November 5, 2015

European Tour 4: The Bulgarian Open

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:09 am
The Dentist is seeded number 1 for Sofia.

The Dentist is seeded number 1 for Sofia.

The latest stop in the final year of the European Tour, or as Stephen Hendry likes to refer to it ‘The Tour That Nobody Gives A Shit About’ is already underway in Sofia but will start on Eurosport on Friday and run through to the conclusion on Sunday.

Whilst it has been confirmed that the Paul Hunter Classic and the European event in Riga will continue next season and with the addition of the three year contracted Gibraltar Open which gets under way in December, it is still unclear as to how the European events will be structured in the future.

Presumably they will still maintain the same format, relying on amateurs entering the early stages to make the entries sufficient enough to keep them afloat. But without the promise of professional places at the end of them, will it really be worth the amateur’s bothering? Will World Snooker announce an incentive other than a chance to get walloped on telly by a big name that will make them enter in their droves? It remains to be seen. Just to note that from the three EPTC events so far the amateurs combined have won less than £8000 in total, with only one, Hammad Miah winning over £1000.

You can find the latest EPTC Order of Merit here. It’s interesting to note that the top two on the list Barry Hawkins and Ali Carter, safe in the knowledge that they will be in the Grand Finals anyway, have chosen not to enter meaning that the unlikely Number 1 seed in this is Rory McLeod, who has a great chance of moving to the top of the list with a good show this weekend.

For now though it’s business as usual and sandwiched in between the International Championship and next week’s Champion of Champions is this event with just Gibraltar and the annual trip to Gdynia in Poland in February to go in the race for places at the EPTC Grand Finals, the venue for which is yet to be confirmed.

The first round matches are listed below and a couple of speculative bets are included at the foot of this post, remember if you are backing each way, boycott the bookies who only pay on the finalists and go for those who give you more value on the last four, namely Paddies, Hills and Boyles.

Rory McLeod v Sam Baird
Zhang Anda v Qualifier
Chris Wakelin v Chris Melling
Ian Burns v Paul Davison
Jimmy Robertson v Allan Taylor
Michael Leslie v Qualifier
Rod Lawler v Liam Highfield
Matt Selt v Hamza Akbar
Judd Trump v Qualifier
Gerard Greene v Gareth Allen
Rhys Clark v Qualifier
Andrew Higginson v Craig Steadman
Peter Ebdon v Qualifier
Fergal O’Brien v Michael Georgiou
Anthony McGill v Barry Pinches
Mark King v Qualifier
Alan McManus v Qualifier
Jack Lisowski v Qualifier
Mitchell Mann v Tony Drago
Dominic Dale v Qualifier
Mark Selby v Sydney Wilson
Alfie Burden v Anthony Hamilton
Jamie Cope v Eden Sharav
Luca Brecel v Lu Ning
Ryan Day v Qualifier
Joel Walker v Hatem Yassin
Kurt Maflin v Steven Hallworth
Kyren Wilson v Qualifier
Scott Donaldson v Mark Joyce
Martin O’Donnell v Qualifier
James Cahill v Zak Surety
Tom Ford v Michael Wasley

Tian Pengfei v Qualifier
Sanderson Lam v Nigel Bond
Stuart Bingham v Qualifier
Mark Allen v Ross Muir
Sean O’Sullivan v Joe Swail
Joe Perry v Qualifier
Martin Gould v Qualifier
Michael Holt v Qualifier
Mike Dunn v Qualifier
Aditya Mehta v Qualifier
Robert Milkins v Qualifier
Liang Wenbo v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Thor Chuan Leong v Qualifier
Gary Wilson v David Grace
Daniel Wells v Ian Glover
Ben Woollaston v Xiao Guodong
Mark Williams v Qualifier
Jamie Jones v Noppon Saengkham
Ken Doherty W/O Jimmy White
Oli Lines v Qualifier
Lee Walker v Qualifier
Lu Chenwei v Zhou Yuelong
John Higgins v Qualifier
David Gilbert W/O Jamie Burnett
Stuart Carrington v Qualifier
Dechawat Poomjaeng v Qualifier
Ricky Walden v Fraser Patrick
Michael White v Qualifier
Robbie Williams v Qualifier
Peter Lines v Darryl Hill
Jason Weston v Qualifier
Shaun Murphy v Qualifier

Recommended Outrights: 2 points win on Mark Selby at 13/2. 1 point each way (at bookies paying each-way 1234) on Anthony McGill at 66/1, Dave Gilbert at 80/1 and Ben Woollaston at 80/1.    

Recommended Match Acca: 2 points acca pays over 5/1 at Boyles on Ian Burns, Anthony McGill, Luca Brecel, Daniel Wells and Jamie Jones. 

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