Snookerbacker

February 24, 2020

The Players Championship

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:00 am

Full of old people and Tories

Tonight sees the start of the Coral Players Championship from the new venue of the Waterfront in cultural metropolis of Southport in Merseyside and it’s the top 16 from the one year list competing for a total prize pot of £385,000, all covered by the excellent team at ITV4.

The Hitman Michael Holt stole the last place in this from Ronnie O’Sullivan by winning the Shootout and this means Ronnie won’t be in competitive action again until he steps out at The Crucible in April, assuming that he doesn’t make the trip to Gibraltar in a couple of weeks time and decides that he is going to play in Sheffield.

As well as being worth watching as it’s on ITV, this event also sees a return to the Best of 11 format so it’s a little bit like The Masters in that respect, albeit starting out with the two tables. Following this there will just be the Gibraltar Open and the 8 player Tour Championship to go before all eyes turn to Sheffield for the showpiece of the year, the current seedings for which can be found here.

Here’s the draw for this week. The bets listed below are just for interest at half decent prices but I actually think this one will probably go to form and Judd and Robbo will probably meet in the final, which itself is available at 5/1.      

(1) Judd Trump v Michael Holt (16) – Tuesday February 25 at 7pm

(8) John Higgins v Graeme Dott (9) – Tuesday February 25 at 1pm

(5) Ding Junhui v Stephen Maguire (12) – Monday February 24 at 7pm

(4) Mark Selby v Mark Williams (13) – Monday February 24 at 7pm

(3) Neil Robertson v Joe Perry (14) – Tuesday February 25 at 1pm

(6) Yan Bingtao v Kyren Wilson (11) – Tuesday February 25 at 7pm

(7) Mark Allen v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (10) – Wednesday February 26 at 1pm

(2) Shaun Murphy v David Gilbert (15) – Wednesday February 26 at 1pm

RECOMMENDED BETS: Stephen Maguire each way at 66/1, Dave Gilbert each way at 28/1. 35/1 on there being at least one century in every match.

   

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