Bet a player in each quarter of the 2016 World Snooker Championship the best strategy

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The old ways are the best when it comes to betting on the World Snooker Championship – that being backing a player from each quarter of the draw.

It is a tried and tested method which often gives the opportunity to do some ‘housework’ in the latter stages of the competition, allowing all the bases to be covered and a profit assured.

Quarter 1

The four qualifiers in the opening quarter are Ali Carter, Alan McManus, Robbie Williams and Ryan Day.  A few could well progress into the second round as this is the weakest bracket with the seeded players being: Stuart Bingham, Stephen Maguire, Ricky Walden and John Higgins.

Maguire has not won a major since the 2012/13 season and Walden, while playing well, lacks a touch of class. Bingham’s victory in this tournament last year was a total shock and subsequent results this season make it all the more amazing.  

That leaves John Higgins (20/1 Paddy Power), winner two of the nine ranking events this season and a four-time World Champion, as the automatic call.

Quarter 2

The qualifiers must feel they have been cursed as this bracket contains Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Williams and Ding Junhui.  Junhui has fallen out of the top-16 so had to win three qualifying matches to get here.  With scintillating break building get here he did and he now looks back to his majestical 2013/14 best. At a whopping 22/1 (Skybet) he gets the call on value grounds.

Quarter 3

Naturally it is hard to look past the outright 7/4 favourite, Ronnie O’Sullivan.  Only once has qualifiers Anthony McGill, David Gilbert and Zhang Anda made it beyond the third round of a ranking event and 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon has been KO’d in the first round of this competition the last five times he has played it!

But Shaun Murphy is a worthy rival. A World Championship finalist last year, the No. 3 seed is returning to form after an early season lull and took the recent World Grand Prix.  At 14/1 with Boylesports, he’s the value in this part of the draw.

Quarter 4

No. 2 seeded Mark Selby has withdrawn from a number of recent competitions for “personal reasons”. Whatever they may be, it makes him an unsafe bet.  With loads of deadwood in here too (Sam Baird, Mitchell Mann, Robert Milkins) we’re opting for the emerging star which is Kyren Wilson.

The 24-year-old may be a qualifier but he is ranked No. 17 in the world, he cruised through his three qualifying matches and won the Shanghai Masters at the start of the season.  At 80/1 with most firms, this one can be backed each-way.

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