Trump’s exit opens-up betting
Frank Monkhouse | 22 April 2017
Favourite out in the first-round
Snooker backers have seen their fair share of shock early exits of late, but pre-tournament betting favourite Judd Trump’s first-round collapse in the World Championship at the hands of Rory McLeod this week caught everyone off-guard.
World number 54 McLeod claimed a stunning 10-8 victory in Sheffield on Wednesday, smashing the odds in the process, and that upset had a major impact on the outright betting markets, as you would expect. In what was a disjointed match, one that had to be broken up for slow play, Trump never looked at the races and went into the break 9-7 down. He returned in the evening looking like not an awful lot had improved in his mind, and the writing was on the wall.
McLeod a big price to go all the way
McLeod called it the biggest win of his career to date, and he progresses to the business end of the competition with his confidence rocketing. He now faces Stephen Maguire in the next round, but Coral traders are in no rush to jump on the bandwagon, pricing the match 1/8 Maguire, 5/1 McLeod.
The 46-year-old giant-killer’s dreams remain intact, and lovers of a sporting fairytale can back him to go all the way to the title at a hefty 125/1 with us. There’s not too many bigger in the current market, and our boys at Coral HQ think he’ll need all the luck in the world.
Ronnie vs snooker – and everyone else
There was a war of words away from the tables between former winners Ronnie O’Sullivan and Shaun Murphy before the pair faced-off on Thursday evening in the second-round. Rocket, who seems intent on leaving the sport in a blaze of controversy, has been involved in a long-running feud with the snooker authorities, and famously did an interview in his best robotic voice recently in defiance of the rules.
Five-time world champion O’Sullivan caused a stir after his first-round win, accusing World Snooker of bullying, advising that he would be taking it up with his legal team, but chairman Barry Hearn fired back, calling his accusations unfounded. Murphy seemed keen to stir the pot further, telling the press that his rival was completely wrong, reminding the fan’s favourite that he cannot live in a world without consequences.
That one is boiling up nicely, and Coral have O’Sullivan as 7/2 favourite to win another world title, while Murphy rates as a 22/1 shot. In the match betting market we find O’Sullivan as 2/5 jolly to have the last laugh, while Shaun is a 15/8 poke to add fuel to the fire.