Snooker specialist and debutant Steven Berresford (@Bezaroonie) pens his ante-post betting thoughts on the English Snooker Open outright market and delivers us his best picks.

  • Profit & Loss: 0.25pts

2019 English Snooker Open Outright Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 14/10/2019
  • Venue: Crawley
  • Channel: Eurosport/Quest

The first tournament of the home nation series with the Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open to follow. With 128 players starting at the main venue the opening four rounds are over the shorter format of best of 7 frames before the Quarter Final stage.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Stuart Bingham is the current champion looking to retain his title and win £70,000.

The Verdict

Quarter 1

Stuart Bingham is the number one seed and yet to hit form this season, despite having a good record in the home nation series for me is a little short at 16/1 to defend his title.

Shaun Murphy is in a superb run of form. Twice runner up in the International Championship and Shanghai Masters he followed this up by winning the China Championship. Well priced as he has a slightly tougher draw than Bingham but certainly the man to beat on form.

Quarter 2

Neil Robertson leads the way and could meet Zhao Xintong who beat home hero Ding in the China Championship, that should have given him a welcome confidence boost. The winner of that match could face David Gilbert whom I believe has a tournament win in him this season.

The bottom half of the quarter has a back to form Mark Williams leading the way. Joe O'Connor is one of my players to follow over the season and Lou Honghao has been playing better than ever in recent weeks.

Quarter 3

Quarter three brings in Ronnie O'Sullivan of note were his comments about the facilities at the K2 in Crawley last year, he often excels in the shorter format of seven frame matches which he admits suit him better. He may face Yan Bingtao, the Riga Masters champion an accomplished best of 7 frames player and due to Bingtao having the Ronnie draw he is way overpriced. Certainly worth a play in another low stakes event.

The bottom half of quarter three looks a little easier for Mark Selby as he has now started to win matches and build his confidence however he may have a potential banana skin match with Jack Lisowski beat him at the Shanghai Masters.

Quarter 4

Mark Allen and Barry Hawkins are in the top half, both have looked in good form this season so far and look capable of going deep into tournaments.

Judd Trump is in the bottom half and he could meet Joe Perry. Perry has beaten Trump last season and could be a tricky matchup. Gary Wilson has everything to play for, on the brink of a top 16 ranking and the prospect of entry into the Masters.

Recommended Bets

  • 1pt – Quarter 1 Murphy @ 7/2 (William Hill)
  • 1pt – Quarter 2 Gilbert @ 11/2 (William Hill)
  • 0.5pts – Quarter 3 Bingtao @ 25/1 (Ladbrokes)
  • 1pt – Quarter 4 Allen @ 7/2 (William Hill)
  • 0.25pts Each Way – Mark Allen @ 14/1 (Ladbrokes)
  • 0.125pts Each Way – Yan Bingtao @ 125/1 (Ladbrokes)