June 3, 2015

Aussie Open Qualifiers Day 3

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:22 am
Have you caught the worm?

Have you caught the worm?

It’s Day 3 of the qualifiers in Crawley to decide who will be boarding the plane to Bendigo at the end of the month to join the 16 top seeded players at the venue.

As we all know, this tournament is not one that not all the top players bother with, but if you take a look this year at the ones who have chosen to enter it’s still a really strong field with the World Champion Stuart Bingham resuming his duties and in turn becoming the first ever current world champion to play in Bendigo, a venue which arguably set him on the road to his greatest achievement a few years ago.

As well as Ballrun, last year’s winner Judd returns to defend his title, world number one Selby is there and of course homeboy Robbo is also attempting to win this for the first time, so it’s a tournament that’s worth looking forward to and is in fact probably one of my favourite events on the calendar these days. There’s only really Ronnie and Ding who are notable absentees, Ding obviously not learning the lessons of last season when he clearly played shit because he didn’t play much.

That’s chiefly the reason why I’ve decided to cover the qualifiers too, the obvious plus on the betting side is the fact that they are all best of nine frames instead of seven and you can expect me to not be giving this kind of coverage, or any in some cases, on here for those events that follow this tedious format. Did I mention I don’t like best of sevens in professional main ranking events? Thought not.

Anyway, in terms of betting, we’ve had a 100% strike rate over the first two days with a 5/2+ fourfold on day one, an 11/4 fivefold and an 11/2+ double on day two all landing, proving that when it comes to the snooker season, this is most definitely the early bird catching the worm territory. I hope a few of you have taken advantage of the dawn pickings.

As the rounds go on however it does get more difficult, as the gap in ability narrows and it becomes harder to find those stand out winners, but we’ll go in again today with a mildly confident, though not over-confident fourfold to try and keep up the faultless record for the week.

You can take a look at the running order for the week here and keep up with the live scores as they happen here.

Recommended Fourfold: 2 points on Li Hang, Kyren Wilson, Oliver Lines and Mitchell Mann pays over 3/1.

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