September 1, 2013

The Joy of Six

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:01 pm

SangsomWell, if Dave Hendon can sex up his headlines, why can’t I? Anyway, the early hours of the morning sees the World Six Red Championship from Bangkok kicking off, an event which is covered extensively by Eurosport.

It’s an event which I have given a pretty wide berth in the past as it’s really a bit of a lottery on the betting front and not one to gamble the family allowance on, but there does appear to be some interest developing in it this year, possibly because of the field which includes a few more of the top players than I previously remember entering.

The top prize is somewhere between £40,000 and £50,000 depending on which conversion rate site you go on so for me it’s a bit surprising that so many of the top boys have bothered, but obviously the lure of Bangkok is too much for some of them to resist, I’ve never been myself but it strikes me as the kind of place that never sleeps, much like some of the more party-going potters.

There are a number of groups to complete before they embark on the final stages and these can be viewed here, as you can see it’s a very mixed bag, from World Champions to virtual unknowns, there is even an SB Classic entrant, former professional and my fellow Liverpudlian John Whitty in amongst them. There’s also a largely unfathomable but very nice and colourful schedule of play here.

There’s a more helpful one here.

You can keep up to date with scores and results here.

In terms of the length of the matches, all round robin matches are the best of 9 frames. Last 32 up to and including the quarter-finals are best of 11. Semi-finals are best of 13 and the final is best of 15. There are 8 groups of 6 players, with the top 4 from each group going through to the last 32 knock-out stage.

In terms of betting, I’m just going to plump for a few outright selections, avoiding those who I suspect may be out there for a bit of a jolly, mentioning no names.

Rather amusingly, Paddy Power have priced James Wattana up at 80/1 and also priced up Ratchapol Pu-Ob-Orm (otherwise known as James Wattana) at 150/1, which is very nice of them.

I’m just taking four against the field in the hope that they avoid the nightlife and stick with the day job. I might give it a watch if the mood takes me. The best of luck if you are having a bet.

Apollobet have priced up the outrights, the groups and the matches.

Recommended Bets: 1 point each way on Barry Hawkins (20/1 Apollobet) and Stuart Bingham (22/1 Hills). 0.5 point each way on Gary Wilson (125/1 Skybet) and Steve Davis (100/1 Apollobet)

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