September 17, 2017

Yushan World Open Preview

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:19 pm

‘The arse end of China’, was the description given to me by one tour player last season about this week’s host city. The snooker tour heads to the rather remote area of Yushan for the World Open just a couple of days since John Higgins triumphed in India. 

As well as the accessibility problems associated with this venue, other notable events from last season included luggage not arriving, players getting food poisoning and the eventual winner Ali Carter eating an interesting variation on tomato soup.

The early signs aren’t that promising this time either, clothes appear again to have gone astray in a couple of cases. Most notably for the luckless Jamie Jones, who, despite for once arriving himself in the correct city is without his treasured snooker garments. He’s playing tomorrow morning and as things stand is looking to borrow some clobber from whoever is around, let’s hope he finds someone around about his own height and build or god knows what he’s going to come out looking like, I’m thinking Tom Hanks at the end of Big when he’s walking off and turning back into a kid. Poor JJ.

Anyway, the total prize money for the event is £700,000 with a top prize of £150,000, matching the China Championship and International Championship as the ranking events outside the UK with the highest prize money. So it’s not to be sniffed at. Despite this the holder didn’t feel the urge to return to defend his title and have some more soup so we will see a new name on the trophy this time around.

It’s a busy old tour these days and they are flying all over the place this month and just two days after this finishes it’s back to Preston for some qualifiers before they head to Belgium for the European Open. No rest for the wicked.

I’ll again try my semi-trusted method in the outrights of selecting a player from each quarter. An each way punt on runner up Anthony McGill at 28/1 last week keeps the decent run going so let’s see if we can go one better here and bag an early season winner.

Recommended Bets: Win Only – Mark Selby at 5/1. Each-Way – Liang Wenbo at 66/1, Dave Glbert at 100/1, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh at 150/1.    

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