The exciting snooker (yes, there’s an adjective and noun you may not have expected to see together) World Open tournament is here and snooker betting has never been so open. Being a huge fan of the game, the World Open is a unique tournament to look forward to. To start with, the draw for the tournament is completely at random, so there are no seedings or anything to worry about, and the unique thing about this tournament is the format. The matches for the tournament are simply the best of five frames, and it stays that way until the final, which is the best of nine frames. This means that there is no margin for error in such short matches, and snooker fans at the SECC in Glasgow will be thrilled with the action, which is all played on one table and with only five minute intervals between the matches. After the birth of Premier League snooker, and with Power Snooker to come, the World Open is indicative of the impact new head of the game Barry Hearn. Hearn is trying to revolutionise snooker, in an attempt to really raise the popularity of the sport again. Just like cricket had to adapt and change with the Twenty20 game, sports fans want speed and excitement, and the World Open is a step in the right direction for that, although snooker purists may disagree. Players will have to take chances and make their own luck, which will make for a great spectacle.

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There are ranking points up for grabs in the tournament, and money of course. If you get the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan to the table in the best of five matches, you could see a match over in the space of half an hour. This is Barry Hearn’s new vision for snooker and for the 64 men starting the draw on Saturday, anything could happen, and a win will simply throw a player’s name in the hat for the next round, to be drawn out FA Cup style. Because of this unique and random format, there is a great chance for an outsider to win this one, so don’t automatically be drawn to the top stars. Naturally the best players will be topping the odds, and after winning the Shanghai Masters (the first ranking event of the year) Ali Carter is well worth a look, and Neil Robertson should be well prepared and Mark Selby can also ramp up the speed and style. Certain players may well be more suited to this event than others. Naturally you think of a fast paced game, you look towards Tony Drago, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White. One notable outsider is Judd Trump who won the Championship League last year, and won the Paul Hunter classic back in August. Amateur champion Igor Figueiredo is also one of the outside bets to look watch for. But really, the tournament in Glasgow really is wide open, as you don’t know who is going to get drawn against who, which makes it very exciting.

There are some great matches lined up for the top players who are playing their last 64 matches (most of this round has already been played, but some matches involving the top stars were held back in order have their matches televised), which can bee seen Saturday 18th through Monday 20th. Steve Davis v Peter Ebdon is a stand out one, along with World Champion Neil Robertson taking on Graeme Dott. You also have Ronnie “The Rocket” O’Sullivan taking on Mark King, and Mark Selby v Barry Hawkins. Jimmy White goes against Paul Davison, and White, a supporter of Barry Hearn, is looking forward to the tournament and is pretty confident in his mood after putting in lots of practice in preparation. How good would it be to see the Whirlwind this one? Or the legend that is Steve Davis? The green baize will be alight on Saturday, and this exciting tournament is set to thrill the crowds. The tournament lasts all week, with the Final being held on Sunday, September 26th. All of the players are in the same boat in regards to the shortened format, and no one really knows what to expect, especially with the open draw for all of the rounds. There will be challengers from the outside which may not be expected, so pay close attention to the players who are cruising through rounds to nil, as they will be settled into the quick format in which, anything could happen.
World Open Snooker Outright Odds

Ronnie O’Sullivan: 6/1 at Ladbrokes
Mark Selby: 9/1 at Ladbrokes
Ding Junhui: 14/1 at Totesport
Neil Robertson: 16/1 at Bet365
Shaun Murphy: 16/1 at Victor Chandler
Mark Williams: 16/1 at Coral
Stephen Maguire: 16/1 at Boylesports
Mark Williams: 16/1 at Victor Chandler
Allister Carter: 19/1 at Paddy Power
Judd Trump: 25/1 at Totesport
Jamie Cope: 25/1 at SkyBet
Marco Fu: 28/1 at Bwin
Matthew Stevens: 33/1 at Totesport
Selected World Open Match Outright Odd Highlights

Neil Robertson: 5/6 at SkyBet
Graeme Dott: 11/10 at Totesport

Peter Ebdon: 4/6 at Stan James
Steve Davis: 13/10 at SportingBet

Jimmy White: 8/13 at Totesport
Paul Davison: 8/5 at SportingBet

Ronnie O’Sullivan: 4/11 at Ladbrokes
Mark King: 5/2 at Boylesports

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