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2018 Shanghai Masters Betting Tips & Predictions

The new season has seen a change for this tournament, it is now a 24-man non-ranking invitation event, unlike previously where it had always been a ranking event. The invited players will be the top 16 on the two-year ranking list, the next four highest ranked players of Chinese origin, two players from the CBSA China Tour and two from China’s Amateur Masters series. The event will be held from the 10th-16th September and the venue is the Regal International East Asia Hotel in Shanghai, China. The players will compete for the huge winning prize of £200,000. This the most lucrative invitational event in snooker history, surpassing the 2017 Masters. Live coverage can be followed on Eurosport 1 & 2. Ronnie O’Sullivan is the defending champion having beat Judd Trump 10-3 in last years final. The rocket proved too good on this occasion despite Trump’s form which seen him win 22 consecutive frames on his way to the semi-final.

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
2017 Ronnie O’Sullivan

Format

Round 1 – (Best of 11 frames)
Round 2 – (Best of 11 frames)
Quarter-finals – (Best of 11 frames)
Semi-finals – (Best of 19 frames)
Final – (Best of 21 frames)

Draw

O’Sullivan Vs Robertson or wildcard 1
Murphy Vs Bingham or wildcard 3
Trump Vs Wilson or Wenbo
Higgins Vs Day or wildcard 2
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Selby Vs Brecel or Yuelong
Junhui Vs Allen or Guodong
Hawkins Vs Maguire or wildcard 4
Williams Vs McGill or Bingtao

As we can see from the draw all of the world’s top 16 ranked players are present along with the highly talented Wenbo, Bingtao, Guodong & Yuelong. The most likely outcome will be that this event is won by one of the top 8 ranked players on the left side of the above draw for the following reasons. The draw is seeded in their favour so they have one less round to play & they can not be drawn against each other until the quarter-final. The format is fairly long which usually favours the better players. Looking at the previous winners we can see the underdogs very rarely come out on top here. Finally the higher prize money should focus the best players and add pressure to the players who are not use to collecting a huge cheque.

Therefore for the reasons stated above only two selections are given for the outright betting one from each half of the draw. Both have vast experience of playing in China and have won ranking events in the past.

John Higgins

“The Wizard of Wishaw” had another impressive season in 17/18 with wins in the Championship League, Welsh Open & Indian Open. The consistency of his performances when it matters the most are still in evidence as shown by reaching the last two world championship finals. There is some decent value for backing Higgins here he will face most likely face Ryan Day in the last 16, who he has a good winning record against in the head-to-head (15/23) 65%.

[ 100% match win rate this season (2/2) ]

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Barry Hawkins

“The Hawk” has the ability to step it up a gear for the bigger tournaments. Hawkins finished last season strongly reaching the final of the Welsh Open & China Open and the semi-final of the World Championship. Hawkins also seems to have continued that good form this season by getting to the semi-final of the recent World Open. There can’t be much better valued selections in the field, his most likely opponent in the last 16 will be Stephen Maguire who he leads 13-12 in the head-to-head.

[ 80% match win rate this season (8/10) ]

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