Dafabet Masters 2018 Snooker Betting Tips & Predictions
The Masters is a non-ranking event between the top 16 players in the snooker world rankings. It will be held from the 14th-21st January and will be staged at the Alexandra Palace in London, England. This is the second of the three biggest events of the 2017-18 season known as the Triple Crown (UK Championship, The Masters & World Championship). This tournament has the second longest history dating back from its establishment in 1975. The best players in the world will battle it out for the Paul Hunter trophy and a winners prize of £200,000 from the Dafabet sponsored event. Live coverage will be broadcast on BBC 2, Eurosport 1 & 2. Ronnie O’ Sullivan is the defending champion, having beat Joe Perry 10-7 in last years final. Stuart Bingham ranked number 12 remains suspended, therefore the player ranked 17 after the UK Championship (Liang Wenbo) has taken the final qualifying place.
Last 16 – (Best of 11 frames)
Quarter finals – (Best of 11 frames)
Semi finals – (Best of 11 frames)
Final – (Best of 19 frames)
Past Multiple Winners
7x Ronnie O’Sullivan (95,05,07,09,14,16,17)
6x Stephen Hendry (89,90,91,92,93,96)
3x Mark Selby (08,10,13)
3x Cliff Thorburn (83,85,86)
3x Steve Davis (82,88,97)
3x Paul Hunter (01,02,04)
2x Alex Higgins (78,81)
2x John Higgins (99,06)
2x Mark Williams (98,03)
Ronnie O’Sullivan Vs Marco Fu (16th January – 1pm)
Mark Allen Vs Luca Brecel (14th January – 7pm)
John Higgins Vs Anthony McGill (17th January – 7pm)
Ding Junhui Vs Ryan Day (15th January – 1pm)
Judd Trump Vs Liang Wenbo (15th January – 7pm)
Shaun Murphy Vs Ali Carter (17th January – 1pm)
Barry Hawkins Vs Kyren Wilson (16th January – 7pm)
Mark Selby Vs Mark Williams (14th January – 1pm)
The Masters has become famous for its dramatic moments, close finishes and comebacks. Eleven of the previous forty three finals (over 25%) have gone all the way to a deciding frame !. The first ever masters 1975 was decided on a re-spotted black with John Spencer winning 9-8 over Ray Reardon. The tournaments first 147 maximum break was achieved by Kirk Stevens against Jimmy White in 1984. Equally as memorable is Ken Doherty’s miss on the final black for a 147 in the 2000 final against Matthew Stevens. Stephen Henry won 5 masters titles in a row (1989-1993) in 1991 he trailed to Mike Hallett 7-0 & 8-2 but came back to win 9-8. Steve Davis captured some former glory as he came back from 8-4 down to defeat Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-8 in 1997. A year later witnessed another agonisingly close match which was won on a re-spotted black by Mark Williams as he hauled back Stephen Henry from being 9-6 down to win 10-9. Finally a special mention has to go to Paul Hunter who’s three wins were all by the 10-9 score line after being behind 6-2 to Fergal O’Brien, 5-0 to Mark Williams and 7-2 to Ronnie O’Sullivan.
With the long format of best of 11 frames up until the final, which is a best of 19 match, this should favour the strongest players in the draw. Looking back at the previous winners only 6 of the current 16 players in the draw have won this event before. With such a small field only two selection will be given for the outright betting, one from either side of the draw. Both have vast experience in this tournament and have displayed strong form this season.
‘The Rocket’ has the highest win percentage of the season so far (86%), his form has seen him win three events (UK Championship, English Open & Shanghai Masters). This is clearly one of O’Sullivan’s favourite tournaments holding the record by being a 7 time champion. He has won the Masters in three of the last four years and victory here would see him surpass Stephen Henry’s total of 18 wins of Triple Crown tournaments.
[Season form – 36 wins from his 42 games this season]
“The Ace in the Pack” has the third highest win percentage of the season so far (78%), his best performance this season was winning the European Masters. Trump leads all the head-to-head games against all the players in the bottom half the draw expect for against Mark Selby who holds a slight advantage (12 wins to 11). Trump’s most recent form in the championship league matches was very good, also defeating his 1st round masters opponent Liang Wenbo 3-0.
[Season form – 36 wins from his 46 games this season]