Snooker Betting Tips: Paul Hunter Classic Betting Preview & Predictions

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Paul Hunter Classic Snooker Betting Tips:

  • Kyren Wilson at 14/1 with Stan James
  • Ricky Walden at 40/1 with Bet Victor
  • Ken Doherty at 150/1 with Bet Victor

12 months ago Stuart Bingham declared that any player in snooker’s Top-50 is capable of winning a tournament.  

He was right! Since the start of the 2016 snooker season Anthony McGill, Ali Carter, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Liang Wenbo, Judd Trump, Mark King, Marco Fu, Anthony Hamilton, Anthony Hamilton, Barry Hawkins and Ryan Day have all won World Ranking Tournaments.

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Little wonder then, that only two snooker players are trading at single figure odds for the Paul Hunter Classic which gets underway this week in Furth, Germany.  

Mark Selby is the undoubted class of the field in this £20,000 to-the-winner competition which enjoys ‘ranking status’ a second consecutive year.  

The reigning World Champion is now as low as 10/3 with bet365 but, in a competition where every round features a ‘best of 7’ format and considering that he was beaten in the second round of last week’s China Championship by little-known Zhou Yuelong, it’s a very short price.

Kyren Wilson’s ‘next big thing’ tag

We prefer taking Mark Selby on with our first snooker betting tip going on the up and coming Kyren Wilson who is now ranked at No. 11 in the world.

Dutch referee Jan Verhaas (R) watches as Scotland's John Higgins plays a shot during the World Championship Snooker final match against England's Mark Selby at The Crucible in Sheffield, England on May 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS

The 25-year-old has slowly risen up the World Rankings courtesy of a string of solid efforts including a final table appearance in last July’s Indian Open and culminating in a semi-final loss in the China Open followed by a brilliant run to the quarter-finals of the World Championship.

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There’s a real feel amongst the pro snooker circuit that Kyren Wilson will be the game’s ‘next big thing’ and a string of competition wins are headed his way.

At 14/1 with Stan James you should back that sequence to start this week in this competition named in honour of the popular pro who died in 2006 aged just 27.

Ricky can take advantage of dickey draw

At bigger snooker odds, a stand-out 40/1 with Bet Victor, Ricky Walden (world ranked No.23) is also of betting interest.

The 34-year-old who has three ranking tournament wins on his CV can put a poor 2016/17 campaign behind him courtesy of a very favourable draw (in the third bracket).  

He meets 23-year-old Sean O’Sullivan in the opening round and is scheduled to clash with veterans like Robin Hull and Rory McLeod thereafter.

Ken Doherty can complete renaissance with another bold showing

1997 World Champion Ken Doherty may be on an ‘invitational tour card’ (as are Jimmy White and James Wattana) but the Irishman showed some of his old zest when making the semi-finals of the Riga Masters in June.

The popular 47-year-old almost made it to the final too, losing out on a place in the final in a deciding frame defeat to Stephen Maguire (5-4).  

On paper a first round KO in last week’s China Championship may not be too inspiring but that came at the hands of Shaun Murphy with a 4-5 score-line.

Doherty has done well in this competition in the past.  His first and only career 147 break came here (in 2012) and he was a beaten finalist back in 2007.

A first round match against Scotland’s Ross Muir should not prove too much of a hindrance nor should a second round clash against World Ranked No. 79 Ian Preece (who has a bye in the first round).  

Thereafter, with his snooker nerves settled, ‘The Darlin’ of Dublin’ can surely be laid off at prices considerably less than the 150/1 currently available about him.

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