The Welsh Open is the sixteenth ranking event of the season. It will be held from the 26th February – 4th March and will be staged at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. 128 players will battle it out for Ray Reardon trophy and the winning prize of £70,000 from the ManBetX sponsored event. Live coverage will be broadcast on BBC Two, Eurosport 1 & 2. Stuart Bingham is the defending champion having beat Judd Trump 9-8 in a tense final last year.
Last 128 – (Best of 7 frames)
Last 64 – (Best of 7 frames)
Last 32 – (Best of 7 frames)
Last 16 – (Best of 7 frames)
Quarter finals – (Best of 9 frames)
Semi finals – (Best of 11 frames)
Final – (Best of 17 frames)
Past Multiple Winners
Ronnie O’Sullivan 4x (04,05,14,16)
John Higgins 4x (00,10,11,15)
Stephen Hendry 3x (92,97,03)
Steve Davis 2x (94,95)
Mark Williams 2x (96,99)
Ken Doherty 2x (93,01)
Paul Hunter 2x (98,02)
Current Season – Highest Match Win Percentage
Notable absentees (Top 30 Ranked Players)
Given the very short frame format of best of 7 frames up until the quarter final we could see some value from the outsider players in the betting making it through to the later stages. Having said that only Marco Fu is absent here from the games top players, making it a very competitive and strong field to come through. Three selections will be given here for the outright betting. All players are having good season and have plenty of experience.
“The Ace in the Pack” has been one of the most consistent players so far this season with a win rate of 69%. His best showing came when he won the European Masters, but he also got to the final of the Shanghai Masters and has reached the semi final stages of four other tournaments. As mentioned above he was a finalist of the Welsh Open last season and has a good chance to go far again this year.
[Season form – 50 wins from his 72 games this season]
“Bingo” The young Chinese star keeps improving with experience, climbing upto number 23 in the provisional rankings. It seems a matter of time before he goes all the way in one of these ranking events. His best effort this season was reaching the final of the Northern Ireland Open where he was narrowly defeated 9-8 to the in form Mark Williams. He also got to the semi final of the International Championship and looks a good value bet here.
[Season form – 25 wins from his 37 games this season]
“Licensed to Thrill” is another player at a big price who keeps threatening to win of this seasons ranking events. McGill has shown solid form to this season having won 67% of his matches, he has got to the quarter final or better 7 times this season. With his closest effort coming when trying to defend his Indian Open title, where he lost out in the final to John Higgins.
[Season form – 35 wins from his 52 games this season]