sure the German hosts will put on a show for the 16 qualifiers.

You can view the full draw for PTC12 here.

In terms of a match bet tomorrow, the bet below pays bang on 3/1 at Apollobet and you could do a lot worse. All prices are with the undisputed kings of PTC betting, Apollobet.

Recommended Match Bet for PTC12: 2 points accumulator on Mark Allen, Stuart Bingham, Dave Harold, Xiao Guodong and Ricky Walden pays 3/1 at Apollobet.

Outrights for PTC12: 2 points win on each of  Ding (10/1) and Maguire (12/1). 1 point each way on Gould at 22/1, 0.5 points each way on Woollaston (80/1), Michael White (100/1) and Li Yan (100/1).

(Remember if you are backing in the outright market the main event is in early January)

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