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

  • Profit & Loss: 0pts

2019 International Championship Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 04/08/19 – 11/08/19
  • Venue: Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre, China
  • Channel: Eurosport

The 2019/2020 season started last week at the Riga Masters, however many were unable to make it due to flight issues culminating in multiple byes. With the exception of Ronnie O'Sullivan, the top 16 will all be here, not surprising given the first prize of £175,000!

Mark Allen was the winner of this tournament last season and it led to a rich vein of form and winning the Scottish Open, this then dipped and he is added to the ever growing list of Sightright, they need no further explanation following the renewed success of Mark Williams as a top player. I will watch his progress to see if this minor tweak can make any difference.

New World Champion Judd Trump has been enjoying his reign partying in Las Vegas following his maiden World Championship title against John Higgins. He also won the Masters, Northern Ireland Open and World Grand Prix last season and even though he is not the official world number one it is surely only a matter of time….

Mark Selby has been a regular winner in China over the years. Last season he struggled for form losing several close matches, most un-Selby like given his tough match play. In last week’s Riga Masters he did overturn a 0-3 deficit in the opening round, Selby feeds off these and this will help restore his eroded confidence.

Neil Robertson has to be considered after a quite brilliant 2018/2019 season. His season hasn’t started with missing Riga due to a flight delay, but he often starts well at the beginning of the season.

Players who did make their flights to Riga and won a few matches will be sharper for the experience, most notably Jack Lisowski, a player I will want to keep onside this season.

Last week’s Riga Masters winner Yan Bingtao should be sailing on cloud 9 and needs to finally step out of Dings shadow.

A tournament to watch and enjoy for early pointers, stakes adjusted accordingly.

Recommended Bets

  • 0.125pts Each Way – Allen @ 16/1 (Ladbrokes)
  • 0.125pts Each Way – Bingtao @ 80/1 (Ladbrokes)
  • 0.125pts Each Way – Lisowski @ 25/1 (Ladbrokes)
  • 0.5pts – Allen To Win His Quarter @ 4/1 (Ladbrokes)
  • 0.5pts – Bingtao To Win His Quarter @ 16/1 (Ladbrokes)
  • 0.5pts – Gilbert To Win His Quarter @ 11/2 (William Hill)
  • 0.5pts – Lisowski To Win His Quarter @ 5/1 (Ladbrokes)