October 29, 2015

International Championship Semi Finals

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:31 pm

Semis and FinalIt’s the business end over in Daqing with contrasting line ups in each of the best of seventeen frame, one day semi finals. We start with the two unlikely lads doing battle in the shape of Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Dave Gilbert, before Saturday sees Mark Selby taking on John Higgins in yet another world final repeat.

It’s great to have these long matches and I think this tournament has definitely captured the snooker community’s interest. It’s just a shame that those in charge are determined to dumb down the sport further to best of sevens next season.

If it meant not taking the EPTC back to the UK and staging events with longer formats further afield I’d be all for it, they are just better events, there is no getting away from it.

The big news of course concerns Ronnie O’Sullivan, who I’m sure you know by now has fulfilled his promise of not playing in the Champion of Champions or the UK Championship, despite being the holder of both of them. It remains to be seen if and when we’ll see him back in competitive action. Perhaps we just have to get used to this being the post-Ronnie era, there is no point in us all going on about him if his heart is clearly elsewhere.

The other big news concerns the betting for this tournament. Thepchaiya, or Theppy as I now affectionately know him, is now one win away from landing the recommended 100/1 each way outright bet having already landed the 18/1 Quarter winning recommendation.

Add to that that main pick Selby (3 points at 8/1) is still very much in the mix and it’s been more or less a dream tournament on the betting front. We even managed to flag up a 5/1 plus acca on the quarter finals for good luck so now it’s time to consider closing the satchel and hope for a final between Selby and Un-Nooh, which I actually think will happen.

I’ll put a bet up for anyone that hasn’t got a sweat on anyway, I’d fancy Un-Nooh to win around 9-6 tomorrow and Selby to win a 9-8 thriller on Saturday before going on to lift the trophy.

Recommended Bet: 3 point double pays best odds over 2/1 at Paddy Power on Un-Nooh to win and Higgins and Selby to play over 14.5 frames.

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