Players return this week to take part in the first PTC of the season,The Riga Open.
After a trip to Australia,many players will be returning back to the baize for a crack at the shorter format in Latvia.
Mark Selby took the title last year when he won a deciding frame against Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen in the final.
We will now take a look at the best of 7 event quarter by quarter to try and make a profit in the outright market .
This section sees the likes of Mark Selby,Mark Allen,Graeme Dott & Matthew Stevens battle it out to reach the Semi’s.With quite a few of these short enough in the betting,it might be better to side with someone bang in form and has a very winnable passage through to the Quarter’s,and that someone is Jamie Jones.After a good run in the World Championships a few years ago,Jones went along not playing well for a long spell but has addressed his lack of practice time he was putting in and has recently flown last year.The Welsh potter is a real tough nut to beat when playing well so it would be no surprise to see him go far in this one.
Quarter two has tournament favourite Judd Trump in it and he obviously he heads the market as most likely to win the second section.He takes on Sydney Wilson in Round 1 so you’d expect him to come through that one but at over six times the price I’d take a chance on Michael White at 33/1.White’s talent is obvious and his mini section looks definitely on the easy side so he’s the pick from this group.
Another bang in form player gets the nod here with everyone’s level of practice an unknown factor this early in the season.Matt Selt has been playing better than anyone of late and I know he has been putting some hours in to get ready for this one.A change in style and more effort off the table has seen Selt take some major scalps of late,none more so than friend Neil Robertson on home turf down under last time out.He will probably take on Shaun Murphy in the last 16 but it would be no surprise to many if he takes down the Magician.
The final group has World Champion Ballrun competing bottom of the ladder against a qualifier with this section arguably is the most difficult to pick a winner from.The likes of Gould,Walden & Williams will all fancy their chances but we will stump for a player who has a new lease of life having turned 40,and that’s John Higgins.What else can you say about one of the greatest players of all time that hasn’t already been said? Higgins had a slump a couple of years ago and rumours were that he’d had enough,but once again the old master comes back and puts some of the young upstarts in their place.Ok,Higgins’ price is not massive a 20/1 but it’s well worth a punt in this shorter format with the form the Scot is in.
Recommendations – Outright – 0.5pt each-way Jamie Jones (80/1),0.5pt each-way Michael White (33/1),0.5pt each-way Matt Selt 80/1,1pt each-way John Higgins (33/1).
Obviously caution is to be taken in these early stages of the season with the level of form a bit of an unknown.
You can watch plenty of the matches live on Eurosport from Friday and all the livescores from Latvia can be found here.
If you fancy a punt on the outright or the matches then Apollobet have everything priced up here.