August 27, 2015

Friday in Fürth: The Paul Hunter Classic

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:38 am

Paul HunterIt’s always a very poignant time in snooker when the players and fans get together in Fürth to mark the memory of one of snooker’s brightest stars, sadly taken from his family and the sport far too early.

The Paul Hunter Classic is now a familiar fixture on the snooker calendar and there isn’t a fan out there, or perhaps even a player, who would not like to see this great event elevated to full ranking status. Perhaps with the changes that are happening to the European Tour next season this might be on the cards, surely any sponsor can see the value of having their name attached to something which all snooker fans around the world support.

Every time this tournament comes along people start talking about Paul, his legacy, his great matches and his achievements, the Masters hat-trick, his famous Plan B and the golden boy looks which gave rise to the nickname The Beckham of the Baize. When I think of Paul Hunter, who unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting, I always think of his epic match at the Crucible against Ken Doherty, which I still rank in my top 3 world championship matches. I’m sure you have all seen this before, but if you haven’t this excellent BBC piece perfectly sums up what a dramatic match this was, who knows what he might have gone on to achieve had he not been taken from the sport 9 years ago? He’d surely have still been one of the greatest players in the game today and perhaps even a multiple world champion. Sadly, we’ll never know. 

The event itself is always well supported by the German fans and those from further afield and this year I am sure will be no exception. The amateurs have been battling away on Wednesday and Thursday for the right to join up with the professionals for Friday and Saturday’s Last 128 rounds onwards, before the last 16 fight it out on Sunday. It’s covered by Eurosport and you can click here to see the times and channels you can watch it on.

It would be rude not to have a bet or two on this so we’ll start with the outrights and have a look a bit closer at the match betting in advance of Friday’s morning session later.

Recommended Outright Bets: 1 point win on each – Barry Hawkins @ 25/1, Stephen Maguire @ 25/1, Michael White @ 50/1, Graeme Dott @ 50/1 and Martin Gould @ 50/1. 0.5 point each way on each – Matt Selt @ 100/1, Alan McManus @ 125/1 and Jack Lisowski @ 250/1.    


8.30am BST

Barry Hawkins v Zhang Yong
Kyren Wilson v Ben Jones
Gary Wilson v Anthony Hamilton
Stuart Bingham v John Higgins ⊆⊇
Mark King v Brian Cini
Jamie Jones v Samuel Thistlewhite
Lee Walker v Sydney Wilson
Rory McLeod v Kurt Maflin
Ian Burns v Ryan Causton
Duane Jones v Steven Hallworth
Martin O’Donnell v Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon

Aprox 10am BST

Mark Allen v Sanderson Lam ⊆⊇
Peter Lines v Rod Lawler
Jack Lisowski v Lyu Chenwei
Thor Chuan Leong v Christopher Keogan
Liang Wenbo v Noppon Saengkham

Aprox 10.30am BST

Alan McManus v Joshua Cooper
Dark Mavis v Paul Davison
Eden Sharav v Mitchell Mann
David Gilbert v Kacper Filipiak

Aprox 11.30am BST

Mike Dunn v Ross Muir
Tony Drago v Stuart Carrington
Matthew Stevens v Patrick Einsle

Aprox 12pm BST

Shaun Murphy v Barry Pinches ⊆⊇
Zak Surety v Zhang Anda
Craig Steadman v Fraser Patrick
Luca Brecel v Gareth Allen

Aprox 1pm BST

Peter Ebdon v Rhys Clark
Alfie Burden v Alex Taubman
Robbie Williams v Sam Craigie
Ben Woollaston v Jamie Burnett


August 9, 2015

Shanghai Masters Final Qualifying Round

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:55 am
Who will be boarding the plane to Shanghai?

Who will be boarding the plane to Shanghai?

Today we find out who joins the sixteen top seeds over in Beijing as those seeded 17-32 take on the players who have emerged from the early rounds.

It’s always interesting to see how those coming in fresh, the supposedly better players, fare against those who have been playing for most of the week and are used to the conditions, can the cold players adapt sufficiently to secure their place on the plane or will those with at least 2 wins under their belt prevail in familiar surroundings?

My guess is that it will be something of a mix (removes fence-splinters from arse). I’m sure we’ll see a number of the higher seeded players coast through but by the same token, there are bound to be some players who are ‘on a roll’, players perhaps like Liam Highfield, Tian Pengfei or Kyren Wilson who seem to have discovered their potting boots this week with Highfield facing Martin Gould, who as things stand may not even be able to get on the plane to Shanghai if he wins for medical reasons.

Other players involved today include Crucible hero Anthony McGill, the in-form Marmite Matt Selt, Michael Holt whose birthday it was on Friday and who amongst other prize items got a selfie stick…(no comment) and Ali Carter, who will be determined to start his climb back up the rankings sooner or later.

It should be an entertaining day’s snooker anyway and what better to do with your Sunday than settle back and put the streaming on, perhaps having a little bet on the side to keep you hooked?

Yesterday, but for one frame which went the wrong way could have been another decent winning day on the betting front, but instead it put a small dent in an otherwise successful week. Let’s see what today brings.

⊆⊇ Live streamed    

Jamie Jones v David Morris
Xiao Guodong v Mike Dunn ⊆⊇
Liang Wenbo v Andrew Higginson ⊆⊇
Martin Gould v Liam Highfield
Robert Milkins v Gerard Greene
Matt Selt v Joe Swail

Predicted Qualifiers: Jones, Dunn, Wenbo, Highfield, Milkins, Selt.

Ben Woollaston v Tom Ford
Gary Wilson v Jamie Cope
Alan McManus v Rory McLeod
Ryan Day v Dominic Dale ⊆⊇
Michael Holt v Li Hang ⊆⊇

Predicted Qualifiers: Ford, Cope, McManus, Dale, Holt.

Anthony McGill v Kyren Wilson
Peter Ebdon v Jamie Burnett
Dark Mavis v Tian Pengfei ⊆⊇
Fergal O’Brien v Luca Brecel
Ali Carter v David Grace ⊆⊇

Predicted Qualifiers: McGill, Ebdon, Pengfei, Brecel, Carter.

Recommended Bets:

Daily Acca – 2 points at almost dead on 5/1 at Bet 365 on Jones, Selt, McManus, McGill and Carter. Add Holt for a 1 point acca pays over 10.5/1 at Boyles.

Daily Multiple – 4 x 1 point trebles and a 1 point acca on Highfield (7/4), Cope (5/6), Ford (6/5) and Pengfei (5/4) at Bet 365 (acca pays almost 24/1).

Daily Frames Bet – 2 point treble on these three all being over 7.5 frames – Jones/Morris, Woollaston/Ford, Day/Dale pays almost 11/2 at Marathonbet.  


August 8, 2015

Shanghai Masters Qualifying Round 3

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:23 am

Saturday sees all the winners from Round 2 matched up in Round 3 in the penultimate qualifying round. Sunday will see the introduction of seeded players 17-32 to face today’s winners.

The betting balance was again marginally positive yesterday given that the daily 3/1 acca landed, it could have been a whole lot better but at least for the third day running we came out with a profit.

So let’s see what today brings.

Mark Joyce v David Morris
Mike Dunn v Jack Lisowski
Andrew Higginson v Zhang Anda
Liam Highfield v Ken Doherty
Dechawat Poomjaeng v Gerard Greene
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri v Joe Swail

Leo Fernandez v Tom Ford
Jamie Cope v Robbie Williams
Lu Ning v Rory McLeod
Dominic Dale v Rod Lawler
Gareth Allen v Li Hang

Mark King v Kyren Wilson
Peter Lines v Jamie Burnett
Tian Pengfei v Matthew Stevens
Dave Gilbert v Luca Brecel
David Grace v Cao Yupeng

Recommended Bets:

Daily Treble: 2 points treble pays over 4/1 at Boyles on Mark Joyce, Jamie Cope and Jamie Burnett.

Daily Double: 2 points double pays over 3/1 generally on Ayouri and Brecel.

Daily Frames Bet: 1 point acca at over 10/1 with Marathonbet on the following matches all being over 7.5 frames – Highfield/Doherty, Poomjaeng/Greene, Dale/Lawler, Ning/McLeod. 


August 7, 2015

Shanghai Masters Qualifying Day 3

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:19 am

Friday sees the last matches of the second round before the players ranked 33-48 join the Shanghai Masters qualifiers on Saturday for Round 3.

Bettingwise it continues to be a good week with an over 4/1 treble landing in the afternoon as well as a generously priced daily double. So it’s time to go back in today and see if the good run will continue.   

You can view the full draw for the qualifiers here and the qualifying format here.


Kurt Maflin v Lu Ning
Rory McLeod v Scott Donaldson
Dominic Dale v Lee Walker
Rod Lawler v Michael Leslie
Aditya Mehta v Gareth Allen
Li Hang v Alex Taubman


Mark King v Joel Walker
Kyren Wilson v Vinnie Calabrese
Peter Lines v Syd Wilson
Jamie Burnett v Eden Sharav
Yu Delu v Tian Pengfei


Matthew Stevens v Fraser Patrick
David Gilbert v Zhang Yong
Luca Brecel v Nigel Bond
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v David Grace
Cao Yupeng v James Wattana

Recommended Evening Bet: 3 points on Nigel Bond at 2/1 with Bet 365.

Recommended Bets:

Daily Frames Bet: 2 points treble pays 11/2 at Marathonbet on all these three matches being over 7.5 frames: Lawler v Leslie, King v Walker and Lines v Wilson.

Daily Acca: 3 points pays over 3/1 at Betfred on Dale, McLeod, Kyren Wilson and Stevens. Add Un-Nooh for a 1 points 5 fold pays over 9/2 at Boyles. Add Bond for a 1 point acca pays over 15/1 at William Hills.   


August 6, 2015

Shanghai Masters Qualifying Day 2

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:16 am
Pizza Cake: Jimmy delivered a win yesterday.

Pizza Cake: Jimmy delivered a win yesterday.

It’s Day two of qualifying in Barnsley and this sees the culmination of the first round in the morning session followed by two sessions of the second round in the afternoon and evening.

There was a good win on Day 1 for Jimmy White over Oli Lines and he is back in action today against another one of the young army of players in Jack Lisowski. It’s a funny thing with Jimmy as he clearly still has the game to compete to a certain level, but he does lack the consistency and perhaps the concentration to go really deep in events anymore, but he’s nothing if not a trier and he’ll still be convinced that he’s got a big win or two left in the tank, you’ve gotta love him for that.

Today sees the winners from the morning and afternoon sessions facing players on the next rung up the seeding ladder, so as ever it’s interesting to see whether those with a win under their collective belts will be more at home than those coming in cold, which to me is part of the charm and interest of this old format.

By the way, you know us snooker lot like to have an opinion on things, sometimes just for the sake of having an opinion even if you don’t really have one. If you fit that category why not complete Matt’s snooker survey by clicking here, I did it yesterday and ended up arguing with myself about the answers I was giving, it was a very healthy debate and nobody was hurt in the process, it passes a few minutes anyway and I’m sure given Matt’s reach in the sport the governing body will study the results and then throw them away and decide Bazza was right all along.

Yesterday the afternoon treble ensured a profit on the day so we’ll play with the winnings today to see how it goes.   

You can view the full draw for the qualifiers here and the qualifying format here.

10:00 am
Duane Jones v Sydney Wilson
Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon v Eden Sharav
Tian Pengfei v Noppon Saengkham
Fraser Patrick v Darryl Hill
Steven Hallworth v Zhang Yong
Chris Wakelin v Nigel Bond
David Grace v Joe O’Connor
Ian Glover v James Wattana

Mark Joyce v Ian Burns
David Morris v Zhou Yuelong
Mike Dunn v Craig Steadman
Jack Lisowski v Jimmy White
Andrew Higginson v Michael Wasley
Stuart Carrington v Zhang Anda
Robin Hull v Liam Highfield
Ken Doherty v Chris Melling

Afternoon Treble: 2 points on Joyce, Doherty and Highfield pays over 4/1 generally.

Dechawat Poomjaeng v Ross Muir
Gerard Greene v Zak Surety
Anthony Hamilton v Hossein Vafaei Ayouri
Joe Swail v Paul Davidson
Sam Baird v Leo Fernandez
Tom Ford v Allan Taylor
Jimmy Robertson v Jamie Cope
Robbie Williams v Martin O’Donnell

Recommended Bets:

Daily Match Acca: 2 points pays over 4/1 at Betfred on Fraser Patrick, Chris Wakelin, Mark Joyce and Joe Swail. Add Ken Doherty for a over 6/1 1 point acca at the same firm.

Daily Frames Acca: 2 points at over 11/1 with Marathonbet on all these matches being over 7.5 frames: Pengfei v Saengkham, Thanawat v Sharav, Carrington v Anda and O’Donnell v Williams.

Daily Double: 2 point double pays well over 7/2 at Betfred on Syd Wilson and Hossein Vafaei Ayouri. 


August 4, 2015

Shanghai Masters Qualifiers Day 1

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 1:08 pm
Snooker's home for the rest of the week.

Snooker’s home for the rest of the week.

Wednesday sees Day 1 of the Shanghai Masters Qualifiers as we return to old format of lowest ranked players steadily progressing though the contest to face those seeded 17-32 on Sunday to join the top 16 and I dare say a few unnecessary wildcards in the main event.

It’s played in Barnsley at the Metrodome and if you are in the area, firstly you have my deepest sympathy and secondly, you can head over to watch all the action for free, which is something of a consolation.

All the matches are the best of nine and in all there are four rounds to be played over the next five days with the first two rounds monopolising Wednesday to Friday.

I quite like this format and it’s usually a bit more of an enticing betting proposition than the flat structures which dominate the calendar after this event. It’s good to have a mix and as all the players are aware of the format from the start I don’t have any problem with this at all. Indeed, in terms of betting this is the same format that reaped the rewards from the Aussie Open Qualifiers last month, so what’s not to like?

There’s some decent matches straight off with Oli Lines taking on Jimmy White in the first session, it’s also good to see that Mitchell Mann’s game against Jamie Cope will be streamed in the afternoon with Sandi Lam also on the stream in the evening. It will be available to watch at the usual betting sites and the World Snooker streaming channel.

The matches on day one are listed below, along with a couple of recommended bets.

You can view the full draw for the qualifiers here and the qualifying format here.

10:00 am

Ian Burns v Sean O’Sullivan
Zhou Yuelong v Hammad Miah
Craig Steadman v Kuldesh Johal
Oli Lines v Jimmy White Streamed
Michael Wasley v James Cahill
Zhang Anda v Andy Hicks Streamed
Liam Highfield v Michael Wild
Chris Melling v Daniel Wells

Recommended Morning Bet: 2 point treble pays just under 7/4 at Marathonbet on Lines, Steadman and Yuelong.  


Tony Drago v Ross Muir Streamed
Zak Surety v Jason Weston
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri v Alfie Burden
Rhys Clark v Paul Davison
Lu Chenwei v Leo Fernandez
Mitchell Mann v Jamie Cope Streamed
Martin O’Donnell v Jake Nicholson

Recommended Afternoon Bet: 2 point treble pays over 7/2 at Marathonbet on Ayouri, Davison and O’Donnell.


Lu Ning v Sanderson Lam Streamed
Scott Donaldson v Jordan Brown
Lee Walker v Ashley Hugill
Michael Leslie v Luke Simmonds
Barry Pinches v Gareth Allen
Michael Georgiou v Alex Taubman
Joel Walker v Adam Duffy Streamed
Vinnie Calabrese v Thor Chuan Leong

Recommended Wednesday Frames Bet: 1 point acca pays over 21/1 at Marathonbet, all these matches to be over 7.5 frames: Burns v O’Sullivan, Melling v Wells, Wasley v Cahill, Mann v Cope, Walker v Duffy. 


August 2, 2015

Riga Open Finals Day

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:36 am

It’s Finals Day in Latvia today as the sixteen qualifiers from the previous two days battle it out to see who will carry off the cup at the end of the day.

You can keep up with all the scores here and watch one table on Eurosport, Trump v McManus is the first match on the telly.

Recommended Treble: 2 points at just under 10/3 at Marathonbet on Over 5.5 Frames in all these morning matches: Doherty v Day, Selt v Murphy and McLeod v Ford. 


July 31, 2015

Saturday at the Riga Open

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 2:28 pm

Riga OpenFollowing the first eight qualifiers for Finals Day on Sunday, Saturday determines who will join them to contest the last 16 of the Riga Open.

Friday’s recommended bet didn’t produce the goods with the treble going down on a single frame in the end and betting on matches in these events is notoriously difficult but I’ll flag up another, again on the total frames betting with Marathonbet on three that I’d expect to not be 4-0 or 4-1 either way.

Recommended Bet: 2 point treble Over 5.5 frames in the following matches pays 10/3 at Marathonbet – Ebdon v Bond, Mehta v Jones and Cope v Burns. 

You can view the draw for the Riga Open here. The Eurosport schedule can be viewed here.

9.30 Local Time (7.30am UK Time)

Shaun Murphy v Andreas Ploner
Aditya Mehta v Duane Jones
Jack Lisowski v Rhys Clark
Peter Ebdon v Nigel Bond
Matt Selt v Joe O’Connor
Joe Swail v Alfie Burden
Liam Highfield v Tomasz Skalski
Robert Milkins v Fraser Patrick
Stuart Carrington v Thor Chuan Leong
Rory McLeod v Roman Dietzel

Not Before 11.00 Local Time

Fergal O’Brien v Callum Lloyd
Michael Holt v Jimmy White
Kyren Wilson v Ross Muir
Tom Ford v Jamie Clarke
Joe Perry v Alex Borg

Not Before 11.30 Local Time

Ricky Walden v Zak Surety
Ian Burns v Jamie Cope
Ben Woollaston v Vinnie Calabrese

Not Before 12.30 Local Time

Michael Wasley v Jeff Cundy
Gerard Greene v James Cahill
Mark Williams v Barry Pinches

Not Before 1pm Local Time

John Higgins v Joe Roberts
Oli Lines v Daniel Wells
Dominic Dale v Chris Melling
Stuart Bingham v Ashley Hugill

Not Before 2pm Local Time

Ali Carter v Joe Steele
Liang Wenbo v Damian Wilks
David Morris v Robin Otto
Dave Gilbert v Lewis John Calcutt

Followed by Later Rounds 



July 30, 2015

Friday at The Riga Open

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:52 am
Mark and Judd will both be on our screens tomorrow.

What a Gay Day! Judd and Mark will both be on our screens on Friday.

Once the amateur rounds are done and dusted in Latvia it’s then time for the professionals to join in and Friday kicks off on Eurosport with the holder Mark Selby up against Leeds boy Sanderson Lam.

It’s good to see the likes of Sanderson, a former SB Classic regular, getting his chance to shine in the spotlight against the best players, I wonder if he can emulate his mate Oli Lines who last season managed to get one over on the Jester from Leicester?

We’ll also get a chance later in the day to see another familiar name to us on here Syd Wilson, who takes on Judd Trump, so all in all, it’s a bit of an SB Old Boys Day on the telly.

Incidentally, Syd has been busy getting a website up and running recently and pretty impressive it is too, you can take a look at it by clicking here, my only criticism is that he hasn’t included the picture of him in his woolly jumper in our front room on there, but there’s still time. Other players take note.

Below you will find the schedule for Friday. You can take a look at the vast array of markets on the matches, including handicap and total frame betting at Marathonbet here

Given the effort they are making on the snooker this season (and the fact they are sponsors of the SB Classic), it might be worth regular snooker punters getting an account there as there are likely to be markets on there that aren’t always available elsewhere, give them a go and let me know what you think.

Recommended Treble: 3 points pays over 10/3 at Marathon Bet on all these matches being over 5.5 frames: Walker v Davison, Stevens v Hallworth and Joyce v Wakelin. Add Mitchell Mann to beat Lee Walker for a 2 point acca pays over 7/1.

You can view the draw for the Riga Open here. The Eurosport schedule can be viewed here.

9.30 Local Time (7.30am UK Time)

Mark Selby v Sanderson Lam
Joel Walker v Paul Davison
Ken Doherty v Winner of Match 38
Gary Wilson v Winner of Match 39
Jamie Jones v Hamza Akbar
Luca Brecel v Winner of Match 40
Michael Georgiou v Winner of Match 41
Ryan Day v Allan Taylor
Graeme Dott v Winner of Match 42
Andrew Higginson w/o Hossein Vafaei Ayouri
Mike Dunn v Winner of Match 43 

NB 11.00 Local Time

Matthew Stevens v Steven Hallworth
Rod Lawler v Winner of Match 44
Peter Lines v Winner of Match 45
Scott Donaldson v Michael Leslie
Mark Allen v Gareth Allen 

NB 11.30 Local Time

Barry Hawkins v Winner of Match 46
Robbie Williams v Ian Glover
Craig Steadman v Winner of Match 47
Anthony McGill v Winner of Match 48 

NB 12.30 Local Time

Mark King v Winner of Match 49
Sam Baird v Jason Weston
Mitchell Mann v Lee Walker
Michael White v Winner of Match 50 

NB 1pm Local Time

Stephen Maguire v Winner of Match 51
Anthony Hamilton v Winner of Match 52
Jimmy Robertson v Eden Sharav
Alan McManus v David Grace 

NB 2pm Local Time

Kurt Maflin v Sean O’Sullivan
Robin Hull v Tony Drago
Mark Joyce v Chris Wakelin
Judd Trump v Syd Wilson

Followed by Later Rounds 


July 28, 2015

Viva La Riga! Snooker Returns to Latvia

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 2:11 pm

Viva La Riga

The slightly stuttering stop/start to the new season sees Riga in Latvia play host once more to the first of this season’s European Players Tour Championships, which starts with the amateur rounds on Wednesday and sees the professionals enter the fray on Friday.

This of course, as has been well documented, is the final year of the EPTC’s in their current form. They morphed out of the PTC format and have now become synonymous with new European venues for snooker and decent crowds who are increasingly being turned on to the sport by watching it live, albeit whilst being groomed into thinking Best of 7’s are where it’s at, when in fact they are total arsewipe.

For me, I think it’s rather a surprising reversal in thinking to largely replace these next season with an English, Scottish and Irish Open, joining the Welsh for a £1 million Grand Slam of Snooker (the £1m only applying if Ronnie, I mean someone, wins them all). Bazza and Jason have previously stated on several occasions that they saw the future of the sport outside of the UK, yet they have decided to bring it back on a larger scale than for over a decade. But at least Ronnie will be happy as he doesn’t like going abroad anymore.

It’s also almost certain that the route to the main tour through the EBSA Order of Merit will be closed off for amateurs after this season, meaning that as things stand, the development of the amateur game will suffer. However, there may be a few developments in the pipeline to address this so all may not be lost, but my guess is the door to the tour through this list will be.

Anyway, it’s not the last year in Riga at least as it’s already been confirmed that this one will run again next season and I hope the same goes for the Paul Hunter Classic as it would be a real shame to lose this established event in Germany from the calendar, let’s hope they can find sponsors for that one to secure its long term future aswell.

It’s very hard to know who is going into this having put the hours in. A lot of the potters have used the break since Australia to go on holiday so there might be a few very careless suntanned hackers on display come the weekend.

The best strategy in terms of betting on the outrights I always find is to select a player from each quarter to back each way and nail your colours to a winner, it’s served us well in the past so there’s no reason to abandon that tactic now.

So here goes nothing:

Recommended Bets: 1 points each way on Jamie Jones at 80/1. 2 points on Stephen Maguire at 20/1. 1 point each way on Matt Selt at 66/1. 1 point each way on Ali Carter at 40/1. 

You can view the draw for the Riga Open here. The Eurosport schedule can be viewed here. You can take a look at Marathonbet’s comprehensive match betting by clicking here.


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