October 7, 2012

Finals Day in Poland

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:49 am

Surely the only rational explanation

It’s Finals Day in Poland with just seven players left in it and today we will see who emerges in pole position at the end of the event.

I didn’t see a lot of the action yesterday as I was busy with other things but I did catch most of the match between Robbo and Gould, which was a thoroughly entertaining affair and eventually won by Robbo, who is another that is feeling the special power of Mrs SB’s cakes after eating one just last week at the Classic.

Surely this sudden upsurge in his form can only be attributed to the powers of the now legendary Performance Enhancing Cakes © baked by the fair hand of Mrs SB, the secret special ingredient now becoming as sought after as Colonel Sanders chicken recipes. But Mrs SB won’t even tell me how she adds the Midas touch so I fear that this will never be known to anyone other than her and the whippet, who she tends to confide in when I’m not listening to her and he’s not talking no matter how many sausages I offer him to spill the beans.

Stephen Maguire seems to be coasting through this and is the only player so far into the last four after finally ending Jimmy’s tilt at the title last night. Ding is obviously also coming back to form now he’s left China and put out the in-form John Higgins in a decider yesterday morning.

In fact the number of deciders yesterday (7 out of 10 matches) is quite uncanny, it’s almost as if the players are being told to make them close to keep this emerging market entertained in this tournament sponsored by in-running kings Betfair. But of course this is a hapless notion on my part, it’s not as if Betfair aren’t getting their money’s worth with all the sponsorship in Poland, a country which prohibits the promotion of gambling, as I said, a misguided idea on my part which I can only put down to an overactive, overly suspicious and under-educated mind. I get it from my Mum I think who used to say that all the wrestling on World of Sport was fixed in the 80’s, ridiculous I know.

In terms of the betting, one of the three value punts yesterday landed in Tian Pengfei, with Gould narrowly beaten and failing to deliver a profit. The only player I have left in the outrights is my old pal Jamie Burnett at 50/1, long-term readers of the blog may be interested to see if Jaybee can land an outright bet of epic proportions and cries of ‘irony’ will be heard across the UK should this happen, but he faces a stiff task against Norwegian Cockney Kurt Maflin first up and if he makes it through that he will face either Ding or another old mucker of mine Hitman Holt, we shall see.

I can’t find a bet today and will just sit in the hope that Jamie can defy the odds and bring home the vegetarian bacon, if you think the trend of deciders will continue Apollobet have correct score betting with Ding at 5/1 to win 4-3 and Holt at 6/1 to snatch a decider in the first TV match of the day, you can view their prices on all the remaining quarter finals here.

12 noon UK

27 Michael Holt 4-2 Ding Junhui
26 Tian Pengfei 0-4 Neil Robertson
28 Jamie Burnett 4-3 Kurt Maflin

3pm UK

29 Stephen Maguire 2-4 Neil Robertson
30 Michael Holt 0-4 Jamie Burnett

7pm UK 

Neil Robertson 4-3 Jamie Burnett

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