Saturday sees the start of the 2010 snooker marathon from Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, with 17 days of intense snooker being played out for the games most prestigious prize.
For the sake of the game in the UK, I hope that the tournament proves to be an exciting one this year. The games image as a spectacle is in danger, and as a result talk of moves to China threaten the whole history and heritage of snooker in the UK.
If the image of snooker could get a welcome boost over the next two weeks, and therefore in the long run bring in extra revenue and sponsors, then this talk of the World Championship moving would surely disappear.
Hopefully Barry Hearn is the man who can engineer this much needed upturn in snookers fortunes. I just hope he dosen’t have to pin all his hopes on Ronnie O’Sullivan who can be unpredictable at best. If he is Hearn’s only hope, then he has little.
I also hope O’Sullivan can make headlines for the right reasons. I don’t want to see a repeat of the disrespect he showed at the end of the 2010 Masters when he just walked out of the arena in the middle of the presentations.
It not only disrespected Mark Selby, but the sponsors and the tournament as a whole.
Outright Winner Betting – Selective Players
Ronnie O’Sullivan is 4/1 with Sky Bet
John Higgins is 5/1 with Stan James and Totesport
Ding Junhui is 8/1 with William Hill and Ladbrokes
Mark Selby is 8/1 with William Hill
Neil Robertson is 10/1 with Stan James and Paddy Power
Mark Williams is 12/1 with Ladbrokes and Totesport
Shaun Murphy is 14/1 with Paddy Power and 888Sport
Mark Allen is 14/1 with Totesport
Stephen Maguire is 18/1 with Stan James
Allister Carter is 28/1 with Sky Bet
Jamie Cope is 40/1 with Totesport
Stephen Hendry is 40/1 with Stan James and Ladbrokes
Ryan Day is 50/1 with Sky Bet