October 17, 2012

Antwerp EPTC3 Outright Preview

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:05 pm

His name is ermm, Luca but as far as I am aware he does not live on the second floor or upstairs from you but I guess you have seen him before.

With the exception of that glorified pool competition on Sky which is surely in it’s dying days, it seems like an age since we last saw snooker on the TV but it’s back with a vengeance from Friday onwards as Eurosport are covering the Belgian PTC from Antwerp in full, until the Luxembourg Horseless Water Polo Heats (highlights) threaten to disrupt coverage of the final of course. 

All the big guns apart from that miserable sod Ronnie are in action (oh and Stephen Lee who is otherwise engaged) and the amateur rounds are already underway to see who joins the big guns in the main event, you can view the schedule for these rounds here on one of World Snooker’s puuwahahahahahaha, PD hahahahahahaha F’s pwaaahahahahahaha. Sorry, couldn’t help that, they’re always good for a laugh. Here’s another one paaahahahahahaha with the main hahahahaha draw on.

Crying laughing here…..calm now.

The Eurosport TV schedule can be viewed here and all eyes of course will be on home hope Luca Brecel, who has been coming on in leaps and bounds of late and it will be interesting to see how he handles the expectation of the partisan, shamelessly biased crowd who will surely be rooting for the youngster on home soil.

From a betting perspective, we’ve managed to do ok on the PTC’s again so far and in particular on the big each way picks with two 66/1 shots and a 50/1 landing over the course of the first few events. I still firmly believe that low stakes at high prices in the outrights in these things is the way to go and I’m not going to change that tactic, in fact there is only one price recommended below which is less than 100/1.

Looking at the draw, the first name on the teamsheet is Dave Gilbert, he’s been a bit quiet of late has the Cuban from Tamworth (it’s a long story that one) and doesn’t seem fully committed to the PTC’s this time around for whatever reason, but he is in a decent section of the draw to get to Finals Day where I hope he’ll face my second pick Michael White who is another on the up and with a winnable section on paper, these two can both be backed at best price 100/1 with Apollobet.

The next player who I am going to make my Captain for this is The Captain Ali Carter who is available at 40/1 with Apollobet, I can’t believe that a player of his quality will not win a PTC now that he has decided to fully commit to them and with this being a set up much like a main event it might just bring out the best in him, the same could be said for Judd Trump and Robbo who also have half decent draws but who are both a fraction of the Crucible runner-up’s price.

Another big price for me is Jamie Jones who is a whopping 125/1 with Apollobet, judging by his results of late he is now getting over his extended Crucible hangover and beginning to win again, the Crucible quarter-finalist is too good to be that price even given his tough draw, with the likes of Shaun Murphy, Ding and Judd in his section, I still think he’s worth a punt as he may be another that will reawaken with the buzz of what effectively is a ranking event venue.

Rob Milkins helped himself to one of Mrs SB’s cakes at the weekend and last time a professional did that Neil Robertson won the last PTC, call me foolish, but on that evidence the 100/1 at Apollobet is worth a small wager for a player that can get on a run when he’s in the mood, his draw to Finals Day is winnable.

Finally, it has to be India’s Aditya Mehta who receives a bye first round courtesy of a certain Mr Lee and is still available at 175/1 with Apollobet. He’s a cracking player is Mehta and I make no secret of the fact that I love the way he plays the game, it’s refreshingly old-fashioned, effective and great to watch. Just on the strength of the fact he only has to win two matches to get to Finals Day, both by the way highly winnable, he has to be backed as that price could look huge come Sunday morning.

Recommended Bets: 1 point each way Ali Carter at 40/1, 0.5 points each way on Dave Gilbert at 100/1, Michael White at 100/1, Jamie Jones at 125/1, Rob Milkins at 100/1 and Aditya Mehta at 175/1. All prices are best price with Apollobet and you can back them here. You can view their match prices here.

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