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2017 Shanghai Masters

Preview, Betting Tips & Predictions

The Shanghai Masters is the ninth ranking event of the 2017/18 season. This event will be held from the 13 -18th November at the Shanghai Indoor Stadium in Shanghai, China. Qualification took place a month ago and there was a few upsets meaning the following players didn’t make it to the last 64, S.Murphy, N.Robertson, K.Wilson, A.McGill & R.Walden. The remaining 64 players will compete for a winning prize of £150,000. Live coverage can be followed on Eurosport 1&2. Ding Junhui will be looking to defend his crown having come out on top last year, defeating Mark Selby 10-6 in the final.

Format
Last 64 – (Best of 9 frames)
Last 32 – (Best of 9 frames)
Last 16 – (Best of 9 frames)
Quarter Finals – (Best of 9 frames)
Semi-finals – (Best of 11 Frames)
Final – (Best of 19 Frames)

Previous Winners
2007 Dominic Dale
2008 Ricky Walden
2009 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2010 Ali Carter
2011 Mark Selby
2012 John Higgins
2013 Ding Junhui
2014 Stuart Bingham
2015 Kyren Wilson
2016 Ding Junhui

Looking at the previous winners and the fact there is no best of 7 matches, this tournament should again be set up for a favourite to come through. Three selections are chosen, two favourites and one value outsider. They are from different quarters of the draw so would not potentially meet until the semi-final or final stage. The selected players are in great form this season and have plenty of experience.

Mark Selby

The Jester from Leicester” has dominated the world number one spot for large periods over the last six seasons. The world champion has had another solid season so far with his best showing, winning the recent International Championship. Selby has a good record in the Shanghai Masters having finished Quarter finalist, Semi-finalist & Finalist in the last three seasons.

[Current form – 20 wins from his 27 games this season]

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Judd Trump

The Ace in the Pack” The world number 3 has also won a ranking event this season (2017 European Masters). Trump should be fresh for this event after suffering an early defeat to the impressive Luca Brecel in the Champion of Champions event last week. Despite that set back Trump has been one of the most consistent performers this season and has relatively good draw again here.

[Current form – 18 wins from his 24 games this season]

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Jack Lisowski

Jackpot” has shown a lot of promise this season with his match win percentage (68%) not too far behind the top players. Lisowski reached the Quarter final of the English Open just last month beating Mark Williams & Judd Trump only to come up short against Ronnie O’Sullivan. Lisowski is a very good break builder, rapidly closing in on a century of centuries. At 66/1 he surely represents good value.

[Current form – 17 wins from his 25 games this season]

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Type of Bet: Tournament Preview. Sports: Snooker.
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