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2018 World Open Snooker Betting Tips & Predictions

The World Open is the second ranking event of the 2018-2019 season. It will be held from the 6-12th August, the venue for this tournament is Yushan Number One Middle School in Yushan, China. 64 players will compete for the title of 2018 World Open champion and the winners cheque worth £150,000 from the Hong Rui Ma sponsored event. Live coverage will be broadcast on Eurosport, Ding Junhui is the defending champion having beat Kyren Wilson 10-3 in last years final.

Previous Winners

2010 Neil Robertson

2012 Mark Allen

2013 Mark Allen

2014 Shaun Murphy

2016 Ali Carter

2017 Ding Junhui

Format

Last 64 – Best of 9 frames.

Last 32 – Best of 9 frames.

Last 16 – Best of 9 frames.

Quarter-final – Best of 9 frames.

Semi-final – Best of 11 frames.

Final – Best of 19 frames.

Notable absentees (Top 16 Ranked Players)

Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy, Stuart Bingham & Anthony McGill.

The format for this tournament is a step up from previous event (Riga Masters) with all matches at least the best of 9 frames. Viewing the previous winners, it is usually the well established players who succeed here which is understandable with a best of 19 frame final. Looking at the draw by each quarter we can see where some of the stronger players are located.

Quarter 1 – Ding Junhui, Neil Robertson, Ali Carter, Marco Fu, Liang Wenbo & Ricky Walden.

Quarter 2 – Judd Trump, Barry Hawkins, Yan Bingtao & Luca Brecel.

Quarter 3 – Mark Selby, Ryan Day & Xaio Guodong.

Quarter 4 – Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson, Mark Allen, Stephen Maguire, Jack Lisowski, & Joe Perry.

It looks like quarter 3 will be the easiest to progress from in the draw and quarter 4 the most difficult. Three selections are given below for the outright betting market. All selections have a 100% head to head win ratio against their 1st round opponents. They also have all won ranking events previously and have plenty of experience at this event.

Mark Selby

“The Jester from Leicester” The world number one will have a point to prove here after a disappointing world championship. The draw looks kind to him with only Ryan Day just inside the top 16 in his quarter. He is up against Elliot Slessor 1st round here who he has beat twice previously 5-0 & 4-0. Selby has reached the quarter-final or better here in 3 of the last 5 times he has entered and has a good chance to win his first ranking event of the season here.

75% match win rate in ranking events last season (36/48)

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Judd Trump

“The Ace in the Pack” will be the third highest ranked player at the World Open with only Selby & Williams higher. Trump is coming off the back of a titanic dual in the world championship where he suffered an agonising loss 13-12 to John Higgins in the quarter-final. However he looked sharp in qualifying for this event winning 5-0 with breaks of 69, 88, 121 & 60. Martin O’ Donnell is the opening round test here, a player he holds a 4-0 head-to-head record over.

74% match win rate in ranking events last season (39/53)

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Ali Carter Each-way

“The Captain” showed his quality in reaching the last 8 of the world championship knocking out two former champions in Graeme Dott & Ronnie O’Sullivan along the way, only losing to the eventual winner Mark Williams 13-8. Carter won this event outright in 2016 unfortunately he wasnt able to defend his title last season. Carter should represent some value here, his opening round opponent is Rory McLeod a player he holds a 3-0 head-to-head record over.
57% match win rate in ranking events last season (20/35)

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