Title: Potential risk-free profit at the Worlds
Date: April 29th 2014
I’m hoping to catch a few minutes of the snooker on the TV this afternoon…
Because when I dropped you a line before the World Championships started last week, I told you I’d placed a couple of bets.
Two £25 win bets… on Ding Junhui at 8/1 and Neil Robertson at 11’s.
As it happens…
The Chinese player went out in R1, losing 10-9 against Michael Wasley.
But Robertson is going well.
The 32-year-old Aussie, champion here in 2010, has justified my support with a couple of impressive displays.
He eased through his first match against Robbie Williams 10-2 and then defeated Mark Allen 13-7 yesterday.
And it’s no surprise really…
The tournament favourite – Ronnie O’Sullivan – has blown hot and cold.
The defending champion won his first match against Robin Hull comfortably… but then he almost went out to Joe Perry in R2. He won the last four frames to sneak through 13-11.
In terms of the betting…
O’Sullivan is currently the 2.08 market leader on Betfair.
Robertson though has come in from 12 to 4.8.
In fact, at one point on Saturday morning…
You could have backed O’Sullivan (who I said was plenty short enough in the betting pre-tournament) as big as 5.8 and Robertson as short as 4.1.
At those odds, even accounting for the bet on Ding Junhui, laying Robertson for £50 would have covered both outright bets… and allowed for a potential £95 risk-free win on the No.2 seed.
Now I didn’t take that option myself as I’m already in the ‘pound seats’ on account of the price I took about Robertson pre-tournament.
But it’s something worth flagging up for future reference… as these ‘no lose’ in-play positions can be created, if you take up the right ante-post positions.
Today’s afternoon session is about to get underway in Sheffield.
It’s the Quarter-Finals (still the best of 25 frames) where Robertson plays Judd Trump and ‘The Rocket’ faces the 2005 champion, Shaun Murphy.
I’ll be keeping a close eye on the action, either online or on the box… and will let you know if there are any other pot-able profits as the tournament continues!