January 30, 2013

German Masters Day 2

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:25 pm
It was hard Lines on John.

Having his Cake and Eating it: It was hard Lines on Higgins.

The German Masters continues at a pace with 15 more matches on Day 2 including some players playing twice in one day in the morning and evening sessions, Bazza is really working these boys hard. This is also the day that myself and Mrs SB will be travelling over there to see what all the fuss is about.

As I won’t be able to update the preview I will only be in a position to waffle on about the morning and afternoon session you will be pleased to hear.

At the time of writing the big shock of the first day is the exit of John Higgins to Peter Lines of Leeds. Now I don’t know if this is another one of those coincidences but Peter was last seen munching on one of Mrs Snookerbacker’s cakes on Sunday and now he goes and beats Higgins. Is this yet another case of these magical performance enhancers at work? I’m saying nothing, but you can watch Peter’s overjoyed reaction to his win here where he remains suspiciously silent about the cake issue.

In the other matches all went more or less with the form book and the maximum advised bet on Dom Dale landed though Higgins losing scuppered all the accumulator action.

Neil Robertson branded the outside tables ‘unplayable’ after his 5-0 win, but I can’t help getting a little sick of all this table talk at times. If they aren’t whingeing about the cloth they are banging on about big bounces or dodgy rolls. I love Robbo as regular readers know but sometimes it’s time to just put a sock in it. The venue is fantastic for spectators and all this moaning and groaning isn’t really in keeping with the event, what does it achieve putting it on Twitter? Nothing. Speak to World Snooker and tell them to sort it out and leave it at that.

Anyway, like I say it’s a short write up on the morning session only for today and a very brief afternoon one. We’ll be getting to Berlin for around 5 o’clock so probably won’t take in any snooker until Friday while we get our bearings and find somewhere nice to fill our faces. Hotel internet permitting, normal service will be resumed for Day 3.


Michael Holt  Mark Williams
Neil Robertson v Michael Wasley
Marco Fu v Ricky Walden
Mark King v Stephen Maguire
Mark Allen v Dominic Dale

There may be trouble ahead, but while there’s music and moonlight and love and bromance, let’s watch the mutual appreciation society of Michael Holt and MJW battle it out in soft light with candles and fluffy cushions. This pair make Elton and David look like neanderthal men when they get going, hardly a day goes by when they don’t tweet sweet nothings to each other and you wonder how either of them cope with the trauma of having to beat the other on the baize, the poor loves. MJW leads the head to heads 5-1 but it was Holt who won their last encounter (not the Shootout), whilst I think talk of MJ’s demise is premature I do think he is struggling a little and I expect this to be close so Holt’s price with a 2.5 frame start is attractive, he’s a very good player and when he’s in the mood he can beat anyone, my guess is that he’ll probably get chances in this. You would expect Robbo to put his table worries to one side and progress against Michael Wasley, Wazza is improving in leaps and bounds this season and seems to have taken to life as a professional like a duck to water, but to beat Robbo in an event like this may be asking a little too much. Possibly the most competitive match of the session is Ricky Walden and Marco Fu. Their only meeting was in a PTC back in September when Marco won 4-0 and I’m sensing Ricky isn’t in great form of late and suffering a bit of a mid-season dip, at the odds I’d back the consistent and experienced Fu. Stephen Maguire has a 7-1 head to head statistic against Mark King with King only winning their first meeting back in 1999, Mags doesn’t tend to struggle against gritty match player Kingy and this suggests a win for the Scot is on the cards again. Having suffered watching Dom Dale struggle to put a match to bed against Jimmy White on day one, I can’t keep faith with him against Mark Allen who I would suggest is the banker of the morning.

Selections: Williams, Robertson, Fu, Maguire, Allen.

Recommended Bets: 4 points on Holt (+2.5 frames) at 1/2 with Apollobet.  4 points on Mark Allen (-1.5 frames) at 4/6 with Apollobet. 2 point double on the two pays 6/4 at the same firm.


Judd Trump v Anthony Hamilton
Graeme Dott v Dave Harold
Robert Milkins v Shaun Murphy
Ding Junhui v Marcus Campbell
Joe Perry v Mark Selby

Pointers: Dave Harold holds a 5-1 head to head lead over Graeme Dott, Graeme has not beaten Dave since 2000, the first time they met. Shaun Murphy has beaten Rob Milkins fairly easily in their last two meetings. Ding has beaten Marcus Campbell 7 times out of 7. Selby leads Perry 6-3 in their head to heads.

Selections: Trump, Harold, Murphy, Ding, Selby.

Recommended Bet: 2 points on Harold at 5/2 with Ladbrokes.

Recommended Daily Acca: 3 points on Robertson, Allen, Maguire and Ding pays almost 5/2 with Apollobet


Peter Lines v Ken Doherty
Kurt Maflin v Michael Holt
Neil Robertson v Andrew Higginson
Matthew Stevens v Mark King
Mark Allen v Barry Hawkins

The best of luck if you get involved in the evening session matches, whatever they may be. 

 You can find all updated match prices and specials at Apollobet


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