October 13, 2013

Indian Open Day 1

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:54 pm

Here’s the schedule for Day One in Delhi, the good news is that the whole event is live streamed at the official World Snooker TV website and the usual betting sites.

I am going to leave the match betting alone for now, but you can read my outright preview for the tournament by clicking here. If I was going to plump for a small interest treble I’d probably take a chance on Ryan Day, Michael Holt and Aditya Mehta. Look out for possible upsets from Elliot Slessor and David Morris.

Click over to this page for the best head to head records on the internet courtesy of the Cue Tracker database.

The times below are UK Time, Delhi is four and a half hours ahead.


Rod Lawler 4-1 Kamal Chawla
Jeff Cundy 4-0 Sandeep Gulati
Anthony McGill 4-3 Shivam Arora

Followed by

Robbie Williams 4-1 Manan Chandra
Paul Davison 4-1 Faisal Khan
Dharminder Lilly w/o Liam Highfield

Followed by

Neil Robertson 4-1 Noppon Saengkham
Joe Perry w/o David Gilbert
Ryan Day 2-4 Dechawat Poomjaeng
Mark Joyce 4-0 Sean O’Sullivan

NB 2.30pm

Aditya Mehta 4-3 Peter Ebdon
Gerard Greene 0-4 Ricky Walden
Jamie Cope 1-4 Michael Holt
Zhang Anda 4-1 Alan McManus

Followed by

Ding Junhui 4-3 Barry Pinches
Dark Mavis 4-2v Elliot Slessor
Liang Wenbo 4-2 David Morris
Chen Zhe 3-4 Hammad Miah

You can take a look at Apollobet’s outright and highest break markets by clicking here and the match betting by clicking here

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Indian Open Preview

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:07 am

India_MapThe Indian Open kicks off on Monday over in Delhi and the main talking point so far at this new event has been the number of withdrawals following the qualifying stages.   

Ali Carter is the highest seeded player to not make the trip having also decided against going to Chengdu later this month for the lucrative International Championship. Given the turbulent few months The Captain has had healthwise you can understand his reluctance to throw himself back in the bear pit too soon and I’m sure when he’s ready he’ll come back firing on all cylinders.

The other withdrawals are Dave Gilbert, Tony Drago, Anthony Hamilton, Kyren Wilson, Yu De Lu and yesterday, Liam Highfield.

Drago pulled out a a few weeks ago so we have known about that one for a while now, Kyren is currently nursing a painful shoulder injury and reluctantly pulled out after visiting the quack, Dave Gilbert is apparently attending the funeral of a close friend (but is still being fined for his non-appearance according to Matt Selt, which if true is a touching gesture from the governing body) and I’m unsure whether Hamilton’s withdrawal also has something to do with his health, he seems to be suffering with a recurring back problem of late. I don’t have a clue why Yu De Lu has pulled out, possibly a visa issue, but yesterday Liam Highfield revealed he decided not to make the trip after hearing news of Cyclone Phailin which is currently reaping havoc across the Eastern Coast of India.

Now then, I in no way mean to trivialise the devastation and distress to thousands of people that this cyclone has caused, so far there are five reported deaths and I hope this doesn’t rise in an area used to dealing with extreme weather conditions, but our Liam hasn’t really done his research on this one and something tells me it’s not the first time he has failed to hand in his homework. Potters aren’t generally known for being over-furnished in the brains department and it appears the long history of misguided actions based on evidence about as flimsy as Jimmy Savile’s defence team’s case papers continues unabated.

India is a very big place, big enough to be subject to different time zones, but it would appear Liam seems to think it’s the size of the Isle of Man. I remember as a child I had an uncle who moved to Winsford, I asked my mum if he was awake when I was asleep as to me this mystical place seemed light years away, I have since discovered that it’s about an hour away down the motorway, but I was only 5 at the time so I feel I have a half decent excuse. If 23 year old Liam had looked at a map and understood the scale of the country I think he might have made the trip, the cyclone is about as likely to hit Delhi as Gary Glitter is of getting a job as a primary school teacher. All in all, Liam has been left looking a bit of a bell here, poor lad.

But for those who have turned up, a wonderful country awaits. Of course most of them will stay in the hotel playing cards but for those who decide to venture more than 10 yards away from the comfort of their 5 star luxury there are sights here that you won’t see anywhere else on Earth. OK, there is extreme poverty, mudhuts on the streets, elephants and monkeys mixing with the locals, crazy crazy traffic like you’ve never seen, pickpockets, noise and pollution, but there is also an intensity about India that can be addictive, more addictive than hotel poker even, imagine that!! It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, decides to go walkabout.

In terms of the tournament itself, I have to say the decision to make it nothing more than a glorified PTC is very disappointing. The best of 7 frames with umpteen tables, no TV coverage and a best of 9 final hardly whets the appetite from a viewing or betting perspective and I would love to know the reasoning behind the decision-making on this one. Surely a smaller field with decent length matches would have been a better way to introduce a new event, but what do I know?

A bit of value in the laid-back floater.

A bit of value in the laid-back floater.

The draw can be viewed on ‘My First PDF’ at World Snooker by clicking here and I’m just going to bash up who I think might represent a bit of value.

In terms of a winner and on current form for me it’s a toss up between Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui, Robbo will have to beat Noppon Saengkham and Rod Lawler or a wildcard to reach a very winnable last 16 match. Ding is in the same section as John Higgins so just on that fact alone I’m going to plump for tournament favourite Robbo as the main pick.

The next section is arguably the weakest one so I will take a chance on Joe Perry to have a decent week, with best of 7’s anything can happen but he has the advantage of already being into the last 32 following Gilbert’s withdrawal and he’s had a decent start to the season so could make it deep in this one.

Another strong starter to the season who also has a first round bye is Marco Fu and he’s the man I’m going to follow in the third section, a consistent performer who can beat anyone on his day, I just have a feeling Marco will do well in this.

Finally in the bottom section I am going to plump for MJW who will almost certainly play Mark Selby in the Last 32, given that MJ has a bye and Selby will only need to take care of someone called Dharminder Lilly to get there. Selby isn’t yet in form and MJW has already won an event this season and is a famously unflummuxed traveller, I think at the odds if he beats Selby he’s in with a cracking chance of making the final.

So they are my main four picks but it might also be worth having small each way bets on the two Indian players, just in case….

Recommended Bets: 3 points on Neil Robertson at 7/1 with Betfred. 1 point on Joe Perry at 28/1 with 888 Sport (25’s generally at bookies you can get a bet on with). 1 point on Marco Fu at 25/1 with Apollobet. 2 points on Mark Williams at 28/1 with Bet 365. O.5 points each way on Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta both at 125/1 with Sportingbet.

You can take a look at Apollobet’s outright and highest break markets by clicking here and the match betting by clicking here

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