October 26, 2015

International Championship Round Three

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:43 pm

International Round 3All sixteen third round matches will be completed on Tuesday over in Daqing using the eight tables available at the venue. They’re certainly not wasting any time in whittling this one down to its Final on Sunday.

There have been a few high-seeded casualties already in the first two rounds with probably the most notable being the holder Ricky Walden and the World Champion Stuart Bingham.

There are a few people who are inferring over on social media that Ballrun is struggling with the pressure of being world champion, but despite a performance against Yu Delu which he himself described as poor, it’s still very early to judge as for me, after Shanghai, where he made the semi-finals incidentally, this is really only the second major tournament of the season. The season is just about to get going as the nights draw in at the home of snooker and we approach the festive season so give the poor fella a chance.

One thing that I find a bit of a negative in this tournament is that we don’t get to see more of the matches. For the casual snooker viewer who tunes in now and again for Eurosport events, they’d be forgiven for thinking that the tour only consisted of a few players, Robbo, Trump, Selby, Ding, Bingham, Higgins, Murphy and a few others who pop up on telly every now and again to play them. I do think a bit more thought should go into the televised matches personally and not just sticking with the same old faces over and over again.

But if the lunacy of taking them all kicking and screaming to venues in huge numbers is to remain, that’s the way it will be. I never have and never will understand why we have to have this system. By all means play the flat draws in qualifiers, by all means hold the odd match over, particularly when it makes commercial sense, but please just start the tournament proper from the last 32, it will all feel less of a rush and we can get to see more players playing for the big prize money, not a mismatch where the winner picks up a few hundred quid and the loser gets sod all, as happens with the PTC’s.

But at least these matches are long enough to make it worthwhile for the predominantly western-based tour to make the exhausting journey for, even if they do lose their first match. I’m just not convinced by this whole rushed feel for a tournament carrying so much prize money, it could be so much more, China’s World Championship even.

Anyway, in terms of the betting, Martin Gould let down the first round acca but main picks Selby and Murphy are still in the hunt, as are long odds each way pokes Fergal O’Brien and Peter Ebdon, who as we speak is munching on a celebratory organic carrot and raising a glass of turnip juice at the news from the World Health Organisation that red and processed meat causes cancer. Vegans 1 Carnivores 0.

Recommended Bets: 2 point acca pays just over 3/1 on Michael White, John Higgins, Ben Woollaston and Joe Perry. 2 point acca pays over 11/2 at Hills on all these matches being over 8.5 frames: Allen v Wilson, Pengfei v Wenbo, Lines v Gilbert, Hawkins v Robertson and Dott v Ebdon.  

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