Ronnie, Judd and six other seeds can land a healthy first round return at the Crucible
Bring on the 2015 Snooker World Championship! We love tuning in every day to the action at the Crucible, the players jogging down the stairs and shaking hands before clashing on the green baize.
We also love having a bet on the action and we’ve decided to have a little accumulator on the first round, which pays out at over 4/1. So a tenner of your hard-earned would land a return of over £50 and you’ll get some excitement for your cash whatever happens.
What’s the bet?
A first round accumulator with the following selections:
Marco Fu to beat Robertson
John Higgins to beat Milkins
Neil Robertson to beat Jones
Stuart Bingham to beat Williams (Robbie not Mark)
Joe Perry to beat Zhang Anda
Judd Trump to beat Carrington
Mark Williams to beat Stevens
Ronnie O’Sullivan to beat Steadman
We’ve found the best acca odds with Boylesports who will give you £20 in free bets when you open an account.
We’ve swerved defending champion Mark Selby who faces Kurt Maflin in a match that we expect to be closer than the odds suggest, while there are a few other vulnerable seeds including Ricky Walden (playing Dott), Mark Allen (playing Day) and Ding Junhui (playing Mark Davis).
As for the outright, we’re going for Judd Trump to finally cast off his bridesmaid’s dress (metaphorically speaking) and come through a fairly easy section to win the whole thing.
William Hill are among those firms that offer 6/1 about Judd playing a blinder and he’s on a potential collision course to meet Ronnie in the semi-finals which could see another epic battle.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is the 3/1 favourite with tournament sponsors Betfred and is sure to be well-supported, with the Rocket clearly the most talented player in the pack although it comes down to whether he’s up for the challenge.
If you want to back a player at much bigger odds, look no further than Joe Perry who recently won his first major tournament and catches the eye at 80/1.