Monday 28th March see’s the start of Snookers 7th ranking tournament of the 2010/11 season, The China Open and brings 6 days of top betting opportunities.
Current defending champion Mark Williams is looking to continue his recent good form and keep his title, and following his win in the German Masters in February when he beat Mark Selby could be a good bet here. Some bookmakers have Williams at odds of 8/1 but Paddy Power are currently offering 10/1 for a Williams win.
One player that should be avoided although some bookies are still taking bets on is Jimmy White. The Whirlwind has had travel Visa problems and has had to withdraw from the competition so avoid that bet.
Current bookies favourite to win is the number 1 in the World rankings, John Higgins. All the bookmakers are agreeing on this with many offering odds of 9/2 but some including Coral bookies and William Hill are holding out with betting odds of 5/1 on the Scotsman.
Probably the local favourite will be the likable and exciting Ding Junhui who will have the whole of China behind him. Although there is no doubting Junhui’s talent he can be sometimes inconsistent and this may reflect on the best price of 7/1 offered by again Coral bookies.
Everybody’s favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan will no doubt be there or there abouts but depending on what O’Sullivan turns up you could have some dramatic moments if you are betting on Ronnie. Most bookies including Ladbrokes and William Hill have O’Sullivan at odds of 15/2 which is fairly good value if you can stand all the ups and downs that are bound to happen.
The steady ‘Jester from Leicester’ Mark Selby will be looking to go one further than he did in the German Masters when he lost in the final and the bookmakers all just about priced him up the same. Just 2 bookies have him at 15/2 with the rest offering odds of 8/1. However, Ladbrokes bookies have gone alone with Selby and are currently offering the best price of 9/1.
A player we like the look of and seems to have some betting value is the 2008 China Open runner up, Shaun Murphy. Murphy has won some of Snookers top events and if he plays his top game can defeat just about anybody. Extrabet obviously agree with us as they have him at odds of 9/1 while just about all the other bookmakers have him chalked up at 12/1 with Betfred and Stan James going best price here with 14/1.
As you would expect from all the best bookies you can get each way bets on this event with all the bookmakers offering half of the odds on players in each way bets which qualify if the player reaches the final. With this in mind there are a couple of players that are big odds that could make the final and get some nice each way value with a bit of luck.
The first outsider we have picked is Stephen Hendry, a player that dominated the sport in the 1990′s. Most bookmakers have Hendry at 66/1 but Stan James have yet again gone alone and are offering best betting odds of 70/1. Former World Champion Ken Doherty is another player that if on top form could surprise a few people and with Paddy Power offering 150/1 on him winning could be a great bet.
What ever happens the China Open will bring many exciting matches and some great chances to have a bet and enjoy winning. The bookies will be offering odds on every match with the best bookies online offering ‘Live in Play’ betting markets for even more added excitement.