September 11, 2015

Shanghai Masters Preview

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:06 pm

I think the middle one might be Jack Nicholson, not sure who the girl on the left is holding the tomato, a celebrity chef perhaps? The only one I’m definite on is David Cameron.

Monday sees arguably the biggest event of the snooker season so far get underway as we turn our collective anoraks towards Shanghai for the Masters over there. This usually provides some good stuff to whet the appetite for the rest of the season so hopefully this year will be no different.

It seems ages ago now that the qualifying for this took place and the lunacy of the wildcard round continues for those who have already fought hard to get through. No doubt there will be at least one casualty of this farcical system as there always is when they are playing a fully sharp, conditioned local who doesn’t deserve to be there. OK I know, broken record….

Tom Ford is OK though as they still haven’t found anyone to play him, presumably they are scouring the local schools for the next big thing to turn up and blow the unsuspecting Leicester cueman off the table and get everyone talking for the umpteenth time about ‘the new Ding’ when quite what has happened to the old Ding is anyone’s guess. Last I saw he couldn’t hit a bulls arse with a shovel, but maybe under the mystical guidance of The Terry Lama he’ll be back to his old self soon enough.

Stuart Bingham won this last year and he’ll be looking to kick-start his season as World Champion as will a lot of the others who may have spent a bit too much time off the table than on it during the summer months.

But to me since starting to write this blog a few years ago, it’s this event that signals the start of the season and I have really enjoyed the stop/start nature of the season so far, particularly the Paul Hunter Classic which I hope stays on the calendar for a long time. In the UK at least it’s beginning to feel a bit more autumnal and to me that means it’s time to settle down to some snooker. I’ve even booked my B&B for the UK Championships in York I’m that excited. I wouldn’t have been like this had the summer been filled with nothing events like it was a couple of seasons ago.

Anyway, I’ll leave you to enjoy the quite marvellous poster which accompanies this post, if that can’t get you in the mood what can? Quite in the mood for what I don’t know, but in the mood nevertheless.

Oh yes, I knew there was something else, bets. Here’s a few outrights and a couple of match bets on top. There are some interesting markets at Marathonbet which you probably won’t see anywhere else here. I think Murphy is the player to be on this week, he seems to be largely picking up where he left off in Sheffield and comes here in good shape.

Recommended Outrights: 3 points win on Shaun Murphy at 10/1. 1 point each way on John Higgins at 20/1, Mark Williams at 40/1 and 0.5 each way on Michael Holt at 150/1. 

Match Betting: 2 points on Holt to beat Maguire at 7/4. 4 points on Mark Allen to get further in the tournament than Stephen Maguire at Evens with Marathonbet. 3 x 1 point doubles and a 1 point treble on Holt to beat Maguire (7/4), Mavis to beat White(11/10) and Selt to beat Walden (11/8) all at Bet 365.

You can view the full draw here and look at the format here. The order of play for the wildcard round and the Last 32 is below.

Monday 14th September

6.30am (UK Time)

Jamie Jones v Fang Xiong Man
Mike Dunn v Niu Zhuang
Peter Ebdon v Yuan Si Jun
Graeme Dott v Ryan Day


Rob Milkins v Chen Zifan
Alan McManus v Yao Pengcheng
John Higgins v Liang Wenbo
Barry Hawkins v Martin Gould



Tom Ford v Han Bin  
Jamie Cope v Lin Shuai
Kyren Wilson v Wang Yuchen
Stuart Bingham v Fang Xiong Man


Marco Fu v Mike Dunn
Judd Trump v Robert Milkins
Ding Junhui v Alan McManus
Stephen Maguire v Michael Holt



Mark Williams v Tom Ford
Neil Robertson v Jamie Cope
Mark Allen v Luca Brecel

Joe Perry v Kyren Wilson
Shaun Murphy v Peter Ebdon
Michael White v Dark Mavis
Mark Selby v David Grace

Weird poster used courtesy of Chinese website 


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